Like I had mentioned before I set off on my solo adventure with no plan. I bought a lonely planet guide book that I lost and didn’t even know I lost it; that shows how often I used it lol!
My guide was talking to people getting real life recommendations on places to see and stay! When I was in Siem Reap, I met a fellow traveler who recommended an area called Kampot to visit! So after my week of island adventures and sad goodbyes to my new besties who were off to Vietnam I set off back on my lonesome to Kampot!
To my surprise, I wasn’t alone for long! Moments like this exact one is the moments I live for when travelling! As I packed my bag into the back of the minivan I was taking on my 3hour journey to Kampot, I see three friends of mine I made on the island all heading to Kampot too! So I was alone for an afternoon before my next adventure with my new friends began!
After arriving in Kampot, I would describe it as the countryside, a nice contrast from the beach island style I was just on! The weather still piping hot we checked into the Mad Monkey hostel got food settled in and relaxed for the evening!
I loved the small country town feel the relaxed atmosphere the cafe, restaurants along the main road overlooking the river and good company. No better way to start exploring this side of Kampot!
We hired scooters the next day and just scootered around exploring the countryside found a river and abandoned train track asked many people for directions ventured off on dirt roads it was fun day of exploration! Another recommendation we got was to stay at Arcadia, but it was booked up! We went to visit this place to see what the hype was about; it’s about 7km away from the main town area! As we walked in we were all like we are defiantly staying here, so we booked a night when they had space!
It was a hidden gem wooden bunks in cabins along a river with different water sports and fun atmosphere I can’t explain how incredible this place is. I am so grateful I met the traveller who told me about this place! You will see in the pictures they don’t do it justice, but it will give you an idea of what I am referring too.
The next day we did another day adventure to Bokor National Park a lovely new road perfect for scootering around on. We visited a waterfall cooled down in the fresh water then explored an old abandoned casino; it reminded me of the Great Gatsby with a stunning view! Then the most amazing thing happened as we were heading back we stopped to look at the view, a Cambodian family was having a crab picnic and offered us crabs and beers and didn’t want us to leave. We sat talking to them with the broken English and lots of gestures! It was so sweet of them to show us the warm hospitality and a fond memory I won’t forget.
The next day we headed off to Kep a neighbouring town not too far away famous for fishing and home of crab fishing! We wandered through the fish market and then the beach. On our way back collected our bags and headed to Arcadia to relax! I stayed for two nights but the scooter squad only for one I said my goodbyes but I was meeting up with the girls again in Phnom Penh so it was; see you later not goodbye!
I spent the next few days chatting to people relaxing in hammocks and just chilling out after the adventurous few days we had! The perfect spot for some R&R made friends with nice German girls and it’s always sad when you make a real connection for one day but better one day then never at all right!
Then before I knew it, I was back on a minivan off to Phnom Penh.
I highly recommend that you do not skip Kampot on your visit to Cambodia it was truly one of my hidden gems I probably would have overlooked because I had no idea about it and go to Arcadia you will thank me after.
Learn how to ride a scooter or make friends with someone who does it saves money and you have the freedom of venturing on your own.
Peace love and Happiness