I have a confession to make: the title of this post should be “The Trouble with Travel Blogs”. I just threw “about Sihanoukville” in there for SEO purposes. Now, with that out of the way, I’ll continue with my friendly review of a very nicely put together blog I just stumbled across, Breakfast on Earth. I won’t go into much detail, but these are some of the criticisms I have about travel blogs in general and the entries about Sihanoukville in this blog in particular. The quotes are from the entry, Back to the Beach:
We left Phnom Penh during one of two national ‘festivals’ in Cambodia. What the actual festival was to celebrate was unclear, but what we could surmise is that it means a long weekend for most of the country- like Memorial Day or Labor Day.
Travel blogs are meant to inform. The only information I was able to gather from this was that these travelers weren’t all that interested in learning about the cultures they visit. For your information, Stacey and Dave, Bon Pcchum Ben is far more important than Memorial Day or Labor Day.
The oceanfront is a narrow passenger thoroughfare bordering on claustrophobic. It’s almost as if city officials remembered that the beach is a focal destination only after building the town around it. The brick boardwalk is far too close to the water’s edge, this leaves little room for the masses of beach chairs set out by the local restaurants, and even less space to actually enjoy the waves
Well, you’re half right here, but half right is still wrong. Until Ochheuteal Beach became so popular, it was an afterthought. It was redeveloped a couple of years ago, but not as a sunbaking beach.Cambodians like to stay in the shade. They go to the beach to socialise and splash in the water occasionally, but not to sunbathe. If you wander the length of the beach, you will notice that the “barang” establishments thin out and Cambodian restaurants begin to predominate. Had you stayed for awhile and explored some of the other beaches, you would have found more sand and a far less claustrophobic atmosphere.
Despite the obvious disappointment in not finding a glimmering sandy paradise, Sihanoukville will serve it’s purpose for our final four days in Cambodia.
Stacey and Dave seem like nice people and their blog is much better than many travel blogs I reviewed for a travel website I wrote for awhile back. I hope you enjoy your travels, but I think you’ll enjoy them more if you step out of your comfort zone and explore a little more. Getting off the bus and staying at the first place you’re taken to isn’t really wandering (“Wander With Us”) – it’s just hanging out.