Days chasing days

Trip Start Jun 12, 2011
Trip End Oct 22, 2012

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Kep Lodge
Read my review - 4/5 stars

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ah lovely Kep!

We checked into Kep Lodge after a recommendation from an old uni friend and a bit of help from Mum as a gift after all our ailments and injury to go and have some down time.  It was our first glimpse of ocean since leaving Brighton too which was quite exciting!  Kep Lodge is definitely a flash packer resort and we had a lovely bungalow with a sunset view of the ocean and a 4 poster bed, with complimentary fruit bowl and a mini bar!!! Kep Lodge has a lovely pool and restaurant and is set on the edge of Kep National Park.  The bungalows are set in gardens of flowers and fruit trees and was our mini paradise break from backpacking.

We were supposed to stay in Kep for 4 nights but immediately changed our booking to 5 and wished we could have afforded to stay longer.  We did very little in Kep.  Unfortunately we couldn't sun ourselves around the pool as it was generally overcast and the monsoon showers came most afternoons but that didn’t bother us.  We swam every day, and relaxed, played cards and scrabble and it was really nice to have a mini break from backpackers and backpacker life. 

Happy hour at Kep Lodge was from 5.30 til 7 and so we took full advantage of the discounted cocktails each night and sipped on white russians, gin slings, long island ice tea and mojito’s til our hearts content and our heads a little fuzzy!  We were in the pool at dusk one night and Pheaksey our waiter came and asked us if we wanted a drink and promptly brought us 2 cocktails and a plate of bread and tapenade so we could sup away while in the pool under the twilight sky!!!
If not in the pool or restaurant we chilled on our balcony and named the wildlife that hung around there.  Everything is giant so we had George and Bernard the giant geckos, Simon the giant snail and Nigel the frog.  There was also a gecko called Richard the third, named so after he surprised Will by dropping a present on him while we sat on our balcony in the candle light.  We didnt name the giant spider as we ran inside too fast to do so! Some bats also payed us a visit at twilight.

The food at Kep Lodge was lush, and so we sampled Khmer beer salad, chicken with cashews, Cambodian BBQ and curry along with western delights the highlight of which was fondue (MMMmmmmm cheese!).

We did venture out one day on bicycles to explore Kep and its beach.  Another day we took a tuk tuk to a pepper plantation and sampled some infamous kampot pepper which is sought after by the top French chefs.  One evening we strolled down to the sailing club for .... you guessed, another cocktail! And we stopped by at the crab market for dinner and drinks and Will sampled the BBQ crab with green kampot pepper and I had an amazing steak with kamot pepper sauce.

We were sad to leave but the journey must go on!
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