In our latest travel video we celebrated our one year anniversary by having a nice meal along the beach (barracuda set dinner), drinking Angkor beers and chatting about the current state of our travels along with revisiting the past (how we met) and what some of our future travel plans are down the road at Serendipity Beach in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.
We had hoped to have a quiet and romantic beach destination getaway to celebrate our one year anniversary; however, what we encountered was a paradise destroyed by filthy garbage and total neglect.
I’ve been to many beaches around the world and I must honestly say that Serendipity Beach in Sihanoukville takes the prize as being the absolute worst.
Aside from being filthy, it’s not a very pleasant place to stay. You notice a lot of prostitution, backpackers behaving badly and even resentful locals who don’t appreciate what is going on in their town.
A perfect example of this was a Khmer boy who came up to us while we were enjoying a beer trying to peddle some trinkets.
After we politely said ‘no’ he started waving his first in front of our faces threatening to hit us with his stick. He wasn’t backpacking down and at that point I lost my temper telling him to scram.
As he walked away he mouthed off some more saying, “He would kill us.”
This isn’t exactly what we had envisioned for our one year anniversary.
In order to salvage the situation we decided to reminisce about how we met, where we planned on going in the future and what we enjoyed about our time so far in SE Asia.
It’s hard to believe that one year ago I met Audrey in the popular foreign district of Itaewan – Seoul, South Korea. I was supposed to play tour guide for the day showcasing a popular used English bookstore, taking her out for an Indian buffet and show her around the neighborhood.
In Seoul things develop at warp speed and everything had either shut down, relocated or simply didn’t exist anymore. Talk about failing as a tour guide. I’m lucky she stuck around 😉
One thing we enjoyed was the lovely sunset by the beach. As we sipped our ice cold beers we enjoyed a few moments of peace when vendors decided to give us a two minute break.
The seafood by the beach was definitely a highlight. If you do come to Sihanoukville eating grilled fish is an absolute must.
One of the highlights of the evening is when a cute cat came to visit us at our table. It hopped right up on Sam’s lap and started purring immediately. When our barracuda was delivered to our table we enjoyed feeding it little nibbles on the sand. We both talked about how we’d like to have pets in the future – most likely either cats or dogs – although we realize given our nomadic ways we’ll have to put that one on the back-burner for a while. Considering we’re cat lovers how could we say no?
Overall, our time in Sihanoukville was disappointing; however, realizing we’re been together for a year and that many more adventures await us certainly gave us reason to celebrate in less than stellar surroundings.