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The first 24 hours in a new country … again

Cambodia had the last laugh. Would you believe this is the official landing jetty for the riverside immigration office?  Try getting a wheelchair off the boat onto that! We also had harsh words with the ferry company, which failed to pick us up as planned, let the boat go without us and then asked for more money to put us on a different boat.  So we grumped for a bit, and then shook ourselves free of that and decided to enjoy the boat ride, to Chau Doc, Vietnam.

here’s what we saw

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Our DIY travel wheelchair

On our extensive travel prep lists, one of the two most challenging and important tasks was to acquire a travel wheelchair for Sparky that can go hiking, sit in restaurants, fold small, with a removable seat that can go in cars and planes and on the back of elephants. It needs to be waterproof, unbreakable, reparable from easily available materials, attractive (except to thieves) and cheap.

After two years of reading travel blogs and forums we found no precedent. How do people do it? Surely someone had figured this one out.

This post is the  story of what we did.  Everyone’s needs are different, but  we hope the following is useful to someone!

Click here to have a look!

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Exploring the Temples of Angkor

Before visiting the Temples of Angkor, we had done no reading. We had not even seen Tomb Raider, although we knew where to go to see the famous bit from the movie. ($1 at the market has since rectified this, by the way. Pretty much $1 and two hours wasted in my opinion).

Deciding not to hire a guide, we wandered ourselves about the temples of Angkor, following our noses and stopping when we felt like it.  One day we even went home to sleep in the aircon half way between long exciting clambering sessions. Our three days were feasts of history and feasts of people watching. So many languages were being spoken around us, so many buses, guides, salespeople, begging busking children and plenty of old, old temples. Some crumbling and indistinguishable, some under restoration, and some battling it out with the slow strong winding roots of ancient trees.

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