Cambodian Police are notorious for robbing money from foreign tourists with ridiculous reasons, especially on motor bike riders in town. They are waiting a prey behind a tree and pop out suddenly, and stops a motor bike into their scrum.
“Blah blah blah $10 fine, cheap, otherwise we will take your motor bike to the station.” Some hand out the money, and some negotiate it down to $2. Below shows Police checking a vehicle and he looks like a good cop.
Sihanoukville could be the worst for this and the city has higher concentration of the crooks than any other place.
In Kampot on the other hand, hassle-free riding is almost guaranteed. Going uphill to Boko hill, running parallel with rivers, or down the coast line to Kep are all yours.
Bike rental comes easy and cheap. Leave your passport as a deposit or sometimes a photocopy of it(guy opposite Bookish Bazaar takes this) and a daily charge of just $4. Below stands most common rental fleet, fully automatic a Honda Air Blade 125cc.
To drive a motorbike in Cambodia, you don’t need a license(means legal) and Police know it. Believe it or not, most common excuse for Police to give you an instant fine is Riding a bike with headlight ON in daylight time. Yes you heard it right. It is against law keeping the light on when the sun is up,,,,according to Police. I love Cambodian Police, so creative and inspiring. They are a genius.
Well, riding to Boko hill is pleasant. Air gets cooler and cleaner as you drive up and the view to the sea stunning. Pay 2000 Riel at the entrance in the name of parking fee.
Now about 20 km boring uphill to the big Budda statue.
You can see right out to Phu Quoc island in Vietnam if weather clears out.
You can carry on to the old French station further up, but I turned back with heavy rain downpour.
Turn to other side toward the sea. Kep is almost there when you go past this white horse roundabout.
Kep is famous for trading crabs right by the sea.
Crabs are sold alive.
Not only crabs but squids, mackerels, and fish on a charcoal grill.
Kep beach may look small but it is charming and quiet unlike the ones in Sihanoukville, and deserted too.
Without your own transport you can’t get this far.
Yep Kep’s fortune is in a crab’s pincer.
Kep keeps, unlike many other town, upmarket boutique style accommodations, reflecting the reality that most people come here on a day trip from Kampot. But there is one affordable unique guest house a backpacker may want to dip in.
Botanica guest house, before reaching the Kep town on the busy highway, is there. Ask your bus driver to drop you off if you coming from Kampot on public bus and negotiate your way around with one of bikes from the guest house.
Finish you day with walking around the mangrove forest, and come back to Kampot through the salt farm, having a bit of taste of Muslim village on the way back.