Sihanoukville Was billed as a primitive version of Vietnam. How wrong. There are only 6 million people in Cambodia and 85 million in Vietnam. How it shows. Sihanoukville is a beautiful orderly town on the beach. The roads are both wide and in good repair. We must remember that 20 years ago there was almost nothing in the towns after pol Potts reign. Now there is a monarchy with democratic elections like us. Lots of mad moped riders about but a lot more orderly that Vietnam, and the roads are much less busy.
The beaches we saw today are amongst the best I have ever seen. The water is really warm and clear. The beaches come with thatched sun shades and coconut palms all along them.
I spent the day with Josie, Dan, Valda and Michael, new friends from Australia. Would you believe that Valda and Michael have a cousin living in st Albans and visited there a few years ago. They are great fun and full of interesting stories. They live 9 hours west of brisbane way way out in the bush.
We spent an hour in the local market which Was much more spacious and better organised than Saigon market. The raw meat for sale was a bit much as the stench was as much as I could bear. It's fair to say that the dogs looked more than a little nervous there, and with good reason.
We then took a tut tut around the area. We had a great laugh. Visited a swanky hotel (Sokha beach resort hotel) on the presidential beach. We also visited two local beaches, they were the best. As they were much less formal and the people in the local stalls more friendly. We stopped at one had a couple of cold local beers and a full body massage , what a Scream. Wendy had her nails done and her feet massaged. Six of us sitting on the beach being pampered and all for about $5 each! What a way to live.
We also took in some local Buddhist temples. The photos should be awesome but not withstanding that the place is fantastic. We would definitely come here again and I would not have thought that this morning.
The local beer is Angkor and it's 2 cans for a dollar, that includes a sun bed and beach shade. Fresh seafood is cooked on the beach in portable BBQ's and served up for almost nothing. We did not try any as is the case most of the time on this holiday as we are never hungry.
The ship sailed out at 5pm west into the most perfect sunset.
I suppose that I should also mention the fact that yesterday I was mugged off by Josie. She called our cabin and put on an Asian accent. She told me that there was a problem with our on board spending account. I fell for it hook line and sinker starting to bristle and question her when she broke into laughter. Well and truly captured by a 22 year old! I'm plotting revenge.