Settling in on the Cambodia coast

Sihanoukville Travel Blog

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Paramount Bus station

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.

Freedom Hotel on the far left, Orange Market on the corner, and JJ's to the right - the blue building.
It must have been anxiety on my part, the kind you feel when you're about to get home after a long journey.

 

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.

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Paramount Bus station
Paramount Bus station
Freedom Hotel on the far left, Ora…
Freedom Hotel on the far left, Or…
Paramount ticket counter
Paramount ticket counter
Phnom Penh street vender
Phnom Penh street vender
Destinations from Phnom Penh
Destinations from Phnom Penh
Bus for the coast
Bus for the coast
Leaving Phnom Penh
Leaving Phnom Penh
Home sweet home
Home sweet home
My rented Honda Wave next to a KFC…
My rented Honda Wave next to a KF…