We are maybe spending the most for a bed that we have our whole trip but hey it's a picturesque thatched roof bungalow with 2 hammocks oh and did I mention its 4 steps away from the emerald water.
I really have no complaints right now which is funny because yesterday I had one of my worst days yet. Sihanoukville is not worth a visit except to get here. I'd rather spend my time around a brown, mosquito infested swimming hole than spend time on Serendipity Beach(the main beach in Sihanoukville)
. In our excitement, when we arrived, we headed to the long anticipated beach. It had been too long since we had last encountered the sea. Disappointment hit our bodies like a 10 ton brick. The beach was covered in ugly beach chairs where fat tourists lay in their sun induced comas. Then the vendors came. We were on their radar. "Ladiieeee, miss you want bracelet?" "No thank you." "But if you buy bracelet you buy from me, okay?" I did not want a bracelet but out of politeness I took off my glasses to get a clear look at her face so in that very very very slim chance that my brain did a 360 flip causing me to really crave a bracelet I could recognize her. I said "okay, goodbye." She got angry. I'm not sure if it was because I said goodbye or because I didn't buy a bracelet right away. She said I was not friendly and I shouldn't come to her country if I wasn't going to be friendly. As I walked away, not wanting to cause a scene or make the situation worse by explaining what I meant by my ok goodbye response, she said, "beautiful but not friendly." I was kind of upset by the situation for some reason, maybe because I don't like being called something I'm not. I'm sure there are some real rude older tourist that tell them to "f off" on a daily basis. Perhaps it was just a part of her selling technique. She makes you feel really guilty till the point that you feel you have to buy a bracelet. Not sure. Ill never know because ill never go back there. The other disappointing part of this beach were the hoards of older men with young Cambodian women. We also noticed on the walk down to the beach a few prostitutes. It's sad that a place that had the potential to boast so much natural beauty has come to this, a dirty(on so many levels) city by the beach. But in all fairness our hostel was nice except for the fact that my jean shorts got stolen but I shouldn't have left them hanging on the deck of our bungalow. It was a good hostel and if it was in any other town I would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice backpacker hangout
On a happier note, things are more than good here. We even booked another night and are now going to miss our previously booked bus to Phnom Penh. Highly worth it. This place won't stay like this forever. There's talk of them trying to build an airport and making it like the Koh Samui of Cambodia. This is the first place where I can truly relate with the westerners who have seem to make a home away from home of this island.
More paradise stories to come!
I can not describe the joy I'm feeling right now. This island is nothing we have seen yet. It's what you dream about when you think if beaches and paradise in SEA. The sand is that shade of white you see in postcards and the palm trees definitely grew from tiny seeds in their current location. There are no vendors following you as you walk up the beach and the water is the most comfortable of temperatures.