Kampot deserves a special mention. It’s a lazy town in the south of Cambodia. I stayed 6 nights in this place and could’ve stayed more.
There’s nothing really going on in this place. But for some reason the place has a charm of its own.
There’s a river (half river since it’s salty) which you can swim in.
There’s live music sometimes.
There’s a national park which is the most horrible national park I’ve seen. Expected to drive some 10 kms but it turned out to be a 40 km drive one way, to a commercial place amongst the mountains with nothing to see at all.
You can drive to Kep and spend a day at the national park over there or by the beach.
So you do have some things to do, but the laziness is unreal. I spent 3 nights in Sihanoukville lazying around but wanted to leave afterwards.
I finally moved out of Kampot to see a music festival in Phnom Penh. If there wasn’t any festival and maybe if there was a fresh water lake close by in Kampot, I could’ve easily stayed more nights.
Distance: 150 kms
Phoebe broke down for the first time today!
She’s been leaking a little bit of oil or petrol from below. I wanted to have it checked but couldn’t find a mechanic in the morning. She also needs a wash pretty badly.
I had a bad feeling today before starting. 150 kms though, so I just went through with it.
The problem wasn’t in any of those things though. After 120 kms, she suddenly went dead. It was starting but wasn’t moving.
Jeez, now try to find a mechanic in the middle of nowhere.
I walked and asked around and found a mechanic after walking a kilometre.
Apparently the rubber chain inside the gear box went kaput. He took about 30-45 mins to fix it while I waited patiently. 15$ for the fix. Can’t really bargain in the middle of nowhere.
I went ahead, turned around to give it a test and then went back. It was running a little slower than her usual self. I pushed to it to 80 and then it happened again. Went kaput. I checked maps and I was 3 kms away.
I walked back to the same place in the scorching heat. He fixed it again. 5$.
Instead of testing it out, I came to Phnom Penh driving at 40-50 kmph.
Distance: 100 kms.
It was an easy ride, since the distance wasn’t too much. I lost one of my glove on the way and turned around and came back 10 kms to look for it. Luckily I found it 🙂
Kampot seems like a nice little town. I took a dip in the river.
Saw some live music as well. A band called Phnom Skor was playing at the hostel called Karma Traders. Good stuff!