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Phumĭ Kôki

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  • Day3

    Kep

    November 20, 2018 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Updating retrospectively as there was a power cut at the hotel in Kampot last night so no Wi-Fi. Fascinating day starting with a trip to a salt farm where we saw how the (predominantly female) workers slog away in the boiling heat lugging salt around in two baskets over their shoulders! The farmer told us that last year's salt production was terribly low due to unprecedented rainfall. Although the family own the land they're not allowed by the government to use it for anything else and receive no subsidies. Must be a really terrifying existence for them. Next we travelled through ridiculously muddy roads to see rice farming. Something like 80% of Cambodia's people are rural. Their houses are basic, no real running water and although technically they have access to electricity it's so expensive they don't really use it. A lot of the farms are still ploughed with cows and planted by hand. Next we visited a cave which had a temple within it. Then, Kep, which was an old French colonial resort. Eerie and sad to see rotting shells of once beautiful villas abadoned, but at least there's a thriving market full of fish and tons of restaurants with tasty food (Kep specialises in crab and also has a giant crab statue saying 'welcome to Kep ' submerged in the sea which is exactly as tasteful as it sounds). Finally we saw a pepper plantation which was gorgeous. It grows on vines which I hadn't realiser. You could tell these farmers were a lot better paid than those we had seen the rest of the day.the region is known for producing a great crop. Interestingly the Khmer Rouge destroyed all the pepper plants during the revolution but luckily for all of us the trade is back up and running again. Back at the hotel in Kampot we went for a delicious meal to celebrate being so bloody lucky our livelihood doesn't rely on salt.Read more

  • Day4

    Koh Kong

    November 21, 2018 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Mostly travelling today but with a few stops. First, a fishing village. The boats look pretty but I was quite shocked by the poverty people live in here. The journey then took us through more rural areas and eventually into the rainforest area which was absolutely amazing! Dense layers of trees and thick bamboo. Elephants migrate through this area but none around today :( The final stop before our hotel was to go and see Ta tai waterfall which we had to travel by small boat to see. No pics because there was torrential rain as we set off so was focusing on keeping my already delicate phone from drowning. Luckily the weather held off for a beautiful ride through the rainforest and the steam coming off the trees in the mountains made it even better. We're staying at a hotel in a mangrove sanctuary tonight so we're in a room on stilts! Arrived when it was dark so can't wait to see the trees in the light (way too terrifying to go out there in the dark 🤤)Read more

  • Day5

    Koh Kong

    November 22, 2018 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Woke up this morning to the creepy mangrove trees outside. The hotel is a bit odd. Think tropical honeymoon meets Fawlty Towers. First trip of the day was to a local stupa. It has a legend attached to it and the locals visit it to leave offerings. It's not attributed to any particular spirit according to our guide but I read in our Lonely Planet there is still a lot of Animism locally so perhaps it could be something to do with the water, as it's in the sea and accessible via a platform. Who knows - I'm probably totally wrong. On a similar note our guide also mentioned that the shrines we see outside all houses and shops are actually to do with local gods (nothing at all to do with Buddhism. Which is not a big surprise but interesting). Next, a Buddhist temple including a garden of concrete statues depicting humans being tortured in 'hell'. I felt a little confused by the guide's explanation but I think that it's meant to remind us that we create hell in our own minds by torturing ourselves with the past/future rather than focusing on what is actually happening in the present moment. So it's not hell in the Christian sense of it as there is no such thing in the Buddhist religion. I guess in conclusion humans just like looking at gory shit no matter what they believe in. After hell we got to forget about that for a bit and enjoyed some beach time and a sea swim. Back at the hotel, we went for a walk into the mangroves but all the locals were there as it's bank holiday and it was a bit stressful on tiny wooden platforms battling human traffic in both directions so we didn't last long. Dinner was in the local town,a lot of which has been totally taken over and shut down by the Chinese. We've heard from a few locals now that this is what they're doing in several beach resorts with a mind to turn them into Chinese holiday destinations. I can't imagine how different it will be here in 15 years time.Read more

  • Day2

    Kampot

    November 19, 2018 in Cambodia ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

    Started the morning with a bus journey to Phnom Chiso temple. The ride was great as got to see a lot of the countryside en route. The rainy season has just finished here so everything is beautiful - lush greenery, rice in the fields and flowers of every colour. I wanted all of them for my garden! Passing through the villages was interesting and our tour guide told us a lot about the struggles the Cambodian people have been through which puts thing into a bit of context. It's cliche but it does remind you of how lucky you are as a Westerner to have a social safety net and healthcare even though it's a bit shit sometimes. The temple was lovely. Our group had it almost entirely to ourselves which always makes it a bit more atmospheric. Built in the 11th century, the temple was subsequently abandoned but is now worshipped in and well kept. After that we headed to Kampot after a brief interlude when our tyre blew and we had to sit in a service station Amazon cafe. (Who knew they still existed? Finally my 90s childhood goal was realised when I got to go). In Kampot we went for a sunset cruise which was sadly lacking in sunset as the clouds drew in. So no sunset but this was more than made up for by seeing some fireflies, which were like little fairy lights in the trees (please no-one tell me these are just fake ones planted by the boat ride company. Let a bitch live).Read more

  • Day1

    There is more than Angkor wat

    May 30, 2016 in Cambodia ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Third day in Cambodia. First impression? 'Khmer national kitchen', 'Khmer dance show'- who the hell are khmers?? I new there is Angkor wat in Siem reap, did they opened a new tourist attraction place called khmers? So for yours and mine information, khmers are predominant ethic group in cambodia, accounting for approximately 90% of 15.2 million people of the country. And yes, to confirm the fact - I visited Angkor wat. Secondly - I'm very pessimistic about touristic places but this huge area where Angkor is with all surrounding temples is just beautiful. Also went to khmer dinner show - wanted to touch the base of their national dishes and dances. It was actually basic buffet, nothing special, and the dances didn't impress a lot - repetitiveness in music and some mystical explanation hidden under each dance. In general I feel like a food in Cambodia is a mix between vietnamese, Chinese and local cuisine (actually they mostly add local spices to foreign dishes and call them 'cambodian'). The only truly different dishes I had was lok lak and amok. Both were ok but nothing magical. Siem reap as a town didn't leave the big impression - it's just ok. Still lots of tourists (and it's not the high season!), children begging for money, Pub street for tourists and local girls saying they are not interested in Cambodian boys. What surprised me the most? It seems that there exists just three price groups - 1 dollar (for tuk tuk, basic food and drinks), 3 dollar (bigger main meal) and 15-20 dollar for tourist attractions. And dual money system - dollars go along with Cambodian riel which makes it a bit difficult to understand. Also they all speak amazingly good English. Time to leave Siem reap and start my journey around Cambodia. Yay!

    P.s. I take my word back of saying 'nothing magical' in Cambodian dishes - I had the most amazing fish amok tonight in Battambang, Nary kitchen! Total orgasm.
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  • Day13

    Snack gefällig?

    November 22, 2017 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Fast Food gibt es bei den Khmer schon lange. Grüner Bambus wird gefüllt mit Klebreis, Gewürzen, Zucker, Sojabohnen und Kokosmilch. Dann verschlossen und auf den Grill gelegt. Wenn alles gar ist, wird die äußere Schicht vom Bambus runter geschabt. Übrig bleibt eine dünne Hülle, die wie eine Bananenschale abgepellt werden kann. Das gibt es oft am Straßenrand zu kaufen. SEHR lecker 😋Read more

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Phumĭ Kôki, Phumi Koki

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