Fluke wrote:stevensfo wrote:
I fell in love with SE Asia while going to see my aunt in WA with a few long stop-offs, 5 days in Singapore, a trip to Vietnam and Laos and one trip with relatives to see Bangkok and Cambodia. I have a relative who teaches English in Phnom Penh. The French-run hotels on the coast are places you never want to leave.
I've just been reading through this interesting thread as I'm in the planning/day dreaming stage of a trip to the area, specifically Thailand and/or Cambodia. I'm thinking an initial few weeks from late November as a holiday/fact-finding mission in preperation for a longer stay from January through to March. I'd love to know more about these French-run hotels and the Cambodia coastal area more generally. I'm not bothered about treks around Angkor Wat or the like, I'm more interested in beaches, bars, markets, food and relaxation. I love a city but only for a few days at a time.
Or perhaps I could ask if you were planning something similar, how would you go about it?
We only visited Bangkok so I don't know the rest of the country.
I still have a list of the places we stayed:
Bangkok: Anantara Hotel. Amazing hotel on the river. We took river boats to visit the city.
Cambodia: Siem Reap: Pavillon d'Orient, Battambang: Cabaret Vert , Phnom Phen: Pavilion Hotel, (All French/Cambodian).
Kep: Verandah Resort. I loved this place. Relaxed, two pools, good food. Walking distance to the coast and loads of markets. N.B. Cambodia has far lower standard of living, so take care where you eat outside the hotels!! Run by a nice French lady.
Vietnam: Hanoi Hotel Marvellous, Excellent cheap fish restaurant 10 minutes down road: Cha Ca Thang Long N.B. Vietnam higher standards but traffic has to be seen to be believed. There is an organisation called 'Hanoi Kids' that will send two uni students to spend a day showing you around. They want to practise their English. Only cost is to pay for lunch (cheap!) and bring them a few magazines.
Hue: Villa Louise, Beautiful hotel.
Hoi An: Vinh Hung 143 Tran Phu, N.B. Great town!
Laos, Luang Prabang: Lotus Villa, N.B. Very simple but amazing visits to the country. Very long market in town. Primary school will love gifts of crayons, exercise books etc! A student cafe where they just ask for conversation and to correct their English.
PS Yes, my relatives are retired teachers. How did you guess?