Big lanky black man sat next to me on the full bus to Sihanoukville from Kampot Cambodia. Should know by now to take the single seat. Bumpy hot dusty uncomfortable ride all the way to Sihanoukville, but only 2 hours.
Out of the bus in Sihanoukville and absolutely shocking development going on here. Cant believe my eyes and inside I am deeply upset. Sihanoukville was such a sleepy little coastal town, so laid back you would fall off your bar stool every night. Now flushed down the sink for Chinese development.
Still, I was hoping to escape the development by staying in a hut on Otres beach. The only thing that kept me going, was knowing I would be back on Otres beach one day….
I manage to get a taxi to Otres beach for 6$. Absolute dismay looking out of the taxi window at all the Chinese development going on in Sihanoukville, they are turning it into a city exclusively for Chinese tourists with a gambling addiction. Casinos everywhere.
Otres Beach Hut
Arrive at my Otres beach hut where I will be staying for the next few nights. Checkin and the hut is very basic. The place is a travellers hangout, with communal toilets and cold showers. The bar and restaurant are good though, the beach excellent and still very comfy loungers, chairs and sun umbrellas.
That french girl with the big tits I noticed on the bus from Kep was staying in the beach huts too. My first night on Otres just relax. enjoy the sunset, eat a steak and run up a bar tab and try and block out what is happening all around me.
Otres days numbered
On the outskirts of Otres beach, the development is encroaching, these beautiful beaches wont last much longer. Walking along the beach in the morning up to Otres 2, total destruction is not far away.
The problem is these Chinese will pay big money for the land, making offers to the current owners, that you cannot refuse. And to think 15 years ago I wanted to buy some land in Sihanoukville.
Next day mostly relax on the beach, eat well in restaurant although bitten quite bad. There is a few young jerks playing pool all day, drinking, getting louder, like the peace and quiet is ever only temporary.
That evening decide to take a bike into town and get off at the Golden Lion roundabout. Total Destruction, all those beer bars gone forever, to make way for Chinese hotels and casinos.
Sihanoukville is a building site, mud, dust, trucks everywhere and lots of low life Chinese. The jury is out, come back in 5 years and maybe it will be a decent city.
Maybe its not too dissimilar to what happened to parts of the Spanish coastline in the 70s as its economy needed a boost via tourism. Is there no decent weather and beaches in China?
Still I was getting horny and with all these Chinese morons in town there must be some mongering options still. The beer bars around the Golden Lion were gone forever. I took a wander down to the pier and Ochheuteal beach.
All those little beach shacks gone too. Still one or two western restaurants in the area and managed a burger.
There are a few cute Chinese girls about. My experience with Chinese girls in the UK is they are quite sexually active and like to experiment when abroad, so this could be an option given the right conditions.
Surely those hostess bars on Victory Hill still existed? that this Chinese virus had not spread that far. I jumped on a bike to take me back to Victory Hill where I had barfined many times when I last visited Sihanoukville. Everywhere was turning Chinese, the downtown area, there were even huge Chinese themed parks being built. Get off on Victory Hill 5$. Much of it Chinese too now but one or two of the bars still existed.
DragonFly bar still going, although the talent long gone. The girls working seemed very uninterested in me, maybe they have turned Chinese too. Sitting in the bar opposite was a Chinese chemist shop and inside was a row of one arm bandits. When there were no customers the Chinese man at the counter would sit at the one arm bandits gambling.
The upstairs bar on the corner is still going and still seems western although no one in there. Mamasan was a ladyboy. One of the girls was quite cute. Tells me not go with many customers, when she does wants a 100$! No short time rooms here, have to go to hotel for 40$! Then there is a power cut. Decide take Tuk Tuk back to Otres beach for 12$, its a long dusty ride including dodging many potholes, trucks and huge puddles. The building is 24/7.
Fuck me, guess I should have listened to those Australians in Phnom Penh. But there is nothing like witnessing something in transition like this first hand. This must be what happens when sleepy little fishing villages like Pattaya turn over to tourism. Road to Hell. It also just goes to show how long I have been mongering now and coming to Cambodia. No barfine tonight.