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Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville January 25th 2024

Tour Day 108, Cruise Day 6 – Sihanoukville, Cambodia– Tour Name: Le Kep – Those who have been following my post–COVID blogs might know that I typically copy and paste the shore excursion description into my blog to give my readers some information and insight into the photos I have included. For some reason, Holland America has decided to remove those ports of call (and the accompanying shore excursions) from its web site within hours of leaving port. For a few blogs, you’re not going to get much background as I cannot remember the names of the gardens, temples and shrines I visited and photographed. Anyway, here it is, and I hope you enjoy!... read more
From Aboard ms Westerdam
Shore Excursion Le Kep – Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Shore Excursion Le Kep – Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville December 25th 2018

Christmas in paradise I woke up this morning to the sound of the sea and a gentle breeze. Getting up Stephen was sitting out on the balcony, finishing off my Christmas card. There was a clear, blue sky and a gentle breeze. Already scorching we enjoyed some mini bananas before heading to the bar. One of the first people up we finally managed to get the comfy chairs and enjoyed some muslei with fruit & yoghurt before grabbing a couple of kayaks and going for a paddle. Well sun-creamed up we set off towards the mangrove river. The first part of the paddle is across the bay. Paddling past an empty golden sandy beach with palm trees along the edge, past the local fishermen, on Christmas morning was pretty cool. At the end of the bay ... read more
Christmas morning
Kayak selfie!
Navigating the low bridge

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville December 24th 2018

What a wonderful day. Idyllic and we finally feel Christmassy. We enjoyed breakfast on the balcony of our bungalow before doing our laundry (less fun but necessary). Chores done we headed to the bar for some tea and a snack and then descended to the beautiful, sandy beach. We went for a swim in the warm waters and then built our sandcastles. Mine was a simple affair. Stephens was rather more elaborate and he ended up with a group of locals coming to watch. They even went to find shells for him to decorate it with! Whilst he finished his construction I got to read in the shade on the edge of the beach. Construction complete we ate some lunch before going for a short walk in the jungle. It was beautiful but hard work in ... read more
Morning view from the bar
My sandcastle
Stephens citadel

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville December 23rd 2018

After a good sleep we woke to another overcast day. The breakfast by the pool was delicious (poached eggs, bacon & fresh fruit). We decided to walk into Otres Village to see if we could find some breads for breakfast for the next few days. Despite being overcast it was very hot. The paths from our hotel to the main village that used to exist have all been walled off by the big construction companies. This meant that it was a longer walk than expected as we had to go along the main road and round the long way. The construction around here seems excessive and poorly thought out. There are high rises going up everywhere. We saw new builds where the balconies from each building more or less touched each other. They’ve left no ... read more
Otres Village
Otres beach
Cocktails! At monkey maya

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville December 22nd 2018

We arrived in Phnom Phen late last night. Heading to the ‘visa on arrival’ desks we were disappointed to find a ridiculously long queue. We needn’t have been - the system is surprisingly quick and efficient. The customs form, visa form and arrivals form were all provided on the plane so everyone had filled out their info. Once at the front of the queue you give them your passport, visa form & passport photo and then go to a different queue to pay & pick up the visa. It’s only $30 for a tourist visa and there are ATMs where you queue so it’s easy to get cash. Having a foreign visa the ATMs would only allow us to withdraw US dollars and not the local reil. This meant we just converted some pounds to reil ... read more
View from train
Walk along the beach

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville November 28th 2018

Und zum Schluss gibt es noch ein paar paradiesische Tage. Wir befinden uns auf der kleinen Insel Koh Rong Sanloem, und zwar an dem wunderschönen Sunset Beach. Da man diesen Strand vom Anleger erst nach einer kleinen Dschungel-Durchquerung erreicht, gibt es hier keine Tagesgäste, sondern nur tiefenentspannte Ressort-Gäste aus 4 kleinen Anlagen. Der Tag besteht aus Baden im warmen, klaren und müllfreien (!) Meer, Lesen, Essen, Baden, Abhängen in der Hängematte, Baden, Bierchen an der Sunset Bar vor einem wunderbaren Sonnenuntergang, Essen... Hach ja... Die größte Aktivität war eine Kajaktour nach Sonnenuntergang. Wir sind etwas rausgepaddelt, um vom Boot aus zu schnorcheln und das leuchtende Photo- Plankton zu beobachten. Und so lassen wir diesen tollen und so unheimlich abwechslungsreichen Urlaub ausklingen...... read more
Und noch ein Sonnenuntergang...
Unser Strand, der Sunset Beach
Baumschaukeln sind toll

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville October 16th 2018

Cambodia, Cambodia, Cambodia. It is definitely a country in transition. We're not sure if the term “3rd world” is used anymore but If it is Cambodia definitely qualifies. We were picked up at the port by a lovely man named Heng in a small mini-van. He had a fairly okay command of the English language as he provided us information throughout our journey but he struggled with comprehension when he was asked questions. That being said, his command of English far exceeds our command of Cambodian! Cambodia is a country that you need to embrace being a “traveller” vs. a “tourist”. We were once given definitions to these terms; a tourist is someone who visits locations looking through the eyes and expectations of their home culture while a traveller is someone who visits locations with an ... read more
Fishing Village

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville October 4th 2018

Sihanoukville, is a small city in Cambodia, it is considered to be a tourist town. However, I believe it's definitely geared towards a particular niche of people. There are restaurants, casinos and beaches- some beautiful, others not so good. While I do enjoy going to the beach occasionally, there is sadly little else for me to do here. That probably has something to do with the fact that I prefer walkable cities, with lots to do and see. Nevertheless, I know that a lot of people visit Sihanoukville and find it to be a great city. So much so, that many decide to retire here. There are expats who have been living here for many years and plan on continuing to live here. For me, I believe the draw must be the relatively cheap cost of ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville May 12th 2018

We headed to the beaches of Sihanoukville and were faced with heavy thunderstorms for the majority of our stay in this little beach city. The city is made for sunny days so admittedly it ruined it a bit for us. However stayed at Monkey Republic where all the backpackers go for drinks around the pool and drinking games on the night which was great fun. Highly recommend this hostel. We loved to hostel itself but we were a little disappointed at the turn out of travellers as it’s off-peak season, therefore it’s much more quiet around this time of year. So, we decided to head to Otres beach (party beach) which was annoyingly dead quiet aswell. We eventually found a really cool hippy beach bar called Happy Mushrooms and relaxed with a few pitchers by the ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville March 17th 2018

Fra Kampot gik turen videre til øen Koh Rong Sanloam, hvor vi havde booket overnatning i en øko lodge for at starte vores vej på den økologiske landevej. Da stedet kørte på minimum af strøm og internetforbindelsen eftersigende skulle være relativt ustabil besluttede vi at lave det til 5 dage uden wifi og ipad, hvor fokus var på at være sammen og bruge tiden i naturen. Turen derhen blev igen en del længere end forventet, da vi blev nødt til at bruge en del af tiden på et rejsebureau i Sihanoukville og kom derfor først med en senere færge end planlagt. Simone udnyttede dog ventetiden og købte et nyt musikinstrument som I sikkert kommer til at høre mere om. Fra havnen på øen (der var en del havne og man skulle være lidt opmærksom på hvilken ... read more

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