Sihanoukville-Kampot-Kep-Ha Tien-Ho Chi Minh City
[Alleyway to Saigon Youth Hostel]
One of the many reasons I love to travel alone is the freedom to go wherever you want, whenever you want. If you make a last minute decision to take a crazy long detour, no one is there to judge you!
To avoid going back to Phnom Penh, I decided to go out of the way and check out Kampot and Kep, then head to Ho Chi Minh City via Ha Tien. Most people do this in few days or a week, but of course I had to do it all in one go! It made no sense because I could have just gone straight from Sihanoukville, I know.
Long story short, I decided to take the 7am bus to Kep with a pitstop in Kampot, which is where I bumped into two friends along the way. Once we got to Kep and realized the guesthouses were far from the beach, my two friends decided to hop on a boat over to Rabbit Island. After checking out a handful of overpriced and dirty guesthouse, I reassessed my options and decided it wasn’t worth it for me to stay just to eat fresh crab for dinner, something we get a lot of at home in Vancouver. Spoiled, I know. After all that, I booked another ticket to Vietnam. This meant a bus ride to the border, walking across the long stretch at immigration, getting your visa checked, passport stamped, a temperature check (no I don’t have Ebola), and a shuttle that picks you up on the other side. This shuttle then takes you to bus station, where you wait for your sleeper bus that takes you on an overnight journey to HCMC.
A long trip to say the least. Funny enough, I was the only foreigner during this entire journey. I wonder why LOL. Luckily, a family from the bus ride took me under their wing and brought me all the way to my hostel after arriving in HCMC at 2am. They wouldn’t accept any money for the taxi and told me to turn down a dark alleyway. Good thing I already uploaded my Google Map and made it safe and sound! It’s all part of the journey!
“We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us”