During my parents’ visit in September, we enjoyed a lovely holiday at the coast–in Sihanoukville, otherwise known as Kampong Saom. After a three-hour taxi ride (which is always exciting, since it is a constant game of passing every car without getting hit by oncoming traffic), we arrived at Independence Hotel. Our parents treated us to an amazing bungalow, overlooking the water. We fear that it will spoil all future trips to the beach, though, ha ha. We were on the coast for four days, and it rained almost the entire time–with the exception of a four-hour stretch of sunshine that we happily spent on the beach (the majority of the pictures below). Despite the lack of sunny days, we couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful time. Unlike California, rain in tropical Cambodia is warm, so I actually enjoy it (apart from the fact that the rain is polluted–oh well!). Our huge window overlooking the ocean made the rainy days that much more enjoyable. We also made a trip to the Snake House (my snake-abhorring mom generously watched Paton) and several trips to the little downtown area while we were there, and Nate and I even got away for a date night while my parents watched the kids. Thanks, Mom and Dad, for blessing us with such a marvelous trip. It thrills my heart that you experienced “going to the beach” with your two little grandchildren!
Thanks to my dad for providing many of these pictures!
The exhilarating taxi ride
Some of the beautiful countryside
Watching Shirley Temple videos in the taxi.
Idol houses at a dangerous point in the highway, to offer prayers and sacrifices for protection. The irony is that it creates an even more dangerous spot, with everyone pulling over to stop.
Arriving at the hotel
Standing in the balcony of our hotel room.
The beautiful coast
The kids being goofy
My dad engaging in one of his favorite pastimes
Enjoying the rainy day inside…and bonding over “Cars”–one of Ava’s favorites
“Stop working! We’re on vacation!” I do appreciate my hard-working husband.
Taking the tuk tuk–car. Truly one of a kind!
The kids looked outside, and gleefully recognized my parents
Enjoying the daily breakfast buffet. One of the highlights of the day.
The kids loved seeing the monkeys around the hotel.
Taking a walk to explore the hotel grounds and have a picnic lunch
A view of our lodgings
An impressive stairway leading down to the ocean.
My wonderful parents
This is right before…
…THIS! The waves grew as the storm increased
Seeking protection from the storm…and eating lunch!
Not too shabby!
The wind was incredibly strong.
“Holy Cow” Restaurant
Our little tuk tuk-riding family
Off to the Snake House for an adventure!
Watching the crocodiles
Making “scared” faces in front of the warning sign
The Snake House is a small zoo and restaurant, containing mostly reptiles and birds.
Some beautiful birds
The crocs are fairly tame…
Loved seeing my photography dad in action–something that he and Nate have in common.
Walking down to the pier, to have dinner with…
…these two great guys! Team mates, Daren and C.J. who were in town as well.
And this is C.J.’s contribution to our kids’ education…and we love him for it! :)
Paton attempting the face.
C.J. must be so proud of his little student.
Another lovely morning and another breakfast buffet!
Another highlight of our stay–taking the electric car shuttle
Our one and only time at the beach–since it was our only 4-hour period without rain.
The hotel’s private beach–and we were the only ones on it.
Paton’s second time at the beach (his first was in April).
Paton crawled into the ocean several times. We had to keep a close eye on him!
Ava was very hesitant to go in the water during our last trip (in April).
But after seeing how much Paton enjoyed it, she decided to give it a try. Way to go, Ava!
Paton loved getting wet!
Our son is in that wave. I don’t have an “after” picture because this mama was running over to make sure that he didn’t get swept away. He definitely rolled a few times in the water…and came out laughing. Our little merman. Ha ha
A sweet moment. I am blessed indeed.
Awww…this is the life!
More wave watching. Did I mention how incredible our view was?!
Date night! Thanks, Mom and Dad! We found a delightful little Italian restaurant.
Ava cleaning sea shells with my parents while we were on the date.
Eating lunch at the Starfish bakery before heading home.
A beautiful setting.
Paton playing with a [clean] diaper on his head.
Nana and Ava at Starfish