Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Land of Pepper: Kampot

  We stop by Kampot on the way to Phnom Penh. We were planning to stay for few days and visit a friend living there but again we stay more than we predict. We arrived there after a very easy ride from Sihanoukville and start searching for a place to stay. It was a little bizarre to look for a guesthouse again cuz since 20 days we didn't pay anything for accommodation. Anyway, Culu was about to deal a room for us then an Italian backpacker showed up and we share the room with him for two days. We rented the room without even knowing each others names. Eduardo left after two days and we changed the guesthouse for another one we have found during our city tour.

  The second guesthouse was one of the best place and people we had it so far. We stayed in "Tiki Guesthouse" right on the river. Two french guys Hugo and Franche are running the guesthouse since a year. The time we spent there was just perfect. It was cheap, very friendly and the people were very helpful. We were actually searching for Ariade. Our french mate we met in Koh Kong. He showed up soon and the crew reunited again. The place has an amazing sunset view. That was Culu's workspace for a week. He didn't move too much and work hard to complete the missing episodes of our journey.

Our good friend Ariade opened many doors to us since he showed up in our trip.


 Lima was our cook at Tiki's.

Pepper Farm

 Backpackers in pain while testing the world famous pepper.

 Culu's enjoying delicious Kampot pepper.

  We enjoyed Kampot. A calm French colonial town at the mouth of Kampong Bay river. Unlike the other towns we visited, this place had a bit of European vibe. But we enjoyed the most it's people not the scenery. One of these guys was Philippe. Our great friend, magician, musician and more than that another great soul. Culu and him spent many nights speaking about some new projects, art, music and life. They both agree that music is the universal communication tool and we all need to practice it in our everyday life. One of these nights, Philippe, Franche, Hugo, Raphael, Culu and me had a jam session at Tiki's. After an amazing time at Tiki Guesthouse we started pedaling again. We still have 20 days more in Cambodia before Laos and we are heading for the capital now. But i'm sure that we will come back to Kampot one day. Thanx for the great support and friendship guys. Aurevoir les gars jusqu'a la prochaine fois.

Kampot Blues from uluc ali kilic on Vimeo.

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