Darin Hancock

Proud Canadians living in the true north, with a passion for travel.
Living in: Mackenzie, Canada
  • Day76

    Lotus Plantation

    April 20, 2018 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    When we were in Koh Rong, the woman we met from Ottawa, whose mom owned the place we were staying told us about the lotus plantation. We took a twenty minute car ride out to the lotus fields...what they use lotus flowers for we’re not sure; ceremonies and such we think. And there is some medicinal uses as well. They grow in the mud in about a foot of water. Incredibly pretty themselves, but right out in the middle of farmland, and kinda stinky. But you can go out there and rent a little hut for the day in amongst the plantation and just enjoy the day - pretty neat idea.Read more

  • Day76

    Night Market and Pub Street

    April 20, 2018 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Like all SE Asian towns and cities, theres a night market where they sell all the same stuff on one street as the other. Lights and loud music and people everywhere. It’s a spectacle not to be missed. The one in Siem Reap is a little smaller than the ones you’re used to but fun nonetheless. Adjoining the night market at one end is the Pub Street. A couple of streets that cross cross each other, with yet more lights and much louder thumping music. Hundreds of places to eat, drink and shop, you can even watch small children dancing on stage. Cambodians exploit children like no other. We walked around for a bit and had a beer on the second floor of some place to people watch, which is always great fun.Read more

  • Day75

    Sometimes people just piss you off

    April 19, 2018 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 35 °C

    It didn’t take any of us very long to reach the limits of our patience with other travellers. We spent about 45 minutes in the departure lounge at Sihanoukville with this group. I wont share the details.
    Here is public enemy number one. If you see her, throat punch her for us.

  • Day75

    Cambodian Wildlife

    April 19, 2018 in Cambodia ⋅ 🌙 7 °C

    Everywhere we go we run into the local wildlife, insects and lizards especially. Here are a few shoots til now. Still waiting to see a bearcat and the tiger.

  • Day74

    Its a Family Affair

    April 18, 2018 in Cambodia ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    On our way out from the pepper farm, there was a family picking rice in the front of their house. We asked driver to stop so we could get really touristy and take some pictures. We were a little embarrassed that we were intruding and not being respectful, but it didn’t stop us. They put on a show for us.Read more

  • Day74

    Kampot Pepper Fields

    April 18, 2018 in Cambodia ⋅ 🌫 3 °C

    About thirty kilometres southeast of the city are the pepper fields. It’s arid country, rocky, kind of hilly but still quite scenic if you like that sort of thing. You turn off the highway onto a gravel road thats really only wide enough for one vehicle, and a bunch of motorbikes. There’s lots of little farms, and little farmhouses, Cambodian style... cows, ducks, skinny chickens, water buffalo, and kids everywhere.
    We think its the last day of the Khmer New Year, so people are all about playing pool, yes pool, water fights, which we partook in, and generally enjoying the last day of the holiday. A great place to take a girl on a date.
    And then we got to the pepper farm. The guide is enthusiastic and new, so not a wealth of information, but the tour was good, short and interesting.
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  • Day74

    Day trip to the pepper fields

    April 18, 2018 in Cambodia ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    When we were in Long Beach the lady from Ottawa strongly suggested we go to the pepper fields in Kampot. Have you ever heard of Kampot Pepper Crab? Cambodia’s signature dish. Supposedly amazing. And Kampot is apparently a really neat city of 39,000 on the Kampong River. So our driver took us through the countryside, which is beautiful, all along the coast. The lady was right, it is a neat looking place, with lots of little fishing and farming villages on the way. We ate at an awesome little Indian restaurant before we departed to the hills to check out the pepper farms.Read more

  • Day74

    We went left

    April 18, 2018 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    There’s not a lot of activity on this beach. And that’s just fine with us. Yesterday we walked to the right, to see what we could see. Today we went left. To the end of the beach. And had a few drinks and lunch and walked back. And that’s a day... well throw in a fire show, and a massage lady beating the living piss out of a gecko, and thats a day.Read more

  • Day72

    Jungle Hike

    April 16, 2018 in Cambodia ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    We had a decent breakfast in the restaurant and had a really good conversation with the owner and her daughter. Her daughter is visiting from Ottawa, born and raised in Ontario but pretty well connected here in Cambodia. Her mom owns this place, Pura Vita, and her dad owns a business in Siem Reap. She shared her story which is fascinating and her daughter gave us some ideas for the rest of our trip, for which we were thankful.
    There’s lots to see on the “4km beach” as its called, and they recommended a walk to the old pier; the place where the mother used to land in a boat and walk through the jungle, to the location of this resort. By herself. Through a mangrove lagoon, chest high. In the dark. Ten years ago to build this joint. She has guts like no other.
    So we walked along the beach, checked out whatever place we came across, got to the pier and turned around and came back. Pretty amazing countryside.
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  • Day72

    Longset Beach

    April 16, 2018 in Cambodia ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    On the island of Koh Rong, Longset Beach is about three kilometres up the beach from all the thumping bars and nightclubs of Saracen Bay. Well not all. There is one nightclub that is a little ways down the beach but it may as well be in front of our cabana. We think it closed down around four in the morning. Thank goodness for earplugs. The beach here is very different from where we just were. There is little to no garbage, the beaches are clean, white and soft like talcum.
    The bungalows, while absolutely beautiful, aren’t exactly “critter” proof. The floors are loose fitting wood plank, the walls, loose fitting mahogany siding, the roof, loose fitting thatch. So there’s bugs. And lord knows what else. But there is mosquito netting over the bed. That is small consolation for Jackie and Amber who aren’t a fan of sharing their rooms with anything from the insect kingdom.
    But the people are nice, actually the owner lived in Ottawa for thirty years and came back here ten years ago and built this resort as her retirement. The place is a hubbub of activity, raking, sweeping, I am sure its a full time job holding back the jungle.
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