Yesterday we made it to Long Beach on Phu Quoc island in Vietnam. We took a bus from Sihanoukville through the Vietnamese border at Xa Xia. We had gotten our Vietnamese visas back in Bangkok so we had an easy time getting through the border control. One tip for future travelers, we noticed that getting the Vietnamese visa in Cambodia was about $15 cheaper than in Thailand ($60 vs. $43 I think) so if you want to save a bit of money wait until you are in Cambodia.
On the border we changed from our VIP bus into a mini bus and drove on to Ha Tien where we changed into a small boat that took us out to the island. The trip was supposed to take five and half hour but ended up taking over eight hours without any stops to eat so we were pretty hungry when we got here as you can imagine. You can find the updated route map on the right hand side of the website or just here.
The first impression of Vietnam is that everything seems more professional than in Cambodia, the restaurants seem very nice and our bungalow is nice as well so we have no complaints so far. The money is funny since 16,000 Dong equal $1 US so we are pretty rich down here, just went to the ATM to take our 2,000,000 Dong :) The actual notes look nice, they are made of plastic and are washable so they are very clean, which was not the case in Cambodia where you could hardly read some of the lower dominated notes.
We were very happy to see that the internet seemed to work perfectly, we could access WordPress, Facebook and any website that we tried. I will therefore not be forced to blog through email until we enter China :)
We have been a bit under the weather the last two days so we haven’t been up to too much adventure lately. It is nothing serious, just a minor inconvenience – it could be something we ate or something that is going around but we should be back on our feet tomorrow.