Discovering a hidden Gem!

Like I had mentioned before I set off on my solo adventure with no plan. I bought a lonely planet guide book that I lost and didn’t even know I lost it; that shows how often I used it lol!

My guide was talking to people getting real life recommendations on places to see and stay! When I was in Siem Reap, I met a fellow traveler who recommended an area called Kampot to visit! So after my week of island adventures and sad goodbyes to my new besties who were off to Vietnam I set off back on my lonesome to Kampot!

To my surprise, I wasn’t alone for long! Moments like this exact one is the moments I live for when travelling! As I packed my bag into the back of the minivan I was taking on my 3hour journey to Kampot, I see three friends of mine I made on the island all heading to Kampot too! So I was alone for an afternoon before my next adventure with my new friends began!

After arriving in Kampot, I would describe it as the countryside, a nice contrast from the beach island style I was just on! The weather still piping hot we checked into the Mad Monkey hostel got food settled in and relaxed for the evening!

I loved the small country town feel the relaxed atmosphere the cafe, restaurants along the main road overlooking the river and good company. No better way to start exploring this side of Kampot!

We hired scooters the next day and just scootered around exploring the countryside found a river and abandoned train track asked many people for directions ventured off on dirt roads it was fun day of exploration! Another recommendation we got was to stay at Arcadia, but it was booked up! We went to visit this place to see what the hype was about; it’s about 7km away from the main town area! As we walked in we were all like we are defiantly staying here, so we booked a night when they had space!
It was a hidden gem wooden bunks in cabins along a river with different water sports and fun atmosphere I can’t explain how incredible this place is. I am so grateful I met the traveller who told me about this place! You will see in the pictures they don’t do it justice, but it will give you an idea of what I am referring too.

The next day we did another day adventure to Bokor National Park a lovely new road perfect for scootering around on. We visited a waterfall cooled down in the fresh water then explored an old abandoned casino; it reminded me of the Great Gatsby with a stunning view! Then the most amazing thing happened as we were heading back we stopped to look at the view, a Cambodian family was having a crab picnic and offered us crabs and beers and didn’t want us to leave. We sat talking to them with the broken English and lots of gestures! It was so sweet of them to show us the warm hospitality and a fond memory I won’t forget.

The next day we headed off to Kep a neighbouring town not too far away famous for fishing and home of crab fishing! We wandered through the fish market and then the beach. On our way back collected our bags and headed to Arcadia to relax! I stayed for two nights but the scooter squad only for one I said my goodbyes but I was meeting up with the girls again in Phnom Penh so it was; see you later not goodbye!

I spent the next few days chatting to people relaxing in hammocks and just chilling out after the adventurous few days we had! The perfect spot for some R&R made friends with nice German girls and it’s always sad when you make a real connection for one day but better one day then never at all right!

Then before I knew it, I was back on a minivan off to Phnom Penh.

I highly recommend that you do not skip Kampot on your visit to Cambodia it was truly one of my hidden gems I probably would have overlooked because I had no idea about it and go to Arcadia you will thank me after.

Travel Tip 

Learn how to ride a scooter or make friends with someone who does it saves money and you have the freedom of venturing on your own.

Peace love and Happiness

Cherry ♥

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The Journey to the Beach was Worth it!

12249932_907436159305428_4727735287978012251_nSo if you know me at all you know I love the beach the soft sand between your toes and the crashing sound of waves, people frolicking around and sun tanners sprawled out along the coast. If you have not guessed, I am from Cape Town the city by the sea!
So being in China a million miles away from the beach it pained me so much. Not that I frequent the beach often I just like to know that the beach is nearby so I can go if that even makes sense.

Well, I was heading to the beach in Cambodia, and I could not have been happier not without a bumpy ride first, of course, it’s travelling. I had my first sleeper bus experience in Cambodia and what a strange experience it was.

So you get a double bed, and you share with someone. It is very comfortable but very strange they just assign you a number that entitles you to half a bed. So if you are travelling by yourself, you will be sharing a bed with a complete stranger just for your information. Luckily for me, I was with a friend, so I was in the clear lol. Siem Reap to Sihanoukville took about 10 hours and I hustled a ticket for eight dollars at one of the travel agents in pub street.

We arrived at the crack of dawn in a town called Sihanoukville an interesting place. Being the casual traveller as I am we didn’t book any accommodation, so sleep deprived and not knowing where we were going, looking for a place to stay was not the most fun experience.

After being taken to a few much-overpriced places, we found one and we were happy to call it home for the night. For the life of me, I don’t even know its name.
We then had some breakfast, and it poured down with rain I thought it would never stop, and all I wanted to do was go to the beach that I had been desperately seeking for months.

We made it down to the beach not the prettiest of places, but it was a beach. The area called serendipity is the cheap backpacker party area with stacks of beach bars along the beach and chairs all over the beach. The nicer side is called Otres Beach and apparently it’s beautiful. Since I was only staying one night, we didn’t venture down to that side. We booked a speedboat to Koh Rong the island of Cambodia, and I was so excited to head out for some island adventures.

That evening we went for a drink and watched live music which quickly escalated and I ended up at a beach bar covered in lumo green paint with some new mates we made. Randomly ran into the British girls I had been travelling with and we danced the night away! It just so happened that we had booked the same boat to head to Koh Rong the following day.

I ended up spending four days in Koh Rong it was a magical dream come true. Bungalow living which worked out to five dollars a night sharing with three others. All day tanning and swimming in the bluest of ocean waters at the perfect temperature to cool down. Watching mesmerising sunsets at Long Beach which is on the other side of the Island. Snorkelling, fishing and the best part swimming with glowing plankton at night in the open sea. The experience was unbelievable I felt like I was in avatar or something. As soon as you splashed or ran your fingers in the water the ocean would light up defiantly one of my best experiences of this trip.

Travel Tips
Go to Koh Rong its twenty dollars for a return boat trip and if you have more time go to the other Island. Koh Rong Samloem is quieter and not very developed if you want that natural tropical island feeling.
Visit Long Beach there is a hiking trail through the middle of the island or hire a taxi boat remember to nogatiate a price and the more people you can rally together the cheaper it is.
Swim with the glowing plankton at night.
Have crazy dance party at night at any of the beach bars and hangout with the locals.

You can also stay longer and work at any of these places on the beach for free accomodation, as they are always looking for western staff who speak English. You can also volunteer with the locals teaching English or with the children.

The best thing is expecting the unexpected. I often think back to when I was travelling and how easy things worked out even when you least expect it. I guess when you open yourself up to the world of opportunity things can change your life.

To stay up to date with what’s happening with me right now, Check out my Instagram Thals01, and my snapchat IamThalea. I post regularly. I hope you are still enjoying my travel posts and will be better at uploading posts more frequently and hope these tips are useful.

Hope all is well with all you thanks for reading!

Peace love and Happiness

Cherry ♥

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