An Intrepid Tour Leader

by Marlo Perry

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Working in Southeast Asia


4. Tet

17th January 2004
I am safe and sound in Saigon and so are my passengers. We made it! Had the final night dinner last night, yes chicken was on the menu, but if anyone gets bird flu it won't be on my shift!

My next trip is through Cambodia - I have never been to Cambodia, and I think that my pose a 'little' bit of a problem as I will be gasping more than the passengers when we get to Angkor Wat. So I am trying to hook up with the next group going through so I can get a feel for the place. My trip starts in Bangkok so I have to get there some how anyway.

Tet time in Vietnam, the roads are packed, colourful flower markets everywhere, everyone happy and trying to finish off all their jobs before the New Year starts. As exciting as it all sounds everything will close 21 - 23rd. So I might be able to cross the street in Saigon without getting hit by a bike but where would I go? All the banks will be closed all week but the shops are closed so there is nowhere to spend money. I am hoping to leave during this time so I might make my own way to Cambodia if another trip isn't heading through shortly.

Cambodia doesn't celebrate Tet (New Year) at the same time as the Vietnamese, their New Year is in April. Wow three New Years to celebrate in three months, what a great part of the world!

I really have to be going. I have to meet the boss to talk accounts. Yes I do have to do some work on this job. Too many zeros in the Vietnamese dong...

About the Author
Marlo Perry is a Group Leader for Intrepid Travel and is loved by mad German women.

1. The Apprentice... 2. Trip One... 3. Half Way... 4. Tet... 5. Monkey Business... 6. Quick Turnaround... 7. Thai New Year... 8. Angkor... 9. Bangkok... 10. It Depends... 11. A&E... 12. Laos... 13. Routine... 14. Pig Rabies... 15. Burma... 16. Tsunami... 17. Songkran... 18. Sick Note... 19. Cycle Vietnam... 20. Street Kids... 21. My Life. Ideas Needed... 22. June Jambles...