Photo Reflections: Kampot, Cambodia

Kampot, Cambodia, is a unique place. It’s a small town, often referred to as “laid back and lazy” right near the country’s Southern coast. It’s positioned on a river, which is quite beautiful, and has maybe one or two busy roads running through it. Jason and I stayed at “Mango Tree” (or “Les Menguires”), which is an eco-resort run by a Frenchmen who’s been here for quite some time and used to be a teacher. The place feels like being at some relative’s for a holiday. Everyone is nice but there is a strangely friendly vibe throughout the place that struck me more than once as a bit odd. Despite that, it’s a great place to stay. It sits right on the river and you can go swimming, kayaking, and night-boating for some amazing sights. The “Green Cathedral,” this dense and narrow rivulet area off the river, was a highlight. Just outside of Kampot, too, are a bunch of different caves. We went to “Phnom Sla Ta’aun Plain” which featured a giant, naturally-occurring “elephant statue.” Below, the road to our resort is not yet paved, and so the trek each day was quite difficult. When it rains, the dust turns to a thick mud, so many tuk-tuk drivers refuse to go down the road:

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The mysterious complex located near our resort. We asked around but never got a clear answer as to what exactly this place is:

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Toy butcher knife?

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Mango Tree:

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Each bed came complete with a mosquito net of doom:

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The dead lizard I woke up to (in our bathroom):

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Amazing cloud systems right off the resort:

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At “Espresso Cafe” in Kampot, which we ate at twice, which is owned by a wonderful Australian couple:

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This rotary has a giant durian in the middle:

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The caves:

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The elephant:

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“NY NY Guest House.”

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