Why does it always rain on me?...part 2

Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
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Sakal Bungalows

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Monday, December 5, 2005

We had a change of plans last night. We had intended to travel to Kampot today and use it as abase camp and do day trips to Bokor and Kep, but the sun is shining and the beach is calling so we're off to Sihanoukvile instead! Hopefully we'll still get to Bokor but I'm not too fussed about missing Kampot and Kep.

So we had planned on getting up really early and getting a bus around 8am. I even set my alarm but over the incredibly load ceiling fan I didn't hear it and woke up at 9. Bugger! Still I headed down to the office to get us booked on the next available bus at 12. Sorted so back to bed for a few hours.

Sat around watching TV and getting some diary action (which takes ages!) on the go before heading to the restaurant for lunch. At 12 we were ushered into a minibus and escorted to the bus station. Reminded me of the bus stations in Taiwan with people shouting over megaphones whilst we sat around waiting and hoping to get on the right bus.

The bus ride was an easy 4 hours and I was out for the count within 20 minutes. Still had the compulsory stop halfway to sell you stuff at inflated prices but no matter what they said I wasn't getting off the bus.

Arrived at Sihanoukvile bus station which was conveniently placed in the middle of nowhere. I had also been reading the map wrong and we were miles from where I thought we were. I would have to fight my fears and get on a motorbike again, not something I want to do unless it is absolutely necessary. Now seeing as we have never paid for one of these death traps I had no idea how much it should cost. We ended up paying $3 each which I found out later was $2.5 too much! Oh well at least I know now. Still $3 seemed pretty good value to me seeing as the ride was pretty long. We had the choice of 2 beaches that were the most touristy, Serendipity or Victory, although there are countless other smaller beaches. Victory seemed like more of a backpacker zone, think cheaper, so we opted for that one. Probably not that much difference really.

Got ourselves a bungalow for the first time and it seemed pretty good for $5. 2 big beds with mozzie nets. Not that I think they'll do any good as mine had more holes than the Titanic but it might help a little bit. Anything to keep the little vampires away!

Decided to have a wander around the area to see what was there. Saw a load of dogs around but thankfully they seem to be more placid here. Perhaps they aren't trained to hate all foreigners at the beach like in Phnom Penh!

Saw the Indian Currypot and thought what the hell, why not. Good thing we did as no sooner had we sat down when a huge storm hit. Fantastic! The weather was glorious in Phnom Penh but it seems we are destined to have no sun at any beach resort! Curry was alright although the poppadoms and naan were crap, and it wasn't anywhere near as good as Nazim's in Luang Prabang.

Whenthe rain had subsided we quickly headed to the hotel. Sat around talking to the barman and thinking of having a late night but I ended up in bed by 10.
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