Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh

We’ve been in Ho Chi Minh City since yesterday morning and I’m leaving already. Not dictated by anyone else’s schedule, my own this time. I’m leaving my brother behind with Sameer, a dude we’ve been hanging out with for the last few days, and we’re going to catch up in Phnom Penh.

I need a bit of time on my own to chill out a bit. It gets a bit stressful travelling with so many people, particularly with certain little brother of mine. Shorter bursts are I think what’s required!

Anyway, on the book news, I’ve ploughed through the second Tom Clancy novel already and am two thirds through Angels and Demons. At this rate I’ll be spending more on books than on accomodation, but given that I hardly ever read at home, I guess it’s a travelling luxury!

I’ve been mastering my haggling skills. All the books sold on the street over here are copies. When it comes to the Lonely Planet’s, sometimes you can really tell with the maps and photos, so you get copies and good copies. I was quoted about 120’000 dong for a good copy of the Cambodia LP and finally parted with 40’000 for it. T-shirt today started at 50 and settled at 25, in under a minute, with a few well timed “hand back and walk away” manouvers! I couldn’t be bothered trying a few other stalls till it got down to 15’000, life’s just too short sometimes!

I’m looking forward to Cambodia, it’s supposed to be the new Thailand (whatever that means!). I hear there’s lots of the latest gadgets in Phnom Penh, so I’ll spend a few days there before Fergus arrives checking things out. Might leave my credit cards with Ferg as a precaution! 🙂

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