Pepper corns from Kampot province (Poivre de Kampot in french) have an excellent reputation for quality. Historically renowned, 90% of the harvest was exported solely to France before the war. Considered among the finest in the world with an intense tate, this Cambodian crop is still highly sought after for its quality and pungency. Visit the website of FarmLink.
Teuk Chhou River Rapids
A picnic area on the Prek Chha river. Popular with the locals, especially on weekends. Lots of food/drink stalls. The cool rapids and river breeze are quite pleasant. 8km. Good road.
Asian-style mini zoo displaying a variety of local fauna. 8km north of Kampot.
Phnom Chnorkk Caves
Cave #1 Pre-Angkorian ruin set in a limestone cave amongst stalagmites and stalactites that are slowly growing back into the ruin. Small, 4th-5th century AD brick structure associated with the ancient state of Funan. A bit of carving is still visible. Look for the limestone formations near the entrance of the cave in the shapes of elephants.
Cave #2 The entrance is about 300 meters from Cave #1 in the same limestone outcropping. Very little in the way of formations, but quite deep, requiring climbing over piles of rock and through small openings. Small shrine.
Kampong Trach is the district that borders Vietnam. The road trip from Kampot to the main town passes though some picturesque rural areas. There is a new side road to Kampong Trach town that skirts the base of Phnom Voar, (where the victims of the 1994 Khmer Rouge kidnappings were held.) These mountain areas of Kampong Trach were one of the last Khmer Rouge holdouts. Kampong Trach town is small and relatively uninteresting. The area’s main attraction is a series of limestone caves and tubes that have been carved into a nearby mountain. The roof of a large cave in the center of a mountain has collapsed, making a small, enclosed jungle. Pagodas and shrines have been built amongst the caves, providing for some excellent photo possibilities. Bring a flashlight and wear good walking shoes.
Kampot is the only place in Cambodia with salt fields. Kampot's salt is of a more natural quality than salts produced in foreign countries, since no factories are used in its developmental process.
Cambodia has an agricultural-based economy with more than 80% of its 14 million people working as farmers, growing rice as their main crop. About two-thirds of the rural population depends mainly on rice farming.
The Cham people in Cambodia descend from refugees of the Kingdom of Champa, which once ruled much of Vietnam between Gao Ha in the north and Bien Hoa in the south. The Chams typically live in villages inhabited only by other Chams. The villages may be along the shores of water courses, or they may be inland. The inhabitants of the river villages engage in fishing and in growing vegetables. They trade fish to local Khmer for rice. The women in these villages earn money by weaving.
Kampot is the durian growing region of Cambodia. It has the best durian of Cambodia, Thailand or Vietnam, but there are plentiful of other fruits available, such as mangosteen, rambutan, mak prang, pineapple, grapefruit, custard apple and coconut.
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