Before you head off to Asia:

Hello there, adventurous people! Every vacation can easily turn into a nightmare if you come completely unprepared. In my case, there really wasn’t a lot I could do… I had twisted my ankle halway through Cambodia and had to have it checked by a doctor because it kept swelling and swelling. Or rather doctors… Plural. Yepp… The first doctor I went to for medical advice was out of … Continue reading Before you head off to Asia:

Koh Rong Samloem

8:30 a.m.: For only $5, a minivan takes us from Kampot to Sihanoukville. It’s not long of a drive and the minivan isn’t completely crowded for a change. In Sihanoukville, we buy tickets for the ferry to Koh Rong Samloem.
The speed boat needs 45 minutes ($20); the waves make me sea sick pretty soon. Tristan leans his head onto the seat in front of him and I think he’s about to throw up. At least, that’s what I feel like doing any minute. But then I realize that he’s ASLEEP! His head bouncing from left to the right with each wave we take. How can someone sleep like that??

As soon as I spot the 2.5 mile white sand Saracen Bay, I know I’d take that hell of a boat ride again any time… This must be paradise! Continue reading “Koh Rong Samloem”

Sihanouk Ville: Meeting Khmer Cops

We get to Sihanouk Ville on a Saturday. Good for us because tonight is some kind of hippie-festival or -market or -gettogether. Whatever it is (<www.facebook.com/otres.market>), at a little lake are lots of little shops and stands where handmade clothes, jewelry and other things are sold. The place is packed with european hippies eating burgers, BBQ, waffles, and space cookies. Even a tattoo artist performs his work on several very brave tourists. I’ll pass on this one…
We take a look at everything, then sit down in front of the stage where Theresa sings her songs. I like her music a lot and am so in trance that I don’t notice right away how everybody else gets all stiff around me. A tarantula briskly crawls through the crowd. It takes about one minute until someone catches it and takes it away. Hopefully not into the next frying pan…
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When Theresa is done I buy her CS for $5 and we go back to our little Bungalow complex “Little Moorea” on the Otres Beach ($10/night for fan/mosquito net/shared shower).
Sihanouk Ville has several beaches; this one is located about 2 miles from downtown and, therefore, free of partying tourists. Nevertheless, it offers a lot. There’s plenty of bars and restaurants. One look into their menu tells us more than we need to know about Sihanouk Ville. This place doesn’t only have good food but the menu also offers mushroom shakes and happy pizza. “Add wheat grass to your shake for $2,50. Wheat grass strengthens mind and body“, it reads. Well, Sihanouk Ville is indeed famous for its parties. Our pancakes with Nutella taste good. Even though they are drug free. Continue reading “Sihanouk Ville: Meeting Khmer Cops”

Kampot Restaurant Recommendations

Hello there, I already told you about the delicious fish and crabs at the Kep Crab Market. So, you should definitely try that at least once while you are in the Kampot/Kep area! But there’s a few really neat places in Kampot directly that are worth a visit, too: We find the Rikitikitavi on a walk along the riverside. It’s mentioned in our travel guide … Continue reading Kampot Restaurant Recommendations

Bokor National Park

From Kratie we proceed to Kampot, a charming little town with buildings from the french colonial era. Only a hell of a bus ride ($15) and a little layover in Phnom Peng are between us and our destination. In Phnom Peng we do a short trip to the riverside to eat in a restaurant named Savaran. Papaya salad with shrimp. Great choice, but those who have never had papaya salad – be warned! It’s spicy! VERY spicy!!!

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We don’t dwell in Phnom Peng but head on to Kampot just a few hours later. We arrive when it’s already dark and for the first time ever since Banlung we don’t have anyone waiting for us at the bus stop. That’s why we ask a random TukTuk driver to take us to a „Guest House made of concrete“ that doesn’t cost more than $10/night. He chooses the „Fruit Garden“ which is run by a french lady and a german guy who kind of just got stuck here when traveling. It’s not much of a surprise that he decided to stay here:

dsc_0646The “Fruit Garden” has a very neat yard surrounded by trees in the middle of the city – the perfect place to regain strength after an adventurous day. Fruit hangs from the lamps, hammocks are all over the place and provide the cheapest places to sleep (during the day you can just flounder around for free). Travelers on a budget can stay in the cheaper 11136687_10204943578726932_9169329294008767047_nwooden rooms (mosquito nets provided). I think they said these rooms don’t have running water but I’m not quite sure. In any case, just take a look at them and decide for yourselves whether you want to stay or not! Our room, however, is tiled; we have our own bathroom (with running water) and can choose between either AC or fan.

We end up just drinking a few Gin Tonics for $2,50 each and fall asleep pretty soon. It’s been a long day.

 

Day 1: Bokor National Park

On our first morning in Kampot we sleep in late, eat a good breakfast and go into town to rent a sooter. Farmers sell pigs and chickens on the side of the road – I swear, there’s always something going on here!!
Close to the round about we find a scooter place: $5/day.
Let’s go then! The Bokor National Park is easy to find but not easy to reach. It lies on a 3550 feet high plateau on the mountain Phnom Popok in the Elephant Mountains.

der Zugang zum Bokor National Park

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Kratie, Mekong River and the Irrawaddies

Heavy hearted we check out of the „Phanyro Motel“ in Sen Monorom. Time to leave this nice little town and dive into new adventures.

We take the bus to Kratie right at the Mekong River. On the bus with us: our neighbors from Belgium and the english girl we hung out with the day before. It’s nice to have someone to talk to for a change.

We decide to stay in Kratie for only one night before continuing on to Kampot at the coast in Cambodia’s very south. Continue reading “Kratie, Mekong River and the Irrawaddies”

Mr. Sam Nang’s Elephant Project

Day 9 in Cambodia and day 4 in Sen Monorom begins very early in the morning and we are super excited about what’s to come!
Today we participate in one of Mr. Sam Nang’s day trips. Simply go to the Green House (bar, not guest house!) and book your adventure with Mr. Nang directly. $35/person for visiting the Elephant Project. Mr. Mout previously recommended us to book a tour with a local Elephant Project instead of wasting money to the well-advertized english organization. I swear, that was the best decision ever!!! Continue reading “Mr. Sam Nang’s Elephant Project”