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ASIA Cruise – Part 2 – Sihanoukville, Pattaya and Kho Kood Island.

After visiting various stops in Vietnam next was Sihanoukville in Cambodia – a port in transition but as usual visiting the people in the market and at their homes was fantastic – such a gentle kind nation who have suffered so much.

In the colourful Cambodian local market

Daily life in Sihanoukville – a schoolgirl buys her lunch while on her bike.

Peaceful thoughtful people

Of course in Cambodia you have to visit a temple wherever you are (and I will be at the big one in a few days when I head to Siem Reap) but in the meantime this was the first temple (Wat Lau) we saw at this location.

Monks at the temple

Many many versions of Buddha

Pattaya in Thailand was next – never been a favourite of mine but I did enjoy the big focus on the forthcoming Year of the Rat – as this is my Chinese zodiac sign so always interesting to see how the Tat is portrayed in various parts of Asia – more to come no doubt.

Looking forward to the year of the Rat

A visit to the man made floating market was fun too

I finally got to enjoy a caviar in the surf event on Seabourn – usually I tend to be on cruises away from beaches so have only seen the pool version. In this one we are all able to disembark to a tropical island – in this case Kho Kood – and enjoy the ocean, massages, a seafood bbq and caviar served in the surf. Fun.

Kho Kood island for caviar and champagne in the surf

In Pattaya we also visited the Sanctuary of Truth – a kind of Thai version of segrada familia inasmuch as it is still being finished thirty years after it was started by a local business man who wanted to celebrate the importance of life on earth regardless of your religion. It is quite the feat of engineering as it is also only made out of wood and has no nails at all – so we had to wear hard hats inside but I think it will last a long time!

Exterior of the Sanctuary of Truth

Interiors of the Sanctuary of Truth

Now the night before disembarkation and Chris, Luisa and I say goodbye to the lovely crew.

Until next time….. but now on to Singapore for a few days.