Crossing the border

October 26th, 2012 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

This is the border house at the border between and . We spent around three hours here as they checked all our paperwork.

A few people have asked me for more details of the boat, so here’s a few photos to give you an idea of what it is like on board.

This is the sun deck and pool area. We’re averaged 32 degrees or so, which has been great. Despite it being the end of the wet season, haven’t had a drop of rain yet. Most importantly very little humidity. It is bloody hot, and you wilt in the sun. But it is dry hot. Not like Singapore where you get soaked even crossing the road.

The rather small gym. Nice views though.

This is the main Saigon Lounge. We do briefings in here, and can generally relax in here.

The dining room. The boat can take 92, but we have around 60 – 70, so lots of room.

The interior is lovely, with lots of wood. There are four decks.

The corridor I am in.

My cabin number. Damn. So close!

The bed inside the cabin. A good queen size and very comfortable. Not a lot of sun as I am in the cheaper porthole cabins. But is fine, as I only really sleep or work in there. The upper floors have little balconies.

Has a decent work area. I work offline in the cabin and online in the lounges where I have wireless.

The Library, which also serves as a nice quiet place to blog from.

The RV La Marguerite is very modern, and nice. No complaints at all.

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17 Responses to “Crossing the border”

  1. labrator (1,847 comments) says:

    006 was played by Sean Bean in Golden Eye. A treacherous traitor to the Queen and country…

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  2. RRM (9,826 comments) says:

    Well that all looks rather civilised. Nice.

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  3. KiwiGreg (3,244 comments) says:

    @labrator well he was a cossack so not really english.

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  4. TheContrarian (1,085 comments) says:

    You’ll find the difference between Vietnam and Cambodia quite a shock.

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  5. Longknives (4,690 comments) says:

    Goldeneye was the first of the (Ugh) ‘Pierce Brosnan era’ Bond films….which culminated in him surfing a tidal wave in that horrendous piece of cinema directed by the cross-dressing Kiwi.

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  6. Longknives (4,690 comments) says:

    But cool photos nonetheless- That luxury boat trip looks like quite a hardship!

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  7. KiwiGreg (3,244 comments) says:

    I loved Cambodia. For people who’ve had a pretty shit last 50 years or so, you would struggle to find nicer.

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  8. KiwiGreg (3,244 comments) says:

    Well obviously Pierce didn’t find his true vocation until Mamma Mia came along.

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  9. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    While ya up there hope you planning on a trip to Laos, parts of very beautiful, Luang Prabang is especially pretty located north central Laos on the banks of the Mekong just a short skip from the border.

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  10. RRM (9,826 comments) says:

    Lest we forget: Cruisin’ with Lee Tamahori… the game!

    http://s95358459.onlinehome.us/secondsphere/cruisingame/leegame.html

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  11. labrator (1,847 comments) says:

    Die Another Day was a disaster on all accounts. Who, after good solid mocking via the Austin Powers franchise, decides that the next Bond plot would involve, wait for it, a giant fricken laser beam! I’m sure they probably had to pull the giant shark from the tidal wave surfing scene at the last minute which is why it seemed so ridiculous… Would’ve made lots more sense with the giant shark in there.

    Enjoy Cambodia though 00 agent or not…

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  12. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    Heh….. “The name is Farrar…… James – er – Dave Farrar…..”

    That is a seriously-nice boat! Gee, I can see myself spending a loooong time in that bar…. ;)

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  13. iMP (2,364 comments) says:

    I feel slightly voyeuristic looking at blogged pictures of your bed on a boat, DPF. Are you stalking yourself on our behalf?

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  14. NeutralObserver (93 comments) says:

    3 hours checking paperwork? They must have cut their public service back office too, something for us to look forward too…

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  15. Anthony (794 comments) says:

    The market survey industry must be profitable – it appears to be about US$1,000 a night for a cabin?

    [DPF: Good God no. We're away for 16 days and the cost is around NZ$7,000 each which includes the airfares]

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  16. pq (728 comments) says:

    And the Thai girl is saying to me
    “you have to help Farrar, Mr 006 ,because once he crossing the border those bloody Cambodia will kick him of that Somerset Maughann boat in the Mekong delta. I can get him a Thai girl you tell him straight away early come to Bangkok, what girl does he like.”
    I said Jesus Wan you can’t go forcing a Thai girl on Farrar he probably doesn’t even like Thai girls,
    and Wan says “yes he does they all do, what kind of girl does he want a new original girl in twenties more expensive but not too much. “
    I say how much are we talking, and Wan says,
    “ I get Mr Farrar new girl only three food a day plus small allowance for clothes and family, hardly not expensive at all, or for less money slightly used girl but not bad girl, at all , you tell Mr Farrar I don’t send him bar girl,we don’t like those bar girls south”.

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  17. pq (728 comments) says:

    Anthony, this is Asia, not $USA 1000, or near, the boat I wanted to go on was about $150. but it was a little boat

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