Tuesday, November 11, 2008

On the road in Kampot

Reporting in from Kampot... I've just finishd my mixed grill meal at the Rusty Keyhole after an exhausting day at Bokor Mountain. We spent a couple of nights in Kep, nice and relaxing though we got out and about a fair bit before heading for Kampot yesterday. We crammed in the nearby rapids and the zoo and a night at the Bokor Mountain Lodge before we tackled the real thing at 8.30am this morning. It was horrendous, well the road was. Yes its been widened but it ain't finished and looks like it'll be years before it is. Maybe the Sokimex company have bitten off more than they can chew with this one. I am black and blue from riding in the back of the pick-up truck as we bounced over every hole, bump and crevice in the unfinished road. The ruined hotel, casino, church, post office, King's residence, etc are still the same, perched on the summit, nothing has changed since my last visit a few years ago, though the Ranger station has been spruced up. We had good weather, the mist held off, the sun stayed behind cloud and the 1-hour hike through the forest on the way up was a tough introduction, on top of the bumpy ride. We also hiked to the waterfall, so all in all, I'm knackered. Add to that my eyes are really suffering and look as though I've gone ten rounds with Cassius Clay. Tomorrow we head for Sihanoukville without a specific plan in mind. We'll see where the wind takes us. Much more and of course some photos when I get back home on Sunday. Bye for now.

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