Monday, January 5, 2015

Leaving Kep

I spent New Year's Eve on a large plaza in front of the Provincial Government Hall in Kep, together with another thousand or more people from the surrounding villages, or Khmer travelers coming from even as far as Phnom Penh. It seemed that I was the only 'Barang' (Foreigner). The Angkor  beer company had set up a sales tent, consumption of the good local brew was heavy, not only for me, but for everyone else too. The pavement of the plaza was littered with empty cans, paper wrappers of food items, banana leaves (also used as food wrappers).

There were no big firework displays, but people enjoyed to ignite long handled, hand-held sticks which shoot out nice fireworks for about 2-3 minutes each. They were very popular. Numerous food stalls sold everything from fried grasshoppers, grilled snakes to freshly made popcorn; The atmosphere was one typical at county fairs, with small merry-go-rounds and other low-key amusements. It was nice.

After a few relaxing days with food from the superb local restaurant 'KIMLY' (Crab, crab, and more crab! I am heading out of this pleasant, quiet little sea side town, going West, eventually ending at the Thai-Cambodian border.

Old, Japan-made 125cc HONDA, used as tuk-tuk , rare.

Le, the nice waitress of the bungalow resort sees me off.

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