Sihanoukville brilliant atmosphere, cheap living, ok beaches
– We got a Hostel organised pick up to the bus station in Phnom Penh where we caught a coach that went all the way to Sihanoukville bus station.
Me & Rachel!
As with all journey’s in Cambodia ask how long the journey is then times it by two and you have your answer of how long it will take to get there. In this case it took about 8.5 hours to get to Sihanoukville on the big coach.
Chad & Gabbi !
I sat next to a lovely Khmer girl who tried to feed me the banana wrapped in rice local treat but unfortunately I hate banana’s and mine was pink inside so we both concluded that I had a bad one – phew…
When we arrived we were met (as usual) by a swarm of tuk tuk drivers and we ended up bartering 3 dollars to take us to Serendipity Beach. Actually turns out that it is a 5 minute walk around the corner so in the day time you can actually easily walk this if you know where you are going.
My friends Brad and Gabbi booked in at Tranquility Hostel which was full when I rocked up with no booking. In a way i was actually glad of this as their room was basically a shed with air con and it had a really odour to it. I walked up the main street that leads to Serendipity beach and tried about 10 different hostels, all of which were full.
I then arrived at a place called @Home which was run by two Swiss guys. Really nice place – good atmosphere and decent rooms. $15 was a little pricey for one person per night but I just wanted to check in by this point and unwind.
I ended up staying here for 5 days and in the meantime met some lovely people including Jeremy the French Dive Master, Rachel the bar owner and Sam & Cat the drunken Australians.
The main beach at Serendipty beach is full of bars and the main party here was at Naps Place, Dolphin bar and Utopia. The beach itself is a total shit hole with rubbish area. There is no program in place to clean shit up like on Koh Tah per sei and the locals and tourists alike treat it with very little respect.
We wanted paradise while we were here and found that on Koh Rong Salohm where we took a bus tour for £23 usd with Sun Tours. Nice boat, friendly staff and decent swimming and snorkeling spots. We also had a 1 hour guided walk through the jungles of Koh Rong which was very fun as we got to wade through an inlet river all in bare feet.
A little scary but fun as there were no nasties in the water. I also checked out the main market while I was here and it is very different from the markets in Siem Reap. It has western modern items such as Polo neck shirts and football t-shirts, very little trinkets and treats like in the north. I did buy a lovely Tin Tin vest top for $2 dollars though which was good.
Other than instigating (accidentally) a 20 man brawl which was the news of the town for a couple of days, I didn’t really o much here except get drunk and eat a lot of food. If you want cheap decent food go to Khin’s Place which is located a long walk down Serendipity beach past all the western bars is a local run food place where the local expats in the know eat and its super cheap and very nice.
Leaving Sihanoukville I needed to go pick up my passport from Phnom Penh as I had left it there to get my visa for Vietnam. On the way back we opted for the Minvan Taxi which was a lot quicker and not much more expensive than the bus and this only took about 5 hours.
If you see a man on Serendipity beach with a prosthetic leg – say Hi to him, he might just save your life with his special forces skillz.