After a week spent in Siem Reap, we headed to Sihanoukville by the seaside.
We took a night bus and the seats magically turned into beds, so that the journey would feel more comfortable. Regarding the road conditions and driving habits (Cambodian drivers use the horn way too often!), let me just say- it is impossible.
When we got off just before dawn, I could already feel the smell of the ocean!
We got to our sea view bungalow and hurried to catch a little sun. The beach was phenomenal, it was materialization of the perfect beach I had in mind- calm, crystal clear water around 28 C, white sand.
Sun beds and umbrellas on the beach or pure natural environment- the choice stays yours. Either way it is just amazing!
Beside the marvelous beaches, the place is just another ordinary Cambodian town.
A couple of tourist agencies offered one day trips to nearby islands and we chose Koh Rong Island.
The ocean was rough the day we planned our excursion, but nothing seemed alarming or anything. With a tuk tuk we were driven to the port from where the journey started.
There were around ten people altogether on the boat. As we floated further from the cost, the ocean was becoming choppier and it felt like fun at first.
My boyfriend started feeling seasick and insisted on going on the back side of the boat. I remember going after him in order to help him if he needed me. He vomited all his breakfast and still couldn’t stabilize. At that point I was helpless, the boat started shaking enormously and I felt I had to hold myself very tight to the metal girder praying to God that I would not fall into the Indian Ocean. Praying for my boyfriend also. He was doing the same from the opposite side of me and couldn’t do a thing to help me. I could not see what was happening on the deck, how people reacted to this sudden sea storm. What really worried me was not wearing a life jacket. No one on the boat did.
My boyfriend managed to get to the cabin where he laid down and tried to get over the sea sickness. I managed to get to him also. I was observing the waves, I haven’t seen such huge waves my entire life. At one point the things put on the shelves in the cabin started falling down as the ground was not stable and moved roughly. Who on earth would saved me in the middle of the ocean if this boat crashes???
At that time of my life I was arranging my new apartment, in a couple of months’ period my sister and I were supposed to move there. I dreaded the thought that I could actually not experience moving to that apartment… I prayed every single second and tears were rolling down my face… Luckily everything turned out well.
When we got to the island, its natural beauty bedazzled me- turquoise water and powdery white sand.
There was no water supply nor electricity, just a couple of wooden bungalows in a heavenly setting. We almost forgot of the inconveniences that we experienced during our trip to the island.
It was a nice day after all and a good lesson learned- life jacket is a MUST when travelling by boat.