Tripping in Phnom Penh
Trip Start Nov 10, 2005
9Trip End Apr 30, 2006
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I spend some time in Kampot, on the southern coast of Cambodia where I toured Bokor National Park; an old French hill station. Abandoned long ago the buildings are in now in ruins giving the station the feel of a ghost town. Formerly, the hill station had included a post office, a Casino and a church, no doubt to repent the for all the gambling. Leave it to the French to build a Casino in the Cambodian jungle, on top of a mountain, two hours from the local town! Watching the mist pass through the abandoned buildings gave the town a Tim Burton movie set charm.
There's not much in Kampot, mostly people go there to visit Bokor park but I found a guesthouse (Bodhi guesthouse) run by an Aussie, Hue, and a Cambodian, Dee, who are the kind of characters you'd find in "Dazed and Confused." I spent two days there waterskiing on the river and even tried their vaporizer. (To find out what a vaporizer is you'll have building (see picture) where flowers have engulfed its small frame. Very rad, tubular, excellent and far out!
At Bundhi I was invited one evening (or ten if I was willing) to teach conversational English at a local school. One evening isn't much but I was eager to lend a hand or mouth which I've been known to do with some ease. The school is run by Mr. T, a local who funded the school for the very poorest in the town. The class was comprised of many young monks all too eager to try out their newest phrases with me. Despite the lack of supplies, desks, proper lighting and well...everything else you might want in a school these kids were very engaged and all to anxious to find out my marital status. It was an eye-opening evening.
As for my attire, I am now decked out in all kinds of fake brand name clothing. I even bought a Rolex and after two weeks it's still ticking.
As per special request, I have included some pictures of the ladies of Cambodia in all their beauty.
I'm off to tour Angkor Wat!