The sleepy riverside town of Kampot!

Trip Start Feb 20, 2006
Trip End Feb 20, 2007

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

From Sihanoukville we hired a private taxi to take us 2-3 hours east along the South Coast to the sleepy riverside town of Kampot! It was approaching Khmer New Year (April 14,15,16) and this made transport a little more difficult and expensive than normal! Kampot has was quite a cool little place with some crumbling French Colonial architecture. We stayed for 2 nights and the main attraction to the area is Bokor National Park and Hill station. We booked ourselves on a day tour with Monkey tours and our transport for the day was a pick-up truck! Bokor National Park is one of Cambodia's largest protected areas, it was used by the Khmer Rouge during the 1970's and recently it has been illegal logged! The road was the worst road we have seen anywhere - we realised why the pick-up was needed! It took us 2 hours to reach the summit and the Hill station, and although the ride was very bumpy it was great fun, not sure if our travel insurance company would have agreed though! Paul stood most of the way up and Han sat, and Han paid the price over the next few days with a bruised and battered backside!! The summit was over 1000m up and we got absolutely soaked up at the peak, it was the first time in over a month we had both felt the chill, there were 8 on our tour, 4 of us sat on the back of the pick-up, and 4 sat inside nice and dry! We had to find shelter in the old church until the rain eased! Bokor Hill station in the past was a small community which consisted of a Casino, and the Bokor Palace! The place is renouned for it ghost-town feel, as its now totally deserted! As the weather was wet and misty it added to the effect! Our pics make it look very spooky indeed! Again we'll let our pics do the talking! After our 2 hour descent we had a nice little river cruise back to Kampot! From Kampot we PLANNED to go to Battambang via Phnon Penh! x
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