WT036 - PEPPER AND WATERPARKS
The next site we went to was not far from the lake and it was called La Plantation, a well-known and certified organic pepper farm. There we had a free guided tour through the plantation, and learn all about the different kinds of pepper they produce and export. In the start presentation you also have the opportunity to taste all peppers. In the farm, besides the pepper plants, you can see fruit trees like papaya, pineapple, dragon fruit or banana, and enjoy a full homemade meal in the restaurant.
Since we couldn't enjoy the beach in a quiet and relaxed way, we drove further into the Kep National Park, completing its full loop and still making a short stop in the Veranda Natural Resort for a beer and ice cream.
In the Arcadia Backpackers, we finally had the first day in Cambodia with nothing to do except chill. Besides being a riverside hostel about 15 min far from the town centre, it is also a waterpark with sandy river beaches and slides to have fun on. Entrance fee was 5 USD for the whole day, but didn't include the kayak rental (which we also used because someone forgot to park it).
Kampot serves as a good base for visiting the Bokor National Park and its different inside locations up in the mountains. The main attraction is the old French hill station at 1,080m which can be visited as a day trip, but the Povokvil Waterfalls, the Ya Mao Monument (a giant Buddha statue), or the Bokor Church don't fall behind. Many scenic views can be appreciated all the way up or in between landmarks.
The weather on the top can be tricky, sometimes even colder than in town. The first stop on the map was the Bokor Lake, where it poured like hell and we had to wait before driving to the Povokvil Waterfalls next. This is a two-tiered fall, with a shallow pool in between, but impossible to swim.
Our last day in Kampot was again to relax and recover from the intense sightseeing we did. We chose to go to the Greenhouse, an awesome café-restaurant with bathing facilities, and where I would love to go back again.
Tip: in Kampot, there's tons of places where you can get western food as well as German food with quality: 1) Café Malay, the Garden Café serves typical German breakfast and a good Schnitzel with mash potatoes; 2) Rusty 2 is a sports bar but also serves a really good Schnitzel; 3) Rusty Keyhole is a popular riverfront bar-restaurant with a global menu of comfort food and Khmer home cooking.