We arrived in Sihanoukville after 5 hours in a minibus, and it was such a relief to be out of the smog and noise of the city and to see the ocean again. We walked down to Serendipity Beach to watch the sunset. The beach is nice but quite busy with lots of restaurants and hawkers and beggars. The next day we took a tuktuk to Otres Beach which is much more relaxed. Mike took a lesson in kite surfing.
Koh Rong Samloem
We took the slow boat out to one of the two big islands outside the coast of Cambodia, Koh Rong Samloem. We’d already been warned that the island was very quiet, with not a lot going on, but we thought we’d take a day or two to just relax. Once we got of the boat we realised that our friends hadn’t exaggerated! There was a strip of 15 or less hostels and restaurants, and that was that.
Mike went around and made enquiries about where he could possibly get his Padi divers licence. There is two companies doing it on the island, and one of them offered accommodation included in the price. It would take three days.
Around 3 o’clock we went on a boat tour with the hostel we were staying in. First we went to a couple of snorkeling spots, then we fished for a bit. We didn’t catch anything but some of the other people on the boat did.
On day one of his course, Mike started studying and was preparing for a dive in the afternoon. But because it was so windy and the waves were so big, his first dive was cancelled. The same thing happened on day 2, and the weather forecast didn’t look promising either. We debated whether to go back to Sihanoukville or to Koh Rong because we were both really bored on the island. We decided to get on a taxi boat to Koh Rong. Mike didn’t have to pay for the course.
Koh Rong is a lot busier and a lot nicer than Samloem in my opinion. There’s actually a choice of restaurants! And the beach is a lot less polluted.
Mike is going to try again to get his divers licence, and I’ll hang out here for three or four days, reading, blogging and researching for the next step of the trip.