Sihanoukville Travel Blog› entry 46 of 94 › view all entries
The last four days have been spent doing nothing much but lying on our backs soaking up Cambodia's sun and gradually shrinking those white patches. It's a real rock n roll lifestyle we've fallen into here.... we get up fairly early and have an iced coffee and maybe a bit of brekkie, then take a slow stroll along the beach to our favourite sunbeds, fall into them for a couple of hours while occasionally ordering some water, around 2 our fruit girl and her mum come around and we buy the biggest and tastiest bag of fruit you can imagine for two dollars - mango, banana, watermelon, pineapple, dragonfruit and papaya - then carry on with the strnuous task of lapping up the sun until 4 when happy hour begins further down the beach, a glass of draft = 50 cents, multo bargainous!!!, so it's there for a couple and to watch sunset, back to the homestead for a shower, then noodle soup or some other delicacy for tea, a couple of vodka's possibly then a film and bed.
Sihanoukville is so far removed from PP it's hard to believe we're in the same country. There is no mention of the war anywhere and no monument to the many who suffered, and , if it wasn't for the constant stream of beggars with various limbs missing asking for cash you could easily find yourself forgetting everything you've seen in other parts of this country. Also the people dont seem to be very friendly. Maybe this is because all they see is tourists sun bathing, drinking and eating where as in PP and Siem Reap they can actually see you taking an interest ,and being affected by, the history of the place.
We stayed in a great place on the beach called Tranquility, within diving distance of the surf, a little pricey at 12 bucks but as sihanouk is rammed it was all we could get. Turned out really nice as well...I think we can afford a little luxury now and again!!!! Oh, for all those guys out their who may be heading down here, don't expect to pay the prices seen in the LP and other guides, it's all gone up by at least 10 bucks so if you were thinking of paying 8 you're now looking at about 18.
An interesting thing about the kids here, they go to Kymer school in the morning and then English school for two hours every night, pretty good hey??
Well those Cambods got their own back on me for slating them,spent all of our last night , and all of our first day and night back in PP with liquid jettisonning out of both ends after eating dodgy barbecued squid...........really gonna have to watch what I write on this thing!!!!!!