Help Us Make A Pair Of Gold Lion’s Number One On TripAdvisorGold lion’s gonna tell me where the light is
Call it dishonest. Call it lying. Call it mischief. But hey, it’s the internet and you can’t trust what’s on the internet right?
A friend of mine, Seb, is on a mission to make a pair of Gold Lion statues the number one tourist attraction in Sihanoukville according to TripAdvisor. Sihanoukville is a beachside town in Cambodia and the place to go to let your hair down in this otherwise conservative country. The lion statues sit atop a large roundabout in the centre of town and are a helpful landmark for orientation. What makes them extra special is the attention to detail that the sculptor has gone to – if you look at the male lion from behind you will see a colossal pair of Gold Lion Balls.
Now don’t get me wrong. There are plenty of great things to do in Sihanoukville rather than stare at shiny lion testicles. You can go on a full day boat cruise amongst perfect white sand islands and swim and snorkel until your hands go pruney. You can get a massage on the beach by an old woman with padlock strength. You can walk along the beach and buy knick knacks and drink cocktails until the day fades away.
Which is probably why it’s so randomly funny that the statues are even on TripAdvisor in the first place. So far (August 2015) it has received 209 reviews and is ranked #20 out of 53 things to do in Sihanoukville. Which means travellers other than Seb and I have been reviewing it. Currently it’s got a wide spread of critics, with 44 calling it excellent, the majority calling it average, and a miserable 10 people trashing it completely.
Here are some of the stellar comments it has received so far.
Some reviews were less impressed.
Ok lighten up Richard H!
And for anyone wanting some sort of historical reasoning as to why there is a pair of Gold Lions on a roundabout in Sihanoukville, it is because the town’s namesake is the old, beloved king, King Sihanouk. Sihanouk means ‘lion jaw’ in Khmer (which is pretty badass) and hence the lions. Whether or not the raucous town of Sihanoukville is an appropriate place to be named after royalty is another question.
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