As Daniel likes to keep reminding me I should be updating this more. I'm now in Laos after travelling from Bangkok through Cambodia into Vietnam and then up to Hanoi before crossing into Laos yesterday. Starting with Cambodia...
Was a lovely place in general, seeing Angkor Wat was really quite special especially as we spent both sunrise and sunset there and visited a lot of the other temples in between. After the day at the temples we went out for a few (or quite a lot of beers) and some dancing which was good fun. After Siem Reap was Sihanoukville where we spent a day on the beach and a day out snorkelling around and island and on a more secluded beach. Then we moved on to Phnom Penh. Had quite a harrowing day out at the Torture Museum and the Killing Fields. Had a brilliant guide that day who had lived trough the atrocities so was fascinating to have his insight.
Next stop after that was Chau Doc, just a small town near the border where we could spend the night. On the first evening there we went up a nearby hill where there was a bar filled with hammocks and had a couple of beers watching the sun go back down over Cambodia. Next stop was Ho Chi Minh City where we said goodbye to some of the group and hello to some more. Ho Chi Minh City was definitely the busiest place I've ever been and to cross the road the tactic is just to look forward walk slowly and hope everything misses you. Also went to visit the Cu Chi tunnels, fascinating to see how the Viet Cong fought the war but the references to the Allied forces as "Hoard of Demons" seemed a little bit like propaganda.
From HCMC it was an overnight train to up north, because of my bad memory I'll just say that we went to Nha Trang (beach resort and generally nice place to chill for a couple of days, Hoi An beautiful little town on a river and not too far (it was too far on a bike on bumpy roads in cold weather) from a beach. We also went to Hue where we saw the ancient citadel and went for a motorbike tour around the surrounding area seeing some beautiful countryside in the process. Last stop was Hanoi, also very busy, did a lot of walking around to see Ho Chi Minh's Mauseleum and a lot of the other sights of the city. After that was the long journey to Laos and then today the trip into the capital. Tomorrow we're moving on to Vang Vieng, will try to keep this more up to date.