All things close for Lunar New Year. This means the ferries taking me to my next destination, the island of Phu Quoc, will not be running on that day.
Ha Tien has some geological formations – in the form of limestone caves and outcrops playing host to Buddhist temples and sacred sites.
These are not free to visit.
There are two.
Da Dung mountain
The more impressive of the two, spread out over 3 square KM. A winding path snakes around the mountain, which is pitted with various caves, which play host to Buddhist statues or flashing lights, or both.
Looks better but less to do.
Thatch Dong houses a set of Buddhist relics and a working monastery.
Got dragged to the New Café in Ha Tien by some locals.
It’s the only place in Ha Tien open after midnight.
It was kicking.
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Making my way to Kampot from Sihanoukville. Had a slight problem.
The bike blew up.
I was just coming down the hill and up the other side, heard a crunching sound. Pulled the clutch in. The engine stopped.
There was a young man, Tay. Who came across, ‘You have problem?’.
He spoke english, so I drew him a diagram of what I thought had gone wrong. His friend owned a garage 10 yards away, so we pushed it to that.
There his friend undid a couple of screws, then decided he didn’t have the parts or expertise to deal with it. He wanted to tow it 2km down the road to another friend.
This friend also owned a garage, and would be able to find and fix the problem.
I explained I had hired the bike from Phnom Penh. Took it to the friend, he had a look at it, phoned the hire dude. He said I should wait there and they would bring another bike out from PP in 2 hours.
For the next 3 hours, Tay showed me round his home..
Introduced me to his family. Gave me some food. And tried to get me drunk. Met his sister.
Got the new bike. Stopped for a drink and the lights and electrics stopped working(!)
This meant riding to Kampot in the dead of night with no lights, cows wandering across the road, navigating by the moonlight.
Have made it to Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s most happening party town.
On the coast, it was some 5 hours from the capital. When I arrived, it was night-time. Which gave me a slightly bad impression, having been tired and lost and whatnot.
I woke up and had a walk around, took my laundry in on my motorbike. It all seemed a lot cleaner, less drunk people and hippies, and altogether, a much more wholesome place to stay.
I’m staying at the ‘GOlden Star’. And it seems very good and is located pretty close to Serendipity beach, maybe a 15 minute walk away.
Yesterday, I took my motorbike and had a look at the various beaches, of which there are 3. I’m located on the busiest one, Serendipity. It’s were most of the partying and drinking, eating and sleeping go on. …
Tuol Sleng , the name of the prison in Central Phnom Penh where some 15,000 inmates were tortured to death.
Occupying a square kilometer located close to the Russian Market, Tol Sleng is another memento of the failed Khmer Rouge regime. It’s many rooms document the pointless existence of the inmates before they were tortured or executed.
Out of 17,000 prisoners, there are only 12 known survivors.
It takes roughly 2 hours to get around the museum.
There are some interesting confessions from the many prisoners, and from the guards and staff.
Many of the top cadres and officiaries were tried for international war crimes, with limited success, due to their age and difficulty in gathering evidence.