One thing was certain. 2008 was going to be the year to pay homage to Angkor Wat. And if Cambodia were part of the itinerary, we might as well throw in Vietnam into the mix. But with only a limited amount of time (and leaves available to be sacrificed), going to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in Cambodia and Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi in Vietnam was a stretch. It was almost impertinent suggesting including Laos to the jaunt. Phnom Penh was quickly scrapped off the list while the charms of Halong Bay in Hanoi proved harder to resist. With all the considerations, a compromise had to be reached, as follows: enter through Ho Chi Minh then to Siem Reap and finally exit from Bangkok. Thus the 3-Country Odyssey was set in stone.

Author’s Note

The blog is awfully long, to say the least. At length, this blog’s breadth is comprehensive— covering all the 10 days spent traversing Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap and Bangkok. It follows one person’s POV except when the author was obviously absent in particular instances. (Easily noted by a diffferent font). Historical facts have been thrown in for added depth. The storytelling retains the essence of the “Footprints Across” series which is to chronicle the mundane and magical in equal measure.