After being in Siem Reap for 10 wonderful days,we wondered what more this place held for us.It would be hard to top our time there.But would the rest of Cambodia be as cultured and western friendly as here,or perhaps Phenom Phen.
My partner had given up on hairdryers and keeping makeup in her face,as the heat made it slip right off and the dust from TukTuk rides made the Frizz she had always battled.
Me on the other hand had slept on bamboo ,on buses,beside roads,under trucks,,rode in transport all over the world that may include rice sacks as seats,chickens as bed mates,and pigs as room mates,,,i still wanted to see the real Cambodian heart.
The 12 - 13 hours bus ride in one dAY was a but hard to take,but hey,,we got there,and to be truthful it was better than i thought it would be,,stopping periodically,,It was $9.....they played Khmer mov ies and soap opera's,,,so the entertain ment had the locals giggling,,,and us left wondering.The one thing you can count on in nearly all Cambodia central,,is WiFi,,,the German /Swiss travel buddies were amused with internet and text messaging the whole trip...no kidding,,,Riding on a bus,in middle Cambodia,,passing wodden huts,buffalo,chickens and rice paddies,,and being online to anywhere in the world,,how times have changed!!
oK,,NOW TO sIHANOUKVILLE.
tHERE IS THE MAIN TOWN CENTRE,,,Not much to do or see,,a bit grubby..we thought we would spend a night there before the beach area to see,,,,mistake!!,,,its really meant for trade and to pass through,or to go to The 'Ping-pong bar" or bunny bar if thats your thing!(of which i overherd a interesting conversation from a couple of expat's complaining that the music is too loud these days,and the young guys in tthere are getting all the attention,,how the times change)-
And note-the only person to rip me off the whole month in cambodia was an Aussie expat!
The centre is full of some average to grubby little guesthouses,
My Girlfriend had learnt after a while that before you accept a room you do a sheet inspection for signs of stains and pubic hair,,,because they exist!!
But then you move to the beach,,we stayed at bunglows at Serendipidy,,they range from quaint little older ones for 20 -25$$ to $65 for modern large ones.But all are tucked into the hills and trees,have hammocks,and lovely water views of the bay.
Ocheuteal beach flow around from here and is a short stroll,,here is the bustling daytime lounges,bars /food stalls,,and constant vendors of books,eyebrow plucking,hair braiding ect....but also the clear calm water to swim,and the best place to tak in the sunset,,The english lads at the Sessions bar can look after your every need,and were more than happy to call for a Happy pizza for us to take in the sunset and drink$0.50 beer,...this is what we wanted,,,,beach paradise
Behind the beach is a sprall of guesthouses,,no views,but a place to lay between days of beach,and nights of seafood and party.There is even a thriving dance club,and DJ's to match British dance floors.
From here it was very hard to drag ourselves away to Towns of 'Kep' and Kampot"..and out to what is possibly the closest to heaven you can get-'Lazy Beach".......we did leave and see those places,,,and the only things i can write are positive,,,but this would be another chapter altogether,,The south is just as chalming as the north,in different ways,,,It IS a DON'T MISS!!!!
My heart lays in River Village Mannor and the town of Siem Reap...but the south stole a part of it!!!!!