Life is a Beach
After a fast efficient mini van ride from Kampot to Sihanoukville we jumped into a tuk tuk to help escape the concrete jungle towards the laid back simple life on Otres beach. No journey in Cambodia is smooth and this was no different.
The motorbike broke down 4 times on the 8k journey. More gasoline, blowing and hitting it by the driver meant we arrived in 1 piece. With no where booked to stay we wandered into Otres Orchid.
We had read good things about his place so we wanted to make sure it was all it was cracked up to be. It certainly was, we secured ourselves a lovely little bamboo bungalow with a private bathroom including a hot filtered shower and a flushing toilet. ( lots of manual flushing toilets in Cambodia beach huts.) We also had our own balcony with a hammock, table and chairs all for $15 a night. Fantastic.
We strolled across the road on to the beautiful beach, which was lined with little beach shacks, bungalows and a few fancier beach clubs.It was time to pull out the books and enjoy some more chilling by the sea. The sand on the beach is so good that some of it was exported to Kep to fill it’s beach to make it look nice.
Otres beach consists of Otres 1 and 2. We were staying on 1 which was slightly larger so we decided to stroll along the long deserted beach to Otres 2. This was even more chilled out than Otres1. We spent the day here hanging by the beach and playing some mini-golf.
Several days past here in our hammocks reading and writing the blog. We were both enjoying the beach life and got so laid back that we made a big admin error. We sussed out the local travel company could arrange our visa for Vietnam for only $6 admin charge, a good deal considering a tuk tuk ride is $10 return. All we had to do was complete the paper work, provide a passport photo and the fee, the passports would be back that evening with the visas. Simple?
Another day of chilling while the visas were being sorted. John popped across the road at 5pm to collect the passports and visas. He checks Karen’s 1st, the start date of the bus is 30th April for 30 days but we want to go at the end of March. He quickly checks his passport in case a mistake has been made on Karen’s. His passport also states start date 30th April! Aggh!! He explains to the tour guy that there must be a mistake, we wanted these from 30th March. The guys jumps back on his motor bike with our passports to check our paper work…in this time we start to replan our route but that would mean hitting Vietnam at wet session- not ideal.
We go back at 6 pm for an update, guy no where to be seen…Karen starts to worry…his pal calls him and he asks John the dates we want. Still none of the wiser what is happening we wait another hour and check again. The wee guy is still not there or our passports…this is now looking like a bigger issue. At 7.20pm he appears with a bag of laundry and our passport with photo copy of the paper work, we had requested the visas from 30th April!
Thankfully we are in SCambodia and for $20 he had got the dates changed on both passports. We never asked how or who by!
It was time for a drink to celebrate. As we were out we got talking to people about Otres Market- a little market with clothes, food, drinks and live music on a Saturday night. We decided to venture there on Saturday, what a great find. It felt like we were in the Stabbles in Camden. Good music, beers and some local food. A fun night not to be missed in Otres on a Saturday night.
We didn’t stay too late as we had a 2 and a half hour boat journey to Koh Rong Island to a little private beach, palm beach to encountered on Sunday.