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Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot August 15th 2008

Hello Surprisingly road travel in Cambodia is quite easy, We hopped straight on a bus from Phnom Penh to Kampot and arrived within 4 hours (Cambodia has very beautiful countryside so went quick). There's no real public buses here so a few private companies operate certain routes. Nic - We chose to visit Kampot as it's very close to Bokor National Park, home to a ghost town of old Colonial French buildings and more importantly Tigers, Elephants and Leopards to name but a few. You can imagine how upset we were when we went to hire a bike for the day and were told that the park is being developed and the road was shut to individual visitors...the only way to visit is to go through a group tour costing $15+. We really wanted to experience ... read more
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Chilling!
Cambodian roads

Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot August 8th 2008

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,... read more
Kampot District
Kampot District
Kampot District

Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot July 28th 2008

Hello There Friends!! After the rest and relaxation of the Mekong Delta we travelled to the Cambodian capital city of Phnom Penh. The Journey was by slow boat, and the name didn't lie! The boat was definately slow taking around 9 hours in total but luckily the scenery along the way was fantastic. We watched children playing in the river and locals washing and fishing as we trundled by, being overaken by the occasional duck in the process!! The day of this journey was in fact the wedding day of my oldest friend Sir Graeme Hill (or is it Hainsworth now?? We all know she wears the trousers GH!!) and his lovely WIFE Lucy, so congratulations to you two, I've heard all about the day and the honeymoon sounds like both were fantastic. Our thoughts were ... read more
Rural Life
Colourful Stonework
Riverside at Dusk

Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot July 25th 2008

If I remember correctly, when we last left off we were hanging our bug nets to save ourselves from the mice invasion. There were no computers at our visit to Kampot, so I took notes to fill you in on the highlights of the last several days. We stayed one last night in our "mouse" room, but with very little sleep decided to upgrade to a beautiful little bungalow over looking the ocean. I wish I could say that we slept in peace but with every little sound we were reminded of past events. Sleep may never be the same again. Tuesday we sat at the beach and hoped our bodies would begin to turn the golden brown of the Cambodian people. When I am able to download more photos you will see how wrong we ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot June 17th 2008

Hello. At the moment I am in Cambodia! It is an.....'interesting experience'. After leaving Perth I flew to Melbourne, wich should have taken me 3 hours instead of 12. We were trapped in the plane for about 6 hours without food. After spending a 1.5 day in Melbourne I went to Sydney where I took the plane straight to Singapore! I expected a very clean, boring city without a soul, but I got a very clean, interesting, asian city! I really like it, to my own surprise! I myself stayed in Little india. It is crazy, it is really like India, but somewhere else. I mean, all the indians have the exact same look on their face when they see a white girl, they have the exect same clothes (dark blue trousers and white shirt) and ... read more
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Ann, me and william in phnom penh
Cambodia

Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot June 8th 2008

Kampot is a small riverside town just a couple of hours from Sihanoukville. We thought in the beginning we would only pass through but we stayed a few days. We bicycled through town , passed by a Wat and the monks waved us in. We chatted for a while, they offered to show us their temple where the story of Buddha was painted on the walls and ceiling. It was beautiful, colors fantastic. Kampot is a sleepy town now but it must have been something back in the day. The once beautiful French Colonial architecture is crumbling down and is gradually being replaced with Modern Asian. ... read more
Kampot Wat
Kampot
Laundry Day

Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot April 26th 2008

Samen met Trevor en Kristena gingen we op 16 april naar Kampot. Ook dit plaatsje stelde op zich niet zo veel voor. Het was meer de omgeving waarvoor we naar Kampot gingen. Na aankomst vonden we een prima hotel en liepen we een beetje rond. Na 15 minuten hadden we alles al gezien! ‘s Avonds aten we in een restaurant dat met stip op de eerste plaats staat van de ranglijst met slechtste restaurants waar we ooit hebben gegeten! De volgende dag brachten we met z’n vieren een bezoek aan een aantal grotten in de omgeving. Het Khmer Nieuw Jaar wordt eigenlijk een maand lang gevierd met allerlei ceremonies en we kwamen er tijdens onze trip naar de grotten al snel achter dat watergooien toch een van de activiteiten is die met het feest gepaard gaat. ... read more
vleesetende plant
zwaar motortransport
Merceder benz

Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot January 9th 2008

...dove la gente (fortunatamente) non veste piu' di nero. E dopo questa doverosa citazione, dopo la grande citta'e le famose rovine, dopo il cuore dell' Asia con le sue citta' piu' lontane dai mari, eccomi giunto finalmente sulle rive del Golfo di Thailandia, con le sue acque azzurre, le spiaggie bianche e isole piu' o meno sperdute. Da Phnom Pehn prendo uno sgangherato autobus diretto a Kep, quella che fu un tempo la principale meta turistica cambogiana, costruita dai francesi come centro balneare ed arricchita con lussuose ville ed un lungomare lampionato che scorre ai piedi della collina per ben 6 chilometri. Di tutti i suoi edifici storici, dopo una serie impressionante di guerre devastanti, rimane ben poco: solo scheletri anneriti di antiche sfarzose abitazioni ed ancora piu' numerose mura di cinta, a racchiudere grandi spazi ... read more
Kep: qui il granchio regna sovrano
L'amaca
La giornata passa disteso su un'amaca 1

Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot December 15th 2007

well, actually i'm in siem reap, but i only just got here, so....... i have been prompted to write another entry. told to get back to the task and all that. unfortunately there's no card reader here, so no photos for you just yet. that'll have to wait a couple of days. anyway. so, i left phnom penh at long last, with my ipod newly loaded up with music (sublime, nofx, nirvana, ani di franco, ozomatli and various others i'd been missing), and a piece of paper in my hand with the names of some guesthouses and restaurants to check out. i was headed to kampot, the town nestled in the province of the same name, in the south of cambodia. the bus ride was one of the nicest i've had in a while. the bus ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot November 19th 2007

Yet another eventful bus journey took me to Kampot, which is on the Southern coast of Cambodia. Instead of passing time by playing peekabo with Cambodian children on the bus, I spent it talking to an Australian man in his fifties. He had done a lot of travelling throughout his life and had the most amazing stories from the time he travelled through the Middle East and India back in the 1970s. It then turned out he'd been coming to Cambodia every year for the last decade, but had only ever been to Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. He is a sex tourist, and even has Cambodian baby as a trophy for his 'visits'. The sex industry in Cambodia is huge here and hideously blatant. Men parade around with girls not even a day over ... read more




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