perjantai 15. kesäkuuta 2018

Trip to Cambodia part. 2

From Siem Reap we took a night bus to the coast. Though the drive lasted overnight it wasn't that bad 'cause the bus was filled with sleeping berths. And just to make clear, there wasn't any seats. Only places where you could lie down and try to make yourself feel comfortable.

Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.
- George S. Patton

At this point you might be thinking about the space in the bus or how roomy these "sleeping seats" really are? Is it actually possible to sleep in those kind of busses? When booking the tickets, there were both single and double seats to choose from. We shared one double seat and could just straighten our legs. So, there were barely enough space for smallish people. And only for that reason it might be a bit too small (confined) for those who are taller than regular human beings.

And yes you can sleep in the busses if you're not that sensitive for noices or bumpy roads etc. I slept maybe only half a night, but the all in all the trip went well. It took 10 hours to get from the inland to Sihanoukville. Our first tasks was to find a ride and some nice little bungalow by the beach. As usual the bargaining took a while, but 'cause of our expertise we managed to get us a cheap ride to Otres Beach.

It didn't take that long to go swimming from our little "porch".

After arriving to Otres we started to find out the prizes of different accommodations. At the end we chose a place called Chez Paou from where we got a private bungalow with a fan and a mosquito net. Both of those were kinda standard equipments in most of the places.

There were one common bathroom which we shared with the other fellow travellers. It turned out to be a good thing 'cause we were both terrified by bugs and insects. During the entire trip I also noticed that it's much nicer to sleep in a room which isn't all white from top to bottom. The darker the walls are, the less you can actually see what's lurking you from the ceiling while you're sleeping.

We stayed at Otres for 3 days and in that time we got to learn that there were no place to hide from the hucksters (suom. kaupustelijat). So, to get rid of them we took a long boat to an island paradise named Koh Ta Kiev. There were no running water or electricity grid and that's why the power was on only at certain time in the evenings. This place were just what we needed. Far away from the fuss and expecially from those not-so-nice-vendors.

Life is a travelling to the edge of knowledge, then a leap taken.
- D.H. Lawrence

We booked single beds from the treehouse which was a dorm styled bungalow. And 'cause we didn't know what to expect we're kinda cautious. Will there be some nasty creatures with eight legs or more? Can we sleep in 360 degrees open space with no walls around us, in a treehouse over 3 meters above the ground? All went partly ocay and we managed through the night. But why only partly? Well, I had ants on my bed when we first checked the treehouse. Luckily we had earlier bought some mosquito repellent (actually two kinds of repellent) which worked just fine to those little bastards.

Then I must say that though the island itself was awesome and the night in the treehouse was memorable, the place (Kactus) where we stayed was a bit too (how would I put it) peaceable. If you know what I mean. But enough of that. While waiting for the sunset, we ate dinner and got some new ideas for our travelling plan. One new city to go to. Be aware of that this is what may happen to you too if you've the guts to start a conversation with other fellas plus you have glass of rum in your hand. But due to this we got to see another side of Cambodia. Another city with its own history.

They say that G&T helps against the mosquitos.

I can highly recommend this paradise for those who aren't afraid of the sea and all the waves. If you last through the boat ride you gonna have unforgettable time in this island. But better to plan your visit soon 'cause there are rumours about casinos and actual roads.

We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon.
- Konrad Adenauer

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