After experiencing the hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh we made the decision to explore a quieter side of Cambodia. We headed off to Sihanoukville on the west coast. On the way we stopped off for a night in the rather sleepy little town of Kampot. We only stayed overnight so we did not do a lot of exploring, but from the tiny slice that we saw it is a perfect place to unwind.
We took a minivan from Kampot to Sihanoukville. That was quite an experience. As we were just at the edge of Kampot I watched out the side window of the van as a motorcycle came around the corner too quickly and crashed into the side of our van right beside Karen. It was quite impressive watching his head bounce off the window (he had a helmet on) and the driver disappear from view toward the rear wheels. Amazingly he got right up to examine his bike. The left handgrip had broken right off. After about 15 minutes of both drivers and numerous bystanders milling about the motorcycle driver got on his bike with only one handle and drove off. Not before our van driver delivered a solid jab to his left jaw. I guess with no licenses comes no insurance.
We arrived unscathed in Sihanoukville a few hours later.
Though much quieter than Phnom Penh, there was no lack of things to do or hawkers to sell you any number of services. The beach was quite nice, not too littered, and the beer was cold and cheap.
In an effort to find an even quieter corner of Cambodia we hopped on a ferry and headed over to the island of Koh Rong Sanleom. This is a sleepy island. Not to be confused with the island of Koh Rong, that apparently is where you head to drink until dawn. Too old for that.
Our home for the next three nights was The Beach Island Resort. If you want a good laugh you can read the reviews on the front desk staff on Trip Advisor, pretty hilarious. She is a bit stand offish initially, but by the end of our stay she was reasonably pleasant.
Ned our “Big House Gecko” (Tokay) lived behind the mirror in our bathroom downstairs. He would come out and watch us when we brushed our teeth in the morning.
During one of our days there we took a short 20 minute walk across the island (easily done in thongs) to Lazy Beach. Well worth the trip. Beautiful beach, stunning I thought.
As our time ran out on our Cambodia visa it was now time to head for the border and see what Thailand has to offer. Bangkok here we come.