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Jan 20, 2006 - Lazing away the day on Bamboo Island

Imagine yourself sitting on a boat out at sea under a perfect-blue sky with just the right wind to cool the blazing sun enough down, so you do not sweat. The boat is turning into this gently swung bay and a broad stretch of perfect powdry sand, around 1000 metres long and of a lovely yellow color, and framed by black rocks is stretching out in front of you. Behind it, the island is lined with abundantly green jungle and towering coconut-palmtrees, forming the background to the absolute only signs of civilization in the entire bay: ten basic...

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Axel in Asia

Jan 15, 2006 - Three beach-bums on squeaking sand

Three months and ten days - that's how long it took me to get back to a coast, the sea, the sand, the waves and the salty wind - and its amazing how quickly you switch three gears down, once seeing this indefinitely far, blue and open horizon again! In other words: I'm thoroughly enjoying doing nothing! Basically, our days revolve purely around eating, reading, sunbathing and sleeping with the biggest problem being, where to get a cold beer with the least input of energy... Three days ago, we arrived down in Sihanoukville and although we...

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Axel in Asia

Jan 15, 2006 - Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville: Jan 15 - Jan 19 So we arrived at the beach around midday. Found accommodation a block back from the water for $10 a night. We have spent most of the 4 days at the beach, lounging in deck chairs that are about 5ms from the water. The water is crystal clear and so warm you don't want to get out. I seem to go for a swim, go and sit in the chair, let the sun dry me off then decide I better go for another swim. It's very hard!!! especially with women and children coming around all the time selling you fresh fruit, braclets,...

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Jan 9, 2006 - Sihanoukville

After a hectic past week of travelling and sight seeing I decided that it was time for some more rest and relaxation (and time to get that tan looking respectable!). So I was headed to Sihanoukville, a small town on the south coast of Cambodia where life runs at a very slow pace! The town was great...really chilled and, so far, really unspoilt by tourism, (although it is getting more and more popuar so give it a few years and it will all be diferent). I found myself a decent guesthouse which had just been built so was nice and clean and...

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Dec 22, 2005 - Cambodia - Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville is on the South Coast of Cambodia and experienced a mini tourist boom in the 60's when a number of larger hotels were built. It is now extremely popular with Khmers and also has emerged a popular backpacker destination, so numerous cheap bars, restaurants and guesthouses have popped up to cater for both as well as one resort hotel and spa with it's own beach. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the beach we stayed on, Occheuteal Beach, was buzzing. This seems to be another place in Cambodia that doesn't stay still! We even...

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Dec 3, 2005 - Sun, Sea & Sand in Sihanoukville

A snappy title I thought and just about sums it up. Left Phnom Penh Wednesday and amazingly arrived here within the estimated 4 hours - a record journey! At the PP guesthouse, the very nice lady there had told us of a new place here and arranged for us to be met off the bus, which does save a lot of initial hassle. In the throng of moto drivers,saw 2 grinning faces and a sign saying "Welcome Venetia & Nigel" - how cool was that? Felt like royalty or something. I've always been secretly jealous of those people at airports with their names on...

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Oct 27, 2005 - Cambodia - The Coast

We met our guide, Sothy, at the border and headed towards the coast, to a place called Sihanoukville. Back in the 1920s, this place was thriving under the rule of the French Protectorate. Massive French Colonial homes, spectacular gardens, combed white sand beaches and warm "bath water" of the beach ruled at the peak of its era. Even the royal family had a residence here, and the trendy well off crowds in Phnom Penh would rush here on Fridays to spend the weekend. The place has changed since then, and has been recovering from the wreckage...

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Oct 24, 2005 - Sihanoukville

While on the sleepy island of Don Det, we were advised not to bother visiting Sihanoukville, that it was a tacky beach resort, where you get hassled at every turn to partake in beach massages and purchase bangles and mini lobsters. Fortunately the lure of the blue sea and white sand overrode the friendly advise and we were on the bus to the beach town a week later. On arrival we were surprised by the obvious absence of tuk tuk drivers with their vehicles. Instead, the bus station parking lot was filled with rows of mopeds and drivers......

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Oct 22, 2005 - Sihanoukville, Cambodia

I've decided that border crossings are always going to be somewhat stressful over here. I was in Bangkok, needed to get to Cambodia before the border closed...and preferably before it got dark. Everyone in Bangkok kept looking at me like I was crazy when I said "I want to go to the Cambodian border to get to Koh Kong/Sihanoukville." Like what's so crazy about wanting to go to the beach!! Every travel agent thought it was crazy, though...and there weren't any buses to the border other than the local buses at the bus depot which is an...

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Oct 14, 2005 - Sihanoukville

I left for Sihanoukville at 8 then next day, having had about 3 hours sleep and realising I was still drunk when I woke up! Didn't make for the best bus journey/afternoon ever. And also explains why I only have one photo, as my batteries were pretty dead in my camera, and in my hazy state I had left the charger with the others back at the guesthouse in Phnom Penh! (luckily I was going back) The beach was pretty nice - really long and good sand, but it's definitely the quiet season, and the only people who were really around were the people...

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Sep 30, 2005 - Sihanoukville

Internet here is incredibly slow, so we will post pictures when we return to Thailand. Christine got a little sick 3 days ago, so we ended up delaying the Killing Fields by 1 day. However we were still able to sneak them in before we caught our bus down South. It was one of those horrific places where you try, but truely cannot comprehend the tragedies that has occured there. We walked around the mass graves for about an hour the entire time you were walking on/over pieces of clothing, bones and teeth. There was a large monument constructed...

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Aug 16, 2005 - Sihanoukville

Hola!!! Avui hem arribat a la platja de Cambotja!!! Despres de tot el dia de viatge i de travessar tot el pais amb bus i minibus inclos hem arribat a les platjes de Sihanoukville. Estem en un bungalows a la vora del mar en un lloc guapissim. Dema anirem a la platja i descansarem un mica!!! Apa, que continuin be les festes. No hem pogut posar cap foto de moment perque aqui les conexions son megalentes.

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