Direction Kampot, a southern town between Cambodia Sihanoukville and Kep. A peaceful place where pepper is king and the tourist is happy!
What to do in the town of Kampot?
Former pleasant provincial town, relaxing and relatively small, it is not difficult to identify and wander on foot through the streets of Kampot. The walk along the river constitutes in itself a magical moment when the sun, the water color from purple to red with a huge sun as backdrop, was twinkling former French bridge. Kampot is indeed an old colonial city where poins of interest abound: former prison governor’s house … Some buildings worth a look!
You will definitely love the market Kampot. This is currently still far from the tourist-catchers that are found in major tourist cities of South East Asia; no key rings, T-shirts souvenirs or trinkets of all kinds … The market remained authentic and it feels good! Fish odors, jewelry vendors and clothing merchants congregate in the covered market where it is pleasant to observe exchanges between Cambodians.
Consider also go walking or cycling around the city as it only takes a few tens of hundred meters to find themselves in the heart of the Cambodian countryside. These reddish, dusty roads, his curious and smiling population, will make you spend a nice afternoon … And try not to miss the salt marshes located in the extreme south of Kampot; These desert expanses surprisingly contrast with the atmosphere in town.
Then if you have the time to browse around Kampot, do not hesitate to rent a scooter (about $ 5) to reach the cave of Phnom Chnork and pre-Angkorian temple dating from the VII Century. You can also take a boat trip around 2:30 along the river banks (for $ 5) until sunset.
The famous Kampot pepper
Kampot is famous for its pepper; with its original scent is one of the best peppers in the world! So you can easily find exceptional pepper and inquire about its culture FarmLink center near the new bridge. This company is dedicated to the regional agro business, it was created by expatriates living in Kampot, they actively participated in the promotion of Kampot pepper with tourists and Cambodians restaurateurs.
A Farmlink so you can see a “miniature farm” as well as sorting by some Cambodian pepper. You can even watch a short video explaining the harvesting and drying of pepper … It is also possible (if you have the budget for …) to buy Kampot pepper in the shop. The welcome is warm and you learn many things! For example, I now know that different colors (black, red and white) pepper are obtained from the same tree, but the seeds are harvested at different seasons and dried differently …