Our flight from Auckland was delayed due to fog in Brisbane. By the time we landed in Brisbane, we had missed our flight to Cairns. We booked another flight to Cairns for later that night and had about 9 hours to kill so we headed to the CBD of Brisbane to explore. We walked around and found a weekday market selling all sorts of produce and ethnic food. We were shocked at how crowded it was at 1pm on a Wednesday. We also went to city hall to the free Brisbane Museum that had exhibits about how the city was formed. We did the free tour of the clock tower while there as well. City hall is surrounded by huge skyscrapers now so the view wasn't a good as it used to be, but it was still pretty cool. After only a short time in Brisbane, we thought it would be a great city to live and work in. After exploring we headed back to the airport and finally flew to Cairns.
We flew from Bangkok to Phuket then took a car for an hour and a half north to Khao Lak. Its a sleepy little beach town that the dive trips to the Similan Islands leave from. It reminded us of the Florida Keys with every other shop being a dive shop. We had a reserved a 2 day/ 1 night live aboard through Khao Lak Explorer and spent the time we had in Khoa Lak exploring local beaches.
We debated for a long time on how to plan our itinerary after Vietnam. Thankfully we spoke with many travelers along the way and heard recommendations. Because we flew twice and skipped a few cities, we moved through Vietnam in 10 days rather than our planned two weeks. Since we had some extra time we decided we needed to visit the beaches of Cambodia. We also contemplated on scuba diving while there. We heard mixed reviews on the diving conditions, as some of the waters have been damaged from dynamite fishing and over fishing. But Cambodia is also one of the cheapest places to dive, so after visiting a dive office in Phnom Penh we decided to go for it. From Phnom Penh, we booked a five hour Mekong Express van to Sihanoukville, the main town on the southern coast.
Chris & Taylor
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