National Construction Site

Trip Start Nov 23, 2011
Trip End May 23, 2012

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Flag of Cambodia  , Khétt Kâmpôt,
Monday, February 6, 2012

Day 1 in Kampot

After we left a very upset Sam in Sihanoukville we headed to Kampot by Taxi, enroute we picked up our Vietnam visa without one bribe to any of the police present.

After a 2 hr drive from sihanoukville we arrived in Kampot and booked into our guesthouse. Our guesthouse was run by a lovely Cambodian lady who had a partner that seemed quite a bit older than her. Her partner was Canadian in his late 70s and the young lady running the guesthouse was in her late 20's. We didn't hang around to ask too many questions as it was quiet obvious who was cashing in (she had a brand new state of the art kitchen and kitchen utensils)

Day 2 in Kampot

The decision was made to vacate our guesthouse and find a new premises for the rest of our stay in Kampot, Emma went around the corner and found a lovely guesthouse which we moved into after a fry up for breakfast. 

The rest of the day was spent wandering around the metropolis that is Kampot. On our wandering travels we discovered gold in the form of Chocolate Brownies, a Cambodian lady was running a little coffee shop that for some reason had the best cakes that we'd ever tasted. She sat down and explained that she grew up in an orphanage and the americans running the orphanage taught the children how to cook cakes with a view to opening their own coffee shops when they were older. The brownies were amazing which meant the "Sisters II" coffee shop was visited everyday, sometimes twice a day and a box of brownies might have been purchased to bring to vietnam just incase they didn't have chocolate brownies.

After Emma's chocolate fix we headed back our lovely new guesthouse to find a line of ladies sitting in the communal balcony on our floor. After a cup of tea in the bar we decided it was time to call it a night as it was becoming clearer that the ladies on the balcony were carrying out business transactions with groups of elder gentlemen. We presumed they were offering local guide services for Bokor National Park but seemed to be a bit provocatively dressed for local guides. 

Day 3 in Kampot

Visit to Bokor National Park aka National Construction Site

8.30 start today to see the Bokor National Park where we expected to see where the movie the City of Ghost's was filmed. Bokor National Park takes about 2hrs to drive too from Kampot. The reason for this is that it's a couple of thousand feet above Kampot in the mountains and is a pain in the ass to get to. It consists of amazing jungle scenery which has an old casino and church amongst it. We were informed that these two buildings were used by the Khmer Rouge and the Vietnamese during a fierce gun battle during the war. We anticipated that all the ruins would still be empty and that we would find ourselves walking through an eerie empty city.

However all the above was probably true about 3 years ago before they started a huge development which will eventually destroy the surrounding area. They are building 7 massive casinos and over 4000 houses 4 hotels and endless infrastructure. 

The Cambodians seem to think the place is going to be amazing and don't seem to realize that they will destroy Bokor National Park with this development. It seems the Cambodian people have been convinced by a lot of rich people that it'll be better if they destroy it.

The Bokor National Park trip finished with a trip on the river to watch the sunset, while waiting for the boat we had our daily fix of Chocolate Brownies & Carrot Cake.

To end the day we had a few beers some dinner and discussed the wiping out of Bokor National Park

Day 4 in Kampot
Cholesterol Day
We decided against breakfast in the hotel today due to the horrible staff and the presence of rats behind the bar. On reflection we should have gone for the healthy fruit salad they provided for breakfast. It was a uneventful day except for the food we ate. So far on our travels we've eaten a fairly healthy diet but that was to change today. 
Breakfast - a dirty fry (bacon, eggs, sausage, beans, chips
Lunch - Carrot Cake followed by Chocolate Brownies
Dinner - 4 racks of ribs and a big plate of chips
Enough food for a week!!
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