So took the bus from Sihanoukville to Kampot today and I discovered something. Kampot is it for me. Its the city to be a home base for me and is close enough to the airport at Phnom Penh but it has this wonderful vibe and charm. Its called online some kind of sleepy little town but in reality there is an amazing coffee culture, food and beer thing going plus the river front and bridges that I so love. There are not the 5 things I could name like some blog about the things Kampot does well for me. I don’t like writing blog posts which name a set number of reasons to visit or things to see. I’ll say that its the city and the feeling of the city and how the people are more than a set of things to go see. To me, Kampot has the necessary attractions for someone that likes doing photography across a city.
Its not all torn up like Sihanoukville and the traffic is not so busy as a Phnom Penh or Saigon. Its in the middle and being in the middle means that someone like me gravitates to it. So by making it my home base means I come back here for a week or two as I need to refuel, get some things done, rest up, before the next trip. I only wish an airport was closer but its all in the planning as they say.
I changed my Battambang stay to two weeks and will spend two weeks here in Kampot instead and then head to Phnom Penh for a week. That is unless I find a way to get straight to the Phnom Penh airport from Kampot. If I find a deal on a mini bus I would carefully consider staying in Phnom Penh and probably change my plans.
Finding this city was a big deal since the last time I felt I had found a place was Da Nang Vietnam. The cities are not so different all in all but Kampot has something that Da Nang even does not. It has this laid back and sleepy charm but yet with all the stuff I would need to be happy. I could never just adapt to a place like Sihanoukville to do that. There is just not enough there and I don’t feel there is a charm to the place or a feeling of a vibe and culture.
The other thing that occurred to me after only one day is that I could live here longer. That’s an amazing thing for me. Its that different than all the other places. While Phnom Penh has things I like it is missing the unique charm thing that Kampot seems to just have. I saw it in on the riverfront and drinking draft beers at the hotel bar. It was this funkiness and wonder thing seeing the river flowing past the city and the lights on the bridges. It could be this longer term home for me if I ever needed it. Its a wonder that a place could have that when I thought no place could.
If you get a chance visit Cambodia but definitely stop at Kampot. Kind of off the beaten track but you will find enrichment and joy and culture and history and natural wonders. Plus the food! The coffee! The quiet beauty of the city.