14.03.2016 - 16.03.2016 28 °C
Day 28 - 14 March 2016
Head west to Sihanoukville
Very popular with backpackers is Sihanoukville and we headed off on Giant Ibis bus to visit it, our 3rd cambodian city in 3 days.
This bus journey passed off without any incident and there was no drama. We got to Sihanoukville in the late afternoon and took a car converted tuk tuk to victory hill to our guesthouse. There are various beach districts in Sihanoukville and Victory beach is one of them, though not the real crazy, busy one. The guesthouse was run by two french brothers who went there on a holiday and ended up staying. Everywhere we went on our trip so far, we met alot of french, both tourists and expats, obviously attracted to the laid back culture and the low cost of living.
Our digs was a 1 bedroomed bungalow on their site that had its own entrance and balcony.
We went for a stroll down to the nearby beach where we bumped into the spanish couple that had crossed the border with us about a week before. We swapped stories of our travels so far and then headed on down the beach to dip our feet in the nice, warm waters of the gulf of Thailand.
As it was getting dark, we got back to our guesthouse which had a really nice swimming pool and always up for an opportunity to swim in a pool, particularly one that is outdoors and is warm, I went for a dip.
We found a nice little restaurant that did incredible pizzas and soaked up the atmosphere of the Victory Hill beach area.
Day 29 - 15 March 2016
Chilling out at the beach
With sunrise at 530am, it is easy to wake up early which means that the day starts quite early in Asia. After a breakfast of baguettes and eggs, we ended up switching rooms for the 2nd nights accommodation. We were put into the huge room upstairs which had two double beds, a huge desk, two balconies and a huge bathroom, all for the same price as the first night.
We bought our boat tickets for the trip to the island the next day and headed off to Victory beach to just chill out on the beach for the day, our first day on a beach since our arrival. We decided to head up the road to Independence beach as this had a better reputation than Victory beach. We found ourselves two sun loungers and there we stayed for the next 6 hours or so, cooling down in the sea whenever the urge arose. We had some cool drinks and ordered lunch in between reading and sudoku. Even though we were mostly in the shade and we both had suncream on, the wind was pretty strong and we got a bit of windburn along with a tiredness that only comes about from the heat. Still, it was a nice, relaxing day, just what the doctor ordered.
On our evening walk to dinner, we bumped into daniel and sonia again, the spanish couple from the border, and we ended up having dinner together; green curry and seafood mix with noodles, at one of the local restaurants.