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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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Jan 14, 2013 - Visiting Kampot

Drifting eastward along the coast today a 2 hour drive brings us to Kampot, home of the Bokor National Park and world famous for the Kampot peppers. You may wish to visit Rabbit Island or spend some time at the beach-side town of Kep, famous for its fresh crabs.

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Jan 8, 2013 - The Zoo

Today has been a very exciting day for me. Firstly I've been riding around town on a bright flouro lime bike, which has been lots of fun. Then i went out to a local zoo, Teuk Chhou Wildlife Education Park, that is in desperate need of repair. Fortunately the zoo has turned the corner and the group running the zoo now are trying to fix everything up. The animals look healthy and are being looked after properly, which is good and now they are aiming to develop some better enclosures. For my small $25 donation, I walked around the zoo with a...

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Jan 7, 2013 - Kampot

Another travel day today, to the riverside coastal town of Kampot. I'm staying at the Ganesha eco-resort. its really nice location, although the room is quite basic, but its an authentic Khmer hut on stilts. I better not drink too much beer then as the climb up the ladder is difficult sober. Tomorrow is going to be exciting though. I'm hiring a motorbike for the day and going to help out at the local zoo and hopefully feed and clean some animals.

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Jul 2, 2012 - French Indochina: From Colonialism to 'Concessionism' and from Exploitation to Expats

Pre Script. I had not really thought of it planning this trip, so it only occurred to me when in Phnom Penh I was reading up a little bit on Cambodia’s history, but my round of Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos actually quite neatly covers what used to French Indochina. Since I am half an architecture and history nut anyway, enough reason to make a stop in Battambang, Kampot and Kep to see what is left of the French architecture and find out a bit more of how the French came to be in South East Asia in the first place. “So, is this a paid...

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Apr 1, 2012 - Cambodia - Day 24 - Bokor National Park

Took a motorcycle trip to Bokor National Park to find Bokor Hill Station. Famed for its abandoned French hill station, refreshingly cool climate and lush primary rainforest. Threatened animals that live in the park include tiger (recently photographed with camera traps), leopard, Indian Elephant, Asiatic black bear, Malayan sun bear, pileated gibbon, pig-tailed macaque, slow loris and pangoling. (Let us note that we did not see any of these animals!) The temperature dropped like crazy the more we ascended the mountain, it was the first time...

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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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