Trip Start Jan 06, 2007
Trip End Jul 29, 2007

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Our bus to Kampot should have only taken 2 hours but during rainy season things take a little bit longer on the road down south.  We arrived in Kampot at around 6pm. It was still pretty grey and gloomy so we headed straight to the backpacker area where we checked in at a cute and cozy guesthouse called Blissful Guesthouse.  That evening we met a really nice French girl, Marianne who we booked our tour to Bokor National Park with.  The next day we all met up for a great breakfast at Blissful (finally we've managed to eat a meal that fills us up) then walked to Ta Eng Guesthouse to get picked up for our tour up the mountain.  Bokor National Park is one of Cambodia's premier protected areas and clings to the tip of the Elephant Mountains.  We had to take a heavy duty 4x4 truck up the mountain for some serious off-roading, it was epic!  At the top of the mountain is an eerie French hill station that was twice abandoned.  We walked all around this ghost-town, visiting the old casino and church.  Our tour guide put on a great curry lunch where we feasted before heading downhill for a nice and easy trek through the jungle.  There are still elephants and tigers that roam free around this jungle, but managed to stay clear of them while walking.  At the end of our journey met one of the guides friends who was an experienced dirt bike rider, and Shaun got to ride down hill with him. He was pretty stoked as he had a chance to ride the bike, another type of bike to spark his interest - could mean trouble...
Our tour ended off with a lovely sunset boat cruise up the Mekong River into town.  When we arrived at the dock we noticed a really flash car with a family getting out of the vehicle.  The family joined us on the boat cruise and later found out that this was the family of the mister of tourism for Cambodia.  Pretty cool family, they all wanted photos of us.  That evening we chilled out at our guesthouse gorging on a Blissfully great dinner.  We booked our bus back to Phnom Penh early the next morning and were back in the city by 5:30pm.
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