One of the highlights of our month-long summer vacation in the Philippines is a side trip to Vietnam and Cambodia.
If there is one place in Southeast Asia that I’d gladly visit again, it would be Vietnam. There’s so many places especially in the northern region waiting to be explored.
It was nice to travel here without the kids, we were able to do a lot of things that we probably won’t dare do with the little ones around. Food was great yet affordable. Transportation was not an issue as there are a lot of options: renting a regular bicycle, motorbike and taking the bus or a metered taxi. Lodging was clean and cheap. Shopping! Shopping was great. I could spend a couple of days in Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City looking for bargains. To sum it up:
I love Vietnam!
We went to Cambodia by bus: from Ho Chi Minh City to Pnom Penh and Siem Reap. Travel time which includes a 45 minutes stopover at the Vietnam-Cambodia border is approximately 14 hours.
Cambodia’s countryside reminds me so much of my hometown in the southern part of the Philippines, in Maguindanao.
Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, is certainly worth revisiting with the kids when they are much older.
While planning for the trip, the first thing that popped right out of my mind is what lenses would I bring? I thought that with all the walking and commute, carrying my primes and telephoto would be like covering a wedding everyday for a week. Thus my decision to bring one zoom and nothing more, I brought my flash but didn’t get to use it and was mostly left in the hostels.
There were a few times I wish I had my 70-200 for people shots and my 1.4/1.2’s for those really low light situations. But most of the time I was happy with the zoom I brought and my back and shoulders were really happy about it too. One of the reasons, I thoroughly enjoyed the trip, ‘shooting light‘.
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