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Jun 21, 2017 - A Day with Mr Bun

Today was our pre arranged day with Mr Bun. He tried so hard to get us to visit every tourist attraction here in Kampot, but not wanting to spend all day, every day with Mr Bun, we selected 3 of the most popular activities in the region. Kampot Pepper, Kampot Salt and a fishing village, were our narrowed down choices, not thinking at all that these three go together nicely on a BBQ! So at our arranged time of 10am, Mr Bun was there outside our hotel, greeting us with a welcoming handshake and many 'Good morning Brother' and 'Good Morning...

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Jun 20, 2017 - Mr Bun and the Sunset River Cruise

Today, the plan is to explore the friendly and engaging town of Kampot, Cambodia. Actually, it is a city but with a small town feel. Hotel supplied breakfast was included in this accommodation package, so a leisurely breakfast was the order of the day and then a morning walk around town. As the morning was heating up, we decided to call our personal Tuk Tuk driver Mr Bun- who answers the phone "Hello Brother", followed by my reply, "Good Morning Mr Bun, this is Rod from the Boutique Hotel" , Mr Bun replies with-" yes, yes my friend, where...

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Jun 19, 2017 - The bus trip from Hell

Well, we have already managed to break one of the 10 Commandments of travelling in SE Asia- 'thou shalt NEVER travel in a mini van or bus unless it belongs to one of the Top 4 Bus companies' ! We unwittingly allowed our guest house manager in Sihankonville, to book us a trip from there, through to Kampot, which is about 2 and a 1/2 hours away. As it's low season, the larger buses are not plying this route, so a minivan is the most common transport, due to lack of passengers. We check out of our guest house and climb into the most...

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Feb 10, 2017 - A chilled couple of days in Kampot

The following morning we made our way back to ‘our favourite’ guest house (the one with the good food) as we had been told that the lady there sells onward bus travel which would include a pick up from the pier when we returned from the early boat. True to everyone’s word we were able to pick up tickets – me for Kampot and Audrey for Sianokville. Tickets in hand we gathered our things and headed in the direction of the boat to go back to the mainland. It was quite a windy morning which meant boats couldn’t dock on the beach we were staying...

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Mar 6, 2016 - Kampot

Staying only one night in Kampot, we waste no time when we arrive. We check into our hotel, hand over our laundry, book a taxi for the afternoon, arrange a sunset cruise for the evening, and organise a bus to take us to Siem Reap the following day. We chuck our belongings in our room and head out to explore. Our taxi driver takes us up into the mountains of Bokor National Park. We climb further on foot until we are high enough to look down into the clouds. It feels like being stood on top of the world. Breathtaking! We walk through the...

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Jan 3, 2015 - Gourmet Travels in the Kampot Countryside

Gourmet Travels in the Kampot Countryside Our tuk tuk driver picked us up at 9.00am and we set off on the tourist route through the Kampot countryside. First stop was the salt fields where we watched Cambodian women cleaning the salt pools which involved stepping in time pulling a rake behind them - Simon thought it was line dancing. This creates grooves in the salt pools which enables the salt to collect. The pools are filled with water from the ocean that has been allowed to evaporate for about 30 days so is nice and salty to begin with....

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Jan 2, 2015 - Cycling to the Rapids

Cycling to the Rapids It was a day for sleeping in and the kids didn't wake until after 8am. After the rock hard beds of Green Village Homestay, these beds were comparative luxury - though Jonno has only given the room 9 out of 10 as he says the pillows are too big. Georgia and I are giving it 9.5. There were options other than eggs for breakfast today and Simon and Jonno went for baked beans and bacon with a baguette whilst Georgia had crepes with Bokor honey and lime which she loved. I stuck with the eggs - poached this time. Georgia and...

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Jan 1, 2015 - Flat Tyres and Mango Shakes

Flat Tyres and Mango Shakes A day in the car today as we drove from Can Tho to Kampot in Cambodia via Rach Gia and Ha Tien. All was going well until we stopped and waited while some road workers cut down a coconut tree across the road, when we started there were shouts from the workers and a strange noise from the back wheel. Sure enough we had a flat. After about 45 minutes, most of which was the driver trying to get the spare out, we were on our again. Just out of Rach Gia we pulled up to a tiny shop front which just happened to fix...

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Aug 4, 2014 - Losing It

Since leaving KL almost three months ago, I've lost many things. My iPod nestled in a seat pocket. A hiking shoe disappeared somewhere between a port town and nearby island. Socks and underwear scattered across Southeast Asia in various laundry places. Odds and ends like an umbrella, flashlight, and much anticipated book all vanished without a trace. Ironically, I've lost two half finished drafts of this post to iPad problems. Now it appears I've also lost my sanity. The longer I'm in Cambodia, the more I become unhinged by it. My eyes...

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Jan 22, 2014 - Days 155 to 158 - Kampot, Cambodia.

On Sunday 19th January, after the somewhat sobering visit to the Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, I was picked up from the hotel by minibus, which was to be the transport for the 4 hour trip to Kampot. Arriving around 5.00pm, it was just a brief stroll to the hotel. Titch’s place is run by an Aussie and English expat couple and the dorm was the bargain of $3 per night! My first day was spent exploring the town and generally chilling. The town is very small and quiet, which is great after the recent busy Saigon and Phnom Penh; it was so...

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Jun 16, 2013 - wet, wet, wet Kampot

Hi from a soggy Kampot. When I said wet, wet, wet for the title of today’s little offering, I wasn’t kidding, its monsoon wet. And what did I do on such a wet day? I can’t believe I’m going to tell you, less I’m carted off to the mad house when I get home. Well it’s not really my fault as I did ask the weather god to give me a decent day and up to now he has answered my prayers, but not today. Before I decide if I’m going to tell, I had better quickly give you breakfast details. Nothing unusual this morning, just 2 eggs, bacon and French...

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Jun 15, 2013 - I have luxury in Kampot

Good morning folks. Unusual as it is so far, I am starting the blog at 7.30. Not the best of nights sleep. It was pouring torrents all night and what with the a/c unit deciding to sing to me, it wasn’t good for sleep. (I can hear the odd comment ‘I bet it was all that food lying on his stomach’ but not true!). Every cloud as they say has a silver lining and I am sitting here feeling chuffed with myself. Yes I did leave packing till this morning and there seemed an impossible amount to get in my suitcase as there were several souvenirs...

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