Friday, 3 April 2015

#ProjectMCambodia - Sihanoukville


The first thing we spotted from the coach, on route to Sihanoukville, was a golden lion perched over a lioness, having the childish sense of humour that I do, without thinking, I yelled, 
"Oh look, they're humping!".

My friends tell me that sometimes, I don't have a block on what my mind thinks and what my mouth says. 

I assumed that everyone thought I was a weirdo, but thankfully someone else shouted, "Oh yeah! Hahaha". Don't you love when you find friends who hop onto your banter bus? That, or they're probably laughing at me as oppose to with me. Awkward.


Anyway, welcome to Sihanoukville, the beach town in Cambodia.



All hail the beach.





We spotted a lovely seafront shack called Angkor Beach. They make scrumptious fruit shakes. I might of mentioned this x 5, but Pineapple shake is my favourite. I had about 10 shakes by this stage, if they were those protein ones, I'd be super Hench.

A word of warning to anyone going to Cambodia, don't order Western food. I know, I know, whilst travelling, you miss home and you just want a burger, but they do it so wrong. I had the worst burger which I'm sure was made of soy sauce and mince.

On the other hand, local Khmer food is ridiculously delicious. Opt for that option.

Being British, we of course, couldn't resist getting our kit off and going for a dip. 


I give the Sihanoukville beach a rating of 3 out of 5 because, even though the water is super warm and clear, the beach is overly packed with tourists & floating trash. You will be surrounded by children selling bracelets, fake Ray Ban sunglasses and ladies offering to thread your eyebrows, legs, and, *Ahem* bikini line (I'm being deadly serious). If you want peace, don't expect it at this beach.

On the bright side, (like my sunny yellow bikini) all souvenirs & services are super cheap. The nightlife is insane. Similar to the Thai islands, there's a wild beach party every night. 

I'm about to write about one of favourite moments. Ah, gosh, when I think about it now, I just daydream about how heavenly the whole experience was. 

We told a private small boat to Bamboo Island.

Floating on top of the waves, the ticking of the engine and the ocean beneath me, pushing Sihanoukville further and further behind. Surrounded by layers upon layers of endless shades of blue in the sea and into the sky. 





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On the way, we brought crabs from another boat who went fishing that day. They're so pretty right?


Here's me and my crabs, I mean erm, crab... oh you know what I mean.

One of the things on my bucket list was to go snorkelling in the sea. If it's on your list too, do it. You'll wander around all sorts of interesting fish and plant life, plus, just look at that water! Beautiful


Welcome to Bamboo Island. A secluded island where a handful of people reside.

One of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen. Beach rating: 5 out of 5. I don't think I need to explain why...


I couldn't spot any crabs on this island so I thought I'd do my own. #yoga


The locals on the island made dinner for us, a choice between BBQ chicken or barracuda, after being photo bombed by a rooster earlier, my inner cave woman went for the chicken. 


Would I recommend Cambodia? Erm, yes!

You will see a lot of hardship which will change the way you see life, which is why I recommend it to anyone (in a safe organised tour group). 

Besides the people It's absolutely beautiful. Vibrant and humid. Delicious food, beautiful coastline, cultural treasures, all for ridiculous prices. 

On our last night, the girls set off a lantern into the sky. 

A wonderful way to say goodbye to Cambodia. 

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Location: Cambodia - Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville beach rating: ***
Bamboo Island beach rating: *****


Sunday, 22 March 2015

#ProjectMCambodia - Phnom Penh


After the bumpiest 7 hour journey, (the Cambodian roads aren't the smoothest; there were so many moments we thought we were going to die) nudged by PC (our tour guide) whilst I was in the land of nod, with my mouth slightly wide open, I gave out a slight grumpy cat groan. 

We all waddled off the bus, stepping off with our influx of groggy emotions. Never felt sexier. 

Dizzy,
 bleary eyed whilst bashing into the coach struggling to carry my bag pack, I noticed the others point to the direction of the swimming pool. Ah, now we're talking. 

Welcome to Phnom Penh. The capital of Cambodia.





Me & Claire hopped into a TukTuk to explore what Phnom Penh could offer us. 

We found a nice little hut restaurant called Aniali. We of course, ordered our favourite drink of refreshment - fresh coconut juice. The perfect way to cool down.



Oh wise words, Aniali. I like this place.




After we finished playing with our lovely bunch of coconuts (oh behave) we took a walk through the market.

This was a fresh foods local market, so, fried insects anyone?


There's something wonderful about being surrounded by Pak Choi, Bak Choi & every kind of Choi all presented in colourful baskets, knowing that it has probably been plucked that morning. 


I love how they slap-dash hot or cold food into a plastic bag for you in Asia. It's great.

As soon as we walked into the fish section, a big waft hit us in the face and we slowly walked backwards and both looked at each like,  erm, yeah, let's get outta ere'.




The architecture at the grand Royal Palace caught our attention. Its full name in the Khmer language is Preah Barum Reachea Veang Chaktomuk Serei Mongkol, we were so pleased with ourselves that we didn't have to ask for directions.




After a hard long day of sightseeing, we all went for a dip in the hotel rooftop pool.






The perfect way to wind down. 

#ProjectMCambodia - Sihanoukville


The first thing we spotted from the coach, on route to Sihanoukville, was a golden lion perched over a lioness, having the childish sense of humour that I do, without thinking, I yelled, 
"Oh look, they're humping!".

My friends tell me that sometimes, I don't have a block on what my mind thinks and what my mouth says. 

I assumed that everyone thought I was a weirdo, but thankfully someone else shouted, "Oh yeah! Hahaha". Don't you love when you find friends who hop onto your banter bus? That, or they're probably laughing at me as oppose to with me. Awkward.


Anyway, welcome to Sihanoukville, the beach town in Cambodia.



All hail the beach.





We spotted a lovely seafront shack called Angkor Beach. They make scrumptious fruit shakes. I might of mentioned this x 5, but Pineapple shake is my favourite. I had about 10 shakes by this stage, if they were those protein ones, I'd be super Hench.

A word of warning to anyone going to Cambodia, don't order Western food. I know, I know, whilst travelling, you miss home and you just want a burger, but they do it so wrong. I had the worst burger which I'm sure was made of soy sauce and mince.

On the other hand, local Khmer food is ridiculously delicious. Opt for that option.

Being British, we of course, couldn't resist getting our kit off and going for a dip. 


I give the Sihanoukville beach a rating of 3 out of 5 because, even though the water is super warm and clear, the beach is overly packed with tourists & floating trash. You will be surrounded by children selling bracelets, fake Ray Ban sunglasses and ladies offering to thread your eyebrows, legs, and, *Ahem* bikini line (I'm being deadly serious). If you want peace, don't expect it at this beach.

On the bright side, (like my sunny yellow bikini) all souvenirs & services are super cheap. The nightlife is insane. Similar to the Thai islands, there's a wild beach party every night. 

I'm about to write about one of favourite moments. Ah, gosh, when I think about it now, I just daydream about how heavenly the whole experience was. 

We told a private small boat to Bamboo Island.

Floating on top of the waves, the ticking of the engine and the ocean beneath me, pushing Sihanoukville further and further behind. Surrounded by layers upon layers of endless shades of blue in the sea and into the sky. 





ShopStyle




On the way, we brought crabs from another boat who went fishing that day. They're so pretty right?


Here's me and my crabs, I mean erm, crab... oh you know what I mean.

One of the things on my bucket list was to go snorkelling in the sea. If it's on your list too, do it. You'll wander around all sorts of interesting fish and plant life, plus, just look at that water! Beautiful


Welcome to Bamboo Island. A secluded island where a handful of people reside.

One of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen. Beach rating: 5 out of 5. I don't think I need to explain why...


I couldn't spot any crabs on this island so I thought I'd do my own. #yoga


The locals on the island made dinner for us, a choice between BBQ chicken or barracuda, after being photo bombed by a rooster earlier, my inner cave woman went for the chicken. 


Would I recommend Cambodia? Erm, yes!

You will see a lot of hardship which will change the way you see life, which is why I recommend it to anyone (in a safe organised tour group). 

Besides the people It's absolutely beautiful. Vibrant and humid. Delicious food, beautiful coastline, cultural treasures, all for ridiculous prices. 

On our last night, the girls set off a lantern into the sky. 

A wonderful way to say goodbye to Cambodia. 

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Location: Cambodia - Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville beach rating: ***
Bamboo Island beach rating: *****


#ProjectMCambodia - Phnom Penh


After the bumpiest 7 hour journey, (the Cambodian roads aren't the smoothest; there were so many moments we thought we were going to die) nudged by PC (our tour guide) whilst I was in the land of nod, with my mouth slightly wide open, I gave out a slight grumpy cat groan. 

We all waddled off the bus, stepping off with our influx of groggy emotions. Never felt sexier. 

Dizzy,
 bleary eyed whilst bashing into the coach struggling to carry my bag pack, I noticed the others point to the direction of the swimming pool. Ah, now we're talking. 

Welcome to Phnom Penh. The capital of Cambodia.





Me & Claire hopped into a TukTuk to explore what Phnom Penh could offer us. 

We found a nice little hut restaurant called Aniali. We of course, ordered our favourite drink of refreshment - fresh coconut juice. The perfect way to cool down.



Oh wise words, Aniali. I like this place.




After we finished playing with our lovely bunch of coconuts (oh behave) we took a walk through the market.

This was a fresh foods local market, so, fried insects anyone?


There's something wonderful about being surrounded by Pak Choi, Bak Choi & every kind of Choi all presented in colourful baskets, knowing that it has probably been plucked that morning. 


I love how they slap-dash hot or cold food into a plastic bag for you in Asia. It's great.

As soon as we walked into the fish section, a big waft hit us in the face and we slowly walked backwards and both looked at each like,  erm, yeah, let's get outta ere'.




The architecture at the grand Royal Palace caught our attention. Its full name in the Khmer language is Preah Barum Reachea Veang Chaktomuk Serei Mongkol, we were so pleased with ourselves that we didn't have to ask for directions.




After a hard long day of sightseeing, we all went for a dip in the hotel rooftop pool.






The perfect way to wind down.