After reaching mainland Kep, we booked a bus to Sihanoukville, a beach town further along the coast. Our final destination was to be another island, but in order to take a breather from island life and get some essentials done and bought, we booked two nights on land first. We began in an area called Otres Village, a newly developed accommodation area not far from a local village, and chose to stay in Boho Hostel. This place was great, with amazingly clean beds, rooms and bathrooms, delicious food and an open-air common area (complete with Sunday night rooftop cinema). We had our first proper shower in 4 days and enjoyed a mostly-critter-free dorm before moving further into central Sihanoukville for our second night at Onederz, another great hostel with private pool. Sihanoukville itself didn’t offer much to us; we spent a few hours wondering around and were met with tourist-orientated restaurants, shops and beach, very different from our recent island get away. However we did return after our second island stay for another two nights, as it offers good hostels and conveniences such as laundry and pharmacies – and more importantly, air-conditioned rooms with wifi where you can book your onward travel and sleep soundly.
Our real reason for visiting Sihanoukville was to visit Koh Ta Kiev, where we spent four days camping on Crusoe Island. Click on the next blog to read how we lived like Robinson, if only for a little while!