Sihanoukville was a place I had never heard of until Air Asia started to advertise about their new flights there. A quick google showed blue skies, white sand and crystal clear waters. I was tempted. I wanted to go somewhere that no many people had been nor heard of. Something different.
I've never visit Cambodia before. Always wanted to go there but never got around to do so. So I was happy that with this trip I was able to visit a new country. The flight to Cambodia was short. The flight only took 1 hour 20 mins. Just nice for a weekend getaway, which is what my friends and I planned. A short, 3 days 2 night trip as my friend E said, there is nothing much there anyway. So 3 days and 2 nights is just right. Just so you know....this decision was not wise.
The flight there was short and sweet. When we reached the Sihanoukville airport, the skies were clear and the sun was shinning. We were worried that the gloomy, rainy weather may had followed us to Sihanoukville. The airport was a tiny airport that only had another aeroplane on the tarmac besides the one we came on. So you can imagine how small and quaint it was. All was fine until we got off the plane and entered the airport from the tarmac. It was total chaos. No clear directions on where the lines were and we just stood in a line that nobody was sure it leads to the immigration or elsewhere. The local immigration opened up another line and I was pushed aside as the local pushed thorough and started to pick their luggage which was just by the immigration. It was odd.
Eventually I found myself in a line that I led me to the Visa line, which is not the line I should be on. My friends H & E was in another line behind me and with the crowd of locals behind me I had to keep on moving. It was funny because then when I reached further up I just hop to so-called line. There were no visible lines.....just group of people moving to the front.
My friend H spotted an immigration office with a counter empty. So she just went to the counter and he proceed to stamp her passport. It was funny how he was just sitting there minding his business with the crowd of people waiting, not sure where to go. Anyway we go through the immigration easy enough. So it was a little weird but it was OK.
Once we went out we saw a booth for taxis. I think it is a flat rate to any hotels as when we asked, he just showed us a ticket slip that states that it was USD20. On the hotel website they had also stated that it cost USD20 for a taxi and USD15 for a tuk tuk. Since there was 3 of us, we just decided to take the taxi. More comfortable.
The journey to the hotel from the airport was only about 20 minutes. Some parts of the roads were smooth and some parts there had massive pot holes on the road. And like in Philippines, the drivers honks a lot but unlike in Malaysia where most honk because of frustration, it was just a friendly honk to tell the other drivers to either make way or so make sure the other drivers see them. Friendly kinda honk, if you know what I mean.
When I booked my hotel, I wasn't sure about it. I opted for Otres 2 instead of Serendipity beach. With what little I can gather online Serendipity is more like a party beach and Otres is a more laid back beach. I read that the beaches in Otres were cleaner compared to Serendipity. I cannot voucher for that as when I went to Serendipity it was dark and it was totaly not my scene. I am glad I picked Otres beach.
The hotel I picked was Ren Resort. I am so glad I picked this hotel. It looks exactly like the photos on their website and the service was excellent. Since there was 3 of us, I reserved the room with an extra bed. The room that was given to us was big and the funniest part was the shower has a glass that looks straight into the bathroom. This is not the first hotel I had stayed in with only clear glass separating the bathroom and the bedroom but i still find it weird. Of course there is a roman curtain that we can use to block but it is still weird to me.