Hammock or sun lounger?

Trip Start Jul 24, 2009
Trip End Jun 30, 2010

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Cloud 9 Guesthouse

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Well I've left Thailand and I am now in Cambodia.

At the weekend I took the overnight bus down from Chiang Mai and into Bangkok only to arrive on the Khao San Road at 6am. I found a bar/cafe/restaurant/grot hole to have some breakfast in and sat munching my toast and jam as the notorious Bangkok night life finished their business. To my left were two Spanish guys still drinking and to my right a couple were closing a last minute 'deal'. I clutched onto my wholesome toast and couldn't wait to go to the airport. That was until a swarthy Thai man propositioned me with an amazing offer, did I ( a woman, aged 30, who just got off a night bus and desperate for some western sanitation) want to go to a ping-pong show? Well, now you ask..... Of course I bloody didn't!! Not whilst there was toast to eat.

Spent most of the afternoon in the immaculate Bangkok airport (can't even pronounce it so don't ask me to spell it) swooping around duty free spritzing myself with Chanel and feeling excited about Cambodia. Departure lounge was fab with free internet so used it just for the sake of it. Felt a bit weird at this point but blamed it on my body digesting a raw mango I ate earlier. As we took off it got worse, turbulence kicked in and then there was no mistaking my feeling, i felt sick for real. "Oh Christ" I thought as the seat belt sign flashed and I was stuck in my seat with the pathetic looking paper bag. I forced positive thoughts into my head by thinking it was only indigestion and things could be a whole lot worse (no explanation needed). I survived the flight, immigration, the heat, haggling with a Cambodian taxi driver over the fare, the 30 min drive, being shown my room and then a comprehensive speech about some tours I could take before a gave in made the 's' shape over the toilet. So, my first night in Cambodia was spent in my room watching Shrek and some dog programmes on National Geographic. Brilliant.

Needless to say it was only a little bug and the next day I managed to get the bus down to the coastal town of Sihanoukville. My brother's advice of 'never leave your room without your electronic items not charged' was fully appreciated on the journey down.One of the Khmer people's favorite forms of entertainment is karaoke and therefore we had Khmer pop videos all the way through the 4 hr journey. My ipod blocked out the auditory experience. Being on the bus was great though because, unlike in Thailand, when you book to travel you travel with the locals which is what I did. It was a nice air con bus with, I imagine, The Stig behind the wheel because that bus was like a whippet as it weaved and tooted around locals on mopeds and cattle swaggering along the road. 'Beep-beep'.We arrived safely it was just a direct drive.

I'm staying at a wonderful place and have my own hut with fantastic views and a hammock with which to appreciate them from. The beach is great as the sand is gold and the sea clear so I was excited to potter down on my first day. Unfortunately there are hawkers everywhere and within minutes of my towel hitting that sun lounger the 'new victim' alarm must have gone off because suddenly I had all these ladies around me chanting the 'massaaaaage. pedicure, me change your colour?' and children with great English forcing bracelets on me. Got rather p****ed off and have learnt to say 'no' to it all even if I get called a 'tight arse' by a 12yr old Cambodian child (my mouth was open in shock!). Spent a lovely day by the beach and I am off to do some English teaching tonight at a local language school and then a snorkel trip to the local islands on Friday. I'll put pictures up then
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