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Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot July 4th 2010

Chris's Section We enjoyed our stay in Kratie. It's a very chilled-out place. We particularly enjoyed cycling on the island across from Kratie. It was so beautiful over there and the people so friendly. Many families on the island live in small huts, with no electricity or real facilities. These are poor farming families, but they seem like some of the happiest people I have ever come across. We stopped to buy some water and one family gave us fruit for free and seemed really happy that we'd stopped. Puts things into perspective when I consider western life - people moaning about all of the material things they can't afford, when they should be appreciating how lucky they are. We headed off to Phnon Penh for an overnight stop. When we arrived it's was raining. Actually, ... read more
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Kratie
Kratie

Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot June 21st 2010

We arrived in Sihanoukville after a 13 hour journey; Kratie to Phnom Penh, changed buses and then Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville. Arriving after dark we caught a tuk tuk, and after checking out a few places wound up at ‘Coasters’ right on the beach. We had hopes of staying in Sihanoukville for 5 or 6 days, enjoying some of the world cup, catching some sun on the beach and checking out the islands. We wound up staying for three days, sleeping in late the first day, we woke up to overcast skies that lead to rain and spent the day on our balcony staying dry. Our second day we rented a motorbike, hoping to explore a bit of the area and get our Vietnamese Visa’s processed. We made it about 5 minutes away from our guesthouse ... read more
Kampot town
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Selling watermelons, Kampot

Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot June 4th 2010

We finally found an internet cafe with good computers (although having a tough time uploading photos-sorry!). We decided to spend Wednesday of bikes. Ugh. Rough roads but even rougher bikes! We biked out to a restaurant called The Rusty Keyhole-literally in the middle of fields. To out surprise as we rode up we were greeted by a very friendly Labrador named Tung-Tung. He is afraid of chickens and kills lizards. Guess it is good it is not the other way around. The owners, Kristian from the UK and his lovely wife Come were really nice. They have a little 7 month old baby girl named Kanika. So cute! Her mom let me hold her. We biked back to town and I am pretty much done with the bicycle riding. Steven runs errands on the bike and ... read more
The Fantastic Four in Kampot
Chumkriel Language School
Chumkriel Language School

Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot June 1st 2010

Hello everyone! Lots to tell. We've decided against motor bike rental as tuk-tuk is inexpensive and the roads here are very rough. Yesterday we had a rainstorm in the afternoon-poured for an hour then beautiful again. We were tucked into a cozy restaurant with a bowl of fish amok and a plate of fried shrimp with Kampot Pepper. We climbed 203 steps to a cave of limestone, viewed a salt plant, fishing village, and pepper plantation. The plantation grows the famous Kampot Pepper which is a must if you ever see it on a menu. The "plantation"is what Dad would call a garden! We spent a few hours in a town called Kep on the Gulf of Thailand and ate fried shrimp and crab. Lovely. I had my introduction to my school here in Kampot. I ... read more
Fishing VIllage
My entourage
View from Cave White Elephant Cave

Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot May 31st 2010

A beautiful morning in Kampot. We are still waking around four am-still adjusting. We went to the local market this morning to buy some swimming trunks for Steven. The girls were laughing at trying to find some shorts big enough! But alas, we found a pretty pair of purple ones with hibiscus flowers-Steven is sure to be the center of attention! I tried to buy a dress but couldn't find anything in my size so I guess it isn't all that funny. Steven kept hitting his head in the market-not exactly built for a man his size. We were the only non-Khmers there and we really stood out. We will be going back tomorrow for some supplies. We have decided to rent a motor bike for the week. That way Steven can take me to school ... read more

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Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot May 30th 2010

We have landed in Kampot. Beautiful, sleepy town. Have a lovely room at the Mea Culpa. Waiting for our green curry, shrimp rolls, and fried squid (that would be Steven's choice) at a restaurant. Checking in with the school tomorrow. Have to go eat! Suzie and Steven... read more
Gunslinger at Utopia in Kampot, Cambodia

Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot May 21st 2010

Ok so now we have taken a bus to Kampot. Its about a 4-5 hour trip from Phnom Penh and is what I would probably call the Margaret River of Cambodia. It's a lot more laid back and with a helluva lot less traffic. We stayed at the Rikitikitavi Guesthouse and have had the best time so far. This place is perfect. It must be good because every conversation Maureen talks about is of returning here or possible business ventures for the right people and also saying that she could happily live here!. The guesthouse is right on the river and the rooms are clean and comfortable ($40 per night in the off season). The food is out of this world and the staff are its best asset. The owners are ex pats ( We met ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot April 20th 2010

We rent a moto and off we go to explore the local area. We start off at the local market but do not last very long as it is indoors and very claustrophic and hot. So we set off for a wonderful drive through the countryside and along the river. As usual, we have lots of friendly locals waving at us and shouting out. We want to see a performance at a local music school for children (strongly recommended by Yuka) but when we get there, we are told the children are performing outside the school this evening. So we play some pool at the guesthouse and then splash out on a nice meal at a lovely restaurant on the riverside. We’re pretty tired so when we get back we spend the evening in the bar ... read more
At the market
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Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot April 20th 2010

We noticed the continental breakfast on the menu at the restaurant yesterday so we’re back to sample it ... After a great breakfast we chat to people at the guesthouse. The local coconut ice-cream man comes on his daily round and it would be rude not to try it - just as I thought: delicious! After that, we're back on the bike and off in the opposite direction to yesterday. We end up driving through a lovely village, with lots of friendly people and we meet one little girl who seems to think I look totally hilarious. She is giggling and chattering away in Khmer, pointing at my sunglasses, helmet and shorts. The older girl with her tries to restrain her but the little one is not having any of it. Rik gets the camera out ... read more
At the village
At the village.  These girls, especially the little one who was in hysterics, obviously thought I looked hilarious!
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Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot April 20th 2010

We wake up late and return for another dose of that delicious ‘breakfast’ at 2. There isn't much time left by the time we've eaten so there’s no option but to do more exploring on the bike! It was raining during the night and as we go through a wet patch, the bike falls over (luckily we were going slowly so no injuries). There are a couple of young girls who stare at us as they sail through the wet patch on their bike. The shame! Anyway, it’s another fun day of random biking and seeing where we end up. We are back at the music school in the evening but the children are not around again, as they are peforming elsewhere (Yuka must have been particularly lucky). We go to our usual bar for drinks ... read more
At the river
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