The South of Cambodia
Finally made it to the Cardomom Mountains in Koh Kang province here in Cambodia. It was difficult to get information as one gets bits here and there scattered all over the internet with no clear understanding of how to actually get to this remote area. I have since learned that there is a Cardamom Tented Camp in Koh Kong, more specifically Botum Sokar National Park, as well as the Chi Pat Community, where I went.
To get there I took a bus north of Sihanoukville on Route 48 and stopped at Andoung Teuk and took a motorbike through a hellscape of mud to arrive at the camp which is embedded deep inside the jungle. This center is an ecotourism business and is very low key with choices of either staying in a guesthouse or with a family. They offer a variety of hikes and trips including cycling, kayaking, and trekking. Most of these trips cost $65-$75 for a day and a half. In the rainy season watch out for leeches: long sleeves/pants advised.
Kampot: Charming, for now.
Kampot turned out to be a lot more interesting of a place than I first imagined after having visiting several years ago. I returned for another look spurred by a conversation at a local cafe with an acquaintance of mine. Turns out that there are some amazingly cheap thatched roof/bamboo bungalows over the bridge on the other side of the river. There’s also a train from Phnom Penh to Kampot. There is talk in Kampot of the Chinese buying up property and of people leaving Sihanoukeville to Kampot being pushed out by the Chinese. Hopefully the Chinese won’t ruin this charming town.