Super Kool Kampot

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

After spending some time in the city of Phnom Phen we drove a couple of hours south to a little town called Kampot. As soon as we arrived we both loved the feel of the place. Chilled out vibe, beautiful blue skies and smiley friendly faces - it was a refreshing break from city life. Jumping straight from the bus to a local tuk-tuk we made our way to, probably mine and Craig's favourite hostel of all time, Karma Traders! Set a little bit out of town in the stunning country side, Karma Traders looks over a lush mountainous backdrop, where the sun performs a breathtaking sunset each night - watching this on the rooftop bar with a few ice cold beers is a magical experience. The staff at the hostel are also amazing, super friendly, accommodating and provided THE BEST cheese toasties in town. The fact Karma's is set in Kampot definitely helps make it our favourite hostel. Kampot really is a little gem in Cambodia and it's no surprise they have a huge expat scene. Although Kampot isn't the sort of place to stay long if you are after thrill seeking adventure or a bustling Asian city, it is however the perfect place to relax, participate in fun day trips and get to know the Cambodian people. We ended up extending our 3 night stay to a full week as we loved it that much!

Sadly for us we were starting to get very tight on money when we reached Kampot and therefore couldn't do all the activities we would have normally done, such as a visit to the pepper plantation or a trip to the mountain. We did however take a river boat ride to watch the sunset and see fireflies which was extremely cool - we went through Captain Chins and there was only 4 of us including myself and Craig, the tour cost $5 but with that you get a free drink! The sunset was 100% one of the best we've witnessed, and the fireflies were amazing to see in real life.

Apart from the boat trip we spent most of our time in Kampot making the most of their AMAZING cafe culture. I will list our favs below...

Epic Arts Cafe
This was recommended to me by a fellow traveller (thanks Livv) and it did not disappoint! The cafe is run by a foundation that helps disabled people in Cambodia. The cafe is also run by staff who have different disabilities, such as being deaf or missing limbs. Not only is it an amazing cause but the food and drink is insane! The coconut and banana pancakes are to die for! Plus the staff are so warm, friendly and inspiring.

Ellie's Cafe
Another great recommendation, this time by our hostel. Whenever I came here I ordered an orange and carrot juice and it was super fresh. Gorgeous calm and quiet setting, perfect for chilling and writing up blogposts.

Simple Things
Beautiful decor with an amazing menu. Simple Things is a vegetarian only restaurant with a menu that is so good it's almost impossible to chose anything! The pasta here is fantastic, big portions with freshly homemade sauce. Had the vegan brownie for dessert tho, and I'd give it a miss, v dry.

Not really a cafe but had to give it a mention. If you're ever in Kampot in the mood for middle eastern grub then Aroma is your place! They do an amazing falafel wrap and the owner is so kind, giving us a free map and loads of tips on getting around the area.

I will also mention Karma Traders 'Taco Tuesday' without a doubt the best night in town! Trying to be good we told ourselves we would enjoy one beer with our tacos whilst enjoying the live music. One beer soon ended up being 3 beers, 2 glasses of sangria, a shot and an espresso martini. The music was so good tho and it was such a fun evening!

Not a lot else to report from Kampot as to be honest, we didn't get up to a lot but please don't miss it out on a trip to Cambodia. The people are some of the smiliest, warmest people I have ever met and Kampot is oozing with kooooool.

Elly x

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