Our first taste of the Cambodian Coastline
Trip Start Mar 18, 2009
134Trip End Jan 12, 2010
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We awoke at 5:30am and packed our bags before heading downstairs for breakfast. A minibus would arrive at our hotel at 7am and take us to the Sorya Bus Station were our adventure will begin. Both of us felt a little nervous and excited as we had no idea what the journey ahead would have in store. 7:30am arrived and we set off. The bus had a/c but no toilet and the roads were extremely bumpy. Every bridge meant on a short off road detour until around 3 hours into our journey we were stopped in our tracks as a lorry and a minibus had a collision on the bridge ahead. We sat stationary for around 20 minutes until both vehicles were moved.
Botanica was a little paradise run by a Belgian called Stefaan, comprising of 4 bungalows in a beautiful garden. Chickens roamed around freely during the day, while frogs croaked away at night. We were definitely going to be one with nature here and we were looking forward to it. 3 nights of bliss!
11th June – Day Two.
Today we would be picked up from Botanica around 9am and taken to the pier where we would make our journey to Rabbit Island. It seemed we arrived a little early and had to wait for some tourists from Kampot. In total there were 6 of us. The boat journey was interesting to say the least. The sea was extremely choppy and our vessel was a mere river boat. White knuckle springs to mind. Both of us sat at the back and held on with a nervous grin hiding our fear. I don't think any of the tourists were too impressed. The return journey couldn't be any worse? (see video)
We seemed to be the most prepared as we brought our books and a packed lunch from Botanica. Another couple didn't seem that impressed and were definitely bored. The weather was a little shaky to start with, but around 2pm it really brightened up. That was evident by the sunburn to my face. It was a unique island, as cows were grazing behind us and dogs appeared to roam free, but it was definitely a worthwhile day and we were glad that we did it. Oh and the return journey was worse, everyone was soaked as the waves crashed over the sides of the boat :)
On our final day in Kep we decided to just relax. Emma read her book, while I got the tripod out and practiced some macro photography in the garden. I think I am getting better... There wasn't a single cloud in the sky or a drop of rain in sight. Perfect conditions to go and watch the sunset, our first so far. So around 6pm we took two bicycles and cycled to the coast. We sat on a wall dangling our feet in the sea and watched the sun retreat behind some distant mountains. It was a beautiful sight and possibly the best sunset I have ever seen. Definitely the icing on the cake. Kep has truly been a breath of fresh air and our miniature paradise.