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21. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Hi Anne,

Good to hear from you. The HEAT is kind of rough, isn't it? I can deal with cold but have problems with heat and humidity. It will be MUCH better up North! (you'll notice a difference as soon as you get off the plane up there)

22. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting areinstein

Details to come CC!

Yippie!!! :)
I love the heat....when it is so hot you can hardly take in a breath...sigh...next time..TAKE ME WITH YOU! ;)
(anything below 70F is cold)

23. Posted by s0f (Full Member 163 posts) 11y

Wow Anne! Hope you are having a ball! Like CC said - give us details!! hehe

24. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

From TP , i can see SE Asia is almost a must for most of the travellers in the world... the route up the Mekong Delta seems to be so famous these days

25. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

The Mekong runs 4,800 kilometers from its headwaters on the Tibetan Plateau through Yunnan Province of China ,then flows down through Myanmar, Laos ,Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

26. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Hi Anne!
Just re-discovered this thread... Sounds like you're having a great time! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

Tway.

27. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Hello everyone! It's been awhile,I tried to log on a couple of times but the site was down. Here is a brief of my "adventures" this far:

I know I posted some about Bangkok...honestly there isnt much to see in the city, two-three days tops was enough for me. There are some places near Bangkok where you can go elephant riding in the river and hang out with the Bengal Tigers. I hope to do that on our way back.

We went with BMP Adventures for our trek. We decided to fly to Chiang Mai first thing in the morning and start the trek right away. It was fabulous. I did ran into some people in Bangkok that were not very pleased with their trekking adventures. They felt that it was not as authentic as it should have been. I was very pleased with ours.

We visited two hill tribes and stayed in their villages for two nights. Oh by the way, this trek was inside Mae Wang National Park, ck that one out cause some travel agencies dont set you up with the real thing. We saw some wild life but the best experience was seeing and interacting with the people in the tribes. There was one ceremony the second day with our guide's family...they believe that the spirit of a dead relative lives on for 35 yrs so they must call it once a yr in this ritual with offerings and all. We got to see that. We also went to some waterfalls, played some music with local instruments, had awesome village food, etc etc.

After the trek, we went elephant riding and bamboo rafting...it was part of the package. Later on, we went back to CM, about one hr away and stayed at the BMP Resident, about a 10 minute walk from the heart of town near the Night Bazaar.

We left the following morning for Siem Reap. We arrived to Cambodia and processed our visa upon arrival ($20) at the airport. We are staying at the Villa Coconut Logde ($20 per night for both), nice, clean, A/C, hot water. Everything here is in dollars, no need to change into Riel. Remember this though, there isnt a single ATM machine in Cambodia...or at least in Siem Reap. Banks close at 3:30 pm so it is hard to get money if you need it.

Food is cheap, but not as cheap as in Bangkok. Our favorite place to eat and hang out is the Red Piano. Everything that is "happening" here in SR is near this street. I would recommend anyone coming to Siem Reap to stay near here. There are lots of nice cheap restaurants, pubs, and travel agencies.

We went yesterday and today to Angkor Park...saw Angkor Wat, Pa Throm, Banyon and other temples but those are the main ones. You definitely dont need more than 3 days at the park. We needed two but we had to slow down yesterday since I got heat exhaustion. It is extremely hot right now. We also went to the land mine museum, which is a bit away from the city but close to Angkor. You can see there plenty of people victimized by the land mines, especially children. We will go back to Angkor tonight to watch the sunset at Sunset Mountain.

I will ck out with you guys in a couple of days. Hope everyone is good!! Miss you!

28. Posted by JennyCook (Full Member 95 posts) 11y

so come on then - so far what are you regretting packing?! i'd packed pretty much the same as you, but i've either ditched most of it or posted it home!!

29. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I miss Anne

30. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Where is Anne