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Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville February 20th 2014

Cambodia is less well known for its tropical islands than it is for its ancient temples. But as tourism has flourished in Cambodia because of its magnificent ancient past, the present traveller is soughting more from their Cambodian experience and expanding away from the jungles. Backpackers generally blaze new trails in tourism & that trail generally heads for the beach. And so it is with the islands of Cambodia. Facilities on the islands are backpacker basic. But it is one of the last island areas in SE Asia still undeveloped. So the time to experience an untarnished & untampered natural & idyllic environment is NOW. Things are about to change and luxury development is on its way & it will never be the same again. When l first visited Cambodia about 10 years ago, the islands ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville January 31st 2014

Salut. Depuis lundi c'est plage, mer et soleil... alors une pensée pour vous qui êtes en Europe... Bientôt de nouveaux posts à venir. Vivre Ses Rêves.... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville November 29th 2013

Okay so no photos on this blog. I think I really need to start taking a photographer with me I just hate taking photos and never bother to take my camera out. I always bring it, but never use it. If only I had some family member that was a professional photographer that could come along on one of my trips and record the journey. Wouldn't that be great? (hint hint) I brought my computer along on this trip to write about my journey so the next few blogs will just excerpts copied and pasted from the manuscript I am writing. START Well here I go again, running off on some hare-brained, half-baked scheme to wander through some random part of the world. And, as usual, I really have no idea why. I’ve got it my ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville October 15th 2013

Disclaimer:pictures here aren't indicative of Sihanoukville. We never got out of Serendipity to the luxurious, pristine, uncrowded beaches. On Wednesday we were supposed to leave Siem Reap about 8pm, take an all night sleeper bus to Sihanoukville and be there first thing Thursday morning. It sounded like a great plan. It gave us more time in Siem Reap and saved us a nights' hotel. As we were boarding the bus in Siem Reap the driver refers us to the ticket counter. So we walk to the ticket counter and hand them our tickets and they tell us to wait for a minute as they see what the issue is. After about ten minutes they come back and tell us the bus was overbooked and they can't put us on another one until morning. They said our ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville September 11th 2013

Hello once again! So after a nights rest from the rain - it didn't stop until early hours of the morning , we went on a trip to visit the killing fields and S-21 prison. Although Cambodia is safe country now, it was only free from the Khmer Rouge in 1998. I didn't really understand what had happened with regards to Pol Pot so this was a good opportunity to learn the history of Cambodia. Briefly for people who do not know who Pol Pot was he basically believed in communism and trained an army of children to take over the country and try to take the country to the basics of humanity, everyone was taken out of there houses and cities and were sent to work in the fields, the borders were closed and know ... read more
Traditional Cambodian dancing
Tree which has taken over the jungle temple in Angkor
View from island near Sihanoukville

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Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville September 9th 2013

We were planning on buying the bus tickets to Sihanoukville through our guesthouse but after seeing so many travel agents in Siem Reap we thought it would probably make sense to at least check out some of the offers. So we walked in to one of the agents and asked for the bus schedules to Sihanoukville… or so we thought at least… When the agent started looking through his folders and in the end came up with a $40 and over 24h trip, I had a feeling that maybe we were thinking about different destinations? Why was his digging through his folders? Didn’t I just see a Cambodian schedule somewhere around here? Not to mention that $40 seemed way too pricey... and seeing that it took us 7 hours to get here from Phnom Penh why ... read more
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aaaah... that's what I call a sunset!
what a lovely day it was! :)

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville August 22nd 2013

On arrival in Sihanoukville, we had to negotiate a tuk tuk to take us to our hotel. Not knowing where we had been dropped off took away some of our bargaining power and we ended up paying a little more than we should have. Oh well, these things happen. At least he knew where our hotel was! The Golden Sands is just two streets away from the beach and has a large swimming pool in its enclosed garden. We ended up staying for 5 nights which turned out to be a day too long, but that was because of the weather, not the hotel. A word of warning though, a new hotel is being built next door so you want a room overlooking the pool or you will have a grand view of the construction site. ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville August 19th 2013

Beach life called so off we headed down to sihanoukville, stayed in a cute little beach bungalow along with a couple of friendly gecko's. Nice place and enjoyed some lovely food. The little town was nice with lots going on, met some interesting characters and seems only fair that at this point andreas should get a mention.......according to him there are shape shifters in the government..... Anyway after sihanukville we well and truly tuned in and dropped out of civilisation and headed to a teeny tiny island called koh rong saloem where there was no electricity. A generator was fired up for 2 hours every evening to charge phones etc (not that they worked on the island anyway). We stayed in wooden shack right on the beach and shared it with gecko's, monkeys and squirrels to ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville August 19th 2013

19th -23rd August I've decided to put the next 5 days of my blog into this one script, the fact being they consisted of mainly beach days, but some fun evening shenanigans. I just want to say my 'proper' first day in Sihanoukville was spent in the sunshine, on the beach, sipping on a cocktail. That's all. My second night, Hannah and I ventured over to a different beach where the stretch of bars are situated. I have to admit, I wasn't really feeling up for it but Hannah was so excited. First up, Elephant Bar. A quick Malibu here then wandered down to Nap bar. Nap bar, we got a free shot on arrival and the promotion was whiskey and coke for about a pound. We got chatting to the Londoner bar guy, who at ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville August 1st 2013

Ikelos has passed and has joined Sasha in doggy heaven. He passed peacefully at home in his bed. He will be missed. 5-25-02 to 8-2-13... read more
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