Pleiku / Gia Lai to Danang

The bus company collects us from our hotel at 7pm with a modern mini bus to take us to the bus station where there are 10 buses with coloured lights at the ready. All are heading to Da Nang covering three different companies. Our bus company’s four buses are lined up. The number plate is…

Buon Ma Thuot to Gia Lai/Pleiku

A big red sleeper bus takes us, the only foreigners on board, from Buon Ma Thuot to Pleiku (aka Gia Lai). It’s a swaying four hour drive along mountain roads. We have top bunks on opposite sides of the bus. The views are brilliant, making this trip good for daytime travel. ┬áThe only stops we…

Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot

Like Captain Ahab pursuing Moby Dick, Ho Chi Minh City is relentless in her desire to keep us captive. It takes almost two hours before the bus has finally left the city limits and enters more rural landscapes. But finally we break free and he landscape becomes mountainous. ┬áVast views fill the windows as we…

Kampong Chhnang to Phnom Penh

Sitting behind the driver is no place for the feint of heart. So it’s a good thing that Paul and I long ago relinquished our Western sensibilities and accepted the realities of travel. We rattle and bounce down a road built for lighter loads and slower speeds. Overtaking means hurtling headlong into oncoming traffic at…

Siem Riep to Battambang

Today we got the true Cambodia experience: a bus ride that should have been three hours but turned into six. Not because there was traffic but because the bus company spent 2.5 hours trying to fill their bus with passengers by driving laps of Siem Riep before finally hitti g the highway. It was a…

Phnom Penh to Siem Riep

A mini bus from Mekong Express arrives just before 6:45am. It’s a battered and bruised van but the aircon is cranking and the driver negotiates the traffic slowly. We do loops of the city collecting other passengers headed to Siem Riep on the 7:30am bus. At $US13 the bus ride is comfortable, safe and efficient.…