A day out scooting
Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
297Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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Where I stayed
Kukuluku Beach Club
I hid in the shelter of a simple shop whilst the worst of the rain came. I think I sat for about half an hour then donning a second rain jacket continued to Kep without going off the side roads to find the caves as I originally planned. I turned right at the White horse as per instructions and then quite suddenly arrived at my intended stop- the Kukuluku Beach Club, where I got myself a dorm bed, in a dorm where I'm on my own, for $5. I have a mossie net and a double bed. There's a swimming pool and a private beach as well.
I dumped my small bag and then set off again for an explore.
12:35 Kep is lovely and small
14:18 I rode around Kep, following the main road which has immaculate new Tarmac with three lanes, which is slightly weird as there are barely any hotels along there. There are also perfectly manicured little flat floored open huts where people can sit by the sea. I saw one huge hotel under construction along the front, and soon turned off to find Wat Samathi which was up a long dirt track. It wasn't long before I saw it perched on a hill. I followed the ever poorer road as far as I could then found a long stone staircase. I climbed them and found an immaculately beautiful Temple with an assortment of figurines at the bottom all covered in gold. Three dogs arrived at the top near the temple itself and started barking in a very unfriendly manner and I wasn't sure how serious they were as guard dogs. I decided to walk around the bottom of the temple to try and lose them, and found more figures, and 2 life-size elephant statues. I rounded to the 3rd side and could no longer hear the dogs but did see a staircase. I climbed up and saw 2 very tanned old monks sitting in dark orange robes. I put my hands together in a prayer manner and bowed, one of the monks then beckoned me to keep coming up, so I did
I returned to my bike and then went back to town. I bumbled about, passed the kings old house, some schools where I did a u turn near a very old woman who practically jumped out the way as I u turned at 1mph near her, then I think cursed me as I carried on (despite me grinning at her and indicating that I'd missed my road- she appeared to think I was deliberately trying to run her over or something!).
Now I am sitting next to the crab Market in a little hut/restaurant called sunset (which I won't see tonight as it is raining raining) awaiting a plate of grilled prawns for £3
19:08 After lunch I set off again following the coast road, again, but instead of the turn off I made to Wat Samathi, I carried on up to the main road - coming to Kep is like coming off onto a big loop. I passed some really pretty landscape, lots of grass being grown rather than rice. Lots of palm trees, and great flat expanses with a huge hill occasionally (ok my route effectively goes round the big hill on my left.
Eventually i reached a Market where I saw my intended purchase. A helmet of my own. The ones I am supplied with are crap- they are uncomfortable, flop about on your head as you drive along and would most likely come off in the event of an accident.
The helmet I have bought does look quite cool. It was only $10, and as you'd expect from something that cheap may not protect a peanut wrapped in a walnut shell wrapped in the helmet. But it is some protection should I have a low speed accident, and I only travel at quite low speeds. In any case, it IS better than the one I have and better than the nothing they offer you as a Moto passenger.
Dinner is chicken fried rice, surrounded by my favourite vegetable. Why? When does fried rice EVER come with tomato?
Best: scooting about freely
Worst: effing rain!
Beautiful: the inside of the Wat! That was a surprise.