We drove the three hours down to Sihanouk Ville this morning. On the way we stopped at a local market which was very interesting. Thyda said people were exclaiming to her how lovely and white our skin was - they don't see many tourists there!!! I had some freshly squeezed sugar cane juice and it was lovely - yum.
On arrival we went to the Star Fish cafe which is a cafe and shop that provides physically disabled people opportunities from their profits. We had delicious sandwiches there made from rice bread. We also bought some things in the shop. I would rather spend a bit more money and know it is helping someone. They have been open since 2001. Intrepid (the tour company I am with) supports them in their endeavours.
Arrived at our hotel the Golden Sands. Immediately we all changed into swimsuits and Thyda walked us over to the closest beach - Ochheuteal Beach. Very busy and touristy but the water was wonderful and it was fun to jump in the waves. I had a 40 minute massage for $6 and was harassed constantly to get a manicure, pedicure, leg hair ripped out by thread (sign me up for that), etc. After about an hour I headed back to the hotel via the shops - got myself a sundress and a new bag (purse type thing) and then into the pool which was great. Now I am just getting ready to head out to the group for dinner at 7.
Tomorrow is a boat ride to an island and another beach day. Friday the rest of the group heads to Phnom Penh and then home while I head to Kep for six nights of R & R. I can`t wait!! I am SO glad I did not decide to stay here - it was a toss up between the two. Kep is much quieter.
Our hotel is really nice - no roosters for two nights. I expect I will be seranaded again in Kep but thatès okay. I plan to relax and chill - I may book a trip out to Rabbit Island one day but other than that I plan to just do my own thing. Lots of writing on this blog and lots of pictures to share!!!
I guess last night I did not miss much with the boat trip or the dinner out so that is good!!!