On Cloud 9

Trip Start Mar 18, 2009
Trip End Jan 12, 2010

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Monday, June 22, 2009

We traveled from Kampot to Sihanoukville in a minibus – there were no other passengers and apart from a couple of bumpy unpaved sections of the road the journey was smooth and fast – it took less than 2 hours. We took a tuk-tuk down a very bumpy track to Serendipity Beach and trekked with our backpacks along the sand to Cloud 9 Bungalows.

We were in Bungalow number 5 – up a lot of steps but worth it for the beautiful view across the bay. This is our third bungalow along the coast and it was very clean, had a bathroom (again with only cold water – we are getting used to it) and a balcony with a hammock. Happy Hour was from 4pm-8pm: beers were $1 and lovely cocktails were $2. The room cost $10 a night – not bad !

Over the next 8 days we took a little holiday from our holiday – Monday 15th June was day 90
of our trip and we thought we'd earned a rest. We settled into a pattern of waking when the sun woke us, cold showers, late breakfasts, taking walks along the beach. We read the Phnom Penh post and did the crossword, played endless games of scrabble.

We planned the rest of our trip in Cambodia, planned a little of what we'll do when we get back to England, drank beer, ate thai green curry and lemongrass chicken and sandwiches and baked beans and eggs on toast, pancakes with maple syrup, played mini golf, watched 'Marley and Me' in a private cinema lounge ($10 and a lot of tissues), had our laundry done for the first time since Hiroshima – then did most of it again ourselves, went to the lovely Sokha Beach Resort and used their pool and lovely clean beach and had cocktails at their pool bar.

We watched storms roll across the bay, listened to the screams of people on the banana boats, watched a pair of blue and red spotted geckos in our room, watched a massive thunderstorm at 5am, counted the mosquito bites we must have got whilst watching the storm (11 each), I clung onto Paul when lightening struck right above us and took the power out. I read Pin Yathay's “Stay Alive, My Son” and Chanrithy Him's “When broken glass floats”. Paul read “Voices from S-21” and “Pol Pot's little red book”.

Most importantly we unpacked our whole back-packs and fell into a routine, in between learning the horrors of the Khmer Rouge era and before we embark on the temples of Angkor – we were on Cloud 9.
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rfbevis on

cloud 9
It looks idyllic...the only thing I'm not sure of is the cold water shower. Still - you obviously had a great, relaxing time.

We will play you at Scrabble...is it your board or is it borrowed. We have travel Scrabble and take it everywhere we go except motorbike trips!!

Love Ma

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