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Annie1959's Port Reviews of Koh Samui,, Sihanoukville
Nautica cruise in February 2013
Member Name: Annie1959
Cruise Date: February 2013
Embarkation: Singapore
Destination: Asia
Member Review: Annie1959's Nautica Review
Koh Samui
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Since the ship arrived in town, we decided to wander around on our own. Most of the town is rather poor, with limited tourist shopping. However, we found a very good restaurant (with free wifi!), and a legitimate Thai massage business. We lay on mats on the floor next to each other, got worked over by the masseuses, and were charged $7 per person for an hour.

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Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

If you've ever been to a place where you thought the vendors, dealers, or sellers were hungry and aggressive (Jamaica comes to mind), those people paled in comparison to the tuk-tuk drivers of Snookieville! We boarded a ship shuttle to go downtown, and once we left the secure area of the dock, we were surrounded by at least 50 drivers, all jostling for position to see us and remember our faces to hound us unmercifully once we alit at city center. A tuk-tuk driver practically joined us at the hip on our way through the central market, never leaving us alone, imploring us to let him take us on a tour of the local environs, shops, beaches, etc. We weren't interested. Then we saw the incredible poverty of Cambodia, and realized that these guys (and they were all men) were doing everything they could to provide for their families. The Central Market is fascinating, because it isn't geared to tourists at all. It's the central shopping point for the locals to buy food, clothing, and every day necessities. And the poverty is heartbreaking. Families of 5 get onboard little Honda motor scooters to transport their purchases. Dad drives, little kids get sandwiched in the middle, and Mom or Grandma rides in back. Lots of begging from authentic beggars. Not for the soft- or faint-of-heart.

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