7/5/07 33 °C
Hi Everyone....hope this finds you all well. So much has happened since my last entry so I will try and bring you up to date as much as possible. I had the most amazing and memorable week of my life in a small coastal town in the south of Cambodia called Kep. You must all promise me to visit this place one day, it is quite simply, paradise. I stayed in what can be described as nothing less than a fantasy treehouse. Bungalows nestled in to the hill with spectacular views of the coast, everything here is elevated and the bungalows and bar are connected by wooden walkways....I really felt like I was living in the trees!. As you will have seen from the photos I put on my site previously, my little bungalow came complete with hammock....what bliss!! I spent many a hour listening to the geckos in the late evening there. This has to be one of my very favorite places in the world and I have found such peace and happiness among the beautiful cambodian people, endless rice paddies and clear waters.
10 reasons you should visit Kep...
1. The beautiful Island of Koh Tonsay...wile away the hours under the coconut trees and swim in the clear blue water.
2. Eat green pepper crab from the local markets...one of the most satisfying, delicious meals I have ever had. There are bamboo shacks right on the shoreline and you pay only about $1/kilo!
3. Ride on the back of a moto through the surrouning hills and it's villages. The locals, children and adults, smile and wave welcoming you to their home.
4. The people. Quite simply the happiest, friendliest folk I have found in all my travels to date.
5. Drinks in the Jungle room at the verandah guesthouse at sunset. The G&T's alone are enough to want you to extend your stay.
6. Explore the limestone caves around Kampot, where the local kids guide you with flashlights.
7. Take a moto to Kampot. A town considered a dangerous place until the mid 90's due to the presence of the Khmer Rouge units in the surrounding hills. However now a charming place to visit.
8. Visit a pepper plantation. It is known to produce some of the best in the world, in fact, before the civil war, Kampot pepper was the choice of some of the world's top restaurants. It must be what makes the crab taste soooo good!
9. Take a boat out to a secluded, deserted Island with a bottle of wine to watch the sunset..
10. The magic....it is a place you will never want to leave.
But I had to....but will return. Headed back to Phnom Penh for another night at the Boddhi...drinks at the FCC on the balcony and some wonderful Khmer food before making my way to Siem Reap. Phnom Penh remains my favorite city in Cambodia...and the Boddhi my favorite place of all .
Love to you all,