Yeay we arrived at the seaside!!!! we had missed the sea sooo much, we hadnt been near the coast since our second week in thailand so it was long overdue after being landlocked for so long! we stayed in a beautiful place right on occheteal beach ad went straight into the sea, cambodia has themost lovely white sand and clear blue sea, we swam for hours then i decided to do a little bit of snorkel investigation and ran strainght into a jellyfish.. and another.. and another.. so we all like complete children ran screaming hysterically out of the sea! we hired motor bikes to explorem the many different beaches along the coastline and lets just say matt and claire should never travel together on a motorbike "get your feet off the floor"!!!!!we saw loads of monkeys, we had our first ever pedicures and manicures (boys included) on the beach by some lovely ladies and generally lazed around by day and enjoyed the great bars on the beach at night! there was an endless proession of hawkers and sellers on the beach but i think we were the most patient people there! (although that did come back to haunt us when we hadnt apparently bought enough and an 8 year old gangster threatened to end all of our lives which puts a aslight downer on your day!!!) overall the kids were sweet albeit demanding and we played pool with them and chatted and bought hideously tacky things from them! We took a day trip to Ream National park and we trekked to the most beautiful beach i have ever seen absolute paradise!! me and claire spend a night in the bars while the boys managed a grand bedtime of 9.30pm! we ended the night in what we thought was a respectable establishment until some rather santily clad ladies started table dancing for some elderly men so we ran away! after a few days we took claire and matt to Kep, as we really wanted to show them our favourite place in cambodia and luckily they loved it too! we hired motorbikes and drove through the beautiful countryside to Angul (secret) beach! met some sweet local children and walked along the beach chatting and the day was going so well when i lost the key to our motorbike - what an idiot!! we searched in vain and then attempted to conerse with the local villagers but theres a reason for this secret beach being secret its in the most remote village ages from anywhere! much confusion ensued resulting in a small child nearly being beaten and the wires on our motorbike being cut up!! claire and chris rode off on the other bike and me and matt waited, but the longed we waited the number of wires bering cut increased and we had run out of water, which they didnt have any of in the village (?!!) so we thanked them and walked the bike to the next village, where they jump started the bike - much cheering and i gave him some money all was well ...then it stopped again ( me and matt have already exaggerated this story and i am writing the screenplay!) we finally got it going, sped off into the distane then realised we had stolen the guys key who started it, but it was a bit like the film Speed we couldnt stop or the bike would explode... or not start again, same difference! anyway, it all ended well and gave me something to bore you all with in the blog!! after a gorgeous break by the sea we headed inlad on the bumpiest bus where claire ontinued the foot injury trend (i got my foot run over by a truck last week, matt cut both of his big toes open on seperate occasions , more on those later) by getting her foot trapped in my chair as we went over a giant pothole! we spent our final night and day in Phnom Penh, collectiong our lovely ladies dresses (good) and our ladies shoes (claires good) mine were absolutely horrendous! they resembled the block shoe people wear when one leg is shorter than the other. absolute classic moment when she unveiled them, they truly are a sight to behold. oh and to update you claire, i went back TWICE, and they are still too small so they are now sitting in a charity shop in Phnom Penh - good times!! we finished the holiday off in a gay bar (as you do) and claire ended the holiday in the howard style by ripping her trousers and falling backwards out of the tuktuk and then giving the cambodian driver his first kiss!!!