A touch of luxury for Crimbo
18.12.2009 - 26.12.2009
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After getting off the bus as quick as possible to try and shake off Gill, we jumped on the back of 2 moto's and headed to Serendipity Beach to look for Accomodation. After finding a room for $6/£3.75 for both of us we headed straight for the beach. Sihanoukville had to be our fav place so far. Gorgeous beaches, lots of atmosphere, good food, a cinema (!) and roads you didnt have to risk your life to cross. We spent the first few days chilling by the beach, trying to top up our tans. We then decided to do a little exploring and hired a motorbike. Well i gave this a go and within seconds almost drove into a lorry. To my defence i had never driven one before, so we thought it best we get a Scooter. Unfortunately the only one they had left was a pink one. This mixed with a Bike Helmet which had Pinkie on the side, gave my masculinity a beating. We headed up to Victory beach which was the old back packing area (wasn't that great) and then decided to try to find Otres Beach. We had heard good things and it didn't let us down. After spending a while trying to find it (you had to go along some dirt track and down a massive hill) we soon discovered that if you go past all the bars you could find your own secluded beach with white sand and clear blue water. We were only joined by a massive flock of cows. Anna being Anna got scared and wanted to leave incase we got attacked by the killer cows.
The next day we booked ourselves onto a boat tour of the surrounding islands, which included Snorkelling and spending the afternoon on a tropical island Called 'Bamboo'. It was a fun day, with one of the highlights being Anna swimming around in a lifejacket with her Snorkling gear on. She has deleted all evidence except for this beauty. We also got a nice BBQ fish and rice for lunch before heading back for more snorkelling and then home. Was well worth doing and we got to see a glimpse of what Thailand has instore for us.
So Christmas was fast approaching and we had decided to splash the cash and stay on a RESORT as a Christmas present to each other. This place was awesome. We had a nice big poolside room with breakfast included, a nice bit of luxury for a few days. However as soon as we had checked in and went to get lunch we ran into crazy Gill. She asked to join us and we couldn't say no, so off we went for what seemed like the longest lunch ever. All i wanted to do was go back and chill out in my resort, but instead we had to put up with listening to her complain about 'Incidents' that had happened to her here in Sihanoukville. She also found us for dinner that night too, nightmare. Christmas was very nice and we had a massive Christmas dinner (£13 each, ouch to the budget) which came on 2 plates. One for the meat and the other for the Veg. We spent the rest of the day on Skype to the family, which was nice to catch up with everyone. On boxing day we had to head back to Phnom Penh for a few days to get our Vietnamese visas. We were sad to leave Sihanoukville, especially to head back to Phnom Penh, but we thought we should give it another go. On second assesment, well it was the same as when we were first there, except for one thing, no Gill. Oh and if 'Pisshead' reads this, sorry we forgot to pay you $1. After a few days here (mainly because Anna had not worked out that we would be getting there on the weekend and thus the Visa office is closed) we headed to Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh city.