My Itinerary

NOTE: THIS IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. MOSTLY BECAUSE I HAVE A BAD MEMORY AND EVENTUALLY ALL THE PLACES RUN TOGETHER IN MY BRAIN A BIT.

What started out as a month or so in Guatemala became a month in Cambodia. A month in Cambodia became six weeks in Cambodia. Six weeks in Cambodia led to putting the return leg of my trip “on hold” with Singapore Airlines. I’ve included the month leading up to my departure so that I can keep track someday when I’m old and my memory is failing. Assuming the internet hasn’t fizzled out as a fad before then. I’ve tried to include the places I’ve slept so that this page may also act as a resource for anyone planning a similar trip. If there’s anything relevant that I feel needs linking, I’ve linked. Before leaving I did some Florida hopping – from the Orlando area to see Amy and Fenella to Delray Beach to see my parents and back again to the Orlando area. March saw one unexpected drive back to the tri-state area before setting off from JFK to Siem Reap.

USA

Sat, Feb 1: Leave Brooklyn. Stay in Brooklyn to watch Syracuse beat Duke at Red Star Bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Sun, Feb 2: Leave Brooklyn.

Things I SaidNew York was Once Perfect

Mon, Feb 3 to Monday Feb, 10: Portland, Maine

Mon, Feb 10 to Sat, Feb 15: Fly to Orlando, Florida / Sanford, Florida

  • When I was in Sanford, I loved going to opening night of the “Love Your Shorts” film festival. It’s a perfect little event in a tiny (sometimes scary) town. I recommend supporting this if you’re in the area during the weekend-long festival.

Sat, Feb 15 to Fri, Feb 28: Drive to Delray Beach, Florida / Delray Beach, Florida

Sat, Feb 29 to Sun, March 1: Islamorada, Florida

Mon, March 2 to Fri, March 6: Delray Beach, Florida

Fri, March 6 to Tues, March 10: Drive BACK to Sanford, Florida / Sanford, Florida

Tues, March 10 to Thurs, March 12: Drive BACK to New Jersey / Gladstone, New Jersey

Thurs, March 12: Flight from JFK to Siem Reap, Cambodia

CAMBODIA:

Sat, March 14 to Wed, March 19: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Wed, March 19 to Sat, March 22: Battambang, Cambodia

Sat, March 22 to Tues, March 25: Phnon Penh, Cambodia

Tues, March 25 to Wed, March 26: Sihanoukville, Cambodia

  • Where I Slept: Ropanha Boutique Hotel (This was one of the weirdest decisions I made. I made a lot of strange decisions while I traveled and this could not possibly even enter the realm of one of the weirdest. But it was still a bit strange. I’m not sure why I booked this in advance, but I’m pretty sure I was trying to use my paypal balance, it was cheap and I knew I was only staying one night before sleeping in a tent on Koh Ta Kiev. It’s nice, but not anywhere near the beach and I was the only guest. The highlight is that their wifi worked in the gravelly front parking lot/yard where they cooked me some chicken. In fact, it was so strong that I was able to FaceTime. And they were nice. And the room was fancy. But overall, totally not necessary.)

Wed, March 26 to Fri, March 28: Koh Ta Kiev, Cambodia

Fri, March 28 to Mon, March 31: Otres, Cambodia

  • Where I Slept: Rise Otres. (I loved this place. My little bungalow was lovely, I could hear the waves the moment I opened my little door and the music they played was nice. It’s not the only option on the beach, though, so look around.)

Mon, March 31 to Wed, April 9: Kampot, Cambodia

Wed, April 9 to Fri, April 11: Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

Fri, April 11 to Tues, April 15: Otres 2, Cambodia

  • Where I Slept: Golden River Bungalows (I arrived in Otres 2 during Khmer New Year and not a lot was available. A friend booked this for me and it was fine. Not bungalows at all, though. Not on the beach either, but on the river which is nice.)

Tues, April 15 to Sat, April 19: Kampot, Cambodia

  • Where I SleptSamon Village (Staying here again was no question. The family working here invited me to spend some of the Khmer New Year with them and it was like coming back to family)

Sat, April 19 to Sun, April 20: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

  • Where I Slept: The Lovely Jubbly Place. (Also referred to by me as “The Jubs,” this place had a perfect location and the employees were very nice and keen to practice their English. It’s a nice place for meeting normal people as well.)

Sun, April 20 to Fri, April 25: Sen Monorom, Mondulkiri, Cambodia

  • Where I Slept: Happy Elephant Bungalows. (Mot, the owner, is an exuberant fellow who peppers his conversation with colloquialisms he’s picked up from travelers. He took me out for beers one night, gave me fried bugs the next and I’m pretty sure he took one of the mangoes I bought and gave it to his son. This was, by far, the buggiest of the places I stayed.)
  • Things I SaidIn the Mountains: Part One and In the Mountains: Part Two

Fri, April 20 to Sun, April 27: Kratie, Cambodia

LAOS:

Sun, April 27 to Mon, April 28: Pakse, Laos (NIGHT BUS TO VIENTIANNE)

Tues, April 29 to Thurs, May 1: Vientianne, Laos

Thurs, May 1 to Sun, May 4: Vang Vieng, Laos

  • Where I Slept: Vang Vieng Inn (Lovely, off the main street, but a bit noisy as it’s right behind one of the only bars allowed to be open past midnight. There’s a big sign telling guests not to bring puppies in. DON’T SAY I DIDN’T WARN YOU.)

Sun, May 4 to Thurs, May 8: Luang Prabang, Laos

Thurs, May 8 to Sat, May 10: Phonsavan, Laos

  • Where I Slept:

Sat, May 10 to Thurs, May 15: Vang Vieng, Laos (NIGHT BUS TO CHIANG MAI)

THAILAND:

Fri, May 16 to Mon, May 19: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Mon, May 19 to Mon, May 26: Pai, Thailand (NIGHT BUS TO XXXX)

  • Where I Slept: Family Huts (No idea where the name comes from – I saw no family, just wonderful, un-showered travelers. But  speak to the guy who runs the place about the differences between living in the jungle and living in real life – he’s a good soul.) Once I started my 5-day juice cleanse I moved on to Detox Pai at Shangri-La. (It’s outside of town, which I highly recommend. The walk at night will give you the most amazing view of the Northern Thailand stars. Not sure this is a place to stay unless you’re doing their cleanse, but get in touch with them if you’re interested. Lorenzo, the Swiss owner, and his Thai wife will let you know.)

LAOS (AGAIN):

 

Tues, May 27 to Sun, June 1: Don Det, 4,000 Islands, Laos

  • Where I Slept:

CAMBODIA (AGAIN):

Sun, June 1 to Fri, June 6: Ban Lung, Ratanakiri, Cambodia

  • Where I Slept: Tribal Hotel (I can’t quite explain what was off about this place, but there was something. It may have been in the middle of new ownership and complete renovation. The staff was very nice, though. It reminded me of a Cambodian version of the hotel in The Shining. For $5, it was completely fine though.) After two nights, moved along to Tree Top Ecolodge (For $7, this was one of my absolute favorite rooms in all of my travels. The view on the main deck is amazing and the bathroom was made of stones and rocks. Didn’t stay in one of the bungalows, but can’t imagine that anything nicer was necessary. The room came with a little deck with a table and chairs as well. Loved this place.)

Fri, June 6 to Mon, June 9: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Mon, June 9 to Sun, June 15: Kampot, Cambodia

  • Where I Slept: Bodhi Villa (Stay here! I was still able to visit Samon Village anytime I wanted, but got to appreciate a different vibe at Bodhi. Make sure you’re there on a Friday night when a dance party kicks off and runs all night – lots of fun. Don’t expect to be able to sleep.)

Sun, June 15 to Wed, June 18: Koh Rong, Cambodia

  • Where I Slept:

Wed, June 18 to Sun, June 22: Otres, Cambodia

  • Where I Slept:

Sun, June 22 to Mon, June 23: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

  • Where I Slept:

Mon, June 23: Return to USA

  • Where I Slept:
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