Kampot/Kep City and Traveling back to HCMC

Trip Start Sep 04, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

So we got up early and headed for the VN embassy to get Becky's tourist visa...hers was done incorrectly before.  This was surprisingly easy.  It only took 30 mins.  (So if you are traveling it is easy to get in Sihanoukville)
Afterwords, we headed to the find a share taxi.  After bargaining down we got the ride for $4 each.  We got in a car and realized that there would also be a woman and 5 kids, plus they were still trying to find others!!!  One of the kids started to puke while we were waiting and that was enough to make us get out.  So, the driver finally after several attempts by at least 5 drivers, we agreed to leave.  We headed off, Becky, Me, a small child on my lap and this other guy in the back and 4 children the driver and the mom in the front, and of course our driver!  After about 5 mins down the road we stopped at another guest house were there were to foreigner's waiting for a ride.  Crazy as this sounds, the driver was expecting them to fit in the back and replace the one guy for two!!!!  I don't know what they were thinking, or if they were trying to react a Guinness book of world records, but this was nuts! Thankfully, the other two westerns refused!  After getting harsh with this the driver and refusing to compromise we got a car for the 4 of us (Becky, Me, and the other 2 Westerners) for the 2 hour drive to Kampot (for $5 each).  The ride ended up taking on 1 1/2 hours.  The ride was peaceful and pretty.  Once we arrived Becky and I decided to chance it and get a ride out to a guest house just outside of town called Utopia.  Utopia is right on the river in the middle of no where.  There were a few homes near the guest house and a zoo, but it was about 15 mins outside of town.  We choose to take advantage of the peace and quiet and lay on the hammocks all day reading and sleeping.  We passed on tubing and even the swing that you can jump off into the river.  We just wanted to be bums!  Utopia's rooms were basic and a reasonable price ($8), but they get you on their food and drink prices.  Again, we got offered something a little extra with dinner and again we passed.  It is very common here in Cambodia as we have discovered with restaurants that are called themselves Happy Herb Pizza or things of similar nature.
The next day:
Around 8 A.M. we had a wonderful Tuk-Tuk driver come take us on our day long journey to explore a cave, visit a sea salt farm, take us to Kep for lunch and then to the boarder of Cambodia and Vietnam ($25 USD).  This was a great way to see the country.  We had a wonderful guide who's English was pretty good.  He told us as much as he could about each area.  We enjoyed a nice lunch with him at a little crab spot in Kep...right on the water(3 people for about $16).  From there we headed to the boarder.  About 2 km way from the VN he stopped and called some buddies to take us the rest of the way, Ha Tien VN.  The motorbike drivers guided us through the boarder crossing and took us to the bus stop.  We parted ways with hugs...like we all were great friends.
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jan_truong on

you are a good photographer
good pictures.i like it

bck on

Re: you are a good photographer
Thank you!!!

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