A beach on the river bank, Kampot – Cambodia

When we first saw signs pointing down the red dirt road stating “Sabay beach” we were a bit skeptical, to say the least. We weren’t aware of a beach being any closer to Kampot town than the half hour drive to Kep.

After speculating for a while, we did eventually decide to go and check it out. However, the recent rains had turned the red dirt road into a sea of sludgy clay like mud, an extremely messy and challenging feat to put your little moped through.

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After losing my flip flop at one point and having to wade back through the smelly slop to retrieve it, I stroppily declared half way down the road that I didn’t want to see it that fucking much and that I was going to turn back and leave because the mud squelching between my toes and clinging up to my ankles smelt dreadful.

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Well, the others were undeterred and convinced me otherwise, so carry on we did.

As it turns out, Sabay beach is a man made beach at a newly opened hotel, comprising of a wooden main area complete with bar, hammocks and swings and charming huts overlooking the river.

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The small strip of imported sand is dotted with sun lounging chairs and umbrellas, and a pontoon sits adrift in the water.

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The staff greeted us with a smile when we crossed over the bridge to the bar area, and agreed that we could spend some time there if we purchased food or drink.

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We ordered some fresh juice and sat in the sun for a while, before dipping in the river and lazing on the platform, whiling away the afternoon.

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