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Siem Reap and Cruising the Mekong

Flying to Cambodia

sunny 90 °F

I left the house at 0830 Tuesday morning for my flight to Dulles and the literally half way around the world journey to Siem Reap Cambodia for the start of our visit to Angkor Wat and 7 night voyage down the Mekong to Ho Chi Min City.

After an hour and 7 minute flight from Charleston, I arrived at Dulles International Airport where I would fly with Qatar Airways and Bangkok Air to Siem Reap. At Dulles, business class folks can use the Turkish Airlines Lounge while waiting for the flight.
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The next leg was an 11 hour 45 minute flight to Doha, Qatar. The Qatar business class experience is by far the best business class suite that I have ever traveled on with attentive service and excellent food. By many rating systems, Qatar is the best in the world and the flight attendants are very proud of that fact and go out of there way to keep that reputation. We flew on a pretty new Boeing triple 7. The flight attendant for my section was from the Philippines. The Qatar airport is modern and spacious, and the Business Lounge is something to behold - perhaps holding more than 1500 people.

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The next leg was a 5 hour and 40 minute flight to Bangkok on an A350. Not as luxurious as the Triple 7 but again superb service. We arrived in Bangkok at 0330 in the morning and enjoy the Thai sunrise as we waited for the 0800 flight.

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The last leg was short 35 minute flight to Siem Reap, arriving at about 0930 in the morning Thursday. My transfer arranged with AMA Waterways was waiting and I was in my room at the Hôtel Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort by about 1100...38 hours after I left my house. I had some lunch, dozed for a while, took a dip in the pool and had a wonderful dinner at the hotel's french restaurant, Mouhot's Dream.

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Posted by rpickett 18:39 Archived in Cambodia Tagged to reap siem charleston

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