Kampot call

December 18, 2015

logo

We had an unexpected message from our friends, Tom and Jem, that we’d met in Hagiang. Their plans had changed and they were in Kampot at the same time as we were in Kep. Great news!

After they’d come down to Kep, it was our turn to take the half an hour drive to Kampot to meet them. This is what we saw.

They were staying in a place called Ganesha in a village outside of Kampot, it takes half an hour on the highway from Kep, so we set out an hour and a half before so that we could take a little village scenic road.

We came across this temple. There were loads of really ornate gates in this area.

P1350003

The temple area was so peaceful, with only a handful of people wandering around and a friendly guy who started speaking to us in English, to our surprise. P1040636

To give you some perspective on how big those trees are.

P1040637

Apparently they’re more than 100 years old.

The temple was stunning, as they usually are in Cambodge. Well done for that Cambodge.

P1040641

They also nearly always contain our favourite temple animal.

P1040639

We’ve only seen these types of snakes in Cambodia.

These tombs are pretty.

P1040642

Driving through the countryside road was nice at first, very pretty and beautiful colours. Red, green, and blue.

P1350009

We saw lots of traditional stilted Cambodian houses, and expansive rice fields that reminded us of northern Vietnam.

P1350014

P1350019

P1040663

P1350034

I mentioned that we enjoyed it at first.. The road turned pretty bumpy and longer than we thought, we were pretty sure that we’d gotten lost until an hour and half after setting out we found ourselves bombing it down the highway towards the village that Ganesha was in.

The gate was a welcome sight.

P1350053

Ganesha is set in a really lovely, green space next to a small river, and with a couple of natural swimming pools.

P1350027

We went for a nice walk amongst the rice field. Black rice!

P1040653

Some really colourful houses.

P1040658

And people going about their day.

P1040648

P1350050

The surprising aspect of many villages in this area is that they’re muslim, and they contain a mosque for each. Not that that’s a particularly out of the ordinary, we just didn’t know Cambodia had a big muslim community.

P1040646

Mosques are beautifully symmetrical and colourful. An interesting thing is that there is Arabic and Cambodian language on a lot of the signs.

P1040660

Ganesha has some awesome food and we stayed until just before sunset, when we had to say goodbye to our friends for the foreseeable future. They’re heading to Vietnam, we’re heading towards Thailand.

12356859_10203792127123491_960905134260183695_o

On the way home we saw an amazing sunset.

P1350057

P1350060