It's hot and sunny :-)
24.12.2009 30 °C
We are now in Sihanoukville, also known as Snookyville!
We pre-booked accommodation as it is the Christmas period but after contacting lots of places, only to find they were already fully booked, we had to settle on 2 guest houses during our stay here.
We arrived at our second one this morning, which is very different to the first…..Our first home was up in the hills above the beach with an amazing view of the ocean and a magnificent sunrise each morning, it was a cute bungalow but very basic and very small, we had a couple of pet geckos and several termites which appeared to be munching their way systematically through the thick wooden beams! They made interesting noises as we tried to fall asleep!!!
Our home for the next week is in the grounds of a big hotel, we now have space, cable tv, a fridge, air-con, a safe, wi-fi and a swimming pool but absolutely no view. I guess in peak season you can’t have it all if you are on a backpacker’s budget! One place we spoke to yesterday had raised their prices from $35 to 80!!!!!
Yesterday we went on a trip around 3 islands close to here, the snorkelling was nothing to write home about but the island we spent the most time on, Bamboo Island, was just beautiful. The beaches were pristine, the water was clear and warm and there is almost no development on the island at all, just a few huts and a restaurant on each side. We really loved it and are thinking of paying someone to take us back over for the whole day rather than doing the whole 3 island trip again….
The rest of our time has been spent at the beach, relaxing in the sun and reading in between getting interrupted by sunglasses, fruit or bracelet sellers! Some of them are so funny to talk to, they have amazing English and are so quick witted. We have had some very entertaining conversations.
We discovered a lovely restaurant that is run by westerners and tomorrow they are putting on a traditional 3 course Christmas dinner so we have booked ourselves in, we thought a nice roast would make a change from rice and noodles.
So all that is left to say is ‘HAPPY CHRISTMAS’ from the both of us, we hope you all have a great day and that Santa brings you all something nice!
Lots of love
Anita and Gerald
PS We should have good access to the internet tomorrow so if you have skype check and see if we are online and we can chat xxx