Trip Start Nov 25, 2004
Trip End Jan 26, 2005

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Friday, February 4, 2005

From Sihanoukville, we ventured on to Kampot by shared taxi! Basically the Cambodians think they can squeeze 7 into one car - the drivers the lucky one and gets his own seat! 2 sit on the front passenger seat and 4 in the back! GENIUS! Think they were abit optimistic when they saw the size of our bottoms especially as the other 2 in the car were also Western!!! We let the other 2 argue it out though and finally set off with just the four of us plus the driver!!! Pheweeeee!

Basically Kampot and the area around it is all abit run down from the Khmer Rouge era - it used to have beautiful French colonial buildings which you can just about see through the dirt but since then its kind of gone down hill! Saying that though it was a nice little town and we used it as a base to explore the surrounding areas by motorbike yet again! We hired a bike and rode out to Kep which is a little seaside resort which ressembles abit of a ghost town really - lots of derelict old villas where all the rich folks used to holiday but again the KR put an end to all of that and it hasn't been the same since! Our motorbike broke down on the way there and once again we got rescued by a lovely, friendly Cambodian!!! V fluky!

We met a very amusing German man who enjoyed telling us of his love of Thai women!!! He comes to Thailand for a couple of months every year, meets a Thai lady in a bar, rents a flat for them and basically pays for everything and then goes home! But he's never been with a prostitute?????

We also stayed at a guesthouse where they liked singing around a campfire!! Hmmmm! We didn't join in but fell asleep listening to the dulcit tones of a Ronan Keating wannabee! Nice!

The journey back to PP from Kampot was a great experience if not quite long - the first 50km took 3 hours! It was basically the day before Tet (Chinese NY) and it seemed to be deemed as unlucky to not pick anyone up so the bus was crammed with 3 on each seat - yes we did manage to squeeze an extra bottom on our seats!!! It was great...all the women had their best dresses on and make-up and there was a real family atmosphere! Phnomh Penh was crammed though and we eventually managed to track a room down - the doorway to the hostel consisted of 3 planks and was our cheapest yet at $1 a night!! I was majorly dubious but a few beers and a curry later all I wanted was my bed and to be fair it was the friendliest place we stayed in and we had a great nights sleep!!!!
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kleineblume on

good hint
Good evening,
now I have at least a faint idea of how to get from Sianouk to Kampot. Actually I wanted to try the railway regardless how slow it is.

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