MARCH 7, 2021

Trên thế giới có nhiều người bạn đã kết giao cả đời, có lẽ bạn vẫn không thực sự thích. Nhưng có vài người, có lẽ chỉ là mối quan hệ hờ hững, bạn lại có thể mặc niệm trong lòng cả đời.
In the world there are many people that you probably don’t really like despite being friends for so long. But there are some people, you can keep in mind for a lifetime though it’s just a lukewarm relationship.

P.s.: Picture taken in Siem Reap, Cambodia in 2011.

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Siem Reap – Phnom Penh, Day 1: On The Tour Bus To Cambodia

I’d been to Cambodia with a friend once before, in February 2008, just a few months before Vietnam and Cambodia agreed on visa exemption for ordinary passport holders. At that time, we had our passport glued with a paper visa and paid 20 USD at the Moc Bai border gate. This time I went with a tour by Đất Nước Việt, a small tourism company. I had been afraid a lil bit that I couldn’t get in another country because my passport would expire in May 2012, but then nothing weird happened. This should be my 3rd trip using this 5-year-old passport. Luckily, Vietnam has changed passport term to 10 years.

There was a bit of complication at first. I was supposed to wait for the tour bus at some place in District 1, then I had to go to District 4? It took more time than I thought for all the tourists to get in the bus. And the bus departed rather late. I was quite tired.

We stopped somewhere in Tay Ninh District for dinner. They treated us with bánh canh Trảng Bàng, a kind of thick rice noodles, a specialty of this land. I also bought some snack for the trip.

We then reached the Moc Bai/Bavet border gate around midnight and waited a bit to clear the customs and check in Cambodia.
Then a guy got on the bus, introducing himself as a Vietnamese-Cambodian tour guide who would be with us these 3 nights and days.

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