Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th March
Sorry about the title.
The sand on this beach is imported from nearby Kampot, and has to be dragged up the beach every single morning to prevent it from washing away.
Artificiality aside, Kep beach is great. It’s very quiet and it has a tonne of convenience for tourists. Whilst we were not being immersed in Cambodian culture by any stretch of the imagination, it is really nice to have a wide variety of clean-looking restaurants and an ATM round the corner. In some touristy areas you get a feeling that the local people are sick of your type (I’ve worked in customer services, I get it). But Kep’s locals are lovely, friendly and helpful.
There is another side to Kep: back in the French Colonial days it was full of fancy houses, which are now derelict, and apparently quite eerie. But we were staying right by the beach, and were blissfully unaware of the “creepy, run-down” bits!
She’s meant to be naked, but apparently local conservatives have covered her in clothes. All of South East Asia that we’ve encountered is pretty conservative when it comes to female dress, so it isn’t too surprising that her nakedness is controversial.
We went to a place called The Crab Shack. Guess what we had?
I had read that the crab fishing here has become unsustainable, and that red snapper is one of the eco-friendly alternatives. Plus, I’m not all that bothered about crab.
I’ve never been to a restaurant in such a cool location. We could hear the waves crashing and watch the sun set over the water… should we be holding hands across the table? I thought. HAH!
This place is gorgeous. We visited for the afternoon, and both thought we would have loved to stay a whole day here. There are huts for hire and a few nice restaurants on the main beach. But getting the tandem across on boats with no gangplanks would have been a hassle.
An hour before our boat was due to leave, we trundled our way back to the main beach, got ourselves a coconut and admired the view (which included a lot of dreadlocks and at least one acoustic guitar, though none are featured here).
We will very soon be heading inland towards the dust and the heat, so it was lovely to finish off seeing the coast in style.