On the Map
Sihanoukville Travel Blog› entry 3 of 3 › view all entries
We arrived to Sihanoukville after a pretty painless 4 hour journey from PP. We stayed at a new hotel, which felt like a luxury resort. We paid $7 per night for our rooms, which had huge, comfortable beds, satellite TV and hot showers. Who could complain? Sihanoukville is quite a large area, with many beaches strung out along its coast. Since we stayed in town and not directly on the beach, we rented motor bikes. Now we were mobile and could properly see the area.
Driving a motorbike in Asia is an experience which is quite difficult to explain. The only rule on the road is the biggest vehicle has the right of way. Motorbikes make about 8 lanes across a typical 2 lane road and can come at you in both directions, as well as on the sidewalks.
Sihanoukville seems to be the next Thailand, as far as tourism goes. Because of the laid back atmosphere, inexpensive prices and proximity to good beaches, its growing rapidly. In fact, Daniel, who had been there less than 2 weeks prior, said that an entire section (200-300 meters) of the beach had been bull-dozed to begin building large hotels and restaurants. We noticed that prices had increased everywhere in just 2 weeks. And the place is so laid back that you can roll a joint and smoke it in public. Its this kind of 'lawless', yet laid back society that draws many young travellers to Cambodia's coast.
We spent 5 days crusing the beaches, off-road, upcountry and everywhere else you could imagine. We found great little places to eat, especially a place called 'Happy Pizza'. After you order the pizza, they ask you if you would like them to 'make it happy'. Why not...
Its always educational to visit a place you've been years earlier. Cambodia was no exception. It certainly has come a long, long way from the 1970's, and the young people of this up and coming nation are working hard to put it back in the map.