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Kep, Cambodia

Kep, Cambodia

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.

 I hang on with my left hand and grab the camera with the right!

I hang on with my left hand and grab the camera with the right!

 I thought maybe i'd send this to Osprey. 

I thought maybe i'd send this to Osprey. 

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 Getting close

Getting close

Khmer Hands Bungalows

 We got two bungalows.

We got two bungalows.

 Favourite feature : outdoor bathroom!

Favourite feature : outdoor bathroom!

 Myka, Lucy and I shared a room.

Myka, Lucy and I shared a room.

 Attacking ants...

Attacking ants...

 This beetle was found on the cushion seat every morning.  it's gotta be the same beetle.

This beetle was found on the cushion seat every morning.  it's gotta be the same beetle.

 First thing we did after settling into our new location was visit the neighbour's pool.  It was too costly to do it often so just a few times as it was a hot week!

First thing we did after settling into our new location was visit the neighbour's pool.  It was too costly to do it often so just a few times as it was a hot week!

 Hanging out in the common area.

Hanging out in the common area.

 Beautiful sunset views.

Beautiful sunset views.

 10 mins walk to the market.

10 mins walk to the market.

 Crab market.  A small but lively place.  It was our main go-to food place.

Crab market.  A small but lively place.  It was our main go-to food place.

 Women buying and bargaining.

Women buying and bargaining.

 Walking along the seaside

Walking along the seaside

 Picnic spots.

Picnic spots.

Kep National Park -  A good morning's hike.  The sea on one side and a jungle on the other.

 The path to the park was easy as it was right behind us!  We just had to cut through someone's private land and ta-da!  

The path to the park was easy as it was right behind us!  We just had to cut through someone's private land and ta-da!  

 The trails were mostly moto friendly paths.  We enjoyed the lush vines!

The trails were mostly moto friendly paths.  We enjoyed the lush vines!

 Lookout point

Lookout point

  We did find an off the path trail into the jungle. 

We did find an off the path trail into the jungle. 

 Try walking through this tangle!

Try walking through this tangle!

 Hi, little guy.

Hi, little guy.

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 The Remarkable Fig Tree.

The Remarkable Fig Tree.

 I had to close my eyes on this one.

I had to close my eyes on this one.

 Oh and we saw many of these!

Oh and we saw many of these!

A day's outing with Kim (a staff at the KHBungalows) and his tuk tuk.  

 Throughout our stay in Cambodia, the tuk tuk made going anywhere fun.  Somehow Thailand and Vietnam's tuk tuk  don't have the same set up as Cambodia. 

Throughout our stay in Cambodia, the tuk tuk made going anywhere fun.  Somehow Thailand and Vietnam's tuk tuk  don't have the same set up as Cambodia. 

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. 

 Learning about challenges of farming organically.   

Learning about challenges of farming organically.   

 The process requires drying, washing, dry again,.  Hand picked ensuring quality in each batch.  We bought a few bags... We'll share them when we return :)

The process requires drying, washing, dry again,.  Hand picked ensuring quality in each batch.  We bought a few bags... We'll share them when we return :)

 Kim teaches us about Jack fruits and when they ripen.

Kim teaches us about Jack fruits and when they ripen.

 A stop on the road to see some durian trees.

A stop on the road to see some durian trees.

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.

 We had some food left.  I'm sure this is a big no no with wild animals but they were already digging in the garbage can, tipping them over for food so, we let them have this one too.

We had some food left.  I'm sure this is a big no no with wild animals but they were already digging in the garbage can, tipping them over for food so, we let them have this one too.

 Needing to gas up

Needing to gas up

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 could help decorate the Christmas tree!  Chris and Naome just bought the tree and lights so we helped with the ornaments.  We had craft time with their kids,  Ellie and Luca,  It was good fun!

We could help decorate the Christmas tree!  Chris and Naome just bought the tree and lights so we helped with the ornaments.  We had craft time with their kids,  Ellie and Luca,  It was good fun!

 5 days of sunshine then rain on the day we left.  

5 days of sunshine then rain on the day we left.  

We're off to the capital city of Phnom Penh!

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Southern Vietnam : Ho Chi Minh City,  Mekong Delta Region

Southern Vietnam : Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta Region