Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia is the world’s 12th-longest river and the 7th-longest in Asia. Its estimated length is 4,350 km (2,703 mi).It starts from the Tibetan Plateau & runs through China’s Yunnan Province, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
A perfect place to relax & watch life on the Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia. A huge storm hit while we were there & the noise on the ancient tin roof was deafenning. 🙂
Seeing Phnom Penh by Tuk Tuk
An inexpensive way to get around the city, short rides are only $2 or $3 USD.
Many temples similar to Thailand
We didn’t inspect any of the Cambodian temples, we had our quota in Chiang Mai the previous week. 🙂
From the old to the new
There is a building explosion happening in Phnom Penh mainly due to enormous funds flowing in from China.
Modern buildings are multiplying
In a few short years you won’t recognise Phnom Penh.
Very little activity
The first thing we noticed around these modern buildings was very few people around. I’m guessing it’s out of the locals price range.
The “old” Cambodia is far more appealing
Which do you prefer? In my book the “old” wins hands down. 🙂
What a great surprise, full marks to the French owners for their unique idea.
Metro Hassakan restaurant
Located in the main street opposite the river, nice atmosphere & good food.
Farewell to the Mekong River
Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia & Sihanoukville are certainly changing rapidly, not necessarily for the good I’m afraid. However there are still many wonderful experiences to enjoy in this fascinating country.
Sadly this lovely coastal village is never going to be the same, just read THIS STORY.
This is mainly a vegetarian restaurant which would normally be off limits for me. 🙂
Lovely spot beside ferry terminal
From memory a local beer was only about 70 US cents.
We took the fast boat to Koh Rong for $22 USD return, certainly a worthwhile trip.
DAO from the beach
Put it on your Sihanoukville bucket list. 🙂
The beach lights up at night
A great atmosphere for drinking & dining
Food cooked to perfection
These charcoal fires generate enormous heat.
The fish was absolutely delicious.
Price around $8 USD.
Pasta & Ribs
These were our entrees.
There are two room sections at our hotel at the next beach, it was a terrific place to stay, we booked at the cheaper option, the Sokha Express. You still have full use of all the facilities, for a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.
Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 gave me a welcome break from the relentless heat in Thailand. I offered to house sit & look after Sam the dog for my friends Tony & Nikki Murphy.
Melbas is still my favorite bar
Drinks with Geoff Robinson who traveled from Gosford on business.
Rebel without a cause
Grant Thompson taking his Harley for a spin to Mt Tambourine.
Fresh prawns from the trawler
The best in the world without a doubt.
Here is where you buy them.
located just north of Marina Mirage, just call Curly on 0417 668 591, he’s one of the boat owners, he will let you know what they have in stock.
Friends from the 80’s
At La Rustica with George Hoult & Steve Bates who are friends from Sydney in the 80’s.
George & his lovely Thai lady.
George was on his way to spend a week sailing around the Whitsundays. La Rustica has been around forever & still serves very good food at the right price.
Flashback 30 years to November 1987
Here I am at La Rustica with Winnie & Allison in 1987, how time flies when you are having fun. I was lucky enough to have a fling with both of these ladies, Allison was only 18 at the time so I promised her the world & bought her an atlas. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater all add up to a breathtaking view of Surfers Paradise which is located 800 kilometers north of Sydney & 80 kilometers south of Brisbane.
We are looking east to Marina Mirage on the right & the Vercace Hotel o the left.
Beside those rocks is the entrance channel to the Broadwater, or the exit depending on which way you are going. 🙂
Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater
Here is a closer look at the rock wall on the southern side of the seaway entrance.
Hundreds of boats use the seaway every day.
Everything from jet skis to huge luxury cruisers, all hoping to enjoy Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater & maybe a bag full of fish.
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Some get into trouble when the sea is rough.
The rescue boat is always there to lend a hand.
My friend’s catamaran.
A nice way to escape the rat race of Surfers Paradise. 🙂
Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater
A great day out on the Broadwater.
Some guys prefer to fish.
Boats, who needs boats? We are here to catch a big one.
And I’m here for a sun tan.
So no matter what you are interested in you will find it n the Broadwater.
Did I mention the seafood?
You have two great choices, pull into Charis seafood at Labrador & pick up your lunch. Those of you with a sharp eye will notice the mud crabs are $36.90 a kilo, well tat was 2010, sadly in 2017 they have doubled in price.
Direct from the trawler.
This is my preference, they are located just north of Marina Mirage, just call Curly on 0417 668 591, he’s one of the boat owners, he will let you know what they have in stock.
Best prawns in the world.
These medium size king prawns are around $25 aud a kilo.
Take the at out or……..
Order lunch at one of the many restaurants?
So many decisions & such little time. 🙂
Back to Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater
What a fabulous part of the world.
Houston, we have lift off.
The kite surfer is having a ball.
An amazing view.
From my friends apartment, it does not get better than this. By the way it’s for sale3 for a lazy $1.5 million AUD.
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Thanks for visiting my Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater photo blog.
Brighton Beach famous English resort, what a pleasant surprise. If you can overlook the pebbles on the beach instead of sand there are so many great pubs and restaurants to choose from. The photo above was taken from my hotel, the New Madeira, only 40 Quid per night.
The New Madeira hotelis in a great location across the road from the Brighton Pier, only 40 Quid per night for a single room, the walls are a little thin so the rooms can be a little noisy, but the price is right as is the location. If you want something more upmarket choose the Holiday Inn.
If the English winter is too cold for you jump on a plane to Thailand
Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip seeing lots of friends & in particular caught up with Karen Greenwood an old girlfriend from 1991, 26 years ago. As you can see see still looks fantastic. 🙂 So many great memories came flooding back, it was certainly wonderful week Surfers Paradise. We are at Franks seafood cafe on Chevron Island.
I first visited this iconic bar on New Years Day 1982, 35 years ago. The reason I am so sure of the date is it was the day after my unforgettable NYE on Sydney harbour with my overloaded boat being showered by sky rockets.
First stop Kingscliff only a 40 minute drive.
Just a quick stop for a very good breakfast and some photos.
Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW was my first stop on the way from Port Macquarie to Sydney in March 2017. A population of over 18,000 people it is a holiday destination for many Sydney people who are only a 4 hour drive away.
Over the bridge to Forster
The bridge is 631 metres long and was built around 1956, prior to that it was a half hour ferry trip between the two towns.
View from Forster to Tuncurry
It is really a magnificent looking structure.
A fisherman & a pelican
Who is going to catch the first fish? My money is on the Pelican. 🙂
Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW
There are so many places here you can go by boat.
A boating paradise.
More water than land around Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW.
Talking about boats….
This one is almost identical to the boat I owned in Sydney in the 80s. One of my most interesting experiences occurred on NYE 1981 on Sydney Harbour, follow THIS LINK for the story of THE GREAT ESCAPE.
The main St in Forster
As you can see the main street is nothing to get excited about.
Nice little coffee shop
I’m happy as long as I find a good coffee shop with the daily newspaper. 🙂
If you have the time take a cruise
Unfortunately I was heading south to Gosford so I didn’t have time for a cruise.
Not too many alternatives here.
You could have fun on this boat
As long as your friends contributed to the fuel cost. 🙂
The annual weather
An absolutely beautiful climate in Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW.
We always seem to come back to the bridge
No doubt it is the most memorable landmark in the area, and probably even the whole NSW coast.
Over the bridge & back to the highway.
Next stop Gosford, thanks for visiting my Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW photo blog.
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