Next Stop Vietnam... Laos and Cambodia

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  1. 95Monster

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    This forest smelled a lot like a pair of fresh Dunlops 5C3AECA9-B768-4732-8FC8-9660AFC8CD6C.jpeg 21D3032E-F748-4030-90D1-491B75126531.jpeg 4C6D18E2-1FF3-4115-8CDB-A10FA7E4100A.jpeg 8B6D51FC-9F01-418D-A1CD-CDB26909F638.jpeg Stopped for some soup and made a couple friends. I’m pretty sure the woman that ran the place thought I was Australian. She kept showing me pictures of her daughter in Sydney. A8144590-FAF6-4DE0-BBA2-B51722C494B1.jpeg Long day, ending with rain and a speeding award.... 8B42B505-FC0D-432F-8A01-085A1EBF1B60.jpeg
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    Yeah.
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    Headed South along the border with Cambodia The main roads approaching HCMC are busy and patrolled with radar cops so I stuck to the border road. Hot, dusty and mostly deserted, but way more fun. 1FCA38A9-4750-42B0-AC46-35B108D1630D.jpeg F11BFA50-44E6-45CC-9EC9-F6B1DD63076E.jpeg The thought of getting a flat out here worried me. With no tools or air, I’d have to get a ride to a village and there didn’t seem to be any rides around. When I finally reached a village, I picked up a nail! 0B715A90-6C5A-4C97-8E02-A4EE799F82D2.jpeg Got the bike stopped and looked around. I was in front of a place with a pool table where a few guys were playing a game during break. They looked at my tire and sort of shrugged until I showed them I had spare tubes! Ah, that changed things. Just so happened that the place was a scooter repair shop and while they didn’t have tires or tubes for a BIG bike like the XR150, they had skills. EDA534AA-233B-4A68-AD85-C6DCA50BA7D1.jpeg 2D8810B6-EE89-4723-ADF9-97EECBE6EE98.jpeg 15 minutes, a Lipton iced tea and I was on my way. Made it to Tay Minh at about 6pm. Long day so I found the nicest hotel, which turned out to be Ritz Carlton nice... for $40! But before they let me check in, I had to fill out a questionnaire about where I’d been and how I was feeling and have my temperature checked! BDF07EA8-3FFA-44DA-9243-B4ED39477414.jpeg Jim Beam and Pepsi toast to my contrarian friend, Critter Newell, who passed away some years ago. 0E17BD73-E731-4125-A425-1C82774BC83A.jpeg What happens if you have a fever? Do you get a free cruise in the South China Sea? 5CF2BDE5-C07A-455F-9DBC-AA4D0DB8DB3A.jpeg
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    So that you get a sense of what they think
    about the beer flu here in Vietnam- when I went to ask the guys for help with my tire, there were 4 or 5 kids standing around. I pulled off my helmet and when they realized I was a foreigner, they all covered their mouths with their shirts and ran. None of the kids would get close to me after that.
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    This virus has everyone paranoid, keep enjoying your ride and be safe.

    Cheers!
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    It might be ‘cause you are a bit scary looking with that beard.
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    Perhaps you are right.
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    Best MEME I’ve seen today....
    I didn’t survive drinking Everclear as a teenager to get taken out by a virus named after a beer.
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    Drinking Everclear mixed with Hawaiian Punch...out of a garbage can... had to be good for our immune system:))
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    I crossed from Laos to Cambodia in early 2016 and it was pretty smooth, Australian registered bike. Biggest problem was finding someone on the Cambodian side it was almost deserted but once located , smiles and stamp and away we went. But on the Laos side I was told to walk across first to see if they would let the bike through but it was easy as.
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    I chose to cross from Vietnam to Cambodia. Tried a small border and they said “no, this is not an International Border.” So I went South to Moc Bai. 916D071A-9505-4193-BBEC-28CEE7E9CE52.jpeg Fairly busy with buses, money changers and touts. I ignored all the “helpers” and waited in line to get my exit stamp. 1A22CB42-79B4-477F-A6D5-C48D0C6AB0AF.jpeg Over to Cambodia where they wanted $35 for a visa. 4A092DF2-C0D9-42F5-94AC-DAA15E92CE8A.jpeg I’m pretty sure it’s $30 but they made everyone pay $35. Got my stamp and I’m in with no TIP for the bike. I asked several times if I needed a customs import. They said “Go!” This May come back to haunt me.
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    Congrats, everything I read said that there is no corresponding bike paperwork in Cambodia, so I think that makes sense.
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    Made it to Phnom Phenh and checked into a swanky LA style hotel... for the pool. And lo and behold, there’s a Mexican joint just down the block!

    Decent Margarita, chips and tasteless salsa 411184B5-8981-4D52-874E-99A2EF7D9509.jpeg Delicious Carnitas tacos AC9C5388-966B-4674-88E3-6AFE6435CCD9.jpeg
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    Schmokel Key to Happiness: Low Expectations

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    Odd request.

    Way back when, I worked with a kid that was from Laos. Awesome guy. Spoke very little English. So I taught him English, and he taught my Laos.

    Mang Wang Hoy

    He used that line once, and I asked what it meant. Never gave me an answer. 15 years later, I still have no idea what it means. I'm sure its a swear word or something. But Google Translate can't pick it up. But yea, Mang Wang Hoy.

    Hob Chai Ali
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    Aww, man. Just a little too late as I am in Cambodia. I certainly would have asked about it. I don’t think it’s Khmer either
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    Schmokel Key to Happiness: Low Expectations

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    Bah, oh well. :D
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    Wish that were the fines here! 250,000 Vietnamese dong equals 10.74 United States Dollar
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    That is a difficult one since you probably only remember the phonetics (the sound)
    I suspect Mang is probably Man = it ; Hoy is probably Khoj = me or I. No idea what the Wang would be. Even my wife could not guess it and she grew up in Vientiane