One again, another early morning as we checked out of our Guest House & caught the shuttle bus to the Public Bus for the journey to Kampong Cham. It was a long, bumpy, noisy & interesting 5 & half hour journey. Annie & I snuck up & took the front seats of the coach. We could see everything from here. This was both good, & slightly terrifying. The driver honked his horn, overtook other cars/scooter/tractors etc with centimeters to spare, he answered his phone on multiple occasions - taking his hands off the wheel to put his hands free in! Lol. It was quite a sight, but was good to see the country side & experience the bus with the locals. The stops along the trip for good were also something pretty special, and after 2 mouthfuls of food I decided I wasn't hungry anymore.
Once we arrived, we checked into a gorgeous hotel on the Mekong River. The view was simply spectacular. We were then whisked away in a TukTuk, exploring the backstreets whilst very hot & squished. We arrived at a local TukTuk drivers home & were elcimed into his home (bamboo floors & everything) where we enjoyed traditional food that was prepared by his wife, as his 2 young sons slept in the floor just meters away from us. We got to talk to him & his wife about their life in Cambodia & saw all the family photos & wedding photos. The food was also the best good I've had for the while trip so far.
We then headed back to the hotel & jumped on some pushbikes for a ride across the Mekong River on a Bamboo Bridge to see the Koh Pen Village. The bridge was only one car wide & quite scary as we cycled across & motorbikes & horse drawn carts over took us along the way. After about 40mins of peddling along over the bridge & over a dirt track, we arrived at the Village & went to the Buddhist Temple that is a few hundred years old. We then were a little bit cheeky & interrupted the afternoon class at a local school, were the kids went CRAZY as we handed over our cameras & they took photos of themselves on our cameras. They were adorable & i really wanna bring one home, but NO I'm not getting clucky! lol.. It was spectacular to cycle along the backstreets of the Village & had the children run out to say hello & give us hi-5s as we went past. We then went back over the bamboo bridge, & I nearly stacked it into the river after being a little cocky with my bike skills & thinking I could hi-5 a scooter rider as I went past. Instead I missed the hi-5, nearly lost it into the river & gave the scooter rider quite a laugh. My bad. Cycling back along the esplanade to our hotel, there was a free aerobics class that Mel & I joined in after jumping off our bikes. We got quite a few looks. Lol.
That night we just ate at a local restaurant, took a wander round the local markets (where I got very lost & ended up walking home in the dimly lot streets by myself. Whoops) & had an early night as tomorrow morning we set off for Phnom Pen.
Kampong Cham was really gorgeous though & had very little tourists, so I really wish we got to spend more time there. Oh well..