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Christmas By The Sea In Sihanoukville

Serendipity Beach & Bamboo Island

sunny 31 °C

Sihanoukville, Cambodia's premier beach town, is the perfect place to finish a busy cultural and heart wrenching tour of Cambodia.

We didn't have the highest of expectations after recently spending weeks on the blissful Thai Islands, however we were quite blown away with the beautiful beachfront and atmosphere.

With long stretches of white sand, upbeat bars and a huge variety of restaurants, we could understand why Sihanoukville is so popular and would be the ideal place for us to spend Christmas 2008.

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We arrived on the 23rd of December and within a matter of hours Nathan had reserved a table for us at a English owned restaurant for Christmas Day.

Our Christmas celebrations started on Xmas Eve when we spent the whole day on the beach eating lobster and drinking cold beers with regular intervals in the clear blue water.

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That evening we had a BBQ seafood dinner at a open air restaurant which overlooked the bay of Serendipity Beach. From our candle lit table, we watched the beach bars light up with various fire shows & firework displays. In usual Christmas Eve tradition, we continued the night drinking & dancing at the popular Session's Bar on the beachfront. They put on a big party with their own fire display, loads of old school Christmas tunes and the bar staff all dressed up as Santa.

P1030189.jpg Xmas Eve dinner overlooking Serendipity Beach

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Christmas Day started with a swim on Serendipity Beach and a few relaxed hours soaking up the sun. With great anticipation, we arrived at Tranquility restaurant at 4pm for our traditional Christmas Dinner. The Brit's had decorated their restaurant with the usual festive decorations and had traditional Christmas tunes playing in the background. We couldn't have asked for anything better than what turned up on our plates. Roast Turkey with all the trimming..pigs n blankets, roast pots, cranberry sauce etc! They even topped it off with Christmas Pudding with custard brandy sauce, mince pies and Christmas Cake. After several hours in Tranquility we finally rolled back to our guesthouse.

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P1030249.jpg Xmas dinner at Tranquility

A few days later we decided to spend a couple of nights on the nearby Bamboo Island in the Gulf Of Thailand. This was a real Robinson Crusoe destination. With very limited electricity and only a handful of beachfront bungalows, it was the ideal place for some r & r. We only had to walk a few steps from our bungalow to the sea and could hear the sound of the ocean's waves as we went to bed each night.

P1030329.jpg Bamboo Island

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P1030339.jpg Our bungalow on Bamboo Island

P1030343.jpg The beach only steps away from our bungalow

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P1030350.jpg Koh Ru restaurant, Bamboo Island

We returned to Sihanoukville on the 29th of December for one last night before leaving Cambodia bound for Vietnam.

Posted by willbourn 03:55 Archived in Cambodia Tagged backpacking

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