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On our second day in Phnom Penh, long before we made it to famous Angkor Wat, we decided to change hotels, moving somewhere with a bit more action and a little less dank. We set our sights really high, choosing the Okay Guesthouse, and believe me, the name was right on the money. Perfectly average. After that we toured the city for a while with its wide boulevards, busy riverfront and a colourful wat that featured some really fat monkeys with unusually prominent breasts. Comparisons to my family’s cats proved inconclusive. The next day our uncanny sense of timing led us to the gates of the Royal Palace just in time to meet up with every tour group in SE Asia. This was perfect as it enabled us to fulfill our lifelong dream of looking at thousand year old Royal wardrobes while touching elderly strangers. In the afternoon it was…

So here we are, three stops down the road, sitting on the terrace of a riverbank bar in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I’m enjoying an Angkor draft, “The National Beer”, as Laynni flirts with sugar overload by bravely attacking her second Coke of the day. Of the day. We’ve carefully positioned ourselves to avoid being either a) caught outside, or b) trapped in our little hotel room when inevitably the skies open up sometime this afternoon. As we moved south in Vietnam the rains started getting more and more common like rashes at a swinger’s club. And just as welcome. At least in Cambodia we’ve been able to pin it down to a fairly predictable window – after lunch. In Vietnam, however, it kept surprising us like a sudden case of traveller’s diarrhoea, occurring at various time of day in both Lak Lake and Dalat, cloudy or not. In Saigon, though,…

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