Journeys with siblings and co......
25.01.2008 33 °C
We left Trat on Saturday morning very early!. A Taxi picked us up at 5.30 am and took us to the bus station to catch a bus to the boarder at Hat Lek in time to catch our bus the other side at 8.30. We had heard alot of stories about scams at the boarder so were quite wary but we got through relatively unscathed and boarded our bus which we presumed would take us all the way to Sihanoukville (SW cambodia) in order to meet kate and Rich. The bus we had booked actually turned out to be 6 different busses and two river ferry crossings (standing in planks of wood attached across two longboats!!) we eventually got to our destination about 2.20 and thankfully kate and rich had got there first and booked us a bungalow.
We explored the local beach but it was very busy and dirty, full of tourists,hawkers and beggars so the next day we ventured further round the coast to Otres Beach which was deserted so we spent the day in the sun and sea.
thankfully in cambodia you can get really good English and western food which i had been craving like you wouldnt believe so we have been eating lots of it!!
We left Sihanoukiville on Monday morning and took a taxi to Kampot which took a couple of hours. Kampot is a sleepy post colonial town in a region famous for its pepper. We spent the night in a guesthouse and were hoping to visit Bokor Mountain National Park but after finding out that the road was to be closed we headed for a coastal town called Kep in order to catch a boat over to a little island we had heard about called Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island - because of its shape not cause there are rabbits on it!).
As soon as we arrived we realised this was the most beautiful and unspoilt place we had ever been to. We spent the night here after walking the coast of the whole island which seemed like a good idea at the start but we had no idea how big it was and it was a bit of a race to get round before the dark and mosquitos descended!! We made it eventually after being directed by the really friendly fishing families we discovered on the way round. Jim and Kate manged to walk through a red ants nest with at least five locking their jaws into Jims foot!
We were awoken by the sound of mooing coming from below our cabin along side cocks crowing and goats bleating! After another day by the sea, we caught our return longboat back to Kep and embarked on the longest tuktuk ride ever, some 20 miles back to Kampot! We attempted to arrange another trip to Bokor but to no avail... The guides didnt seem too confident of getting back again so cancelled!
We are now in Phnom Penh (Cambodias capital) staying at a very backpackery guesthouse recommended by Kn R. We visited a museum that was once the site of Khmer Rouge interrogation centre yesterday which we found to be a sobering experience but very interesting. Our guide actually lived through the regimes reign and lost nearly all of her family. Before coming here neither of us knew much about what went on here only 30 years ago.
Tomorrow we will catch a coach to Siem Reap, the base from which we will visit the temples of Angkor. After this we will say farewell to Kate and Rich and head back into Thailand. We will definitely miss them!
H and J XX