We arrived on Sihanoukville, Cambodia's beach resort after only a 4 hour journey from Phnom Penh. We got dropped at the bus station and were instantly hounded for accommodation and moto-taxis. One of the guys waiting outside was English and he had some accommodation on Serendipity Beach which was where we were heading so we decided to go to his bungalows at Monkey Republic. The bungalow was $5 and we got a free Angkor beer on arrival. The bungalows were fairly nice with fan and attached bathroom, the only downside was that due to a water shortage in the area the toilet had been disconnected so we had to pour water from a bucket down the pan to flush it. We had a quick walk along the beach and the main road I did not feel entirely safe as there were lots of tuk tuk drivers hanging around. We decided to come back to the bungalow restaurant to get some food. I only managed a chip butty as I had, had a bad stomach and had not eaten all day.
The next day we walked down to the beach for breakfast, I had fruit and yogurt, but it was 4 days out of date, I was not impressed as I was still feeling a little delicate. It became cloudy quite quickly so we decided to head back to the bungalows where we settled down to watch the film ladder 49 in the TV room as the weather was so bad, but we both enjoyed the film. We then went out to the bar for toasted cheese and baked bean sandwiches which were delicious. We then went down the beach to a place called chivas shacks where James that we were with through the rest of cambodia was meant to be staying but when we got there we could not see him and the staff said that they did not know who we were talking about, it was a shame as we had no way of contacting him.
The following day we picked a different beach cafe for breakfast, this time I had ants in my cereal so was thoroughly pissed off and decided to try and eat at our bungalows from now on! The rain clouds came in off the sea again so we decided to lounge in the hammock loft above the restaurant before going into town to the market. It was really busy and hot, we looked around at the various stalls selling food, clothes and also lots of toiletries. We then went to the fishermans bar for a few drinks while we waited for the rain to stop, it didn't! Both of us were pretty fed up as there was not much to do so we just read our books, used the internet and chilled out. My determination not to eat out again didn't last long and we made our way to the beach to have a BBQ which was lovely and incident free!
For breakfast on our last day we both had scrambled eggs and baked beans on toast before actually being able togo to he beach as the weather had brightened up. We sat at a bar, which had sun loungers for most of the day. The beach was OK, if a little dirty although there were lots of children coming around all day long to try and see us bracelets, manicures, fruit etc, etc. It shocked me how many children there were in this area, that did not seem to go to school. It was also shocking that in the bungalows and many of the other businesses in the area that there were big signs warning people of the amount of child prostitution and urging people to report it - I didn't realise that this was such a big problem in Cambodia very sad! We spent the evening in the bars drinking the local Angkor brew, eating an chatting again at Monkey Republic with the friendly staff.