Truck the World 2017 Leg 4 | Indochina Vientiane Hanoi Saigon Phnom Penh

We toured Indochina during Spring 2017 covering 8.300 km through Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. We started with a stopover in Bangkok, then flew to Vientiane and picked up our truck. Via Northern Laos we enterd Vietnam at Dienh Bien Phu and drove to SaPa, Hanoi and Halong Bay.

We aligned Chinese Sea with wonderful beaches and visited Saigon/Ho-Chi-Minh-City leaving for Cambodia. We were in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and  Siem Reap/Angkor Wat. We aligned Mekong River back to Phnom Penh and looped back to Vientiane for new truck  tires. We were not successful and my codriver had to return home for business. I returned to Phnom Penh and stored our truck flying home for business later.

Our original plan was to continue to Malaysia and Indonesia. But in 2017 Thailand has become no go area for overlanders’ third-country-campers. Trucks like ours are not even allowed to enter at all. We are not in favor of Thai bureaucrazy and will skip Thailand and due to forbidden transit Malaysia and Myanmar from truck-the-world. Instead, we will backpack Indonesia including Java, Bali, Lombok and Saurabaya late 2017.

THAILAND

Before that mess described above became evident we visited Thailand’s Capital Bangkok for 4 days staying at Rembrandt Hotel in lively Sukhumvit district doing those sightseeings you should do.

VIew from Rembrandt hotel over modern Sukhumvit
VIew from Rembrandt Hotel over Modern Sukhumvit, Bangkok | Thailand
First Visiting Shangri La Hotel where Anneli had Stayed as Tennie Several Years ago, BangkoK | Thailand
Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok | Thailand
Anneli Stayed here as Tennie just some Years ago | Thailand
Visiting was Due because this Lady Stayed here as a Tennie | Thailand
Sunset Dinner was due at Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok | Thailand
Sunset Dinner was also Due at Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok | Thailand
But Streetfood is Standard in Bangkok | Thailand
But Streetfood is Standard in Bangkok | Thailand
What Anh at the other Side of the River, Bangkok | Thailand
Bangkok Keeps Colonial Heritage at Chao Phraya Riverside | Thailand
...Plus People Living at the River in Bangkok | Thailand
People Housing at the River in Bangkok | Thailand
Thailand is Buddistic and this is Wat Arun, Temple of Dawn, at the other Riverside in Bangkok | Thailand
Thailand is Buddhistic and this is Wat Arun, Temple of Dawn, at the Opposite Riverside in Bangkok | Thailand
Wonderful Pottery Stele in Wat Arun | Thailand
Wonderful Pottery Stele in Wat Arun | Thailand
Guardians at the Entrance of Wat Arun in Bangkok |Thailand
Scaring Guardians at the Entrance of Wat Arun in Bangkok |Thailand
But a Friednly Chinese Helps us into Wat Arun | Thailand
But a Wise Chinese Warrior Helps in | Thailand
...Where People Pray and Priests ask for Support in Wat Arun | Thailand
…Where People Pray and Priests Ask for Support | Thailand
Elephants are Holy in Tahilnd and they Watch one of the Cross Sections at the Entrance of Wat Pho andthe Royal Palace in Bangkok | Thailand
Elephants are Holy in Thailand and Safeguard the Entrance to Wat Pho and  Royal Palace in Bangkok | Thailand
Golden Buddha inside Wat Pho, Bangkok | Thailand
Reclining Golden Buddha before Entering Nirvana in Wat Pho, 45m long and 15m high | Thailand
And Gold outside in Wat Pho | Thailand
More Gold Outside Wat Pho | Thailand
Gold again inside Wat Po with Emerald Buddha | Thailand
Gold again Inside Wat Pho with Emerald Buddha | Thailand
Golden Stele of Wat Pho in Bankok | Thailand
Golden Stele of Wat Pho | Thailand
Crowded Entrance to Thailands largest Library in Wat Pho | Thailand
Crowded Entrance to Wat Pho Temples | Thailand
Another Impressing Stele in Wat Pho | Thailand
Another Impressing Stele in Wat Pho | Thailand
Too Cold for Golden Buddhas in the Gallery, Wat Pho | Thailand
Too Cold for Golden Buddhas in Wat Pho Gallery | Thailand
...But wonderful Wallpaintings LEad the Visitor through the Gallery into Thailand's largerst Library of Medicine and Arts Thai Massgae was Created here and is still Taught Today in Wat Pho | Thailand
Wonderful Gallery Wallpaintings Lead Visitors into Thailand’s largerst Library of Medicine and Arts. Thai Massgae was Created here and still is Taught in Wat Pho Today | Thailand
Royal Castle looks boring next to Wat Pho in Bangkok |Thailand
Royal Castle Looks Boring next to Wat Pho in Bangkok |Thailand
Cabbage and Condoms, The Best Place for FInal DInner with Friends and Wife in Bangkok | Thailand
Cabbage and Condoms: Final Dinner with “Friends” in Bangkok | Thailand
And here they are, 2 Guest Condoms as a Gift in Bangkok | Thailand
And here they are, 2 Guest Condoms as a Gift in Bangkok | Thailand

LAOS 2

We retuned to Laos for our second visit meeting Friends and picking up our truck safely at our friend’s place. We toured Mekong River West aligning Thai border and then North to Luang Prabang finest city of Laos with a lot of backpcking tourists, again at Mekong.

We continued Northeast through Laos aiming at Vietnam’s Dien Bien Phu.

Camping Overnight at a Temple at Mekong River in Vientianne, Friendly Monks did not even Ask for Money | Laos
Camping at Chomcheng Temple at Mekong River in Vientiane, Friendly Monks did not even Ask for Money after Noon | Laos
This is the Boss Buddha in Vientiane | Laos
This is Boss Buddha at Chomcheng | Laos
And these are his Friendy Servants during Lunch in the Temple in Vientiane | Laos
And these are His Friendly Female Servants during Temple Lunch at Chomcheng | Laos
Unbelievable but True: Meeting with Bad Godesberg Neighbours during Lunch at Mekong close to Vientiane | Laos
Never say Never – Unbelievable: Meeting Klaehne Family, our Bad Godesberg Villenviertel Neighbours, during Lunch at Mekong River just by Hazard in Vientiane  | Laos
Crossing Mekong by Serious Ferry Boat close to Thailand | Cambodia
Aligning and Crossing Mekong by Ferry Boat close to Thailand on our Way to Luang Prabang | Laos
"Olympic" Elephant Games Referring to Old Lao History in S | Laos
Elephant Festival Referring to Lao History in Saynambouri | Laos
This is Boss Elephant for Gold Medal in Saynambouri | Laos
This is Boss Elephant Heading for Gold in Saynambouri | Laos
...His Mates n the Lawn...
…His Mates in the Stadium…
...Eating all the Bamboo after Trampling on it...
…Eating all the Bamboo after Trampling on it…
...Keeping an Eye on his MAtes and Tourists..
…Keeping an Eye on Tourists…
...Germans like those...
…Germans like those…
...Lao Kiddies...
…Lower Income Lao Kiddies…
...upper Income as well..
…And Upper Income as well…
...And Bhuddist Monks...
…Plus Bhuddist Monks…
...As well as our Truck in Saynambouri | Laos
…As well as our Truck in Saynambouri | Laos
Time to Continue to Luang along Mekong River | Laos
Time to Continue to Luang along Mekong River | Laos
Water Supply Business Close to Mekong is Arduous | Laos
Water Supply Business Close to Mekong is Arduous | Laos
And not all Ships are on Duty | Laos
Not all Ships are on Duty | Laos
And to Relax at Wonderful ...Hotel in the most Beautiful City of Laos with Citroen 15CV | Luang Prabang
Time to Relax at Wonderful Villa Santi Accor Hotel in the most Beautiful Lao City with Citroen 15CV in Front, Luang Prabang | Laos
We Enjoy Mekong Terrace instead at Luang Prabang | Laos
We Enjoy Mekong Terrace at Luang Prabang | Laos
And Delicious Fish | Laos
And Delicious Mekong Fresh Fish… | Laos
And Tasty Fresh Fruit Cocktails
…And Tasty Fresh Fruit Cocktails…
And Temples in Luang | Laos
…Temples in Luang…
At Mekong River in Luang Prabang | Laos
…At Mekong River in Luang Prabang | Laos
Just Filigrane and Wonderful in Luang | Laos
Lao Temples are just Filigrane and Wonderful in Luang | Laos
Last View over Mekong in Luang Prabang | Laos
Last View over Nam Khan Mouth into Mekong in Luang Prabang | Laos
Continuing Towards Dien Bien Phu Border Hand Made Broom for Vietnam, Major Lao Export | Laos
Continuing Towards Dien Bien Phu and Vietnam Border: Hand Made Broom for Vietnam, Major Lao Export | Laos
...And Native Ladies Selling Hand Made Bracelets Getting Angry if you just Buy one | Laos
…And Hmong Ladies Selling Hand Made Bracelets and Getting Angry if you just Buy one | Laos
Typical: People Dry Clothes so that you can See them next to the Road | Laos
Drying Clothes so that Everybody Must See them Next to the Road is Typical | Laos
Last City for Supplies before Entering Vietnam | Laos
Muang Khua at Nam Pak and Nam Ou River Joints: Last City before Entering Vietnam | Laos
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Lots of Different Rice being Sold | Laos
And Wonderful Restaurants at the River - High up in Dry Season | Laos
And Wonderful Restaurants at the River – High up during Dry Season | Laos
Wonderful Stay at River | Laos
Romantic Stay at Nam Khua River during Dry Season, too | Laos
Some Work, mostly Women... | Laos
Some of the People Work, mostly Women… | Laos
...And Take Care of Children... | Laos
…And Take Care of Children… | Laos
Some do the Veggies... | Laos
…And do the Veggies… | Laos
Some do Car Washing... | Laos
…Cultur Difference? Males do Car Washing in Laos, too
VIETNAM

Finally we reached Vietnam Border close to Dien Bien Phu – in France better known as City of Defeat.

Vietnamese General Giap never lost a battle and conquered French Military here so that they had to leave their colony in 1956. End of Indochina War but US Americans didn’t know about Giap and returned later for another war… Same result.

Never alone again but with 3 Vietnamese - Welcome at the Border by Officer Dzung, Guide Binh, Driver and Leading Car missing at Dien Bien Phu | Vietnam

Never alone again but in the company of 3 Vietnameses for the next 3 weeks – male welcome at Vietnamese border by officer Dzung, guide Binh, driver and leading car not on this photo at Dien Bien Phu. Nota Bene: Females are not on this welcome list | Vietnam

This was French Main Quarter in Dien Bien Phu | Vietnam
French General Navarro’s Main Quarter in Dien Bien Phu, Captured by VietMinh in 1954 – Suicide  | Vietnam
Vietnam Wars Hero Ho-Tchi-Minh in Dien's National Museum | Vietnam
Vietnam Revolutioner, Founder and President Ho-Chi-Minh in Dien’s National Museum | Vietnam
...And one of the Legendary Transport Bikes for 350 kgs. You need a lot of Bikes and People to get heavy Artillery and Ammunition through the Rain Forest like that unnoticed by the French | Vietnam
One of the Legendary Bikes Transporting 350 kgs. You Need a Lot of Bikes and People to Get Heavy Artillery and Ammunition through the Rain Forest and on Top of Dien’s Hills –  Unnoticed by the French | Vietnam
Vietnam Admirers in the Museum are just one Result | Vietnam
Vietnamese Admirers in Front of their Heroes in the Museum Enjoy Foreigners, too | Vietnam
Like every Vietnamese City Dien has a remarkable Place of Republic and Town House with the Picture of Big Boss Ho | Vietnam
Like each Vietnamese City Dien has a Remarkable Place of Republic and a Town House with the Picture of Big Ho | Vietnam
...AndMonuments up Stairs in Dien Bien Phu: Vietnames are Proud and they have Reasons | Vietnam
…Monuments Upstairs in Dien Bien Phu: Vietnamese are Proud and they have Got Reasons… | Vietnam
...And Red Flags all over: This is one of the last Communist Countries | Vietnam
…And Red Flags all over: Vietnam is one of the Last Communist Countries Worldwide | Vietnam
Fresh Market at Dien: The love to Eat Fruit | Vietnam
…Fresh Market at Dien: Everybody Loves Fresh Fruit… | Vietnam
...And Lots of Meat, Chicken and Spiders, Worms and Veal like our Guides in their Favorite Dien Restaurant | Vietnam
…And Lots of Meat, Chicken and Spiders, Worms and Veal like our Guides in their Favorite Dien Restaurant not Understanding that we did not Try | Vietnam
Sundown over Dien and Time to Leave | Vietnam
Sundown over Dien and Time to Leave | Vietnam
Along River towards SaPa in the Northern Mountains | Vietnam
Aligning Da River and Water Reserve towards SaPa through Hoang Lien Son Mountains | Vietnam
Waterfall in Hoang Lien Song Nature Reserve | Vietnam
Waterfall in Hoang Lien Son Nature Reserve | Vietnam
...Including Minor Tourists | Vietnam
…Including Minor Tourists | Vietnam
...Including Tourist Traps | Vietnam
…And Tourist Traps | Vietnam
Catholic Chrurch in SaPa Touristic Centre - quite Popular for its low Temperatures in Summer Due to Altitude | Vietnam
Catholic Church in SaPa Centre – quite Popular with Low Temperatures during Summer Due to Altitude | Vietnam
...Selling Mushrooms at the Local Market | Vietnam
Selling Mushrooms at the Local Market, that Means on the Street | Vietnam
...An Suckling Pig for Lunch | Vietnm
…An Grilled Suckling Pig for Lunch – just like in Bosnia but this is Vietnam
Original Vietnamese Coffe Brew | Vietnam
Original Vietnamese Coffe Brew – Tasty!
We Enjoy watching the Market and many Begging Children in SaPa - just like in Bonn but this is: Vietnam
Watching the Market and Begging Children in SaPa – just like in Bonn but again, this is: Vietnam
We Enjoy Hotel Panoramic View of High up SaPa Surroundings | Vietnam
Hotel Panoramic View High up over Surroundings of SaPa | Vietnam
Save Enegy: Our Hotel don't Need Electrical Diswashing machines | Vietnam
Save Energy: Our Hotel don’t Need Electrical Diswashing Machines | Vietnam
Hmong Village as Tourist Attraction submontane SaPa: Disney World in Vietnam
Hmong Cat Cat Village is a Tourist Attraction Submontane SaPa: Disney World in Vietnam
...Including Water Pumps...
…Including Tourists and Water Pumps…
…Alert Native Hmong Girl Living elsewhere and Coming by Bus Each Morning…
...As well as Children...
…As well as Children…
...And Pigs Staying Overnight in SaPa | Vietnam
…But Pigs Staying Overnight at Cat Cat | Vietnam
AsiaSenses Guides are not that Familiar with Navigation - we Pass Lao Chai at the Chinese Border and align Red River towards Ha Noi and Stay in Beautiful Leganda Hotel At West Lake in Ha Noi | Vietnam
AsiaSenses Guides are not that Familiar with Navigation – we Pass Lao Chai at the Chinese Border and Align Red River towards Ha Noi Staying in Beautiful Legenda Hotel at West Lake in Ha Noi | Vietnam
...With View of Ha Noi Downtown over the Lake ...
…View of Ha Noi Downtown over West Lake …
...Sale of Fresh Lake Fish at the Close-By Amusement Park in Hanoi | Vietnam
…Fresh Fish Sale at the Close-By West-Lake Amusement Park in Ha Noi | Vietnam
Former Prison for Anti-Communists and US-Pilots Shot down over Vietnam - Inoffficially "Hilton Hotel" in Hanoi | Vietnam
Former Prison for Colonialists, Anti-Communists and US-Pilots Shot down over Vietnam: Officially “Maison Cemtrale”, Inoffficially “Hilton Hotel” in Ha Noi | Vietnam
City Hall of Hanoi | Vietnam
City Hall of Ha Noi | Vietnam
Communist Flags all over Hanoi City | Vietnam
Flags over Ha Noi City Han Kiem Lake | Vietnam
Selling Elaborately Folded Cards in Ha Noi | Vietnam
Selling Elaborately Folded Cards in Ha Noi | Vietnam
Transport is on 4 Wheels without Rear View in Ha Noi | Vietnam
Transport on 2 Wheels without Rear View is Due in Ha Noi… | Vietnam
...for Lunch...
…for Lunch…
...and Flowers in Ha Noi | Vietnam
…and Flowers…
...Even for Tesa Products...
…Even for Tesa Products…
...And Hairdo...
…And Hairdo…
...And Parking for Everybody in Ha Noi | Vietnam
…And Parking is for Everybody in Ha Noi | Vietnam
Some do their Work, mostly Women...
Some do their Work like this Girl Opening her Street Cafe in the Afternoon…
...Buy French Citroen 15 CV...
…Others Buy French Citroen 15 CV…
Others Enjoy...
…Or just Enjoy…
...Getting Married...
…Getting Married…
...But Some do not even Like that...
…Although Some do not Enjoy…
...Did she See that?
…Did She See that?…
...In Front of Metropolitan Hotel, Made by France...
…In Front of Metropolitan Hotel, Made by France…
Wonderful Art Deco French Made in Ha Noi | Vietnam
…Wonderful Art Deco French Made, too…
...And Famous Slim Houses in Ha Noi | Vietnam
…And Famous Slim Houses in Ha Noi | Vietnam
Not a Long Way to Overcrowded Ha Long Bay...
Not a Long Way to Overcrowded Ha Long Bay…
... And Crown Hotel, our Stay at Ha Long Main Road | Vietnam
… And Crown Hotel, our Stay at Ha Long Main Road | Vietnam
But First Enjoy Dinner Invitation by our Guide and his Friends in Ha Long | Vietnam
First Enjoy Dinner Invitation by our Guides and Friends in Ha Long | Vietnam
Tourist Boat Racing towards 2 Chicken in Ha Long Bay | Vietnam
Tourist Boat Racing towards 2 Chicken in Ha Long Bay | Vietnam
Here they are under reduced Visibilty Conditions...
Here they are under Reduced Visibilty Conditions…
Fine Multi Generation House in Halong Bay | Vietnam
Multi Generation House in Halong Bay | Vietnam
Afternoon Race to Famous Ha Long Bay Caves | Vietnam
Afternoon Race to Famous Ha Long Bay Caves | Vietnam
Here they are Designed by Walt Disney...
Here they are, Designed by Walt Disney…
Not too Lonesome in Ha Long Bay...
Not too Lonesome in Ha Long Bay…
...But Exhausting. Next Time we might Take a Plane Flying over Ha Long Bay | Vietnam
…But Exhausting. Next Time we Better Take a Plane Flying over Ha Long Bay | Vietnam
Time to LEave South but oops, Pay Attention to Bikers after End of School in Vietnam
Time to Leave South but Oops, Pay Attention to Bikers after End of School in Vietnam
Pay a Visit to one of the 2 Most Successful Soldiers Worldwide: General Giap. The other was Vietnamese, too... French and US did not know that we Guess.
Visiting one of the only 2 Undefeated Military Generals Worldwide: General Giap Grave . The other one was Vietnamese, too… French and US Rushed into a Mess without Knowing…  | Vietnam
And here is one Proof: Open Bridge over Latitude 13 River, former Broder between Northern and Southern Vietnam
Open Bridge over Latitude 13 River, former Border between Northern and Southern Vietnam including Watch Tower in Southern Vietnam
...And Enormous Loud Speakers in Northern Vietnam, Terror
…And Enormous Loud Speakers for Supersonic Sounding, Music and Speeches of Northern Vietnam, Terrorizing South Vietnam
...And the Corresponding Memorial and Museum | Vietnam
…Corresponding Memorial and Museum | Vietnam
Former French Hue Fortress - Completely Destroyed during Americn War | Vietnam
Former French Hue Fortress – Completely Destroyed during American War | Vietnam
Entrance to Hue Imperial Palace | Vietnam
Entrance to Hue Imperial Palace | Vietnam
Japanese Tourists in the Closed Area | Vietnam
Japanese Tourists in the Closed Area | Vietnam
Dragon Supervising Palace Courts | Vietnam
Dragon Supervising Palace Courts | Vietnam
Ladies Part of the Palace...
Ladies’ Part of Hue Palace…
Gate to Closed Area Recemtly Restored but too much Rain | Vietnam
…Gate to Ladies’ Area Recently Restored but too much Rain | Vietnam
US Military Left a Lot in Vietnam
US Military Left a Lot of Technology back in Vietnam…
...Because of him: VietCong Soldier in Pension in Hue | Vietnam
…Because of Poeple like him: South Vietnamese Freedom Fighter, VietCong Soldier in Pension in Hue | Vietnam
Hue Market is for everything you Need
Hue Market Sells everything you Need
...She Needs a Rice Bowl for Lunch
…She Needs a Lunch Rice Bowl
Monument of Late Vietnamese Imperors at Hue | Vietnam
Late Vietnamese Imperors Cemetary at Hue… | Vietnam
...Including Charming Places for Vistors' Rest
…Including Charming Places for Vistors’ to Rest
View of Da Nang and Chinese Beach towards South | Vietnam
View of Chinese Beach towards Da Nang | Vietnam
Next Stop at Touristic Hoi An at Vinh Cura Dai River Mouth to Chinese Sea
Next Stop at Touristic Hoi An at Vinh Cura Dai River Mouth into Chinese Sea
Touristic Hoi An at Night
Hoi An at Night…
...Tourists for Tasty DInner...
…Tourists for Tasty DInner…
...Daytime in Hoi An
…Daytime in Hoi An…
...And always Time for Elegant Pictures
…And always Time for Elegant Pictures…
...Plus a Dime Supporting the Elderly
…Plus a Dime Supporting the Elderly…
...Temples for Buddhist People...
…Temples for Buddhist People…
Chinese Trading House in Hoi An | Vietnam
…Ancient Chinese Trading House in Hoi An…
Rialto Bridge Copy
….Rialto Bridge Copy…
Students Celebrating Final Exminations
…Students Celebrating Final Examinations…
...Some Exhausted but Beautiful...
…Some Exhausted but Beautiful…
Guide Bing Celebrating Students Admiration in Hoi An
…Guide Bing Celebrating Teenie Admiration in Hoi An…
Good Bye to Nice Hoi An with our Guides
…Good Bye to Nice Hoi An together with our Guides
My Son - Shiva Temples Hidden in the Rain Forest - Biggest Champa Complex in Vietnam
My Son Shiva Temples – Biggest Champa Complex in Vietnam and UN-Cultural Heritage…
...Hidden in the Rain Forest before Excavation...
…Hidden in the Rain Forest before Excavation…
...And before Excavation...
…Temples like this one…
...And after Reconsrtuction...
…And after Reconstruction…
...Even Protecting Decices cold not Hiner the US
…Even Protecting Devices did not Hinder US Bombings…
…One of many Craters at Champa My Son | Vietnam
Table of more than 600 Victims of My Lay Massacre...
Table with more than 500 Civilian Victim Names of My Lai/Son My Massacre in 1968 Starting Change of US Public View on Vietnam War. Journalist Seymor Hersh published his Research Results in 1969 and Received Pulitzer Price…
...Reamianders of Village Houses with Tables of Numers of Killed Persons in My Lay | Vietnam
…Remainders of House Basements Including Tables with Numbers of Killed Persons right there in My Lai | Vietnam
My Lay Monument: Vietnamese People Stays Strong
My Lai Monument: Vietnamese People Stays Strong
One of the Best Beaches we have Seen Worldwide: Nhon Hai Beach and Hostel - A Dream at Nhon Hai | Vietnam
One of the Best Beaches we have ever Seen Worldwide: Nhon Hai Guesthaoue and Beach – A Dream…
…Comfortable Hostel and Tasty Dinner at the Beach…
Nhon Hai Beach View with Typical Boats and Champa Ruins close to Quy Nhon at Chinese Sea | Vietnam
….Nhon Hai View with Typical Boats and Champa Ruins close to Quy Nhon at Chinese Sea | Vietnam
RIce all over Vietnam
RIce Fields all over Vietnam
Chinese Sea Beaches all over as well
Chinese Sea Beaches all over as well…
...Including Girls at the Beach Watching
…Including Girls at the Beach Watching Tourists…
...Beach Houses...
…Beach Houses…
,,,And Litter all over close to Villages at Chinese Sea | Vietnam
,,,And Litter all over Close to Villages at Chinese Sea | Vietnam
Tourists Need a Cosy Break at Mai Am Guetshiurse in My Am | Vietnam
Tourists Need a Cosy Break at Comfortable Mai Am Matrusaden Guesthouse with Wonderful Manager Sheela in Mui Ne | Vietnam
...And Tire Repair Assistance on the Road...
…And Tire Repair Assistance on the Road…
...Removing a Srew on our Way to Saigon
…Removing a Screw on our Way to Saigon
Famous Continental and Caravelle Hotels in Saigon Centre, Ho Chi Mihn City HTSC today | Vietnam
Famous Continental and Caravelle Hotels in Saigon Centre, Ho Chi Minh City HTSC today | Vietnam
Famous Rex Hotel and Terrace in HCMC | Vietnam
Famous Rex Hotel and Terrace in HCMC…
...Cocktail at Rex Terrace with View over Saigin | Vietnam
…Cocktail at Rex Terrace…
...Saigon Skyline over Mekong River at Night...
…Saigon Skyline over Mekong River at Night…
...Beware of Battery Changes on HCMC Market - Less Cost Result in less Endurance...
…Beware of Battery Changes on HCMC Market – Less Cost Means Short Endurance…
...But Leeches are Tasty and Cost Little..
…But Leeches are Tasty and Cost Little, too…
...Same for Dragon Fruit...
…Same for Dragon Fruit…
...Business Lunch at the Market...
…And Business Lunch at the Market…
...Spuervised by Furtue Clients...
…Supervised by Future Clients in HCMC | Vietnam
Saigon Catholic Church...
Saigon Catholic Church…
...and General Post Office just Opposite...
…and General Post Office just Opposite…
...Inside French Art Deco...
…With French Art Deco Inside…
...With Visitors from Malaysia...
…And Visitors from Malaysia…
...And Japan...
…And Japan in HCMC Post Office | Vietnam
HCMC Temple Guarantees for Female Fertility...
HCMC Temple Guarantees for Female Fertility…
...Throwing Light on its Visitors...
…Throwing Chinese Lights on its Visitors…
We enjoy a Final Drink at Market's Bar...
…We Enjoy Police and Final Drinks at HCMC Market’s Bar…
...And HCMC Road Safety...
…And HCMC Road Safety Measures…
...efuse to Stay Overnight at a Hotel...
…But Refused Overnight at Saigon Transient Hotel together with Chinese Hookers…
...Watching Vietnamese Girls in Traditional Costumes...
…Preferring to Watch Vietnamese Traditional Costumes Show…
...But Prefer our own Truk at Mekong River...
…And Store our Truck at Mekong River…
...And LEave Saigon PAying a visit to Last Exit Hotel: Last US Helicpter left from this Roof while Hundred of US Ctizens were still on those Stairs in Hope while Vietcong and Vietnamese Army were just around the Corner
…We Leave Saigon Paying a Visit to Last Exit Hotel: Final US Evacuation Helicpter left April, 30th 1975 at 11:30 am while Hundreds of US Ctizens and Vietnamese Officials were still Climbing these Stairs in Hope but Vietcong and Vietnamese Army were just around the Corner Already… In total 7.000 Persons were Saved in HCMC by the biggest Helicopter Evacuation so far | Vietnam

CAMBODIA 1

We left Vietnam aligning Mekong and entered Cambodia for the first time not far from Saigon crossing a new Mekong bridge towards Phnom Penh. We were happy to leave our guides and Vietnam and found a nice overnight stay at Mekong river during rain season.

We Enter Cambodia and Get Free Camping at People's Party Headquarters at Mekong River | Cambodia
We Enter Cambodia and Get Free Camping at Neak Loeung Communist People’s Party Headquarters at Mekong River | Cambodia
Home of our Hosts above the River...
Home of our Hosts above the River…
...And Children our Guests all over Cambodia
…Children are our Guests all over Cambodia just like here Coming by Motorbike
Mekong River Bridge...
Mekong River Bridge to Phnom Penh…
…And Villa Samnang Hotel, our Cosy Stay in Phnom Penh | Cambodia
Phnom Penh is a Lively and Modern City without much to see but much to Experience
Phnom Penh is a Modern City without much to See but much Life to Experience at Ton Le Sap and Mekong River Mouths…
...still Preserving Colonial Buildings at the Riverside...
…Preserving Colonial Buildings at the Riverside…
...With Impressing Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel at River Mouth...
…With Impressive Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel at River Mouth…
Luxury Bars at Ton Le Sap...
…Luxury Bars at Ton Le Sap…
...And Poor People Doing According Service and Living next to Luxury...
…And Poor People Doing Service and Living next to Luxury…
...Or on A Boat in the River...
…Or on a Boat in the River…
We Prefer Riverside Restaurant with Perfect View over the 2 Rivers...
…We Prefer Riverside Restaurant with Perfect View over the 2 Rivers…
...And Visiting Royal Castle...
…Visiting Royal Palace…
...Give our Honours to Roayals...
…Give our Honours to Royals…
...Understanding that even with Royals not everything is Real...
…Understanding that even with Royals not everything is Real…
...We also Visit Botumvatey Pagoda...
…We also Visit Botumvatey Pagoda…
…A City Gas Station…
...Impressive Phnom Penh Town Hall...
…Phnom Penh Town Hall…
...And Understand that Electricity has Arrived at Phnom Penh...
…And Understand that Electricity has Arrived at Phnom Penh…
...Saying Good Bye to Phnom Penh with A Cocktail at Roof Top Bar...
…Good Bye to Phnom Penh with A Cocktail at Eclipse Sky Bar of Phnom Penh Tower…
...Ejoying a Wonderful Evening View over Phnom Penh | Cambodia
…Enjoying Wonderful Evening Views over Phnom Penh | Cambodia
Noe time to Relax at Ananas Beach Bungalows - Otres Beach 2, Sihanoukville | Cambodia
We Drive down South for some Time to Relax at Ananas Beach Bungalows at Gulf of Thailand – Otres Beach 2 in Sihanoukville | Cambodia
...In this Hut at the Beach...
…Staying in this Hut at the Beach…
...Where you get anything Fresh...
…Where you get anything Fresh…
...Enjoying Wonderful Sundowns...
…Enjoying Wonderful Sundowns…
...Meeting Berlin Friends Micha and Suse touring for 16 Months from Berlin to Cambodia on German MZ Bikes - See Emmenreiter
…And Friends Micha and Suse Touring Berlin – Cambodia – Berlin for 16 Months on German MZ Bikes – See Emmenreiter.de
Royal Train Crossing on the Way back to Phnom Penh | Cambodia
Royal Train Crossing our Way back to Phnom Penh | Cambodia
We visited a Mekong Bar with Guests, Sleeping and no Beer...
We Visited a Mekong Bar with Guests, Sleeping but no Beer…
...And Camped overnight at Mekong River with Rice Shipping
…And Camped Overnight over Mekong River where Rice is Loaded for Shipping…
...Some Working Hard...
…Some Working Hard…
...But some not - still a Communist Country | Cambodia
…But some Don’t – still a Communist Country | Cambodia
We Continued to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat for Sundown | Cambodia
We Continued to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat for Sundown – The Largest Area with Man Made Buildings Worldwide | Cambodia
Finding Beautiful Maid Statues Used, Breaswise in Angkor Wat | Cambodia
Finding Beautiful Maids Used Breastwise, Watch the Colors…
...But also Original Pint at Temple Ceiling...
…And Original Paint at Temple Ceiling…
...And Colourful Monks Understanding why this is tehri Colour
…And Colourful Monks Understanding why this is their Colour
He was our Driver for this Day...
Shang was our Driver these Days…
Bringing us to the next Temple...
Bringing us to the Gate of Angkor Thom and Bayon Temples…
...Being Surveyed...
…Being Surveyed…
...Reaching Hindu.... Temple...
…Reaching Hindu Bayon Temple…
...With Sleeping Buddha...
…With Sleeping Buddha…
…And His Princesses… See the Colour – that Temple Area must have been quite Colorful…
...And those Monks Know about it...
…And those Monks Know about it…
...Next Temple with Tourist in Pink Stepping down...
…Baphuon Temple with Colorful Female German Tourist Trying downstairs Cautiously…
...After Taking a Winner Photo right from the Top
…After Taking a Photo right from Baphuon Top…
...Famous Elephant Terrace...
…Famous Elephant Terrace…
...NExt to this Temple still in Use - fro Wedding Ceremonies...
…Temple still in Use for Wedding Ceremonies…
...And Gate to the most Famous Temple of ...
…And Gate to Famous Ta Prohm Temple in Angkor Wat – Almost Left as Found by French Archaeologists after “Discovery”, all the other Buildings have been Excavated, Trees being Removed…
...These are the Famous Trees Walking over Walls...
…These are Famous Kapok Trees Walking over Walls…
...Temples...
…And Temples together with Choker Figue/Banyan Tree Turning  Temple Area into a Labyrinth Scaring Tourists…
... Houses in Angkor Wat | Cambodia
…Walking even over Houses in Angkor Wats Ta Prohm  | Cambodia
Time for a Refreshing Coconut Drink...
Time for Refreshing Coconut Milk…
...And Rest in this Wonderful Garden Hotel in Siem Reap | Cambodia
…And Rest in this Wonderful Garden Hotel in Siem Reap | Cambodia
On our Way back to Mekong Former Tropic Forest in Fire for Hundreds of Kilometers after Selling the Trees to Vietnamese Dealers
On our Way back to Mekong Former Tropic Forest in Fire for Hundreds of Kilometers after Selling Trees to Vietnamese Companies, Standard in Cambodia
Camping under the Bridge together with Poor Dealers in Stung Treng | Cambodia
Camping under the Bridge together with Poor Dealers in and next to their Truck in Stung Treng | Cambodia
...Looking Down to the River with Sand Gatherers...
…Looking Down on the River with Sand Gatherers…
...Receiving Visit of their Children after Daily Evening Wash
…Receiving Visit of their Children after Daily Evening Wash in the River

LAOS 3

We entered Laos for the third time intending to mount a set of new Michelin tires and to store the truck again in Vientiane. This was not successful, however.

...Reaching Mekong Water Falls at the Border between Cambodia and Laos
Reaching Mekong Water Falls in Laos…
...And Famous 4000 Islands in 40 km Wide Mekong River | Laos
…And 4000 Islands in 40 km Wide Mekong River | Laos
Crossing Mekong by Ferry Boat
Crossing Mekong by Ferry Boat… | Laos
...The Captain and his Crew...
…The Captain and his Crew…
...And Success with his Luxury Ferry, a Combination of two Boats...
…And Success with his Luxury Ferry, a Combination of two Boats…
This was the Reason to Cross Mekong: Famous Temple Wat Pouh in Champasak | Laos
This was the Reason to Cross Mekong: Famous Temple Wat Pouh in Champasak | Laos
...And View down to the Main Northern Temple...
…And View down to the Main Northern Temple…
French Colonial Buildings still Exist in CHampasak | Laos
French Colonial Remainders in Champasak | Laos
Next Tire Blowout in Savannakhet...
Tire Blowout in Savannakhet…
Time for Half Day Rest at Mekong River while Mechanics do Repairs - Spare tire had a Blowout, too in Savannakhet | Laos
…And Time for a Half Day Rest at Mekong River while Mechanics do Repairs since Spare Tire had a Blowout, too in Savannakhet | Laos
Ant Time for Visitors, a Gekko
Time for Visitors in the Cab, a Gekko
View over Karts Formations in Khamouane Close to Vietnam Border | Laos
View over Karst Formations in Khammouane National Park Close to Vietnam Border | Laos
Meeting the only other Overlander Vehicle on that Leg, French Couple coming from South Korea, Khammouane | Laos
Meeting the only other Overlander Vehicle on that Leg, French Couple Coming from South Korea, Khammouane | Laos
View over Vientiane "Skyline" from a Fine Beergarden in Vientiane | Laos
View over Vientiane “Skyline” in a Fine Beergarden in Vientiane | Laos
Our MAN SAfe but not Secure at Vientaine Nightmarket
Our MAN Safe but not Secure at Vientiane Nightmarket
Investigations about New Tires for our truck were not Successful in in Vientaine. So final Good Bye to my Codriver at Vientaine Airport and Wy back to Phnom Penh| Laos
Acquisition of New Truck Tires was not Successful in  Vientiane. Final Good Bye to Codriver at Vientiane Airport and Way back to Phnom Penh with the Truck | Laos
On the Way back South Clouds over Mekong | Laos
Clouds over Mekong | Laos
As can be Seen Rain Season has Started in Thakhet already | Laos
As can be Seen Rain Season has Started, Thakhet  | Laos
Again my Way leads through Khammouane Karst Formations...
Again Way Leads through Khammouane Karst Formations…
...Over Muddy Paths...
…Over Muddy Paths…
...Over Bridges you would not even Try to Use in Germany...
…And Bridges you would not even Try with a Truck in Germany…
Native Houses are Built High up because of Wet Season like that...
…Native Houses are Built High up because of Wet Season…
...And Look like that when Inhabitated...
…And Look like that when Inhabitated
I Perfer this Pakse Hotel with Roof Garden...
I Prefer Pakse Hotel with Roof Terrace…
...Roof Terrace Dining...
…Fine Dining…
...And Gekkos Visiting...
…And Gekkos Visiting…
...Protected by this Typical House Altar in Pakse | Laos
…Protected by a Typical House Altar in Pakse | Laos
French Colonail Remainders in the City...
French Colonial Remainders in the City…
...And a Horologist o the Road in Pakse | Laos
…And a Horologist on the Streets of Pakse | Laos
A Trp through Bolaven Palteau Takes me to Tad Frane Waterfalls...
A Trip through Bolaven Palteau Takes to Tad Frane Waterfalls…
...and its Guesthouse...
…and Tad Frane Guesthouse…
Continuing to Paksong Rain Gets Heavier but Popel are usedto that...
Continuing to Paksong Rain Gets Heavier but Poeple are used to Rain in Laos
French Colonialists have made Bolaven Plateu to one of the Best Coffe Regions Worlwide due to hmid Climate over 1000 m Altitudes - Time to LEarn more about Coffe Making...
French Colonialists have Turned Bolaven Plateau into one of the Best Coffee Regions Worlwide with Humid Climate at High Altitudes – Time to Learn more about Handcrafted Coffee Making in Laos
...This a Coffee Tree Blooming...
…This a Coffee Tree Blooming…
...These Ripe Coffee Cherries...
…These are Ripe Coffee Cherries…
...Coffee Bean and Cherry Opened...
…Coffee Bean and Cherry Opened…
...Coffee Drying in the Sun...
…Coffee Beans Drying in the Sun…
Coffee Beans before Roasting...
…Coffee Beans before Roasting…
...Mesh after Drying in the Sun...
…Coffee Cherry Mesh after Drying in the Sun…
...Coffe Roasting has to be Done Carefully and Fast...
…Coffee Roasting has to be Done Carefully and Fast…
Dry Roasted Beans and Remove Husk: Finished
…Cool Roasted Beans down and Remove Husk: Top Lao Coffee Finished, Arabica, Cheers
...All this Lecture and Demonstration at JCFC Coffee Cooperative Founded and Run by US American Nongovernment Volunteers, my Instructor was Swiss Marc
…Lecture and Demonstration at JCFC Coffee Cooperative Founded and Run by US American Nongovernment Volunteers and Swiss Instructor Marc
Camping is Difficult because in Tropic Rain Forests without Pads...
Camping is Difficult in Tropic Rain Forests on Small Pads…
...But with Friendly People...
…But with Friendly People…
...Guidng their Animals Home because of Wild Animals...
…Guiding Animals Home because Rain Forest is Wild…
...And Roads are like that
…And Roads are like that on Bolaven Plateau | Laos
I Prefer to Stay at Elephant Lodge...
I Prefer to Stay at Elephant Lodge…
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…Try to Beware of Mosquitos and Malaria…
...Enjoy Dinner...
…Enjoy Dinner…
...Cactus...
…Cactus…
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…Just Cows for 3 Days in this Volcano Crater – Elephants off Duty…
Getting Final Cheap Diesel in Laos...
Getting Final Cheap Diesel in Laos…
...And Chashier plus Cokk in that Typical Gas Station. No Remarks about Child Labor Please in Laos
…And Pay Chashier plus Cook in that Gas Station. No Remarks about Child Labor in Laos, Please

CAMBODIA 2

Returning to Cambodia showed that Rain season was getting stronger. I aligned Lao Border towards East to Vietnam. In Banlung I turned South for Mondulkiri Nature Reserve and Sen Monorong where Nature Lodge was my goal for next 5 Days.

Rain Clouds over Lumphat | Cambodia
Heavy Rain over Lumphat | Cambodia
Nature Lodge in Mondulkiri | Cambodia
Nature Lodge in Mondulkiri | Cambodia
Nature Lodge Manager Srey Mol Invites me to Visit this Pepper Plantion...
Nature Lodge Manager Srey Mol Invites for a Visit to this Pepper Plantation…
Pepper Machine Separating Pepper and Limbs
…Pepper Machine Separating Pepper from Limbs…
Maybe I should Relocate?
Maybe I should I Relocate to this Pepper Plantation
Bou Sraa Water Falls Close to Vietnam is a Must See and Festival to Native People. And full of Corchids and Green Tree Snakes...
Bou Sraa Water Falls Close to Vietnam are a Must See and Holiday Event for Lao People – full of Green Tree Snakes…
...We Found just Orchids...
…We Found Orchids and Bananas…
...Picnic Area..
…A Picnic Area…
Photos in Phnong Native Dresses are a Must for Cambodian Females at Bou Sraa | Cambodia
…And Took Photos in Phnong Native Dress, a Must for Cambodian Females at Bou Sraa | Cambodia
...And taht the Satndard Photo...
That is the Standard Photo…
...And this a German Tourist
…And that a German Tourist
View over Mondulkiri Airport | Cambodia
View over Mondulkiri City and Airport | Cambodia
Neighbor Invites for Lunch at his Home in Mondulkiri | Cambodia
Nature Lodge Neighbour Invites for Lunch at his Home in Mondulkiri | Cambodia
...Tasty Grilled Fish on Banana Leaves as Plates and Great Wine...
…Serving Tasty Grilled Fish on Banana Leave Plates and Great Papaya Wine, Self Made here…
...His House, Self Made as Well Next to Nature Lodge | Cambodia
…His House, Self Made as Well Next to Nature Lodge | Cambodia
Good Bye Party at Modukiri Karaoke TV, a Stunning Experience for a Western Guy...
Good Bye Party at Modukiri Karaoke TV, Standard Holiday Fun and Stunning Experience for a Guy Used to Western Style Beat and Music…
...Enyjoy the Beautiful Girls Operating Karaoke TV and Offering Additional Services - Tolerated by Everyone in Modulkiri | Cambodia
…Enyjoying Beautiful Girls Operating Karaoke TV and Offering Additional Services – Tolerated by Everyone in  Cambodia
Good Bye Dinner at Modulkiri Coffee Plantation with Veggies Wrapped-Up in Banana Leaves is another Holiday Fun in Cambodia
Good Bye Afernoon Dinner at Modulkiri Coffee Plantation with Hot Veggies Wrapped-Up in Banana Leaves is another Holiday Fun in Cambodia…
...Dining Outdoors is a Standard in Tropic Cambodia
…As is Dining Outdoors in Tropic Cambodia
Good Bye to my Friend at Nature Lodge...
Good Bye to my Friend at Nature Lodge…
Good Bye Lunch with Family, Running Dressing Store, Dental Surgery and Farm in Modulkiri | Cambodia
Dish Washing after Lunch at Manager’s  Sister’s House in the City of Modulkiri | Cambodia
...Her Shop...
…She Runs this Fashion Store….
...Her Husband Farmer and Dentist...
…Her Husband is a Farmer and a Dentist…
...Old Town Centre and Main Road before her Shop and House in Mondulkiri | Cambodia
…Old Town Centre Main Road before her Store and House in Mondulkiri | Cambodia
Time to LEave for and Pay a Visit to Chup Rubber Plantation on the Way to Phnom Penh | Cambodia
Time to Leave and Pay a Visit to Chup Rubber Company Established by French Colonialists Close to Kampong Cham on the Way to Phnom Penh | Cambodia
...and this is the Outcome: Latex...
…Rubber Plantation Trees are Continuously Bruised for Bleeding and this is the Outcome: Caouchouk of Cambodia
...Poor Cows Watching my Way to Phnom Penh...
…Poor Cows on the Way to Phnom Penh…
...Final Cleaning of the Truck before Storage in Phnom Penh...
…Final Cleaning of the Truck before Storage…
...At Finn's Envostar Truck Maintenace and Repair...
…At Finn’s Envostar Truck Maintenace Company in Phnom Penh | Cambodia
Great European Lunch at ... in Phnom Penh
Business Lunch at Malis in Phnom Penh
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Former Tuol Sleng School Converted to Concentration Camp “Security Office 21” under Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge Regime bewteen 1975 – 1979. A Genocide Museum Today Showing Torturing Instruments, Prisoner’s Rooms and Vitae of Captivates, mostly Women and Children. They were not Murdered here but Transported to Fields. There were many Distributed all over Cambodia. Nota Bene: During 3.5 Years Khmer Rouge Killed almost Half of Cambodia’s Population of 7 Million Aiming at Extinction of Educated, Rich or People wearing Glasses… Vietnam Brought an End to this Drama in 1979 by Military Intervention although both Countries were and still are Communistic.
Temple of Skulls at ... in Phnom Penh | Cambodia
Temple of Skulls at Killing Fields in Phnom Penh | Cambodia
...And Here they are, Excavated On-Site at Killing Fields...
…Skulls Excavated On-Site…
...In Mass Graves like this one at Killing Fields in Phnom Penh | Cambodia
…Found in Mass Graves like this at Killing Fields in Phnom Penh | Cambodia
These Visits into History Require a Visit of Wat Phnom Temple Established 1372 on Phnom Penh Hill and Park in Phnom Penh
Activities into Recent History Require Visiting Wat Phnom Temple Established 1372 on Phnom Penh Hill and Park…
...And Make Sacrifices to Buddha inside of Wat Phnom Temple
…And Donating Sacrifices to Buddha inside of Wat Phnom Temple
Monkeys all over Phnom Penh City do not Donate but Steel everything they Get Hold of
Good Bye Dinner Overviewing Tonle Sap River in Phnom Penh | Camdoia
Good Bye Dinner Overviewing Tonle Sap River in Phnom Penh | Camdodia
Comfortable Flight Home with this Emirates Airbus A380...
Comfortable Flight Home with Emirates Airbus A380 Stopping over in Dubai…
...And Final Dinner before Landing in Frankfurt | Germany
…And Final Dinner before Landing in Frankfurt | Germany

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