Christmas on Koh Rong

We made our way from Siem Reap to a port town called Sihanoukville on a night bus, followed by a full day of buses. We were supposed to be on the “luxury” bus – a proper sleeper, bed and all – but spent most of the night being thrown around and sucking in dust. Never mind – we made it safe and sound.

The next morning we jumped on a ferry out to an island called Koh Rong or, as a lovely German guy we met called it, Spring Break Island. The island is mostly totally undeveloped, except for one little stretch of beach covered in guest houses, bungalows and bars where the young wipper-snappers blare music all night long.

Christmas day turned out to be lovely. After I had my inevitable breakdown while talking to the family, we jumped on a boat and headed out for some fishing and time on a lovely beach on the other side of the island where we quickly met a crew, taught them beersbie and drank the afternoon away.

Everything after that gets a little hazy, but we know it involved tequila and mojitos. I do remember refusing to pay for my dinner because I flat out didn’t remember eating it 30 seconds before. The girl next to me had to assure me that I did, in fact, eat a pork baguette.

Boxing Day we needed to get out of that place, so we made our way to a neighbouring island called Koh Rong Samloem which is even more underdeveloped and completely relaxing. We stayed in a great dorm room that was basically a big open verandah overlooking the ocean and spent a day and a half exploring the island – hiking to different beaches, playing beerless beersbie (apparently it’s called “Frisbee”) and chilling out.

Yesterday was a bit of a gongshow trying to get back to Sihanoukville – delays, overbooked and overloaded ferries means that we were about 3 hours late in getting here but again, no worries. We’re off to Kampot today, home of the (world?) famous Kampot Pepper that we’ve come to love – for the first time we’re putting more pepper on our food than salt. Only a handful of days left in Cambodia before we head up over the border into Laos.

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