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Sleepy in Sihanoukville

23 Feb

We have been doing so little over the last few days that it is almost shameful but it has been lovely and relaxing. So much so, I can’t really contemplate doing anything ever again.

–       Craig has gone fishing a couple of times in the morning and has befriended a Russian man who helped him catch a 30cm fish and a squid

 –       We moved out of our last place as we heard lots of reports of theft from the bungalows. It also might have had something to do with this

Frogs in the bathroom were fine but hairy six inch seven-legged (probably from all the fighting with grown men) spiders are Not Ok. 

–       Went to an open-mic night…to find that a Gary Linekar lookalike was the sole act and played mainly lift music

 –       Spent many afternoons on the beach, lazing in these giant chairs which once you’re in them, it is nearly impossible to get out of because they are so comfortable


…and in the rare moment of motivation where we thought we ought to get off our sunloungers and do something, we hired a motorbike and our friend Andy took us to a secluded beach – we were the only ones on it – with the dog.

Craig and I were chatting away, me with one arm holding the dog (conked out, lolling over my arm) and the other holding Craig, going about 15 mph, not thinking about what we were doing when we realised we must have Cambodians in a former life as we fit right in with the other crazy people on the roads here!

After two swims, we went to a beachside bar where they have hammocks. We ate (Craig’s grouper was caught in front of us, can’t get much fresher than that)

and then collapsed into hammocks for the hottest part of the day, listening to the waves and the fluttering of the Cambodia bunting they’d got everywhere, the dog on my lap…needless to say the next hour flew by as we all had a doze :) and then a swim. The owners’ three dogs thought this was a brilliant idea and jumped in to join us

Unfortunately all the swimming washed the suncream off and I am now a colour that I believe is most favoured by pillar boxes.

 –       Namnam continues to draw in just as much attention and love from strangers and is going from strength to strength. He now wags his curly tail (previously straight from not having the energy to keep it upright!), puts some weight on his bad shoulder and stays awake for more than 5 minutes after eating everything in sight

…and on that note, we have found a new home for him! We went to a bar, Space Cats in Victory Hill, for drinks and a really nice chilli burger, and the owner Geordie said he would be happy to take him on and look after him. Namnam is going with him on Sunday to Phnom Penh for another checkup and potentially surgery if his shoulder is as bad as the vet thought. Geordie is a lovely Canandian with a Khmer wife, a six month old son and a couple of cats. The bar has a big garden for Namnam to run around in and I am sure he will be spoiled by all the customers. Namnam met Geordie’s mum yesterday and I think it was a close call as to whether she was going to smuggle him back overseas! Hopefully he gets the all-clear from the vet’s and Geordie can take him on. We are really happy that he is going to a great home :)


20 Feb

We went out with Chris and a French guy, Edward, who was on our bus to Stung Treng, to say our goodbyes as he was staying in Phnom Penh. Edward was not my biggest fan because I accidentally moved his blanket off the seat he was saving, thinking it was the driver’s. He complained a bit about it so at least I got the chance to apologise :) Lost track of the time – realised it was 2.30am all of a sudden and we had to get the bus at 6.30am…ah well at least we’d sleep well on it! We were really sad to say goodbye as he’s been a) our saviour in times of desperate need (of cash) and b) a great travelling companion for the last week or so. It is a shame he’s got to go off to Korea to study rather than continuing to travel but I am sure that will be an adventure in itself.

We got the bus to Sihanoukville without too much drama with just the one wheel change this time. The dog, as usual, was impeccibly behaved and made us lots of new friends, including Ben, an Englishman who had resigned to come travelling. He last worked in mental health, has been in the forces and has travelled fairly extensively so is interesting to talk to. It is funny that it’s exactly the same as being with a puppy in England…everyone wants to talk to you – the Cambodians think you’ve nicked it ot think it’s hilarious/mental you’re bothering to carry round a puppy with you and everyone else wants to stroke him or take pictures!

We stayed in Serendipity for the first night, meeting up with our friend Andy on Victory beach, before heading over to where he was staying the next day as it’s cheaper and quieter. We’ve ended up in a similar set-up to where we stayed in Vang Vieng – lovely garden, basic bungalow (dog-friendly) and flowers everywhere. It even comes with a pair of frogs in the shower

I am much more of a fan of these guys than the giant evil cockroach in our last room. Bleurgh.

Sihanoukville is lovely. Really relaxed (especially where we are now), amazing weather and great beaches to while away lazy afternoons

and the sunsets are pretty awesome too

We’ve just spent today hanging out with Ben and Andy, lying on sunloungers or swimming in the sea, reading books and chatting with ice cold Ankor beer (60p a pint) with the puppy snoozing in the sand at our feet. Absolute bliss. I think it will be wash rinse and repeat for the next week or so…will try and not bore you all by more “and then we went to the beach and made like flat fish for 5 hours” stories :)

There is plenty to do here though if you’ve got the time and inclination. There’s a national park, a crocodile farm, monkeys on Independence beach (which we saw whilst driving to Victory beach…they take nuts out of people’s hands, so cute), sailing trips, islands…might be here for a while…