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Sleepy Kampot

7.10am Hua Lin bus Arr 12.30pm Kampot Bumpy road. I lay on the back seat to have a nap & my whole body was airborne at times & my heavy backpack with my laptop also got airborne & landed on the floor

Last hour beautiful karst mountain scenery & brilliant green paddy fields

We all had to get off bus & walk over a damaged bridge that was under repair. - there was another bus waiting for us which was pretty impressive!

On arrival we got a Tuk tuk from bus & booked into Bokor Mt Lodge for $30 a night. It is on the riverfront & inc breakfast & is a lovely old french colonial building.

The streets along the riverfront has many decrepit French buildings in various stages of dis-repair. The town is so quiet & traffic almost non-existent. A nice change from the pace of Phnom Penh

We hired a motodup each who took us around town for an hour – over new bridge/old bridge & market. Also did a short bike ride around town.

The night finished with a Massage by the blind for $4 & dinner at the Rusty Keyhole where I had the best ever Chicken Fried Rice for $3

Sat 1st Aug:

Fried rice at same place for breakfast

Hired bicycle for $1 & explored around town. Hired a motodup each for $7 each for 4 hours to explore out of town

Kampot is a colonial port city – no longer a port & very empty & quiet. Grow Durian – smelly spiked fruit.

Went to Tek Chhou Rapids ( 8km) Major local tourist spot for swimming & picnicking.. Walked over bouncy suspension bridge for 500 R & 1000R to enter the park. Sat in a picnic hut & ate mangosteens while sitting in a hammock watching family next to me. They love to eat!

Went to Fish Island & Muslim community to Nut Hill, past many salt fields. Stopped in a local muslim fishing village where met a crazy old lady who was painting a boat & a psycho chained up monkey.

3.30pm Tuk tuk to Kep $10

Stopped off at caves in a mountain which has a pagoda ½ way up. Young boy of about 13 appeared to be my guide. Lucky I had a torch in my bag as it was pitch black. Leigh left me to go back just inside the entrance & so I decided to go alone with the guide. It was such a scary adrenalin rush as I climbed through small holes & across precipices with big drops. It was an absolute maze with exits everywhere. We came out the other side of the mountain & had to crouch crawl through this lantan jungle tunnel. Then back in the cave & finally out through this gap I didn't think I would even fit through. Glad I did it but was scary!!! Paid the guide $! & headed to Kep for the night

Everyone off the bus

Everyone off the bus

Leigh walking to our other bus waiting for us

Leigh walking to our other bus waiting for us

Exploring Kampot by bike

Exploring Kampot by bike

Past the roadworks & on board again

Past the roadworks & on board again

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Cambodia

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