Trip Start Jan 08, 2011
261Trip End Dec 20, 2011
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Lovely as it was, sleeping there on the island can be a bit difficult - even though its wet season, it got ridiculously hot right before you had to go to sleep - roughly nine thirty when the electric goes out. Then your guaranteed a few wake ups in the night, like last night when the dogs decided to perform their version of beethovens howling cacophany or something and then of course you can't help waking up at five when its starts getting light.
Claire also wanted to be able to say happy birthday to her - very old, that would be you Lucy! - sister. We wandered off and found someone to find the boat driver to take us away.
Had a big pot of some weird tea this morning, made from some stuff they have here, no idea what it was, but it was kinda green, kinda sweet and kind of perfumey, though not in the revolting way, it was good!
Squelched back across the island, waited while it hacked it down then got going, it looked quite calm in the little bay.
Wrong. Just outside the protection of the island the swell picked up and within the first ten minutes I think Claire believed we were going to be swimming. He did nearly tip it over, more then once.
Four very wet, giggling people with wet bags finally made it back to mainland Cambodia!!
Luckily for us, up pulls a tuk tuk right on cue, luckily, because there was no one else around it looked like ghost town,
We talked, he agreed to run us to kampot - 25kilometres further west and inland - for ten dollars. About half way we were starting to thaw out and then it came - the monsoon rain and the wind with it!! Let's just say we got a bit wet, although we can hardly talk, the poor sod on the front could barely see where he was going.
Hey Ho. Arrived in kampot, staying at pepper guesthouse and basically sat around talking with the two we've been with then wandered down into the town/river front bit for some food.
Plenty of westerners here and expats, and its nice, its not exactly unexplored territory and its definitely on the tourism map and backpacker trail but it has a bit of a weird feel by night. Plenty of dodgy looking characters hanging around and driving around in banged out cars with blacked out windows!! and if you read any of the information on here and sihanoukville that's kind of how its described.
Good enough though, plenty of places to eat and by day its always a different story!
Day 167 ;
Don't worry, we didn't strain ourselves today either!
The most we managed was to take a walk around the place, and by day its just a normal sleepy town, got a nice atmosphere, lots of old buildings and its generally old and run down, but that's what is nice.
We ate by the river and walked around some more, found the bank, bought a new usb drive and that was the extent of it - it was a bit too hot though.
Claire read for about ten hours straight today while I tried to fix our photo problems..again.
We're not having much luck with these photos!
Had bought a usb stick in Phnom Penh, fine, working,.loaded about six hundred photos and some videos onto it - nearly the entire time spent in Vietnam.
Tried to use it here - nothing, showing no files stored on it whatsoever and coming up with some error message. Great!!!
Eventually found some free software that managed to retrieve nearly all of it, thank doodah.
Don't you just love technology!!!!!think we should go back to using a film!!!
Could of been worse places to do nothing anyhow, all the bulk of guesthouses along the one road have little courtyard eating areas looking onto the garden, with music blaring out.not too shabby.
It hasn't rained , but it really needs too, too hot, hot hot!!