7.12 - 12.12.2016
The ride into Cambodia was absolute FUN! The drivers were were really great. They were so amused by us and put up with our over-the-top enthusiasm well! At the crossing, i met the man who coordinates for the bus company that not only takes travelers across the border but also do the visa for them. It was interesting to compare notes and I'm happy to say it's much rewarding to do it independently not to mention saving a good amount.
Khmer Hands Bungalows
Kep National Park - A good morning's hike. The sea on one side and a jungle on the other.
A day's outing with Kim (a staff at the KHBungalows) and his tuk tuk.
1. Visit a Pepper Farm.
We learnt much at Sothy's Organic Pepper Farm not only about white, red, black dried ones, but also fresh green ones. The history of pepper farming before the Khmer Rouge and the devastating effects after. Supposedly, Kep and the nearby Kampot has the ideal soil and weather for growing peppers.
2. Kep Market. Kim was curious when i ask him about it. We tried looking for it the first day we walked around town but gave up because everything was too far apart. When we got there, i understand why. It is a very small and grungy one tucked in away from the road. It was near a slum we did walk by and one man came to talk to us explaining a little bit about the poverty and charity group that helps them.
3. Crap Market. We asked Kim where he goes for food. He says "home" or the stalls at Crab market. So that's where we picked up food - grilled fish, squids, veggies and rice.
4. Picnic with Kim. There are ladies there that lays a straw mat on the walkway. We pay her some money and settle down for our feast.
Because Kep really is just a quiet resort town with not much going on. We had lots of downtime for homework and naturally, some sillies.
We're off to the capital city of Phnom Penh!