Waking up in my loft suite, to the early morning breeze from the merging Tonle Sap & Mekong rivers, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Staying at the Angkor Mithona Guest House, Daun Penh Riverside.
Cambodia may no longer be the cheap destination in South-East Asia but some good value accommodation can be found, especially on this popular Riverside strip in the capital, Phnom Penh.
Some streets have a cool breeze, others do not.
Call it yin & yang, call it physics, call it Buddha’s will – whatever, it takes years of #travel experience to hone the craft of picking your morning #coffee spot.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia, March 2023.
Urban Trees. There’s something fascinating about an old tree that’s survived many human lifetimes while a self-absorbed city has grown around it.
Perhaps its enduring presence strikes a chord with people who have a creative mind?
This old tree overhangs a school in Nha Trang, Vietnam.
Think of how many children, over so many years, have climbed it, played next to it, sheltered in its cool shade – grown up with it.
Travel Friends: a Russian family and I are enjoying a few coldies and more than a few laughs, in Nha Trang, Vietnam.
We are comparing notes about Australia and Siberia.
Travel brings people together – we are all the same, the World over.
In South-East Asia, women work hard. So very, very hard.
And someone has to watch over the parked motorbikes …
This is a typical building site, down a narrow hem, in Nha Trang, Vietnam.
When it comes to holiday accommodation, it’s the little things that stand out.
In Nha Trang, Vietnam, the guesthouse owner has left me plates & cutlery.
Travelling in South-East Asia, the trick is to ask for “no sugar or sweet milk” if you prefer only fruit in your daily smoothie (my poison: mango & strawberry. Delicious!)
I wash and reuse the plastic container & straw, and I leave my guesthouse room each morning with a reused plastic bag in my pocket – for those inevitable incidental purchases.
Looking after our planet and the places we enjoy visiting. Every little gesture helps.
South-East Asian food is cheap & plentiful.
Sometimes, though, it’s nice to whip up your own, back in your room – especially when on an extended holiday or journey.
An instant noodles bowl can be washed and often reused (reduce #plastic), buy plain egg/rice noodles (minus the salt sachets) and try the variety of sauces, flavourings, vegies, fish, egg etc.
Most hotel/guesthouse rooms have a hot water kettle.
Ăn ngon miệng nhé!
The Travel Maccas Guide: eat it or not, Maccas gives a good global price comparison.
In Nha Trang, Vietnam, this large meal is VND120,000 (USD5.10/AUD7.30)
- In Vietnam, unlike in Australia, the concept of “large fries” is apparently not interchangeable with “small fries”; it’s plenty.
- Orange juice option at no extra cost
- Self-serve sauces at no extra cost
The Nha Trang “Banh Mi Sandwich” with fresh orange juice: a nice brunch/lunch spread for VND70,000 (USD3/AUD4.25).
Don’t waste the garnish “greens” – Vietnamese mint and “wild lettuce”, which has a sharpish taste.