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Apr 12, 2006 - Bokor National Park

After reading about the history of Bokor National Park, I couldn't help but rent a motorbike and head up for a few days. Originally built as a tourist attraction for the emperial French, this site has been bombed, burned and rebuilt several times. (Rumor has it the South Korean's have a contract to rebuild the old Casino and Hotel. I don't have all the specs on the acreage but, there are said to be wild elephants and tigers deep within the interior. Tourists are not allowed due to land minds, poachers, drug runners and illegal loggers all...

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Itchy Feet

Apr 6, 2006 - Kampot

We arranged to get a Taxi to the next town Kampot, with Allan an American guy we met diving. It took about 2 and a half hours to do the 110 km trip to Kampot. We booked into a nice-ish hotel. Kampot is a small town on the river. There are far fewer tourists who make it down this far. We decided to walk to the market in the afternoon, and went the wrong way. The children and many of the adults stared at us, and started waving and shouting 'hello hello', and were obviously quite unused to seeing foreigners around their way. We arranged a tour...

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Van rolling to Oz

Mar 18, 2006 - Kampot

Another comfy bus thank god as 10km out of Phnom Penh the tarmac stopped and the bumps started!!! We were told it would take 2.5 hours but 4 hours into our journey and with confused looks on everyones faces, were we going to the right place!!?? The bus stopped after 4.5 hours with all the other backpackers getting off bar us and 3 others. Either they clearly thought we were in Kampot or we were stopping for a toilet break. The ever helpful bus driver shut the doors and drove off. The guy behind us ran to the front to tell the driver his...

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Feb 7, 2006 - Kampot

We left Phnom Phen for the sleepy fishing village of Kampot. We arrived and just as it said in the book it was 'a sleepy fishing village.' No one around and certainly not much night life! It was really nice though. The next day we headed up into the mountains to see an old hill station. We were told that the roads were bad and you needed to get a taxi or 4 wheeled drive to get up there. Of course they didn't tell us all the truth as always. The roads were non-existant!! It took 2 1/2 hrs up on the side of a mountain bouncing and shaking us...

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Jan 6, 2006 - Kampot

After a last couple of days by the beach, we arrived in Kampot yesterday, the capital of this province and famous for pepper apparently. We travelled in style by private taxi from Sihanoukville, arranged by our friend Sokun, for the princely sum of 12 pounds (including tip) for the 1.5 hour journey. The scenery was great...well, what I could see when I was brave enough to open my eyes! Nige told me we were only going 60-70 miles an hour max, but it seemed much faster. Still we only had one near head-on collision and got here in one piece so...

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May 1, 2005 - Abandoned hotels and giant spiders!

After the misery of the beach (only joking it wasnt that bad) I decided I needed a cooler climate and headed out to a town called Kampot, 2 hours drive from Sihanoukville. Kampot is a small town on the river but it is also the base from which to visit the Bokor National Park, a large area of protected mountainous forest and fens that is home to wild bour, bears and even tigers! Also at the top of the plateau there is what was once an upmarket holiday resort, built by the French in the 1920s, featuring a large hotel/casino and church. The...

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Apr 5, 2005 - Kampot

Hey everyone, Well we are now in Kampot and have spent a couple days here. We are all getting really a bit tired as we've been on the move pretty regularly for a long time. This last day has been just one long bus ride, but hey, you read and listen to music and pass the time that way. Kampot is aiight, and the river actually has water in it which is a change from everywhere else in Cambodia which is super dry. 6 months of no rain will do that to ya. Our guide in Kampot took us up to this weird old "resort" that was built by the French in...

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Jan 27, 2005 - Kampot

Set with picture perfection near the base of the Elephant Mountains on the Prek Kampong Bay River, Kampot is quite different than Sihanoukville. Quiet streets, few tourists, French colonial and Chinese architecture, all serve to lend Kampot a quaint and much older small town ambience. I stayed at the Bokor Mountain Club right at the river. After lunch at the Little Garden I checked a moto to Kep, 25 km from Kampot. From the turn of the century through the 60s, Kep was Cambodia's "beach town". The seaside resort of Kep-sur-Mer was founded as...

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Dec 31, 2004 - Ha Tien - Kom Pot, Cambodia

The morning of New Year's Eve day we got up to find out about crossing theborder via ferry which we had heard of earlier. After much difficulty due to language barrier - We have not been able to fathom Vienamese at all other than "thank you" - cam oon, like come on!- we finally encountered or actually he found us, a V.N. man who spoke very good English. We found out later his father had worked w/ the US military during the VN war(he is 47), and afterwards they suffered for it. Anyway, he told us the ferry no longer ran because the river was...

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