6/20 – Time to press on: our 30 day Cambodian visa is about to expire, and we have set our sights on a Thai island that several travelers have recommended to us. Our first step is to get from Kep to Koh Kong, the nearest town to the Thai border. We purchased minibus tickets from the travel agent at the beach in Kep, and showed up at 7:15am the next morning for our minibus, which arrived a half hour later (no worries – bus times are merely suggestions here). We made a stop in Kampot to pick up more passengers, then another stop after all the seats were full, then another! We ended up with 13 people in a van with 8 seats – the two youngest backpackers were invited to sit with the luggage (our driver called these the VIP seats), and everybody else just squeezed together for the four hour ride without air conditioning. I had time to reflect that this was how I envisioned all our travel in Asia would be, and how amazingly modern most of our transport has been.
Koh Kang is a harbor town, right on the border of Thailand. It is not a tourist town.
We walked down to the water to watch the fishermen at work.
This is definitely not a beach for swimming!
There are wide promenades and statues that hint that this town once positioned itself as a place for visitors, but the sidewalks are being reclaimed by the local flora, and the area has not been maintained.
A schoolyard with statues:
On to Thailand!