Saturday, July 07, 2007
anticipation and preparation
Things are starting to slip into place for the Southeast Asia trip. I’m getting into reading up on my destinations through library books and the web.
Thus far, we have made the hotel reservations for the first ten nights of the trip: four nights in Bangkok, two in Phnom Pehn and four in Siem Reap. We will not be staying at budget backpacker accommodations. We want the most comfort and style we can afford especially since we’ll be there in hot and sticky monsoon season.
The final six nights of my trip are for Vietnam but we are still quite uncertain about where we will go and what we will do. There is a relative paucity of information available on visiting Vietnam. Travel websites in particular concentrate primarily on the various scams that tourists can fall victim too. Just take a look all the warnings on this Lonely Planet page! Of course it’s good to be aware of what could happen to us if we aren’t vigilant but I don’t want to get my back up before we even arrive. I did find this cute comparison of Hanoi and Saigon: I look forward to observing the differences between the two cities first-hand.
Did you see that the list of new inductees to the World Heritage Sites has been released? I’m pleased because I’ve been to the Sydney Opera House and Ottawa’s Rideau Canal: I can cross two more off my list!