22 March 2018 – Travel Day – Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Sanloem – Day 1

Today was a travel day to the island of Koh Rong Sanloem. We had bought our ferry tickets already, which included a transfer from our guest house to the ferry dock. Our pick up time was 1130 to catch ferry that departs at 1200. IMG_5074

We waited and waited and waited. Saw taxis and tuk-tuks come and go along the street, but none came for us. IMG_5076The owners saw us still sitting there and we mentioned that our ride hadn’t shown yet.  Waited some more.  Finally the owner got a hold of the ferry company and discovered that they had forgotten to pick us up. By now it was 1155, so the owners grabbed us a tuk-tuk from outside of our BnB/Guest House to get us there. The owner phoned the ferry company back to let them know that we were on our way. They were going to pay for the tuk-tuk as we had already paid for transportation with our ferry tickets, which we had purchased through them. I am guessing that the ferry company will reimburse them the transfer portion.  We arrived at the dock around 1205 and the ferry had already pulled away, but was in the process of coming back to get us! Thank God as these ferries fill up days in advance. We had to jump from dock onto the boat, which was about 3 feet, while we were still wearing our day packs. It was scary!!  Also didn’t get to take any pictures.

The 45 minute trip was a little rough as we were in a rain storm.  Quite a bad rain storm.

Once we arrived at Koh Rong Samloem’s dock we had to walk across a very narrow wooden plank to get from the ferry to the dock. Not everyone was disembarking, as this ferry makes a few stops. The luggage was being thrown off the boat, which was a distance of approximately 3 1/2 feet to a crew member who would catch it before it landed on the dock, not always successfully. A wheelchair came flying out first, barely being caught. It was a scary sight to watch.

It was STILL raining!!!

We walked to the end of the pier only to discover that there was NO ROAD and that we would have to walk down the beach to our accommodations. We were able to find shelter where we converted our big backpacks to back-carrying packs, as we usually just rolled them along on their back wheels.  However, the wheels were not good for off road. We had to get the harness out and cover up the wheels. After putting on their rain covers and hefting them onto our backs, we attached our day packs, which also had rain covers to our front. Big packs on our backs and day packs on our fronts, we headed off down the beach.  Since my backpacks weighed approximately 51 lbs and Doug’s were lighter, he carried mine. IMG_5081
According to maps.me our lodging was 1 mile down the beach. Surprise! Maps.me showed the accommodations being in the wrong place and it was SO MUCH FURTHER!!

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We checked in the Sara Resort.  This is a refurbished resort with new owners as of December 2017. It was really quite nice.  But not with issues thanks to the big storms that were going on.  This was causing toilet issues and the toilet would not fill with water after flushing. Plus all the water was brown.Mar 22-1We were hungry and decided to grab a pizza, beer and dessert.

Now it was time to relax and enjoy the sunshine.Mar 22-2 Watched a delivery arrive which was quite fascinating.Mar 22-3We had a nice dinner at the resort, but it was not cheap here considering we are still in Cambodia.Mar 22-4We enjoyed watching a kid practice his fire twirling talents.

There was another BIG storm during the night.IMG_5123

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