The Prek Chak/Xaxia Border Crossing
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The motorbike driver arrived at my guesthouse just before ten and we were soon on our way out of Kampot. The narrow tree-lined road toward Kep was a little bumpy though paved. Scenery was picturesque passing rural villages, rice paddies, water buffalo, and an occasional ox-drawn cart.
Some miles after Kep, the driver turned off the paved road for a time-saving 'short-cut' across the countryside on a rough and rugged road of red clay. It zig-zagged across farmlands, past grazing, half-starved cattle, around rice paddies, and through mangrove wetlands. I was somewhat relieved to see another westerner on the back of a motorbike along the same route headed toward Kampot. We were never far from the Cambodian coast but never saw it.
I had bought my Vietnam visa at their embassy in Sihanoukville for US$37. I wanted two months like last year but they can only issue a 30 stay from that office now. I was told I could extend the visa while in Vietnam. I filled out a health questionnaire form which cost $1, then processed through immigration. In twenty minutes, we were back on the road toward nearby Ha Tien.
[These pictures were all taken in Cambodia.]