The SpaceWe saw this part of Kampot for the first time five years ago (2011) while riding around on a motorbike and fell in love with the village and the quietness of the place. Two years later we found out that there was the possibility to rent a piece of land and decided to settle down here and build three rooms so that friends and family could come and enjoy the vibe of this place with us. So we are obviously in love with our Kampong, but nonetheless we will now write here all the negatives, because since we decided to open to the public I've been reading reviews of guesthouses of Kampot in Tripadvisor and I've been growing scared of disappointing people that come here with too high expectations.
If you are looking for a resort with luxuries this is not the place. We tried our best to make our bungalows comfortable and we struggle to keep them clean. But yes, you will have to put up with mosquitoes, bugs, lizards, birds. Occasionally the buffaloes come through the beach to eat the grass in our garden and we let them be until they try to eat our newly planted flowers.
We clean the beach everyday and sometimes several times a day but depending on the ties and the season the beach can be dirty and the water unappealing. There is no rubbish collection in the village and this means we have to burn the rubbish we pick up from the beach and we produce. It can be a smelly and smokey job!
Living in a fishing village has its pros and cons. Super fresh fish, crabs, prawns, shells get here before they hit the market so we can have lovely barbecues and healthy, tasty meals. It is fascinating to see them going to sea around 5 pm every day, but the engines on their run down boats are so noisy! The boats come back at 5 in the morning, the whole village wakes up, the children and the wives wait at the jettys for their fathers and husbands coming back after 14 hours spent at sea. It's a very noisy and busy time, you would be tempted to bring here with you your western habits, that tell you that 5 in the morning is too early to wake up. But it is not, not here. Take a shower, have breakfast looking at the sunrise, enjoy the most cooling time of the day, choose from the boats the fish you want to eat at lunch. You will have time to sleep deep in the hottest hours of the day (from 11 am to 3 pm) when the village gets incredibly silent and quiet, Everybody stays indoor or under the shelter of their homes. The fishermen sleep before going back to the sea again and the women fix the nets.
Days here have a different pace. After the last call of the day from the mosque (Ishah) it is time to get ready for bed, read a book, watch a movie on the ipad, make love and call it a day.
So... are you ready to make a whole different experience from what you would get just a few kilometers from here? Getting AroundPlease note that we are located 4 km from town. You have a few options to get to Kampot town center:
Motodop: on the back of a motorbike, one way one dollar.
Tuk Tuk: one way 5 dollars.
Rent your motorbike from town (no motorbike rental available in the village): one day 5 dollars.
Boat: if available, our neighbor is happy to take you to town for 5 dollars Other Things to NoteRainy season road alert!!!! Some parts of the road in the village are really in bad condition and is difficult not to get all muddy.
Rainy season is mosquito season: Don't forget to bring mosquito repellent with you!!!