Slide, Push it, Push it real good…
Posted by Cool Your Jets IV on May 17, 2011
Four days in Phnom Penh is enough for anyone, too many people hassling you, all auto-tuktuks are $3US regardless of whether you’re going around the corner or 2km down the road, the drinks were expensive and we found very few places for good food.
We had to get out and fast.
We’d been told about a sleepy little town, 160km south west of the city though we were in two minds whether to head south as we hook up with VD and Katie in about a week though this is in Siem Reap, about 6 hours north of Phnom Penh!
We decided to go for it!
We’re so pleased we made the effort to get here – Kampot is the perfect place to get away from the city. Everything we’ve heard is true. It really is sleepy, the people are very friendly and we’re yet to be hassled. There’s a couple of very relaxed bars along the river – the Rusty Keyhole is one such bar, we were in there drinking rum with the owner and a guy we’d met a few days previous in Phnom Penh – we got the lowdown on the town and had a great night. The Rusty Keyhole is famous for its pork ribs – they’re really good, we were ‘advised’ to go for the Dino – a full KG, it was too much!
Kampot is also famous for it’s pepper (and less so it’s salt) which is regarded as the best in the World and has recently been granted a ‘Protected Graphical Indication’ or PGI – we’ve tried it, it’s peppery and full of flavour(!) we’ll be bringing some back with us.
We’ve hired a little scooter so that we can spend the next few days seeing the countryside which is stunning and we’re just back from having lunch in Kep – there’s a great crab market there (Kep is famous for its crabs) and it’s even more sleepy than Kampot, this whole province is very chilled.
On the way to Kep we took a small detour as we’d been told about some caves that were worth seeing, inside was also a Buddhist shrine – the original temple was destroyed by the Khmer Rouge. We were advised to follow a dirt-track for about 10kms and once some kids start chasing you on their pushbikes, you’ve arrived! Bartering with kids for a guided tour (we didn’t feel that we needed them but they were cheeky and at the end of the day, what’s a dollar?) they took us into the caves.
Initially I wasn’t that impressed but then we were shown a narrow tunnel which involved crawling through, almost on our bellies into a big cavern – we carried on in this vein for a good twenty minutes, up and down, squeezing through narrow walls, it really was fun and pleased we had the guys with us to show us all of this, it was well worth the few dollars we’d paid.
There’s really not a great deal to do other than take it easy – we’re thinking of visiting Bokor Mountain as there’s a deserted colonial French resort atop the hill which has been empty since 1972 though soon to be ‘redeveloped,’ hopefully we can get up there to check it out.