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Great foxy 2021-03-29 1:57

Hello Paul,
No trip is complete without a 'stop-over' at this slice of paradise, you found.
Gorgeous blue turquoise sea and the white sandy beach as the warm gentle waves lapping at my feet. What a sensational feeling.......totally mind and body healing.
This is it...I'm sold ! To all three idyllic beautiful beaches shown in the WS.
I must say, you do know how to break and enjoy your holidays. Rejuvenating yourself !
I wonder did you go to Kampot too ? I see that it's not that far from Sihanoukville. Kampot - also a lovely retreat by the river.
Thanks for sharing this 'slice of paradise' not seen by many. Definitely now!
Loong

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Thank you Loong,


Have you been to Kampot?
It has become very touristy. I found it rather boring.
I guess it used to be more pleasant in days gone by.

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Paul
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Old 03-29-2021, 05:07 PM
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Hi Paul,

No...I haven't been to Kampot, let alone the whole country :-)
I should have thought so.
Because I've read somewhere.....saying that it's a lovely place.
Something like in LP, Laos.
Well, thanks for the info's...anyway.

Cheers!
Loong
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Hi Loong,

There are awful lots of tourists in Kampot and I wonder what they're doing there.
Some of them just enjoy sitting on terraces and drinking beer.

While preparing my trip, I also thought it would be an interesting place.
There is, of course, much worse: Sihanoukville, for example.

But Kampot is in no way comparable to Luang Prabang in Laos.

All the best!
Paul
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Hello Loong and Paul,
Excuse me for interfering. I was in Kampot in 2007 and found it a fairly nice and quiet place, quite all right for a couple of days but not extremely interesting. But I agree it was in no way comparable to Luang Prabang. Kampot's best advantage was that it was conveniently close to other places suitable for day trips. I had a feeling already then that Sihanoukville would be terrible, so I didn't go there.
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Hello Loong and Gert,

Today Kampot is anything but quiet.
Also, I think the place has attracted (maybe unwittingly) the wrong kind of visitors.

But still it's a lot less bad than Sihanoukville, although there you find mainly Chinese visitors for the casinos and no other tourists.
However, the boats to the islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Sanloem leave from Sihanoukville and I think that is the main reason why Westerners pass by anyway.
On Koh Rong Sanloem I met two Germans who had a cheap flight from Sihanoukville to elsewhere in Southeast Asia (I forgot the destination, possibly somewhere in Thailand).

Sihanoukville seemed like the worst I've seen in Cambodia. The whole city looked like one construction site. But that yard actually seemed more like they were tearing down the city instead of building it up.
I only saw the road from Kampot to the bus station (say bus stop) of Sihanoukville. There the tickets for the boats were sold and another vehicle took you a few blocks further. From there it went on foot to the port.
Within the city limits, I only saw broken up, dusty streets with deep pits.
Sometimes it looked like a bomb had hit.

I was told that the Chinese were building a lot of new casinos in Sihanoukville. This for Chinese visitors who were looking for another gambling opportunity after Macao. Gambling is said to be illegal in the People's Republic of China.
Indeed, many high-rise buildings were being erected.
Yet it did not look like a city in full development but a city in decline.

It is a pity that the boats to the islands did not leave from Kep. The boat tickets were also sold in Kep, but the first part of the journey consisted of the bus trip to Sihanoukville. So you have to go there anyway and I went first to Kamput.
Near Kep there is also another interesting small and quiet island that you can visit in a day trip.
I also found Kep slightly overrated in my travel guidebook.

After all, I'm convinced that Cambodia still hardly resembles the country that Gert visited in 2007.
The Khmer temples have of course remained and form the most beautiful memories for many visitors.
As far as people and society are concerned, it was a bit tough to take, after my stay of 40 days in Laos. But I confess that I have become a Laos fan.
There I had the best time of my entire journey.

All the best!
Paul
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In addition:
Of course these are my personal impressions and feelings. You can also meet others who have been there recently and feel it differently.
Paul
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