By March 2020, the world is on lock down: coronavirus epidemic is spreading, hospitals are filling up and political measures are becoming tougher. Overnight, everyone is called upon to isolate themselves - sometimes on the other side of the world, with limited resources. Here, we will talk about our confinement abroad, from our choice to stay to our disrupted daily life.
While volunteering in a hostel in Kyrgyzstan, we were struck by the interest and enthusiasm of a majority of travelers for attractions involving animals - such as multi-day horse treks with tired horses, or souvenir photo sessions with an eagle on arm... Choices that often exasperated us, but also raised many questions!...
Leaving the mountainous region of Sapa, its tourists and rainy weather, we continued our hitchhiking trip to another mountainous region, in the provinces of Hà Giang and Cao Bang, located in the North-East of Vietnam, on the border with China. On the spot, we did not only find good weather and few tourists; we also found much more authentic, captivating and impressive green landscapes!
At the beginning of March 2019, we came to Cambodia by land, via the Vietnamese-Cambodian border post of Moc Bai/Bavet... By hitchhiking, and especially without going through an agency! As a result, we got our tourist visa for Cambodia quite quickly, and at the right price - i.e. without paying baksheesh to corrupt customs officers. Here, we give you a feedback on our experience!
Was it luck? A good preparation? A bit of both? Anyway, the day after our arrival on Phuket island (Thailand), we got a message from Crewbay forum: Grant, an Australian captain, offered to call us to get to know each other, and discuss his plans about sailing and live-aboard conditions on his sailing boat, Trident.
When we entered Laos by land with our French passports, we hadn't taken any steps in advance: indeed, it's quite possible to get your visa directly on the spot - which saves a lot of time, energy and paperwork!