Kampot and Kep

Trip Start Nov 26, 2007
Trip End Nov 26, 2008

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Long Villa

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

We took a share taxi to Kampot, we luckily only had 5 people in ours (son and I in the passenger seat), apparently they can hold 7, we heard stories of 13 in the car (a normal car too) and can believe it , we've seen people sitting out the window and peope on bonnets and roofs too! Kampot is a great town, has a really nice feel to it, spacious but quite quiet and peaceful with alot of French colonial buildings to admire as we wondered the streets. As normal we grabbed a dodgy motorbike to explore the surroundings, dusty roads, fields and village life. We visited the limestone caves which are in abundance in the area, being guided by really young kids who could speak pretty good english for their age and pretty good at asking for money aswell. One of the caves had a Pre angkorian building in it dating to before the 7th century.
We went further afield to Kep which was a popular hangout for the French in the 1900s and then for the rich Cambodians until the Khymer Rouge  who basically destroyed all the buildings and captured the people for being rich, educated and different leaving just skeletons of buildings and overgrown gardens. It was really eerie, like driving through a ghost town and could tell that people could still feel the effects of it and not wanting to repopulate it quickly.
To lighen things up we did what we know best, other than drinking, Eating! and had crabs which the town is famous for, we had crab cooked with green peppercorns, a local speciality which was stunning and was only $7. While we were there we got talking to the owner who also had been around during the genocide era and he was saying how slowly things are changing and soon things would be better for them. We think so, Cambodia is a very special place, stomaches full and heads full of thoughts we enjoyed more of the beautiful countryside back to Kampot. 
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