So the rest of my time off I decided to be a traveler again and do what travelers do best. I headed out to parts of Cambodia I had not seen before. The day after the races I went with some Intrepid coworkers to a village called Kampong Pluk which is on the Tonle Sap Lake. It is built on stilts. During the flooded time of year they use boats to get around. During the dry season they actually have roads through here. It took about 2 hours by tuk tuk and boat to reach the village from Siem Reap.
You can see by the tops of the trees how deep it is. This is a floating forrest.
This kid was working hard to paddle the boat.
Yes... he is paddling all by himself
I am not really sure were he was going but he was quite content on his own.
These 5 boys were having a ball trying to paddle the boat... but then every so often having to jump in to cool off!
Lazy Day in the Hammock
After our long day out on the lake we headed for the "hammock" bar and watched the sunset and had a wonderful dinner.
My next stop was a small village called Kep which is in the southern part of Cambodia. Seems that the only thing this place is known for is the chilled out vibe and the crab. Only a handful of guesthouses/bungalows and a couple of restaurants. Not bad if you want to get away.
This town was a resort area used by the French when they occupied Cambodia. Now all that is left are shells of the old houses overlooking the water.
After a couple of relaxing days in Kep, I headed about an hour west to a town called Kampot. Also not a lot going for it. A bigger town than Kep, but not much there. The big attraction is Bokor Mountain Hill Station which is part of the Bokor National Park. After a 2 1/2 hour horrendous drive up the mountain in the back of a 4x4 pickup truck, we made it to the top. Most of the structures were build in the 1920's as a place for the rich (the King, etc.) to have a holiday. The hill station was abandoned in the 1970's because of the Khmer Rouge. This is the Catholic Church.
And this is what remains of the Royal Palace. It must have been pretty amazing in its glory days.
Next stop was a beach town called Sihanoukville. I took my time to wander the city and see the beaches. The beach was a great place to hang out. The restaurants all have lounge chairs by day and comfy chairs for drinks and dinner at night.
I even have a restaurant on the beach!
Watching the sun set
Here I am with Jane, who was one of my passengers on my last trip. She went to the south with me and hung out for a few days before heading back to Australia.
Picture Perfect Sunset
overlooking the ocean.
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