It was unclear whether a ferry to the mainland was running on the day after the Tet holiday but I decided I would ride across the Island and check it out. There was one running leaving at 12, so I bought a ticket for Ha Tien and left on the 12 sailing. The Tet holiday can last for several days and I knew accommodation was non existent in Ha Tien, so once on the mainland decided to boot it into Cambodia.
The border was relatively busy. The visa for Cambodia costs $30 US but I had heard if you pay $35. you get fast tracked. It was getting later in the day so I just told the guy charge me $35. It is a bribe of course but no point messing around. I was through there in no time, and interesting the folks off the tour bus in front of me who were actually being a bit obnoxious got sent to quarantine to get checked out.
So now I am in Cambodia with no cell coverage, no Cambodian money and no reservation for accommodation. The closest town is Kep. I made it to Kep just as it was getting dark and checked into the first place that looked OK. The next day I rode to Kampot. Kampot is a bit larger and touristy. Lots of backpackers and older expats. Checked into a place relatively close to downtown and proceeded to get a Cambodian sim card and exchange some money. So now I am good to go for the next couple of weeks here.
Just one last thing about Vietnam. There is a lot of talk about the Vietnamese gouging tourists. I decided before I came that I was not going to let that be an issue. The truth is it does happen. A lot of folks don't do it, but after awhile you get a sense of what the price should be and a lot of time I paid extra. Travelling in Vietnam is not expensive. As an accountant I can't help myself so I did keep a mental tab and it probably cost no more than $20. extra for almost three weeks. So for anyone else contemplating a trip to Vietnam I suggest expect it to happen and just smile and pay it. Remember one million Dong is about $60. Can.