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Asia » Cambodia » West » Koh Kong June 23rd 2017

It soon became clear why we had been so unsuccessful hitching a lift to Osoam, the "road" was more of a 4x4 Land Rover experience course, except we were stuffed into a saloon car with 6 other people! The taxi driver didn't seem at all phased by the craters and swamp patches. He was happily chatting and laughing steering with one hand for the duration. 2 hours and 40km later we were greeted by Mr Lim (the legend). He greeted us with a massive smile and after showing us to our rustic but charming bungalow his wife Kanya quickly hurried out with some dinner, absolutely delicious! We spent the rest of the night chatting to Nick, an expat who now runs a dirt biking business from Lims community centre. The next morning we realised in the ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » West » Koh Kong February 4th 2016

The path is bumpy and sandy. I lurched and squealed and shut my eyes in the scary parts. Scary parts: crossing bodies of water on a tire-wide concrete bridge with narrow rails on the sides for balancing with the feet. My second godson from Chi Phat, Rat, is an excellent motor bike driver. He has driven the path to the Wildlife Alliance Animal Rehabilitation Station, 7 kilometers outside of Chi Phat many times, so we arrived safely. First thing I noticed were the ducks toddling about (a source of eggs for the workers there), and then the hill myna birds who greeted us. These noisy black birds flash orange sideburns. They are fond of communing with the guests, perching atop motorbikes, luggage, chairs, and heads. Mr Souen, one of the caretakers, greeted us with a radiant ... read more
A gorgeous hornbill
Macque with Youngster
The Great Hornbill Enjoys a Scratch

Asia » Cambodia » West » Koh Kong January 30th 2016

My Cambodian friend Neeri asked me if I missed my home in America. "No," I said. "Right now this place is my home." She and members of her family smiled. They came from a city far away to cook for me and be with me during my visit to Chi Phat. Despite all their family problems and worries, they have embraced and welcomed me into their lives. Even language does not seem to be a barrier. Our fondness for one another needs no words. My home. That's how I will continue to think of Chi Phat as I spend the next few days here, at the edge of the Cardamom Mountains in southern Cambodia. I volunteered here last year for two months, which allowed me to share in the lives of many. The family who runs ... read more
Tokay lizard snags a big bug.
Flower with edible berries
Purple berries, purple tongue

Asia » Cambodia » West » Koh Kong December 18th 2015

Of all the places we have been, we really fell in love with this place and the idea behind it. It's set in the Cardamom mountains which are home to wild elephants :) Once notorious for logging and poaching, it is known an eco tourism spot for trekking, elephant spotting and homestays. We arrived here from Kep, the bus dropped us at a wooden hut in Andoung Teuk which felt like the middle of nowhere! Lucky for us, the girl in the hut served us coffee and showed us the long boat :) People in this region are very friendly and kind. We got on our longtail boat with a couple from England and a local female captain (I love how there is gender equality in the jobs here, we've seen female construction workers building the ... read more
Longboat to Chiphat
Sweet girl at our homestay
Sena, our guide

Asia » Cambodia » West » Koh Kong September 11th 2015

Aloha Efter dagene i Phnom Penh tog vi mere eller mindre så langt fra civilizationen man kan komme her i Cambodia - tid til at komme ud i naturen! Vi tog til Chi Phat som er en ultra lille flække, der er måske 20-30 hytter/småbutikker "downtown", der er base for forskellige ture i de sydlige Cardamom bjerge (højeste er 1800m så det er jo ikke Everest). I landskabet rundtom er der ikke så meget andet end lidt ris/banan landmænd. Cardamom bjergene er relativ uudforskede så det "pristine" som de kalder det. Det er tilmed, eftersigende, et af de sidste steder i Sydøstasien hvor der findes vilde tigre, men at komme til at se dem er sværere end at vinde EuroJackpot... Her er tilgengæld massere af edderkopper, i vores hytte i Chi Phat sad der pludselig en ... read more
Chi Phat ligger mellem to floder
Chi Phat downtown, der er ikke meget at komme efter
Vi sparer på kræfterne inden strabadserne - en tur på "moto" er altid godt

Asia » Cambodia » West » Koh Kong January 21st 2015

Another wedding in Chi Phat. But this one is different. The beautiful receptionist from the CBET office is getting married, and I received an official invitation, all wrapped in clear plastic. There's a heart shaped sticker on the outside, inviting me to the procession where the groom brings 32 kinds of food to the bride. For me it starts the day before. The family of the bungalows where I'm staying locates appropriate attire, complete with a lacy shiny top and sompot, or traditional skirt. The mother and daughter alter the fasteners, then fuss over me, use safety pins and make folds here and there so I look just right. I feel so good and confident, now I have the two outfits I need to participate. I long for a gabob, a handbag, and one appears. It ... read more
The groom bearing flowers
Bride and groom
The Gabob

Asia » Cambodia » West » Koh Kong January 13th 2015

In the dark I bicycle to the village, several miles from Chi Phat, past houses and cows and dogs lurking on the sides of the road. I see my friend Pon on the way, and sit for a tea before I move on. I hear music, and motos, smell grilled meat, and I know I've arrived. This is the village that is celebrating the rice harvest festival. A temporary shelter of shredded plastic is the focal point for gathering, singing, and praying. A small Buddha statue is perched on a platform. People sit with feet carefully folded back to the side on the mats below. Older men are at one end, and they tend to baskets of fruit, flowers, and other offerings. I hear a man's voice over a loudspeaker, chanting, then talking. He's there in ... read more
The mound of rice that grew bigger in the night
Woman with krama on head sells fruit
The bawbaw eating table

Asia » Cambodia » West » Koh Kong January 5th 2015

This morning I'm feeling so much better after a bout with a disagreeable papaya salad. I want a nice filling breakfast. Ratha of the bungalows told me that when they're feeling sick, they eat bawbaw, a thick rice soup, plus some salted fish. I decide to skip the salted fish, and head for the bawbaw at my favorite morning restaurant. I sit with three of the guides. One of them begs for me to buy him breakfast. He thinks his sweet smile will convince me. It doesn't. They're all headed for the forest that morning, so I think I will have no students for the day. After bawbaw I'm so happy that I head for my room and change to my cycling clothes. Today deserves an adventure, so I head down a road I've not traveled. ... read more
The brave man who carried my bicycle
Happy the nice man carried my bike
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Asia » Cambodia » West » Koh Kong January 2nd 2015

A day in Chi Phat village--I want to say "typical" day--but nothing is ever typical. It usually starts with a bicycle ride, but then anything can happen... At 6 am I'm out on my bicycle for a morning ride. I pass Veasna, a former cycling guide and tell him to join me. He says no, he just finished jogging (I doubt that) and besides, he doesn't want to wear out the chain on his bicycle. I head down the road. Dogs everywhere, sitting on the dirt road, sitting in the ashes of fires, sitting on each other, sitting on house steps, assessing the activities around them. Chickens always waiting until the last moment to dash out in front of me. Crowing roosters, bloated water buffaloes chewing grass. Cows clanging their bells as they plod to the ... read more
A scene from my bike ride
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Asia » Cambodia » West » Koh Kong December 27th 2014

"Was it love at first sight?" Lee Heng's eyes smile. "What is that? What do you mean?" He knows I am teasing him, but he still wants to know what I mean. So I explain, to the best of my ability, about this strange notion of love at first sight. And even though he knows I am teasing, he explains the circumstances of meeting his future wife. "I spoke to her on the phone over a year before I met her." "Well how did that happen?" I ask. I'm certain my forest guide did not engage in Internet dating, which might explain the long telephone contact before he finally met her. "My aunt, I met her through my aunt who told her about me. And I met her at my aunt's house in Phnom Penh." I'm ... read more
A boat ride on the Piphot River to the jungle
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