So we arrived in Sihanoukville and we had mixed feelings about this place with having heard a number of different things from different people.
First impressions were not that bad although accommodation seemed expensive! After a bit of hunting around we managed to find a room for $10 a night, money is getting tight now and realistically this is out of our budget but we figured it would do for a few nights at least! One thing thats not expensive is alcohol you can get a beer for 25cent. And it is ice cold and tastes pretty good so we headed to the beach for a few of them!
I even treated myself to a $2 pedicure even though we’re skint we are still very much on holiday! Sitting on the beach is the cheapest place to eat and drink and seems really nice, you do get over run by children trying to sell you friendship bracelets, sunglasses etc. Which is quite hard, a lot of people seem to recommend not giving them money as that encourages them to stay on the beach and not go to school. Which makes sense to me although we spoke to a local bar owner who said that they have to make $15 a month to be able to pay for their education and a lot of them get beaten up if they don’t make enough money for there families. So its pretty hard to know what to do. After 3 days they all seem to know us pretty well though and enjoyed playing cards with us a few nights.
There are also older people more begging than selling anything wondering along the beach and fireworks and Chinese lanterns seem to be popular every single night. One thing about this place is the food is amazing and you can get anything from local Khmer food to Japanese/Chinese/Italian and so far its all tasted lush! Joe’s favourite are the lobster like things they sell on the beach. And I enjoyed an amazing coconut ice-cream yesterday.
Sihanoukville is a bit of a funny place, we won’t be doing any activities as we don’t really have activity money and thats all there really is to do here! But I think we’ll have a nice chilled time instead. Our plan is to stay for a few weeks anyway and wait for Ross. We have found some accommodation for $2 a night. And once you’ve stayed for one night its free… But the online reviews are not ideal stating that people left with bed bugs and fungal infections also with reports of rats and cockroaches. Apparently 26 people sleep in one room on one mattress! Shall we brave it?
You’ll have to wait and see.
New Years Resolution update:
24.02.2017 (Week 8 of challenge) Books Read:
- A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
- A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
- Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
- Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
- Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
- Girl Undone – Marla Madison
- The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
- The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
- On The Road – Jack Kerouac
- Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In the Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
Status: TWO WEEKS AHEAD