Krong Kampot is a lovely tiny town on the Vietnamese border. It’s a laid-back and charming spot that provides for a perfect home base for exploring the nearby areas on a scooter.
After spending the night in Sihanouk, I landed in Kampot. After returning to the mainland from Koh Rong, I stayed there. It wasn’t a long bus ride. It took barely a few hours.
I found a hotel room along the river in Kampot. It was a pleasant setting at a convenient location for getting food and beverages. I had my own transportation for the duration of my stay thanks to the hotel’s assistance in arranging a scooter rental. Before my Vietnamese visa was valid, I had around 8 days to kill.
It was the first time I’d ever seen a hotel prohibit a certain fruit. I hadn’t seen a durian yet, and I assumed it was due of ants or other bugs. I came discovered some durian in Vietnam and learned that it was not permitted in the hotel due to its foul odor.
I spent a lot of time in the hotel’s cool upper open-air, covered lounge area. It was a lovely spot for a beer and a good book.
In town, I picked a spot next to the river and drank some beer while watching folks drive along the main street.
All of the town’s adolescents seemed to bike up and down this route, socializing.
Kampot offered numerous tasty culinary options, and I was especially pleased to discover a Turkish doner kebab joint. It wasn’t the best doner, but even a bad doner is a fantastic dinner in my book. And this one wasn’t horrible; it just didn’t live up to the German level.
The following day, I went to Kep, a nearby town.
It was a lot of fun riding to Kep. This tiny road that ran alongside the coast was one of my favorites.
There are some cool French colonial houses in Kep. I couldn’t determine if they were closed for the season or if they were abandoned.
These puppies came out to greet me as I was taking shots. They then began to wrestle.
I walked inland after taking a few photographs of the beach to check out some trails that led up into the hills.
The paths were well-marked, and my scooter had no trouble navigating them. I believe I was the only person riding a scooter on the trails, so I’m not sure if scooters are actually permitted.
There were a number of spectacular vistas and good little rest places.
On one of the pathways, there was also a little rest stop. They sold tea, coffee, and a variety of other beverages. I believe they also sold munchies.
A native stopped me and pointed towards the trees as I was cycling. In the forest, a monkey was hanging out. However, I was unable to capture a photograph of it.
I returned to Kep after a couple of hours on the pathways.
I managed to get a few more shots of Kep. Then I took an alternate way back to Kampot.
On the outskirts of Kep, I drove through some salt farms.
The following day, I traveled in the opposite direction of Kep. The road was far better, but it was also significantly higher in elevation. A large national park is located near Kampot.
I read that the park had tigers, but I didn’t spot any during my stay.
This abandoned French hotel sits on a mountain. It has a pretty cool aesthetic. When I arrived, there were a number of other tourists.
Bullets have left pockmarks on some of the walls. When the people ousted the Khmer Rouge, the hotel was the site of a long struggle between various Cambodian troops.
The hotel’s views were spectacular. It made me curious about the hotel’s previous incarnation.
A church can just be seen in the upper left corner of this photograph. During the long struggle, one force was stationed in the church and the other in the hotel. They spent a lot of time aiming their guns at one another.
Though there was some development going on, the neighborhood around the hotel was essentially deserted.
Even though it was gloomy when I arrived, the views of the land and ocean were breathtaking.
With some of my images, I attempted to be a little more artistic. Here are a few of my more creative photographs.
I also went to the hilltop church, but there wasn’t much there.
I went on a couple more trips and explored the area over the next few days. Here are a few images from those outings.
I had a look at some of the locations around the river.
There were also a few interesting tiny settlements that appeared to be really attractive.
That covers the most of my Kampot photographs. I had a fantastic experience in this town. It was a fantastic place to unwind and go on short trips to other interesting locations. This location had a lot to offer in terms of exploration.
My time came, and my Vietnamese visa was finally valid. I boarded a bus bound for Ho Chi Minh City.
I didn’t know what to anticipate when I arrived in Vietnam. Some of the bloggers I’d read had expressed dissatisfaction with their stay in Vietnam and vowed never to return. However, many who proclaimed Vietnam their favorite country crowded the comments sections of those blogs.
All I knew was that I wanted to keep riding motorcycles, and Vietnam seemed to be the greatest place to do it. My objective was to get a scooter in HCMC and ride it until I no longer wanted to. That’s precisely what I did.
I hope you’ll join me on my road journey around Vietnam next time!