5/30 – We are looking forward to getting out of the noisy bustle of Phnom Penh, and seeing the Cambodian countryside. It seems that the more we travel, the less we like big cities. Even 9000 miles from home, cities have a sameness in their traffic, squalor, shops, hawkers, taxi drivers and press of people.
Several travelers suggested that we head south to check out the adjoining towns of Kampot and Kep. This is easily done by booking a $6.00 ticket on a bus heading south, and today is our travel day. We were told the ride would take three hours, but it took five. Nothing wrong; we have become accustomed to the exaggeration of ticket sellers who want you to think that their bus line can get you there faster than the line next door. The bus curtains were closed against the heat of the day for most of the trip, so only a few pix of the countryside. Lots of skinny white cows foraging at the roadside or grazing in the fields.
The bus stopped first in Kep, and most of the young tourists got off there, right at the oceanfront. We stayed on, as our lodging for the next three days is in Kampot.
The tuk-tuk brought us right to the door of the Kampot Manor, a beautiful French colonial on a quiet road outside of town.
Our host David was surprised to see us, and told us that perhaps an error was made at Booking.com, as he did not have our reservation. No worries (he is Australian); he asked us to wait while a room was made up for us, and we were settled in no time. Come to find out, we had mistakenly booked online for June 30 instead of May 30. Darn these new-fangled computers! David got it all sorted out.
Our room was on the upper floor, with a wrap-around veranda. We ordered supper (David is an excellent chef), and he delivered it up to the veranda so we could watch the sunset. We were not disappointed – what a stunner!
Tomorrow, the town!