- A great holiday, but some things we got wrong. Cloths in particular. It was very hot (Nov-Dec) with air con only in hotel bedrooms. Half a case of long trousers and long-sleeved shirts were never used. For temples you only need a pair of trousers that cover the knees and shirts that cover the shoulders. Note that for one temple a shawl was not okay as previously two girls had gone in wearing shawls and taken them off to take selfies. Now shawls were unacceptable.
You will only use Dong in Vietnam, and its best to take sterling to exchange. Just as easy as dollars and avoids the double exchange loss. In Cambodia you only use dollars. They won't accept torn notes or ones with writing on, nor for some reason any $2 notes.
We sent off to the Vietnam embassy in London for our visas (after printing form from web) and it came back in 3 days. For Cambodia you need one passport photo and get the visa at the border. Cost $32 - $30 for the visa and $2 bribe (to "expedite" processing!).
I found a posting on the web from a guy who had lived there for 2and half years. He had never known anyone get malaria but a couple of people had got Dengue fever, which is nasty. So you don't need malaria tablets but should take mosquito repellent. I never saw a mosquito the whole time. Although Deet is best, it is corrosive and attacks watch straps and camera bodies. Despite washing my hands meticulously. Next time I will try Citronella.
A couple of people needed Imodium and one lady in another group got a stomach bug and needed antibiotics. That said, the food is excellent. We ate street food (where our guide recommended) and had no problems.
Sun tan cream 30+ is essential. When swimming I used an old painting shirt and threw it away before coming home.
Take some soap. Most hotels only gave you a sliver, or none at all.
Carry toilet paper all the time. The toilets leave something to be desired.
Take a big memory card. I used over 16 GB.
The sleeper train was great fun. You share a four berth cabin (possibly with strangers) and get a duvet and sheet. Take a sleeping bag liner.
Carry a small umbrella everywhere. It can rain suddenly and very hard.
Try taking black and white pics at Angor.
The hired snorkel equipment was rubbish. Take your own if you are serious. Although it was only a tiny spot. You don't need flippers.
Published on: 20 December 2016