We have been in Kampot the last few days, A lovely small town in South East Cambodia.
We got here on Wednesday and booked into a nice little Guest House called 'Blissfull'. It is run by 2 English Men Dick and Trev, and a Danish girl, not sure what her name is. We have been eating alot here as the food is realy good, On our first night I had a burrito the size of my forearm, and Garath had a Local Speciality called AMOK! Which is a saucy dish which comes with rice.
For our first couple of days here we rented a motorcycle. Thursday we drove out of every road out of Kampot. We headed North to the Tekchou Damn and Tekchou Rapids. Unfortunately we didnt see much of the damn, as there was a burly man with with a machine gun on the gate and he didnt want us taking photos so he told us to go away, and because of the damn the rapids were more of a piddle.
We headed East next, where about 3Km out of town they are resurfacing the road. The dirt here is red, so there was red dust flying up in our faces, so we turned around and went back. We then headed south, but here they are reapairing the bridge. The temporary replacement bridge is only 3 planks wide and looks fit for walking on just about, but not bikes with 2 people on.
We headed east and went up the road towards the Bokor Hill Rangers station, but when we got there another section of road was being layed so we could go no farther. Feeling pretty defeated we made our way back to Blissfull and pigged out, then got an early night so we could be up early the next morning.
Friday we were up early, but then had to wait 2 hours for any water for a shower. Finally after breakfast we got going. We left Kampot on the Only road we hadn't explored the day before heading to Kep. About 6Km out we left the main road and went looking for Phnom Chnork Caves, we never found it so went back to the main road.
About 15Km from Kampot we left the main road again and found Phnom Sorsir Caves. It is a hill with a temple on, with a cave on either side of the temple. We entered the hill by the cave on the left of the Temple. There were little cracks in the roof of the caves every now and then letting in a little light but it was filtered by the trees above, so was still hard to see much with my little torch. We were guided by a 16yr old local boy who led us through the caves and out the back of the hill, into the woods where we had to crawl under the undergrowth to another cave around the side of the hill. We went through this cave and came up into a section where the sound of the bats was quite loud, there must have been hundreds of them all hanging above us. not wanting to get pooped on we moved on, and came out of the opening on the right of the temple. The view from here was amazing, fields and palms stretching out to the sea, beyond this there were tiny islands dotted on the horizon.
We saddled up and continued on our way. We went past the turning to Kep and headed out to a Pepper plantation, where the smell was. . . . . peppery! It smelt realy nice though. We then went back to Kep and had a seafood lunch. Fresh giant prawns grilled on a BBQ and served with local pepper and lime dressing, It was the best prawns ive ever tasted. After lunch we did the local trek. It was a hill behind the town that makes the tor look like an ant hill. We were told that part of the way up the path to the trek route there would be a place for us to leave our bike, however we must have missed it and carried onto the trek route without noticing and did the whole thing on the bike. The path was rough and steep and the bike screamed like hell, but when we reached the summit we turned the engine off and rolled the rest of the way. It was a loop around the hill. We saw monkeys running accross the path infront of us and all kinds of butterflies around our heads, the sounds of some of the birds up there were crazy. After we came off the hill we headed back to Kampot as it was getting dark.
Saturday was Mummy's Birthday! so we found a place with decent internet and spoke to her on skype before she was whisked away to Lyme Regis for the rest of the weekend. Later on we had some food and then had a nap before the England V's USA game started at 1:30am. I should'nt have bothered getting up for it, what a painfull game to watch. We watched it with Dick, Trev, and a couple of other english guys and 2 Americans. About 5 mins into the second half the signal cut out on the TV and we were all on our phones and laptops trying to find out the score. I was about to send the Americans onto the roof to fiddle with the aerial, then it came back on.