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Shipwrecked...

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Whilst researching accommodation in Sihanoukville, we randomly stumbled across a place called Lonely Beach on Trip Advisor. It promised a beautiful secluded beach, prisitne waters, and the full shipwrecked experience Robinson Crusoe style (i.e. no running water, only a few hours of electric a day, sleeping practically outdoors etc...). So of course, we couldn't say no!

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The journey to our slice of paradise was a difficult one. First off, our tuk-tuk driver couldn't find the port where the boat was going from as a result of Lonely Beach providing very confusing instructions. We managed to put a call through to stop the boat leaving without us so we made it (thank goodness I brought my iPhone!). Then it was a three and a half hour journey on supposedly calm waters; I still felt seriously seasick!

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But I'm pleased to report it was more than worth it. True secluded paradise (and at a price us stingy backpackers can afford)!

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We spent our days sunbathing, swimming, reading, making a giant sandcastle, and playing chess (to escape the midday sun), and our evenings taking highly refreshing bucket showers (no running water!), eating tasty food such as beef curry and sweet and sour squid, and spending time with our new friends Jenny, Guy and Sina! Our accommodation was a twelve bed dorm room that was essentially a platform on stilts with a roof. The sides were all open so we could see out to sea from one aspect and into the jungle from the other. Lovely!

I think the only negative thing we can say about our time on Lonely Beach was the sandflies from which there was no escaping. Poor Jo got eaten alive! Luckily we had some steriod cream leftover from the bed bug episode and a lot of Tiger Balm!!

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Sadly we had to leave Lonely Beach one day earlier than we wanted to. The winds on our fourth night on the island were crazy, blasting into the dorm room and battering the tarpaulin that had been tied to one side of the dorm. The boat was able to go the following afternoon so we hopped on as Yogi (the friendly manager of the resort) told us the weather forecast for the next few days was for even stronger winds. So we waved goodbye to one of the nicest beaches we've ever been to!

Getting back to civilisation was a shock to the system (even after a hair-raising boat ride through high swells in high winds). Rather than go all the way back to Otres Beach, we decided to stay more central as we were getting a bus the next day. That was a mistake. Somehow we ended up in a guesthouse right next to Serendipty Beach (the beach Dan had told us was dreadful). Oops!! Hungry and in need of a beer, the three of us (Guy came with) dubiously made our way down to the sand. Awful. Full of litter, the smell of garbage and never ending people trying to sell you all manner of crap. Concluding there was nothing else for it, we made our way through several beers and cocktails, watching fireworks being set off all over the place and drunken westerners acting like louts! It wasn't long before we escaped back to our room to eat junk food and watch the rugby!!

We miss you already Lonely Beach!!

Tam xx

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Posted by Tam-Jo 20:28 Archived in Cambodia Tagged kohrong

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Good work on the sand castle it is epic! Patch looks very pleased with himself at the top! xxx

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