The seaside at last!

Trip Start Sep 02, 2007
Trip End Feb 28, 2008

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Sihanoukville is a more chilled place and a welcome relief after Phnom Penh.  We arrived two days ago, on a definitely seen better days coach with possibly leather possibly plastic seats (nice and sweaty!).

It took just over four hours to get here from Phnom Penh and we originally thought we would need to go back to Phnem Penh in order to get a bus to Ho Chi Minh City but we now think we can get a coach direct from here (we will wait and see!).

There are alot less tuktuks here and alot more motorbike taxis, bizarrely the tuktuks seem to run off bigger bikes but actually run slower than those elsewhere?! When we arrived at the main bus station there were no tuktuks just motorbike drivers, and a load of people dishing out leaflets to their hostels/guesthouses (it wasn't quite the same manic pestering which we have come to expect but it was still pushy!). We opted for a normal car taxi given how huge our bags were, and requested to be taken to a guesthouse we had read about in one of the books. As is so often the case though the taxi driver thought he knew best and took us to a different place!

The guest house we arrived at is practically right on the beach (better location than the one we had chosen) and the rooms were cheap and cheerful so we decided to stay. We went for an evening walk along the beach and watched the sunset which was really nice.
That night we woke to heavy heavy rain, and the next day it seemed to rain pretty much non stop except for a small break in the afternoon, when we hit the beach pretty sharpish!!
The beach itself is nice, with very white sand and wooden shacks along the beach selling food and drink. The bit we are at has been busy over the weekend with Cambodian people on holiday, who seem to always be fully dressed even in the sea!

There are also quite a few children selling things, and so far we have been talked into buying a woven shrimp, a woven fish and a little boy's painting. Also a lady attacked Theresa and started plucking the hair from her leg using a threading technique, she said she would do a good job, but Theresa paid her to stop in the end!

Today we tried to escape the hustle and bustle of our beach by walking up to the next beach. We walked for 4kms along the shore and over a hill to be greated by what looked like miles of deserted white sandy beach. Closer inspection found that it wasn't quite deserted, with a bit of rubbish and a few little crabs but we decided to lay our towels down anyway.

Tomorrow hopefully it won't rain, and we will try to get our bus tickets to Vietnam sorted. Should be interesting to see another country.

Theresa and Mark xx
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