13 May - 19 May 2010 Kampot

Kingdom of Cambodia
Funky and spacious double room, with free wifi, for only US$ 8.- per night.

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Exploring the sleepy, old colonial town of Kampot, a charming tourist place with a relaxed atmosphere and a great riverside setting, and strolling along the town's streets and alleyways which are lined with decrepit French-era houses and shops that evoke days long gone.
“Colonies are the outhouses of the European soul, where a fellow can let his pants down and relax, enjoy the smell of his own shit.”

Hiring Daratikar’s chauffeur-driven remorque-moto for US$ 15.- for a full-day of sightseeing and exploring the limestone hills and countryside east of Kampot, towards the seaside resort of “Kep-sur-Mer”, famed for its splendid seafood, thus visiting (i) the Phnom Chhnork Caves with their 7th-century CE (pre-Angkorian) ruins of a brick temple, dedicated to Shiva and now occupied by a gaggle of friendly and bright local girls who guided us through a minefield to the cave entrance, (ii) the traditional fishing harbour at Trapeang Sang Kae, (iii) the Kampot saltfields, (iv) a small pepper plantation near the village of Prey Thum (Cambodian pepper production is documented as far back as to the 13th century CE; before the Khmer Rouge rule, no Paris restaurant worth its salt would be without Kampot black pepper on the table) and, finally (v) the famous crab market at Kep where we indulged in the delicious local specialty of grilled fresh crabs with fried peppercorns.

Teaming up with fellow traveller Christine from France and taking together a ride on a 20-seater, heavy duty remorque-moto from Kampot's market to the Koh Tonsay jetty in Kep (c. 45 km, 2 hours, KHR 4,000.- or US$ 0.95 per person) and hiring thereafter a long-tail boat (US$ 20.- for return tickets for the three of us) to the blessedly undeveloped island of Koh Tonsay aka Rabbit Island.

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