Phumĭ Dong Khmei

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  • Day9


    March 14, 2017 in Cambodia

    Salt and pepper being what Kampot is known for (especially pepper) we headed straight to the salt farm as our first stop of the day. It was strange to see where the salt came from but also the vast quantity they had. I've never seen so much salt in one place. The dry season, which is now (March to May), is the prime time for the salt farming therefore it is very hard work for these select few months.

    Next we went up to a cave in the hills, an area which Pol Pot fled to after the genocide to hide.The cave was impressive, with a little brick structure still remaining inside from the 7th century, all in tact. The views from the top of the cave were vast, allowing you to see for miles.

    Following on from the caves was the pepper plantation, in which I learnt that not only is there black pepper but also green, red and white pepper. All these have a different use and taste, completing foods in different ways. It was fascinating learning where the pepper comes from but also that it's quite a lengthy process between the growth on the plant to the finished peppercorn.

    After a busy morning food was welcomed with open arms, our lunch spot being located at this authentic beach hut on the water. Before heading back to the hotel, a stroll along the beach was mandatory. The next activity carried on this relaxed vibe; a sunset cruise. This lasted an hour and a half and was beautiful. Kampot being one of the only hilly areas in Cambodia provided the perfect back drop for an unforgettable sunset. The boat dropped us off outside our restaurant and being happy hour it was destined to bare great things.

    With full bellies and happy company, we left and headed towards the night market for a 'quick' snoop around. I ended the evening back at the hotel $20 poorer but having gained a new piece of clothing and as well as a few pounds.
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  • Day8

    En Route Kampot

    March 13, 2017 in Cambodia

    To finish off the homestay it was an early rise with a tour around the village to gain a better insight of how the locals led their lives and what went on day to day. At one of the homes there were the cutest puppies which were the centre of attention for a good 5 minutes.

    We didn't hang around however, as there was a lot of distance to be covered in order to get to our next stop, Kampot, home of the best pepper in the world. On the way we stopped at a market where they sold the usual fruits and then insects. Pushing myself out my comfort zone I tried a tarantula. Not being a spider lover I was surprised when it didn't taste half as bad as I thought it would but I can't hide the fact I couldn't bare to look at it when I ate it.

    Stopping half way for lunch at Phnom Penh, we finally arrived at our hotel in Kampot at 5.30pm, just in time for the sunset. The hotel is in a beautiful location along the river and provided the perfect spot to watch the sun go down with a cocktail.

    The day was finished with a well deserved dinner on the river at the hotel coupled with a long shower after being deprived of one at our homestay.
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  • Day82

    Another Day in Kampot

    August 24 in Cambodia

    So, I've decided to spend the whole week here since I really didn't do anything the first couple of days I was here.

    I've just dropped off almost all of my clothes at the laundry. At just less than 50¢ per pound, I should probably do it more often, but whatever. I went for a jog today, a real one with no beer. I still suck at it, but would've passed my AF PT test 😀. When I finish my lunch, I'm going upstairs in the air con to sort out my photos again. Or maybe read a book. Or take a nap. So many choices. 😂😂😂

    Last night, I ran into fellow travelers from Siem Reap and we're supposed to meet up this evening. Althouh some of you may disagree, I'm not really an extrovert, but it does my soul well to see familiar faces now and again.

    There's a huge difference between traveling alone, being alone, and being lonely. I absolutely love the first. Go or stay where and when you want with no one to discuss it or argue about it. As for the second, it's very rare to find yourself alone. If there's not someone at the next table or in the next bed, then there's always someone on social media. About the only time I can really be by myself is if I get a private hotel room and stay in it without letting in the cleaners, answering the phone, or picking up my smart phone. But the third, it occasionally rears its ugly head. That's when I usually send wet sloppy messages to my friends and family. The travelers I meet along the way, though, really keep the loneliness in check. So don't worry about me.

    Out for now. ✌️
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  • Day81

    Up and at 'em!

    August 23 in Cambodia

    I'm back to the tourist bit today. I could've stayed in bed all day again--no, Mom, I never grew out of that--but forced myself up, got some breakfast, and hit the road on the motorbike around 9 am.

    The first half of the day was down at Kep Beach. Yet again, what would've been a beautiful beach was ruined by trash both in the sand in the water. Sad.

    Oh man! I had the best burrito last night from a place called Gringos Locos. They even had real sour cream!

    Right now I'm having a black bean burger at Rikitikitavi. The restaurant/bar/guest house is run by Dom, an expat Aussie. One of the Hashers in Saigon is good friends with him and his family, so she recommended I stop in for food and tell him hi for her. Mission accomplished.

    When I finish lunch, I'm off to the mountain. It's only 86°F and the humidity isn't too bad, but it's still nice to be on the bike and in the breeze during the heat of the day.

    Out for now. ✌️
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  • Day84

    Near death by bridge

    August 26 in Cambodia

    I had soooo much fun last night. Two fellow guests at the hostel and I went on a river cruise. The water is very high, so when they say duck, they mean it. Lol. Then we took a tuktuk upriver to a bar/club and hung out with another fellow guest on the top of a river boat. Really nice.

    I'm having lunch at Rikitikitavi again because the food is great. After this, I'm taking a nap. Because I can.

    Out for now. ✌️
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  • Day9

    A view at the mountain

    October 20 in Cambodia

    Just returned from a moto ride up the mountain here at kampot had rained most of the afternoon yesterday and most of the night, stopped this morning after breaky so off we go! Very cloudy yes cloudy, road very good up the mountain couldn't see much because of the cloud, turned around and came back down, rained on the way down, we got a little wet so back to mea culpa to change our clothes, time for lunch and a beer yep another and cheaper than water !!!Read more

  • Day79


    August 21 in Cambodia

    Today is a nope day. Nope, I'm not leaving the hostel unless it's on fire. Nope, I'm not getting out of bed except for the bathroom (down the hall) and food (downstairs). I booked an extra night here just so I could stay in. Feeling worse than yesterday, but I'm not alone. There must be a bug going around, all of us with chesty coughs and stuffy noses. I hate being sick. At least I don't have to go to work. 😀

    Out for now. ✌️
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  • Day9

    Ron locked out of his email

    October 20 in Cambodia

    I am guessing that thinks that Ron should not be accessing his email from Cambodia and has locked him out, easy fix, just enter his password and they will send details to his recovery email address. If you know Ron then both of these requests may pose a challenge as he was never the gate keeper of such things.

    I have set up a new gmail account for him while we try and recover the hotmail details.
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  • Day83

    Kampot is growing on me

    August 25 in Cambodia

    Well, I'm still in Kampot and will be here until Monday. I can't believe I'm staying in such crappy little place for so long, but it's kind of cool in its own way.

    Last night, I went to a place upriver called the Banyan Tree, whose owner's band was playing. They were good, but somehow managed to make all their cover songs sound the same...Dire Straights, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, and Led Zeppelin.

    The nice things about being out at night are: 1) you don't have to look at all the trash; 2) it's much cooler; and 3) the water front is completely lit with neon.

    I was planning on leaving tomorrow Sunday, but realized this morning that I booked my next room for Monday night. Oops. Oh well. Guess I'll have to stay for trivia night.

    I have no intention of doing anything today. I'll go out this evening again probably. It's really nice to not be on a strict timeline.

    Out for now. ✌️

    P.S.: I found out a couple of days ago that my cousin's son just graduated from Air Force Basic Training. Congrats, Cole!
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  • Day8

    On the way to kampot

    October 19 in Cambodia

    Arrived and took over our motorcycle drove around the town over bridges out to the country had a fish burger and chips for lunch in a little cafe near the river back at hotel mea culpa now time is 13:49 time for a little rest took some photos on the way into kampot

You might also know this place by the following names:

Phumĭ Dong Khmei, Phumi Dong Khmei

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