Rach Gia: Old Stomping Grounds and Relaxation Time

March 23, 2016

The main reason we were in Rach Gia was because Bill was stationed near there in the Navy during the war.  We started off our one full day there by renting a van to take us along the canals that Bill used to patrol.

Our first stop was at the place where Bill used to dock. It's now a ferry crossing where 4 different canals meet.

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Bill's old haunt.

Next we stopped at a river crossing where some tried to follow Bill across and others stayed behind to walk along the shops.  One of the places we passed was a school, with kids standing outside.

We continued down the road till we hit the area where Bills base used to be.  We also ran into a memorial for a female Vietnam soldier.  I'm not sure if that's actually where Bills base was, or if it was just a coincidence, but it was pretty cool either way.

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The memorial.

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Bill and Dylan striking a pose.

After that we headed back to the hotel.  Dylan, David and I walked to a international wholesale supermarket called Metro Cash & Carry (kind of like a Costco.) It was very eerie to see something so American.  They even had english music playing the entire time.  We also managed to find a cool little pizza place that was actually quite good. Then we spent the rest of the day by the pool and otherwise lounging around.

All in all Rach Gia was a nice little stop.

Today we ran into various delays with travel but ended up in Siem Reap, Cambodia around 4pm.  We're here for a busy 4 days, then headed back home.  While I'm definitely excited for the stuff we're going to see and do here, home is sounding nicer by the minute.  

I plan to take tons of photos over the next 4 days, so expect an update or two before we leave still.

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View from our hotel of a local bridge.