Off to the South!!
Trip Start Feb 19, 2010
22Trip End Apr 27, 2010
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We spent the afternoon swimming in the river (very clean and clear)
Next morning we are off to the pier to hire a little boat to Koh Tonsay, a little island 20 minutes away from the coast from Kep. Kep is a little harbour that was very popular in the 60's, the French and rich from Phnom Penh driving to the beach on week-ends. You can see ghost houses all over the place, typical 60's architecture, completely let down...but you can easily imagine how it was 50 years ago!
We arrive on the little island where we are going to spend the day...a beach, palm trees and a few bamboo guesthouses.....paradise!!! The kids spend the whole afternoon in the water, Michael and I go in and out and read all day long. Had planned to walk around the island but somehow never got to it!!!! On the way back eat the best shrimps ever in Kep (were bigger than the biggest tiger shrimps to be found in CH) cooked with Kampot pepper, apparently one of the best peppers....All went to bed at 20:00, tired of doing nothing!!!
Next day spent in the country, driving around in a .......tuk tuk of course!!! Visited several caves with like 20 kids playing guide...got to cross a field with a big sign saying "demined by the UN.." The caves were not spectacular but the interaction with the children was worth it
Had planned to visit the Bokor tomorrow..the Bokor is a ghost town on top of a mountain. It was a summer station when the heat got unbearable down....the down has been abandonned under the Khmer and nobody ever went back. It is supposed to be pretty cool. Anyway, the road to get up there is closed because of restauration (apparently the Chinese "Bought"the place and are going to build a casino up there!!!). So the guy at the "tours agency"" (they are all self proclaimed guides here!!!) says we can walk up (3 hours) visit, have a pic nic up there and walk down. There is a 5$ entrance fee...we hesitate for two days, think the walk up for 3 hours will be too much in this heat. We end up asking another agency (the first guy being pretty obnoxious!) and find out that the park is closed, that the 5$ entrance fee is actually 5$ to corrupt the security guides and that th 3 hour walk is actually to get up there undetected through the jungle!!! Plus the guy says it is probably too difficult for the kids! So we decide not to do that, corruption not being on "to try"list!!
So we end up with two relaxing days...which is good because we haven't done much work for school lately, oooops! After morning school, we rent two kayaks and go paddling in the green cathedral, as it is called
So tomorrow another quiet day swimming, working, reading....and after tomorrow, off to Sihanoukville, the one and only beach resort of Cambodia.