Trip Start Nov 19, 2007
10Trip End Dec 13, 2007
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Jepp. Prover meg igjen idag jeg. Disse siste bloggene vil nok bli oppdatert litt foer neste helg, saa det er bare aa folge med.
Jeg befinner meg altsaa i Sihanoukville, det nye pakketur-maalet for Startour og Ving. Byen er kjempepreget av turismen. Saavidt jeg har faat kartlagt det hele saa er det ett 5 stjerners (om ikke flere stjerner) hotell i omraadet, Sokha. Sokha er en japansk kjede som ogsaa har rettighetene til Angkor omraadet. Til Angkor koster det 20 dollar for en dag, 40 for 3 dager. Med den andelen turister som kommer dit sier det seg selv at Sokha haaver inn enorme pengebelop. De maa tjene sinnsykt paa dette. Vi, Bente, Rune og jeg, var innom der hin kvelden for aa kikke og spiste middag der. Det var ikke kjempedyrt etter norsk skala, men vi betalte omtrent 3 ganger saa mye som ellers her nede
Dagen da vi besokte Sokha var virkelig kontrastenes dag. Vi bor paa et vidunderlig sted. Jeg har egen bungalow og stranden har vi nesten helt for oss selv. Queens hill resort paa Otres beach. Vi gikk i 45 min til Occheutal beach der "alle" turistene er, kjempetravelt, mye mas om aa kjope baade det ene og det andre. Masse backpackere her, masse barer og puber langs stranden. Stoppet paa et sted for aa spise lunsj. Ble mott av 3 - 4 vestlige menn som helt tydelig var hoy paa noe, men en ny rev maatte de selvsagt ha, baade titt og ofte. Men maten her var utrolig god. Saa for aa toppe kontrasten dro vi altsaa til Sokha, der amerikanske nanny'er tuslet rundt med smaa babyer, hvor foreldrene var vet ikke jeg. Hadde vel en rolig middag uten barna tenker jeg. Dette er et sted der man kler seg for dinner. Og det er tydeligvis her de bor de som er overstkommanderende paa det amerikanske marineskipet som laa ute i havnen her.
Ja, marine gutta satt sitt preg paa Sihanoukville mens de var her, og de var absolutt ikke vanskelig aa skille fra mengden. Nok av de som fant seg en khmer dame og olet gikk raskt ned. Motte et par majorer paa Queens hill, de fortalte at de er her for aa bygge broer for ode landsbyer og drive litt annen veldedighet i landet
Var paa en baattur igaar til noen oyer i naerheten, Bamboo Island. Her kan man bo i en fredelig bungalow paa stranden og en restaurant like ved. No worries. Snorklet litt, men daarlig sikt. Likevel var det litt aa se.
These last blogs will probably be updated before next weekend, so just keep visiting my pages. I am now in Sihanoukville, the new target for big travelling agents in Europe. The town is already marked by all the tourist passing by here. But as far as I know, there is only one 5 star (if not more stars) hotell in the area., Sokha. Sokha is owned by japanese and also have the rights for the incomes from Angkor. In Angkor it costs 20 dollar for a one day visit, 40 for three days. And with that amount of visitors, they really earn a lot (a LOT) of money here. Me and my norwegian friends were there the other night to eat dinner. After norwegian scale it was not that expensive, but we ended up paying about trippel of what we usally pay. The food was good, but I have had better other places. The food in Cambodia is really very good, Tom Yam soup is my favourite, with curry as a good runner up.
The day we visited Sokha was really the day for contrasts. We live at Queens hill resort at Otres beach, a bitt away from Occheutal beach were all the backpackers are and all other young (and old) visitors are. We went from our almost empty beach the other day to Occheutal, 45 min's walk along the beach. Som from our quiet little resort to Occheutal with people constantly trying to sell you something. And then from here, cheap shacks and pubs with european owners constantly on a high trip to Sokha with american nannies and stiff upper people. I think we saw it all this day. And Sokha is also the place were the chiefs of the american marine ship staid while they was here.
Yes, the marines did stand out from the crowd while they were here. Some found themselves a khmer girl for a day or two, some were just drinking and partying. I met two majors at Queens hill the other night, and they told me they were here in Cambodia to do some good, beuilding bridges in remote areas and some other stuff. But as a guy from netherlands said the other day, funny that they want to help and be friends with Cambodia as Cambodia just started to drill for oil! Might be something about that.
Yesterday I was on a boat trip to some islands outside Sihanoukville, Bamboo island. Nice Island were you can stay on a simple bungalow on the beach and only have a few neighbours and a restaurant close by for surviving purposes. No worries. Did snorkel a bit, but the view wasn't very good. Saw a little though, some corals (probably dead) and som fish.