Pooh sticks

Trip Start Feb 21, 2012
Trip End Sep 20, 2012

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

After not really knowing what to do with ourselves in Sihanoukville we moved on to Kampot and got once again very lucky with our choice of accommodation. 
For two nights we had booked ourselves into an Eco resort 4km outside Kampot. 4km into the countryside where people aim to live in harmony with nature. A river runs right in front of the hostel's doorstep which is placed somewhere in a little village, very secluded by trees and bushes. The houses and huts are made of wood and straw, our room has no ceiling so everyone literally lives under one roof - that also includes all kinds of bugs and all sizes of lizards.  
It is peaceful and quiet, all you can hear in the evenings are the songs of the crickets. No one  who comes to the South of Cambodia should miss out on this place. It gives you a taste of authentic Cambodian rural lives.
It is a great place to just relax, forget time, and take in the beautiful scenery on bike trips. The dusty red roads perfectly contrast the lushes green trees, blue sky and glittering rivers.
We took a short bike ride today to the Witch Mountain but didn't make it all the way because our bums hurt from the bumpy roads and our tires wouldn't have survived for much longer. At least there are many small bridges crossing the rivers so we could always stop over for an intense round of the game Pooh sticks. I declared myself Pooh-sticks-champion because I am so much better than Jack and always beat him, haha.
There are almost no tourists, only friendly locals. When we rode along on our bikes kids greeted us with loud shouts of "hello", waving their arms with excitement and their parents greeted us with warm smiles. We felt very welcome here and would have liked to stay longer but there were no more rooms available because the King's birthday is coming up and it seems like the whole country will be on the move.

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