I left Siem Reap richer and happier that I had the chance to walk through beautiful places I did not know before I came here. The archaeological complex of Angkor Wat has revealed a face of Cambodia totally unknown to me. After many days in which our feet did not stand, tired to wake up at early hours to reach as many tourist attractions as possible, we waited with the excitement of childhood the moment we reached the sea 🙂 we missed water.
To cross the distance from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville, we had two options: by bus, but this involved 12-14 hours of travel, or by plane and within an hour we would be at the beach. For comfort and time, we chose the second variant, and a propeller plane took us to the sunny beaches of Cambodia.
Sihanoukville Harbor Town is known for its fine white sandy beaches and is surrounded by exotic islands with spectacular landscapes. The most famous beaches are Occheuteal, Otres – which has over 4 km, Socha, Independence, Hawaii, Serendipity. We chose to stroll in Otres Beach 2, being an area with a beautiful white beach and less frequented by noisy tourists.
From the little Sihanoukville airport we took a taxi along with two tourists walking in the same direction with us. I was surprised that the majority of taxis waiting in the airport parking were luxury cars. We paid $10, and when I was getting more comfortable we got to the Harmony Home, a very beautiful bungalow complex, and soon we were watching the two-step away of the bungalow entrance pool 🙂
We checked in and we immediately left to become friends with the beach and the sea that waited for us like this.
And now we were going to throw ourselves into the waves, because that’s what we wanted for a long time, except that I, leaving home with only a small handbag, had not taken a bathing suit and I had postponed its purchase until now. So the next few hours I spent my time trying to buy one, which is why I took in all the small shops in the Otres 2 area. No success. All the shops were selling anything but bathing suits, the vendors looked at me strangely when I asked them if they had that. And the whole story was on the street parallel to the beach. Finally, I found one in a corner on a shelf. Needless to say I did not really care what the size is 🙂 I bought it and even wore it for a week 🙂
We enjoyed the warm water until late in the evening, the fine sand and a spectacular sunset right up there, on the beach in front of the bungalow where we stayed.
Just as we returned to the bungalow and were preparing to dive into the pool in front of us, a warm and intense rain began and took by surprise to the two ladies who were relaxing in the pool, but also Bongo, the funny tomcat who had retreated to the terrace bar and begged a little attention 🙂
The first day in Sihanoukville ended with a bath in the pool, in the rain. The next day we started our adventure through the jungles and surrounding islands, but about that, next time. Until then, I hug you and I leave you with more pictures here.