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Mar 31, 2012 - Cambodia - Days 21 - 23 - Massive Thunder Storm

We've been taking it fairly easy here in Kampot, we really enjoy this little jem of a town. The last few days have brought in some thunder showers, however the mother of all storms hit hard one morning while we were sitting on the porch of the 'Magic Sponge' guesthouse eating breakfast. The wind picked up so much that the coconut trees were bending over, unripe mangos were falling off branches and tons of rose apples were littering the ground all around us. Signs from other guest houses were rolling down the street, and at one point we...

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Mar 28, 2012 - Cambodia - Day 20 - Pepper Plantations

We rented a motorcycle and went on a road trip. We made our way towards Kep (an upcoming seaside resort town) and stopped in at a local pepper plantation. Pepper in Cambodia has a centuries’ long history which precedes the great civilization of the kings of Angkor. The Chinese explorer Tchéou Ta Kouan describes pepper production in Cambodia as early as the 13th century. Kampot province witnessed a real “pepper fever” with the arrival of the French colonists at the end of the 19th century. They intensified the production and produced up to...

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Mar 26, 2012 - Cambodia - Day 18 - Arrival in Kampot

Mini bus picked us up at 12noon and we were on our way to Kampot. It took a little less than an hour and a half to get there, our driver was a little aggressive. Most of the road here was paved and in good condition but the closer we got to Kampot it turned into a pot hole filled dirt road for 15kms - just to make things interesting I guess. Kampot Province is endowed with an alluring combination of old colonial towns, abundant natural attractions; Kampot produces some of the world’s finest pepper. It is a charming riverside town with a...

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Feb 19, 2012 - Kampot: 2.18-2.19

Saturday- February 18th- Sihanoukville to Kampot took 11:30 minibus to Kampot They kept adding people to the car and it was so crowded Each row was only supposed to have 3 people in it but they shoved 4 people in the back seat and it was like they were all sitting on each others' laps The guy next to me played a movie ('Little Buddha') on his huge Powerbook so the drive went by really quickly. Got to Sihanoukville and didn't have any hostel booked so I walked around with 4 guys I met on the ride over to find a place to stay (Two guys were...

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Jan 29, 2012 - Kampot and Kep - Photo journal, less words (KT)

We loved Kampot. Provincial Capital, relaxed, cool breezes. The Kampot River meets a tributary, and heads for the nearby Gulf of Thailand. It does not rival the traffic of the Mekong or Bassac in Vietnam, but it is still busy with tugs, fish boats, long tails, and other craft that would not make it in the North American context for safety or environmental reasons. The City is slow, without the population busyness of Thailand or Vietnam, and the Cambodians helpful and openly curious (as opposed to jaded) about the westerners in their midst....

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Feb 13, 2011 - Kampot & Kep (Cambodia)

We arrived in Kampot on the south coast of Cambodia, by bus from Phnom Penh. Kampot, and it’s neighbouring town Kep, are former French colonial towns. But years of neglect and the Khmer Rouge, many of whom were based here during the Pol Pot years, have taken their toll. Despite that, glimpses of their former glory can be seen, albeit that the buildings and architecture are being replaced in favour of more modern and less interesting buildings. Kampot, 150km from Phnom Penh, is famous for its pepper (white, black and green) which sells for...

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Jan 9, 2011 - Closing the Cambodian Chapter

SiThe Sights, Sounds & Smells of Cambodia Sights *monks wondering around, requesting funds, wearing their saffron robes and carrying matching umbrellas *the school children donning their pristine white and blue school uniforms *whole families riding on small motos *laden down bicycles sharing the roads with motos, trucks, cars, tuk-tuks and pedestrians *rice paddies, rice paddies, rice paddies *deep family bonds evident when witnessing groups of Cambodians together *the heavenly sights of the temples in Angkor *pictures of the King of...

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Oct 20, 2010 - Phnom Penh & Kampot

Having arrived in Phnom Penh my first priority was to organise a 3-month multiple entry visa at the Vietnamese embassy, so I can catch up with Agnes, Henrik and Marianne later in my trip. I got there just after opening at 08.30am, expecting long queues and lots of administrative work, only to discover that I was their first customer that they would be able to issue me with the visa by the end of the day, all be it for a fee of $ 110. This simplified things for me considerably meaning that I could move on from Phnom Penh much quicker than...

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Sep 11, 2010 - Kampot

Kampot war unsere letzte Stadt in Kambodscha, in der wir dann sogar nochmal eine Woche verbracht haben. Frueher war die Stadt beruehmt fuer ihren tollen Pfeffer, der in keiner guten Kueche von Paris fehlen durfte. In der Umgebung gibt es noch einige Pfefferplantagen und Kampot Pepper ist wohl das gaengigste Mitbringsel aus der Stadt, die auch bei eher wenigen Touristen auf der Reiseroute liegt. Schade eigentlich, weil die Stadt selbst wirklich gemuetlich ist, man, mal wieder, sehr gut essen kann und in der Umgebung zahlreiche...

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Jan 16, 2009 - Kampot

Bonjour les amis, Pas de photos disponible pour le moment de Sihanoukville, un virus s'est introduit sur notre memory card, les photos ne sont pas perdus, mais les antivirus des cybercafes en Asie ne sont pas au top ... Kampot ne se trouve pas tres loin de la cote Cambodgienne, petite bourgade sans interet. La campagne des alentours est magnifique, nous visitons une plantation de poivre, des "salt Fields" (j'oublie mon francais parfois), des grottes ou les Khmers rouge se cachaient pendant la guerre et flannons le reste de la journee au...

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Oct 27, 2008 - Kampot & Kep

Our 3 hour journey to Kampot turned out to take 6 (tho the journey was beautiful), so we arrived in the dark - and it's very dark here cos there're no street lights (no electricity at all quite often). We checked into the nearest guesthouse, made friends with a dog there (called Wayne), and then walked confusedly down random streets till we found the river and some dinner (which was delicious). The next morning we caught the early morning bus to nearby Kep (good thing we're staying next to the bus station!). Kampot is an old colonial river...

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Jul 13, 2008 - Episode 12: A River Runs Through It

Day 39: Kampot is a small town, near the south coast of Cambodia. Really quite quiet, the hostels reflecting the outdoor feeling of hostels in australia. We stayed in Orchid Hotel, with our own air-con bungalow and a bar outside, it was lovely. The ghekkos here are everywhere, that night Tom counted 25 on the ceiling above us. Unfortunatley the mosquitos are everywhere too and rather a lot larger than their vietnamese relatives. We ate in a sri lankan restaurant that night called Bamboo Light Cafe, very nice food by the river and the most...

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