Nov 262006

Sihanoukville beach, Cambodia :

Had a great laugh on Friday in Sihanoukville, after having a bit too heavy a welcoming session on the Thursday night with the guys I met on the bus from Phnom Penh. Once the hangover cleared after a sleep on the beach, I spent a few hours with the kids selling braclets and stuff on the beach.

Others may call them hawkers, but they’re a great laugh if you just take it as part of the experience. I had a few bracelets made in front of me as he listened to Black Eyed Peas “My Humps” (his request) about 15 times, laughing and singing along to it. His mate was listening to my MP3 as well and looked quite a dude with my reflective Oakleys and headphones in.

Kid making a bracelet for me :

Kids mate with my shades, listening to my tunes :

My Cambodia flag bracelet completed (the Scottish one was too hard for him – he tried for an hour – poor bugger) :

I then decided to scrap a motorbike trip and blow a couple of hundred dollars with Dive Cambodia
doing an overnight liveaboard to the local islands. While the diving wasn’t quite up to Sipadan standards it was 5 nice dives with a night dive as well. The last three (including my night one) were the most relaxed dives I’ve had – bouyancy, control, etc spot on, being able to hover and look into any spot I wanted.

Man, it’s a hard life :

It was a great bunch on the boat as well so one of them is splitting my room costs and we’re all meeting up in an hour for beers with the instructors. Half the group were doing their PADI Open Water – on a liveaboard!!!

Some of the more photogenic dive crowd :

Tomorrow I head back to Phnom Penh reluctantly, and will have no time to explore there before I head to Ho Chi Minh the following morning.

Sunset from the boat, 4 hours from the mainland :

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