Back at the beach
Trip Start Nov 15, 2009
112Trip End May 20, 2010
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noone else was waiting with us and as the bus went past us and stopped further along the road we had to grab our bags and run after it...
it was about 4 hrs and some lovely scenery...its pretty flat and foresty here ..also very rural..not many people,but when you do see somewhere thats inhabited,they are small wooden houses on stilts with rice fields and water buffalo surrounding them..all the classic south east asian images,(covered in rubbish ,with plastic bags and bottles everywhere)lots of animals as well....dogs cattle.ducks.chickens.pigs and for some reason lots of cockrels, all wandering around ..usually in the middle of the road!
the bus driver was keen to make sure that everyone else on the road knew he was coming...we were sat right at the front and he liked to beep his loud horn..when he was approaching a car..when he was going past the car and when he had overtaken the car...so basically he was none stop all the way..beep beep beep!
i do find that the world over in developing countries that busdrivers have no fear...and also think they are god of the roads!!!
we saw at one stage,lots of workers digging a trench at the side of the road..possibly for cables to be laid later..the trench must have been 5 miles long and numerous men..and a few women had very simple tools...pickaxe and shovels..in the searing heat they were doing some seriously backbreaking work,by the looks of the things they were sleeping by the roadside(as they were miles from any town)with makeshift tents and basic cooking facilities..i wonder how much they get paid? i bet its peanuts...very sobering to see people working this hard.....
we arrived in the beach town of sihanoukville..we were dropped off in the town centre where we were immediatley jumped on by tuktuk and moto drivers all wanting to take us to the beach about 3km away...we did the deal with one of them and off we went..
he took us to about 5 places before we found one that we liked...as usual i stay relaxing in the back of a tuktuk..while kate goes in to see if the room is up to her high standards...(ie..hot water.clean bed.and no fusty smells)..it was a bit difficult to find one to start with..but as per usual her persistance paid off and we have nice place about 5 mins from the beach...
the resort is a bit of mix..they have a couple of streets with nice cafes.bars and restaurants..they even have a little cinema i want to go to...the beach itself is fairly thin but very long...not quite thailand standard but still an nice place to relax before we head inland....