HCMC to Kampot
25.01.2016 - 25.01.2016
My travels continue, up early this morning off to bus station to catch bus to Kampot to meet up with Jim Donnelly for some adventures in Cambodia. After boarding bus I am told that bus does not go to Kampot but to Phoem Penh where I will have change buses to Kampot... I guess this was lost in translations when I booked the ticket. Well it is what it is and off we go.. Bus ride is about 6 hrs to Phoem Penh with a couple of stops that include picking up some supplies ( not really sure what they were) are luggage is stored at back off bus well "supplies" are stored in luggage compartment. Are second stop is at Cambodia boarder where passports are handed to employee of bus company with $40 US dollars to secure travel visa for one month in Cambodia. The process takes about twenty minutes then we have to go through security and back on the bus.. Pretty simple process and not very time consuming at all, back on the bus and off again.. Three hours in we stop for lunch at small restaurant on the side of road, I realize I don't have any Cambodia currency so bus employee calls local next thing I know I am on back off scooter headed up the road to ATM. This fifteen minute trip cost one US dollar.. Lunch did not leave a good first impression for Cambodia food but this was a verified truck stop at best.. Finally Phoem Penh, after getting my luggage and making my way into bus station I am told they do not have any buses to Kampot WTF! A local Tuk Tuk driver overhears my conversation and replies he know were I can catch a bus to Kampot.. So we load up and head down towards US ambassey were I am told by bus company I have missed the last bus for the day to Kampot but for fifty US dollars I can take a cab to Kampot.. At this point it could have been 500 US dollars and I would have said yes... Ten minutes later a black Ford Explorer shows up and we are off to Kampot which took 3 hours off some a little scary driving by taxi driver.. 8 pm arrive at the Columns hotel where I am greeted by very nice staff of hotel who ask if I am Jim's friend and he is at local restaurant waiting for me.. After checking in and freshening up I am taking on back of scooter by hotel employee to Vinos restaurant where Jim and Thavy ( hotel manager) and a very nice couple from Oxford Howard and Elizabeth are dinning. Wine is poured food is served and laughter and good conversation takes us late into the night... Very nice ending to a long travel day!