HCMC to Vung Tau and Speculating on Cambodia Voyages!

Another great day spent walking the city and I went to the Fine Arts Museum which is spread over 3 buildings in District One (I think). I will be going to a few more museums the next few days.

On Thursday morning I catch a Ferry from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau for a few days away. I’ll leave at 10am on Thursday and spend two nights there and then come back to the homestay. After that, I only have a week and a few days left here and will take off to Da Lat on the bus. Da Lat is really the last city I will stay in for a longer time here in Vietnam. Once I get there, will do a few shorter trips from there too and will end up flying from Da Lat to the airport here for my flight to Phnom Penh.

Cambodia and then…

Here’s the schedule for my trip to Cambodia thus far:

  1. Phnom Penh 30 days from September to October.
  2. Sihanoukville 30 days from October to November.
  3. Siem Reap 30 days from November to December.
  4. Battambang 30 days from December to January.

When I get done with the fourth place above, I will head back to Phnom Penh in January and rent an apartment for 6 months or so. My thought is then to visit Thailand and Laos on tourist visas but have a home base in Phnom Penh. Perhaps instead I will like one of the other places and will end up there instead for longer.

The goal once I get to Cambodia is to extend my normal visa to a retirement visa for a year which gives me multiple entries. I can then hop around quite a bit.

Here’s a map of the areas so you can see how easy it really is to get around.

Having one place as a base of operations with a longer stay visa means I can hop all around to where I want to go then. I think the destinations most likely are Thailand, Laos, Malaysia but will always return to Cambodia to the place I rent.

I don’t have a concrete plan for the actual place in Cambodia but it does need to have an airport, train station, etc to allow me to get around easily. One train trip I do want to do is from Thailand to Laos so will probably arrange things to go that way.

Its hard to have a crystal ball with what 2019 looks like since its only July now and I don’t like committing to a schedule for places much beyond Cambodia. I do know that Cambodia will be a long stay place because its easy for retired folk to get a extension of stay visa.

Its fun though to look at the map and spin the dials and see where I would want to go in 2019. I do know I don’t want to change the slow meandering nature of things. I’ve really enjoyed that here in Vietnam. I also don’t want to put too much stock in what happens in January. I may end up staying in one of the places like Sihanoukville instead.

Once I get the visa extension its really up to me where I go. I have friends in Singapore so if I were to get to Malaysia, I would probably spend a shorter time in Singapore.

I am going to start looking at apartments in Phnom Penh using an agent I met and will probably find something my last few weeks in Battambang.

So, there you have it. In a nutshell what I will do to continue the slow meandering nature of my voyages. Nothing confirmed and I could change and stay in any of the places longer. Its so far from now that I wanted to have a baseline but its all pretty flexible. The transportation between places in Cambodia is by bus so its cheap. If I lose a bus ticket because of a change, its not a major deal to me.