We checked out of our hotel and immediately made for the Phnom Penh airport. Cambodia is probably the poorest country I’ve visited, but it does have some interesting history. I wonder if it will eventually catch up to it’s more affluent neighbors, Thailand and Vietnam.
Speaking of Vietnam, our flight was uneventful and soon we were in the busy, modern streets of Ho Chi Minh City. I’ve heard this country is full of scooters, but seeing it for myself is quite different from hearing about it. On the taxi ride from the airport we couldn’t stop gaping at the endless flow of scooters. They were like a swift river flowing around all sides of us, stopping for nothing.
We were only in the city for one night, but we enjoyed walking to dinner and checking out the area near our hotel. There’s a striking difference from Cambodia. Vietnam is much more modern and affluent. I also couldn’t help noticing that the women here show a bit more skin than in Cambodia or even Thailand. You definitely don’t see young women in short skirts riding scooters in those countries!
The next day we had time before our evening train so we walked to a nearby market to see if they had anything interesting for sale. It was mostly cheap souvenirs for tourists, but we did buy a couple things. Unfortunately, Caroline wasn’t feeling well, so we took it easy the rest of the afternoon until it was time to catch our train.
The train ride itself was a bit of a let-down. Mainly because it was a rough and fairly noisy train, so getting any sleep on the overnight journey wasn’t easy. We did share our sleeper car with a nice little old lady, but we couldn’t communicate much due to the language barrier. The scenery from the train was mostly green fields of rice dotted with white egrets and occasional small towns.
Eventually we reached our destination in the small city of Hué. The ladies working at our hotel were very nice and we settled into our comfy room before heading out for a quick dinner. Hué has several old temples and a former royal palace. We’re looking forward to some sightseeing tomorrow.
[Author’s Note: Hello all! As I write this we’re north of Barcelona and I’m looking out at the Mediterranean on a warm day in early May. Sorry we’re now over a month behind on updating this blog, but we’ve struggled to find reliable wi-fi lately. Plus it’s a bit of a chore which neither of us enjoys 100%. Caroline enjoys it less than I do, which explains why you haven’t seen a blog post penned by her lately. Stay tuned and we’ll update when we can.]