From September 2nd till 8th, Bong Michelle, Bong Austin, and I explored the southern part of Cambodia. We started our journey off in Kampong Som (also known as Sihanoukville), then to Kampot, and ending our trip in Kep before a four hour bus ride back to Phnom Penh. The three of us make a pretty good traveling group.
Stop #1: Kampong Som (Sihanoukville)
After our six hour bus ride the first day, we saved the adventures for the following day. Taking a boat called 'The Party Boat' (which they made clear to us, was NOT a party boat), we first made a mid-way stop that allowed us to go snorkeling. It was cool, I scraped my foot on something sharp and started bleeding, no biggie. After the full three hour ride, we made it to our destination of Koh Rong Island. It is the most beautiful beach I have ever seen in my life. The water was so clear!
We also witnessed a Khmer show being filmed.
Stop #2: Kampot
The highlight of our time in Kampot was going to Bokor Mountain. We had originally planned to hike up the mountain but apparently that's not something that can be done. Either way, we were still able to go up Bokor Mountain and hike up mini hills to see the beautiful southern coast of Cambodia.
Bong Michelle and I have both visited Kampot before, back in November of 2013. Nothing much has changed since then, but it was nice getting to see Bokor Mountain on such a nice day (last time, all we saw was fog)!
Last Stop: Kep
We took a twenty minute ride off the shore of Kep on a small boat. Let's just say, Iris hates boats. She hates tiny boats even more. She hates tiny boats when its storming, raining, and crazy crashing waves kind of day. Either way, we all got to Rabbit Island safely without missing any body parts.
Khmer Lesson: 'Srey' means girl in Khmer. It is a very popular word put in front of a girl's name. We have a dog that lives downstairs of us that we call Scruffy, because he is scruffy. This dog was also scruffy but is a female - so we called her Srey-Scruffy.
We almost got stranded on the island because the weather was too poor for the boats to be out. We also made a friend named Ellen. She remembered Bong Austin and I from our last visit.