Amazing Ream National Park
Trip Start Mar 18, 2011
24Trip End Apr 15, 2011
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Yesterday we visited Sihanoukville, Cambodia. This is a little visited deep water port in the southern part of Cambodia. It has aspirations to be the next resort destination and I admire their ambition. This part of the country is made up mostly of fisherman and farmers. It has beautiful sand beaches and is beginning to add some resorts to the mix.
The country has put aside a large track of land and river, with mangroves lining the banks, as a national park. Quite forward thinking for a country which has so far to go compared with it's neighbors Vietnam and Thailand. The river was fascinating. We had a park ranger driving our boat for about 90 minutes along the river. We saw many people fishing for shrimp by using just their hands
On the way back to the boat the guides told us stories of Pol Pot. It is amazing that these
people have survived basically having half the population killed by their own government. Yet they have big aspirations for the future. After asking our permission to allow the the assistant guide ( we also had an assistant driver, couldn't tell what he did- Ken said he was like the Miss America runner up, if they found naked pictures of the driver he wold take over and drive) to speak, our assistant guide then took the microphone and did his stand up act, telling the absolutely dumbest jokes I have ever heard in a thick accent. I will tell you the jokes when I get back.
I encourage you all to keep an eye on Cambodia and consider a trip here in a few years. It has the potential to be a paradise I think, and they have water buffalo.
I am going to post this without proofing it, so I apologize in advance for any typos. Gotta get on the plane. Will let you know what Angkor Wat holds for us.