Settling in on the Cambodia coast
Sihanoukville Travel Blog› entry 113 of 126 › view all entries
After a hearty British breakfast at the Pickled Parrot, I walked around the corner to the Paramount bus station to wait for the 09:45 to the Cambodia coast. Phnom Penh street venders, desperate for a sale, pushed newspapers scribbled in a language that I could not read and sunglasses just like the ones I already wore. They all shuffled on though after a simple shake of the head 'no'.
I lucked out with another front row seat on the upper deck. (See journal entry 'Riding Seat 1'). This five hour ride to Sihanoukville seemed to take much longer and I just knew that if I was driving, we could have gotten there in four. The driver made countless stops to pick up or drop off country passengers then seemed to take far longer than necessary to accelerate back to highway speed.
Sihanoukville had been in continuous change since my first visit about 4-5 years ago. Many of the restaurants, bars, and guesthouses had changed location, names, or owners altogether. The bus terminal had also moved - from across the street from the Freedom Hotel to further across town, behind the market area. As our bus approached the Freedom, it was finally my turn to call a roadside stop. I disembarked, walked around the corner to JJ's Guesthouse on Ekareach Street, and lucked out again. For being a 'regular', and for a lengthy stay, I got a simple room for $125 for a month.
I rode a motorbike taxi to The Villa and caught up with Helmut and several other expat friends. They, in turn, put me in touch with a Cambodian Army Captain who had a motorbike to rent for $70 a month, a Japanese-built 110cc Honda 'Wave'. Within an hour or so of my arrival, I was settling in and it was great to be back on the Cambodia coast.