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Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville April 29th 2015

Sihanoukville Sihanoukville is located on the southwest coast of Cambodia and is a popular stop on the traveler route. The Serendipity area of Sihanoukville has a strong tourist influence and is similar to party strips in numerous other holiday destinations. There are copious amounts of casinos, bars and restaurants, playing Western music and serving Western food. After spending one night here we decided to move 5km south from Serendipity to Otres beach. Although still aimed at tourists it has a quieter and more relaxed vibe. The majority of accommodation is located along either side of the dirt track... read more
Riding along Otres beach
Torrential downpour!
Relaxing on the beach

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville March 29th 2015

The night is stifling hot and for whatever reason I am really not feeling well. My head is pounding and my stomach is off, but one way or another, I am going to get to my destination. I looked at the clock on the wall: 1:45 a.m. My bus was supposed to leave fifteen minutes ago. Phnom Pehn in the heart of Cambodia is not only exceptionally hot – ranging from mid-30s to mid-40s – it is extremely dry and dusty. The broken roads are thick with fine dust, the marketplaces a sweltering maze of vendors where lazy dogs lie sprawled along alleyways and sickly-thin cows graze along the arid roadside. I sit on a hard stone bench while the fumes from an idling bus seep into my already dizzy head. It is not long before ... read more
Sihanoukville
Sihanoukville
The main highway

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville March 26th 2015

Grabbed our beach towels and snorkeling gear to meet our group for a private tour of Sihanoukville, Cambodia this morning. We walked a long distance to meet our transportation as the port area is restricted. Michael from Australia greeted us and showed us to a broken down, rust bucket of a van. The harbor he brought us to wasn’t any more attractive, in fact it was worse! Strewn with garbage and completely down trodden, we marched our way through and onto the pier in the hopes of finding something better awaiting us. NOT! Still the boat was adequate and we had a great adventure on the rough ride to an island. The water was very cloudy and seemed polluted, the beach on the island was strewn with litter although we did not go ashore. We snorkeled ... read more
Ready to go too!
Luxury Liner
Siesta Time!

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville March 23rd 2015

The ride from the town of Sihanoukville to Otres II beach is the right kind of ride for musing on a first time visit to the beach in Cambodia. Growing up listening to the Dead Kennedy's it seems a little strange - quite strange really -, a literal Holiday in Cambodia. The town of Sihanoukville is unremarkable really, a random smattering of buildings with a traffic circle and some gold lions in the middle, it only lasts for a minute or two until you are back among rice fields with solitary palms, a few abandoned lots and some small homes or corner stands with assorted ten-cent snacks, dried fish and sugary drinks. Much of the land along the beach was deserted even, and by the time we got to Castaways on Otres II there was little ... read more
Nice and Quiet
Meaw
Otres II

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville March 19th 2015

As the days spent journeying to the next place have increased and the relaxing days doing very little have decreased, I have found myself with precious little time to update this blog (poor excuse but it's the one I'm going with). This said, I have decided to write about Cambodia as one big post as we only went to 4 main places in the 2 week period. We arrived in Phnom Penh in the early evening from HCMC, so our first night was spent at a hostel recommended to us by a friend in Vietnam. The Mad Monkey hostel was a great way to kick start our Cambodia tour with great, albeit pricey, cambodian Khmer food. There was a bar with reasonably priced drinks so the evening was spent eating, drinking and meeting people. The next ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville March 19th 2015

Unkomplizierter als gedacht, verlief unser Grenzwechsel von Laos nach Kambodscha. Die Schauergeschichten, dass man an der Grenze von korrupten Polizisten in ein Kämmerchen gezogen wird und diese mehr Geld verlangen, als für das Visum eigentlich veranschlagt ist, haben uns davon abgehalten diese Tour auf eigene Faust auszuprobieren. Wir buchten vom Süden Laos, 4000 Islands, eine Überfahrt mit dem Bus nach Siem Reap im Norden von Kambodscha. Hierbei mussten wir nichtmal an der Grenze anstehen, sondern unsere Reisepässe wurden eingesammelt und nach 30 Minuten warten, die wir in einem kleinen Hüttchen verbrachten, kam unser Busfahrer wieder mit dem Visum. Dieser "Luxus" kostete uns 2$ mehr, als wenn wir in der Hitze beim Grenzposten angestanden wären. Danach stiegen wir wieder in den Bus und es kam nochmal ein kambodschanischer Polizist und kontrollierte Bild und Visum vom Reisepass. ... read more
Erster Anblick Angkor 😊
Gehen wir zu Fuß, mit dem Roller oder doch das altbewährte Tuk Tuk
Tuk Tuk, ganz klar! Nur der Preis muss noch verhandelt werden

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville March 15th 2015

At present time, we are drifting back back to reality, and away from the sand bars, beach huts and wilderness of the Cambodian islands. For the past couple weeks, the saltwater seas have been our showers/bathrooms (gross right), while beach houses and hammocks have been our temporary homes. In addition, we've been cut off from the world of technology, so I have no idea who the hottest team in the NBA is, or any of Pitchfork's best new tracks, and I'm devastatingly far behind on the current Snapchat lives of my friends. In the innumerable Snap-stories I've missed, I can only imagine how many pizzas Matt Im has consumed or what the state of Matty P's man bun is, and heaven only knows if our friends in Kingston have enjoyed their wings and team pitchers at ... read more
La crew
Selfie stick action
Koh Ta Kiev

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville February 21st 2015

In England the minimum sentence you get for murder is 10 years with good behaviour. On February 21st Nikki & I celebrated 10 years together. What did I do to deserve 10 years… I must have done something right! It was 9 years ago we celebrated our first anniversary in Cuba, it was 8 years ago that we celebrated our second anniversary in Rio, watching the carnival, it was 4 years ago that we got married in Sweden and it was 3 years ago that we renewed our vows in Mexico. We had great plans to renew our vows every year in a different country, however, for a number of reasons that didn’t happen. Life is back on track now and so we decided on another beach anniversary. It wasn’t as glamorous as Mexico, there was ... read more
Our wedding
Renewing our vows on the beach
Us at Iguacu Falls

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville January 28th 2015

Relaxen am Strand von Sihanoukville und auf der Insel Koh Rong gleich am ersten Tag, als ich in Sihanoukville ankam, und ich ein Bad im erfrischenden Meer genoss, wurde mir meine Sachen vom Strand gestohlen :-( Die ergatterte Beute war: 1 Handtuch 1 Kapperl 6 Dollar und mein Zimmerschlüssel Gratulation zu diesem erfolgreichen Coup :-P die nächsten Tage verbrachte ich an den idyllischen Stränden von Otis-2 und auf der Insel Koh Rong mit schwimmen, schnorcheln, faulenzen und Sonnenuntergänge bewundern. Denn viel mehr kann man auf einer abgeschiedenen Insel nicht machen.... read more
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Beach
Beach

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville January 22nd 2015

White-sand beaches, sun and parties that is what Sihanoukville stands for. For us more a place were we could finally unpack our backpack and for the first time relax on the beach for seven consecutive days. Felt like holidays :-)! Moreover, we enjoyed reading our books, swimming in the almost not refreshing sea and having hour long discussions around some delicious seafood and wine. At the beach, we have been continuously harassed by women that wanted to sell us a manicure, pedicure or massage. So of course, we had to surrend to a manicure and pedicure! Sihanoukville was also the place where Jacques (the lover of Roze-Marie) joined us for some days. It was a pleasure to have Jacques with us. We enjoyed together a private boat trip to the islands. These islands are paradise the ... read more
Fishing boat on our way
Snorkeling at Koh Rong
On the way to Koh Ta Kiev Island




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