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August 8th 2008
Published: August 9th 2008EDIT THIS ENTRY

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There is a series of limestone caves outside Kampot. Here are the guides who took me to two of them standing outside their house.
A drive around Kampot gives an insight into the developing economy of the Cambodian countryside. Go there quickly while there is still little tourist infrastructure! Technically this is a poor area, but the amount of work being done and the cheerfulness of the people make it hard to believe that it can remain so for long.

So three of us set out in a tuk-tuk, the national flag waving behind us ... my apologies to friends who know what a durian looks like and have seen half a million papaya trees in fruit: these are exotic things for other people I know.

Anyway ... an attempt at a photo essay and two videos:
Music in a Cave
Boys Showing Off


Travel Notes


The guest house posted a list of items of interest, and negotiated a specific itinerary with us. The tuk-tuk and driver cost US$18.00 for the day, the cost shared between three people.


How I’ve been


Warwick and Wendy proved great companions. Thanks so much for suggesting the trip guys!




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Here my guides wait to go into Phnom Chhnork.
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Inside Phnom Chhnork is a 7th-century brikc temple. I wonder how long it will take for the stalectites to completely cover it.
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This is the entrance to another cave in the Phnom Chhnork complex.
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Beneath this cave the boys played Cambodian music on the formations (click the link in the main text).
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On the steps to Phnom Chhnork is a cement naga which was constructed by American volunteers who slept on a bamboo platform beside the steps.
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With the Cambodian flag flying behind us ...
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... Warwick, Wendy, ...
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... and I got back in the tuk-tuk.
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In this Moslem fishing village the boats the adults use are kept in neat boatsheds ...
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... while the children fish on their own (not all of them - check the text).
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This is a house in the fishing village.
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A woman waters cabbages for commercial production.
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Pepper vines grow up posts in a plantation.
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Young peppercorns grow on the vine, ...
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... get larger, ...
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... and ripen.
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Later they are dried.
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I have never seen durians growing in plantations before.
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These are mango trees, ...
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... and this is a papaya (paw-paw) tree.


10th August 2008

Porkers
It looks like the porkers may have tippled too much arak. Wonderful photo's once again, thanks for sharing.
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11th August 2008

Check out those pigs!
Looks and sounds like a frolicking good time, mama!
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12th August 2008

A delightful record!
Dear Gillian, I am most impressed with all you are taking in . Absolutely beautiful photography. Enjoy it all.. Love, Merle
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