For the Love of Pepper!

Trip Start Jan 02, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Cambodia  , Khétt Kâmpôt,
Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Settled the bill, said our goodbyes, and we left the island. We decided to travel to Kampot with some new friends from the island, Belu, Maria and Freddie, so we waited for them in Sihanoukville until 3pm. Once we were all together we flagged down a taxi, haggled a price, and were on our way to Kampot for $4 each. Watched a beautiful red sunset on route over Bokor National Park and a huge full moon rising above the mountains.

Public transport is almost nonexistent in Cambodia, think its because everyone has a motorbike. It makes for great people/traffic watching, here are a few examples of what we have seen on motorbikes:

Women with babies under arms
A thousand dead chickens
Fridge freezer
An actual HOUSE
Driver carrying his own hospital drip
7 people on 1 bike

Arrived in Kampot around 7pm to find that practically every guest house was full. Walked around for 2 hours searching, we found somewhere clean with TV and bathroom for only $5, probably the best room we have had so far! The guest house didn't seem to have a name, so can't leave a recommendation! Went for dinner at Blissful guest house, and had a long awaited glass of red wine (it was good too!)

Lara woke at 3am being sick that carried on through the night and all of the next day. Came to the conclusion that it may have been the draught beer as everyone felt a bit queezy. (Yes, Lara now drinks beer, and she drank the most!)

The following day we hired a tuktuk together and went exploring the surrounding area including caves, salt flats and pepper plantations (what Kampot is most famous for if you dont know already!) Hung out with local kids swinging on vines, climbing through caves and scaring bats, whilst they told us the history of their villages and the horrifying facts of the Khmer Rouge.

On our last full day in Kampot, we went to see the local markets after booking an 11 hour bus to Siem Reap for $10. Kampot was a relaxing town and we spent most of our time in the riverside cafes absorbing the culture.

19/1/11 25 quid
20/1/11 19 quid
21/1/11 24 quid
22/1/11 27 quid (inc. Siem Reap Bus)
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