Saturday, December 8, 2012

Cambodia: Les Mangiers, Kampot

I made it Cambodia, more specifically Kampot, with no trouble. What a beautiful place!

I arrived at the airport yesterday and had a few hours before my ride to Kampot, so I was able to get passport photos taken and printed right down the street.  The woman airbrushed my photo!! I have no moles or blemishes in the printed photos... luckily they're very small photos or else the Thai embassy may be suspicious of the fresh-faced person they expect and the reality: me.  It was so funny watching her edit the photo though! She made it look so easy, and now I have (even) less respect for Hollywood...

Phnom Penh to Kampot
Les Manguiers is a fantastic inn and restaurant located in Kampot, about 2 hours from Phnom Penh and located near the coast. Thanks Sam for the awesome recommendation!

The inn is located on the river and has gorgeous views of the mountains around, plus great biking and kayaking. I took advantage of both today and had a FANTASTIC time! Of course, on the bike ride I got horribly lost and ended up biking on a muddy road for 45 minutes away from the mountain I wanted to climb... but it's all part of the adventure, right? And I found the mountain and managed to climb it without hyperventilating too much. I LOVED IT! Everyone is incredibly friendly and all the kids say "HELLO WHAT'S YOUR NAME" as loudly as they can when you walk by.

I can understand why Angelina Jolie adopted Cambodian babies, is all I'm saying.

The bike ride was beautiful, and then I kayaked along the river and through palm plantations. Very pretty. There were a lot of really fun and friendly people around today, and Les Manguiers encouraged groups to explore the area together. What a wonderful paradise :)

Gorgeous green fields everywhere
Palm trees all over the place. If you think about it, they are such an odd shape.

View from the top of Phnom Soak, a small mountain about 5km bike ride from Les Manguiers.
A cow in the fields. Love it.

Delicious fried fish (I usually steer clear, but it's a fixed menu here)

Rabbits... these are delicious too, but I don't know if they eat them...

Kayaking on the river!

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