From here to there and back again is likely a good title for this blog post. I went through a day or two trying to figure out how I would get to Phu Quoc Island with needing a e-visa for Vietnam. I felt like time was transpiring against me which I hate. So I decided to reboot the travel for the next week and do something else. Now I will leave on Monday for a week and travel to Kampot Cambodia and then to Ha Tien Vietnam on my visa which will be done by then. I’ll figure out a bus ride back from Ha Tien to Sihanoukville on the 11th of November and then spend a few more nights here in Sihanoukville and leave for Siem Reap.
I’m glad to have no real pressure or budget on things for the most part. If a thing costs this or that and its something I want, I just do it. I stopped trying to account for a budget months ago when it really irritated me in Vietnam.
At the same time, I met my next door neighbor at the bungalow who is from Phnom Penh and we can have really nice discussions in English and he’s fun to talk to. He is also going to Kampot so perhaps we will meet for dinner or coffee while we are there.
So now the travel thing is completely different because I decided to stop making the Vietnam e-visa the culprit. Now I will just leave for a week from here and go see something new and when I want to cross the border to Vietnam next Friday, I will have the visa in place and ready to go.
Evening BBQ and Decisions
The best time to come to decisions about this kind of thing is over dinner and beer I think. Tonight it was this excellent BBQ chicken dinner for $5 and you get two large pieces of chicken breast meat, potatoes and Cole slaw. Then there is the beer along with it. Since I only eat one meal a day, its not a big deal to spend a bit more on the dinners and really enjoy the beer and food here.
The decision part always seems to come naturally after the BBQ and beer dinner. I think think through the possibilities and it comes to me that the money that I spend on a hotel or bus does not really matter in the grand scheme of things. I can spend the money and be happy or not spend the money and be miserable. Its easy to choose which one given those two possibilities.
Travel Directions and Steps
So the travel plans for after all this churn are no different for me. On 15 November, I fly to Siem Reap for a month and that’s all paid for. Then its on to Battambang through January of next year and then back to Phnom Penh for a week. It all kinda works no matter what monkey wrench I throw into the travel directions.
I basically know kinda sorta what I will do through June next year. I know I’ll be in Singapore and Malaysia and Thailand. What directions those take I don’t know.
Maybe I need another BBQ and beer dinner 🙂