Up, Up and Away

Trip Start Oct 23, 2011
Trip End Nov 12, 2011

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

My long awaited trip to Vietnam actually begins in Cambodia. Two good friends and veteran travelers, Mary and Jean, are joining me.  It seems we have been planning this for weeks and are really ready to get started, psyched for the long flights ahead secure in the knowledge that I have sleeping pills should I really need them but it is early afternoon and the adrenalin is flowing sleep does not yet seem all that important.  The flight from Seattle to Seoul is the longest leg and it seems the crew begins to wine and dine us right away, then there are the movies, lots and lots of movies from which to choose.  Jean managed to watch 6 on the flight over.  I think I watched 4, read a bit and dozed not really achieving any deep or restful sleep, I am just too excited.

Arrival in Seoul was on time but with a short layover we had to jog to the gate for our connecting flight, located at what seemed like the opposite end of a very large airport.  They were boarding our plane by the time we arrived.

We have crossed the International Dateline so today is now tomorrow.

We will spend the first week exploring on our own before meeting the Habitat for Humanity (HFH) group in Saigon for a two-week build in the Mekong Delta.  

I list our general itinerary (subject to change) here but as you will see when we enter the Habitat portion of the trip I switch to themed entries instead of a day-by-day account.

Let the adventure begin . . .

Oct 23 Lv Seattle Washington 1400 Hrs
Oct 24 Arr Seoul South Korea 1740 Hrs
Oct 24 Lv Seoul South Korea 1900 Hrs
Oct 24 Arr Siem Reap Cambodia 2225 Hrs

Oct 25 Explore Siem Reap; afternoon boat tour Kompong Phluk Floating Village 
Oct 26 Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat
Oct 27 Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei Temples
Oct 28 Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and drive to Can Tho in the Mekong Delta
Oct 29 Cai Rang Floating Market near Can Tho and drive back to Saigon via My Tho
Oct 30 Explore Saigon and meet the rest of our Habitat group
Oct 31 Fly to Rach Gia, home base while on the build site
Nov 01 Begin the HFH build
Nov 02 Build
Nov 03 Build
Nov 04 Build, visit local elementary school
Nov 05 Ferry to Duong Dong on Phu Quoc Island for R&R
Nov 06 R&R, return to Rach Gia
Nov 07 Build
Nov 08 Back spasm day of rest for me
Nov 09 Build
Nov 10 Build a.m., farewell ceremony with family, visit orphanage
Nov 11 Fly back to Saigon
Nov 12 Explore Saigon flight home leaves at midnight
Nov 13-18 Get over jet lag!

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