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I have been doing a fair bit of travelling lately, but I haven’t written anything about it here. I’m planning on doing so when I get the time to write everything down. At the turn of the month, I went to Sapporo in Hokkaido for four days including skiing and the snow festival. The weekend after that, I went to the mountains of Hida-Takayama for a couple of days and soaked in many different onsen (hot springs). I will try to write those trips up and post them here with photos soon. I already have some photos up from my Hokkaido trip in my photo album. I will post more as I finish processing them (it takes time).

The next addition to my list of visited places will be Vietnam and Cambodia. I am going there for about 11 days (including flight time) starting from Tuesday February 26th. I have not decided everything on my plan yet - it will probably change during the course of the trip anyhow - but thus far this is how it looks. The map below has the major places I will be visiting marked out.

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I will fly in to Ho Chi Minh City from Tokyo via Taipei on the 26th, stay one night there and then go straight to Siem Reap in Cambodia the next morning, either by plane or by bus - I have read that there is a new bus line going straight from HCMC to Siem Reap that started last year. I will spend a few days there exploring the ruins of the mighty Angkor Wat. I think and have heard that I need at least two whole days to get anything out of it. After that I will go on down to the capital Phnom Penh and stay a night there.

From there I will go on towards Vietnam and cross the border at Kaam Samnor/Vinh Xuong, then continuing to Chau Doc. From here on I am not too sure on how I should spend my nights yet, but I am sure that will figure itself out during my trip. From Chau Doc I will probably continue down to Can Tho to see some floating markets, and after that on towards Vinh Long where I will try to arrange a home stay with one of the local Vietnamese families. Doing the home stay sounds very interesting and is highly recommended by my Lonely Planet guide book. From there I will continue on back to HCMC passing through the towns of Ben Tre and My Tho. I will spend a few more nights in HCMC before I fly back home to Japan on March 7th.

This is what I have in mind so far, but I am sure it is going to have changed quite a bit before I get back home. It will be interesting to see how well my plan match with my actual trip.

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