Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Random Jottings Asia 2016 - Destination Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Nice Boarding Pass!
It started with a precarious motorbike ride...

Todays (Monday) plan - fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu to pick up the flight to Kuala Lumpur and if that all works then I should be getting the 7.05 am (Tuesday) to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. If I make it to Phnom Penh in one piece, I should be able to hop on a bus direct to Sihanoukville arriving in town around 2 pm.

The hotel Manager is offering me a lift - on the back of a rather big motorbike.He promises to go slowly and deliver me to to the airport. From past experience its a good idea to empty ones shirt pockets of paper and especially passport! True to his word here I am, intact, at the nice and sweet little airport of Pokhara.

 And the sweet little plane rolls up 30 minutes late - another 20 minutes of deliberation on the tarmac before there are any signs that we might actually get going - not that I'm in any hurry since the KL flight isn't until 9 pm. The plane is old, the windows are dirty, scratched and heavily tinted so any good photos from here are going to be non-existent, how disappointing.  
Mist and cloud obscures the mountains as rhe plane sets course for Kathmandu and a 25 minute journey over the Himalayan foothills. In-flight service consists of a toffee, cotton wool and a  thimble of water - at least its service with a smile!

Simrik Air Beech 1900
 As always getting off the plane and collecting baggage a mere 5 minute bus ride to the dusty little baggage table outside the main terminal. Actually, the baggage cart is towed behind the bus so even before the staff have disconnected the trailer Nepalis are pushing and shoving to be the first - actually I'm the first for a change, being right there on the scene as it were, and with my bag in one piece, nothing missing, no tampering.
No cockpit security

Dirty, scratched and tinted windows
 So, with 6 hours to kill, a stomp to the end of the runway so as to observe the comings and goings of aviation life at Tribhuvan International Airport.
The inflight map

Something of a view!

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