After a few days in Phnom Penh it was time for the beach, so we headed down to Sihanoukville! We attempted to book a seat on one of the bigger tour buses, but unfortunately they were all full. We had been warned about the mini buses… they are faster, but can sometimes be crazy drivers. So we said, “How bad can the mini bus be?” Well, it might just be the way they drive in Cambodia but playing chicken with larger vehicles does not sound safe no matter where you are. It was a good thing that we were almost at the back of the bus, because we probably didn’t really see how many close calls we had! We won’t be doing that again.
We made it to Sihanoukville safe and sound, checked into our hotel, and made the short two block walk to the beach. The beach is beautiful! It’s lined with little restaurant/bars with heaps of tables, bowl chairs, and lawn chairs. The water is perfectly warm enough to enjoy but cold enough to cool off. We found some lawn chairs to sit and relax and enjoy a beach drink. A few travelers and a couple locals started up a game of soccer in front of us and they were looking for one more, so Adam joined in. Adam’s team definitely won, but he thinks it was due to the skills of the 13 year old local.
We had read that you can hire a moto (scooter), so the next day, we walked across the street and inquired. For $6 you get a moto for a WHOLE DAY! Trusting Adam at the wheel, we tested out the Cambodian driving. Luckily, there were not many people on the roads and a good number of them appeared to be westerners. We headed a few kilometers down the coast to a little less crowded beach, called Otres Beach, but still had a few restaurants and plenty of people wanting to sell you all sorts of things. You don’t have to move from your beach chair and you can buy sunglasses, jewelry, a bag of fresh fruit cut right there for you, get a massage, manicure, pedicure, they will even shave your legs! No joke, the first day we were there a woman came up and told me that she thought I could use my legs to be shaven. We spent the day laying in the sun and under our umbrella, jumping in the water when we got to hot, eating fresh fruit, drinking coconut water straight from the coconut, RELAXING!
The next morning we traveled back to Phnom Penh, this time we took the large tour bus and it was much better, though they definitely pack them to the max! There was one family of four sharing two seats and one girl that got on stowed her motorcycle in the luggage storage below the bus. We were dropped off at the airport and took a short flight to Siem Reap. Tomorrow we are off to see Angkor Wat!! I can’t wait!