I loved Sihanoukville!! It was such a perfect place to end my journey. I had been travelling for two months at this point, and was only days away from starting my journey home again… I knew I needed to make the most of this place and really soak up Cambodian culture while I had the chance.
We stayed on Otres Beach, a sandy stretch about 15 minutes from the main hustle and bustle of town. It made for one expensive tuk tuk rides back and forth to town, but was totally worth it in the long run because of the secluded feel of the beach and the castaway atmosphere. The weather was not great – we had a daily afternoon rainstorm, but it made for some fun rainy afternoons with friends so we didn’t mind too much.
Our guesthouse was called Mushroom Point, coined obviously because it was a giant mushroom shaped-structure! We stayed in the mushroom dorm and two friends stayed in the little mushroom huts that dotted the property. It was all soo cute! The place was charming, the food was really delicious and the beach was right across the street. We even had our own “mushroom bar” on the beach that served up food right on the beachfront. We met some cool Brits, more Canadians and even some Americans (Hi Joshua!) during our stay, and had some wild party nights in the cozy laid back bars on the beachfront.
There was lots of time to take in the scenery, walk down the shore and see the untouched, unspoiled land that was all around us (although an ominous -looking development seems like it’s going in right down the road. there goes the neighbourhood). We spent a lot of time reading, hanging out in the sanctuary at Mushroom Point, and searching for the cheapest beers at happy hour (50 cents!) on the beach. We also make it into town to check out Serendipity Beach, but got seriously rained out and had to while away an afternoon indoors drinking beers and playing pool (poor us!).
My beautiful Brits and I parted ways after three fun-filled days, I was so sad to see them go and so jealous of their travels to Vietnam, Singapore, Bali, NZ, Aus and China that they had planned. Keep me posted ladies! I was so happy to have found some free spirited, like-minded souls to travel with through this excellent country. It made my trip way more entertaining and they were just about the best travel companions i could have hoped for!
My time in Sihanoukville included one more night where I visited some friends who were working in a local bar – they were staying on Serendipity beach with free food, accommodation and booze for one week, doing promo for a bar called the Dolphin Shack. I wanted to party until the wee hours again, but was afraid of missing my bus trip back to BKK which would leave at 7am and last 14 disgusting hours. Euugh.