"A day in Kampot" Kampot by davo58

Kampot Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 27 photos

"Kampot" My Virtual Tour.I

. As the first rays of sunlight explode in a saffron sky and touches the tree tops, the Cham fishermen of Kampot have already unloaded there nightly catch pack in ice off to the market. As I sip the last drops of my bittersweet locally brewed coffee, looking down from my private perch a golden spire of a wat glimmers it's reflection across placid waters as young monks prepare to do their daily round for Alms. You could be forgiven to think that you had been transported back in time where the pulse of life beat a more gentle rhythm .Yet this is not as far removed from reality as you might believe, for there are things in this beautiful Kingdom that time has not changed in 6 millennium.
After a hearty English breakfast with lashing of HP sauce it's a countryside tour in Norms neat little Tic tuk.It’s the start of the wet season and everywhere you turn Khmer villagers are working hard in the fields planting the first stage of their annual rice harvest, or ploughing with tethered beast.
Always ready with a wave a huge smile and "hello Berang" Amazing. Your senses are on overload with sights sounds and smell so truly unique and different to your own daily routine.
Still surrounded by rice paddies we came to a halt in the shade of flaming red Flamboyant tree at the foot of a Naga entwined staircase leading up to a highly decorative Pagoda covered in wall murals depicting the life of Buddha and various Hindu deities. On would and upward now accompanied by a bunch of local youth self appointed tour guides for the bat cave, well worth the price of five or was it eight sugar Cane juices from the local vendor Stunning views of the countryside from the top and first sight of the Gulf of Thailand and Phew Quoc island now part of Vietnam.
Some thirty minutes on the main Kep Kampot road where watching the crab ladies of kep plying their trade. Something not to be missed. A hearty lunch of the local delicacy with Kampot pepper and ginger, washed down with a Cambo beer and were back in Kampot on my private perch for a little light reading and well deserved siesta.
Sometime around sunset when the folk of Kampot do their Darlaning (promenading) to see and be seen to enjoy the cooler evening breeze. Talk to neighbours take the time to smell the Jasmine flower exercise play volleyball and all manner of Khmer games. Lots of flirtatious youth adding to the general good vibe that hangs thick in the air. What can I say "It must be sunset cocktail O'clock. Peace and light.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Laid back friendly locals
  • Cons:Land grabing
  • In a nutshell:Kampot you're allowed to be lazy
  • Last visit to Kampot: Jun 2013
  • Intro Written Jun 14, 2013
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