Sihanoukville is Cambodia’s main beach destination and is popular with locals, backpackers and expats alike. This was my first holiday destination after moving to Ho Chi Minh city. A group of us expats took a bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Sihanoukville.
I quickly learnt that toilets are nearly non-existent at rest stops in Vietnam as they end up being a shower drain in the floor of a tiled room with a huge bucket of water. I never figured out how you are supposed to use the bucket of water and get out of there dry! I think I will definitely stick with toilet paper. As we reached the border crossing there was no improvement on the toilet situation as those toilets are unusable, just walking into the facilities I wanted to puke. After a very dirty and bumpy 6-hour bus ride we arrived in a hectic Phnom Pehn where we had a short stop over before continuing out bumpy ride.
From Phnom Pehn we took a local bus down to the coast down south. It was another long 6-hour bus trip but the delicious rice and meat dishes at the stalls on the way made up for it. We found a couple of bungalows across the road from the main beach where we could stay for about $7 a night, what a bargain! I spent most of my days lounging on the beach with a good book enjoying the fresh squid and crab the vendors sold on the beach. I didn’t even have to move far whenever I got hungry as these ladies would barbeque the squid right there infront of you
Sihanoukville’s beaches just aren’t very impressive, and the child beggars only add to the feeling of rusticness. If you are expecting Clean and “tourist friendly” beaches Thailand would be a better bet. Here things are still very basic but oh so beautiful!
Watching the sunset out of a beach chair with a cocktail was the perfect way to end such a peaceful day.
For a day trip we went on a small boat out to the surrounding islands where we did some snorkelling and some island exploring. These islands are still marvellously untouched and possess a serenity not easily found elsewhere.
“Lazy Beach” is one of these small islands. There was only a lone bar and some deck chairs here, a real island getaway with no modern facilities. This was the perfect place to spend a lazy day in the sunshine before heading back to the hectic city.