Monday March 14th ~ Kampot, Cambodia
Most of our day (8-9 hours anyway) was spent riding on a private bus from our home stay in Sambor Prei Kuk to Kampot, passing back through Phnom Penh on the way. With only 14 in our group, the larger bus allowed plenty of room to once again spread out and be comfortable. Some read, or slept, or watched the ever-changing scenery pass by.
I’m starting to get accustomed to seeing Brahma cows wander freely on or crossing the road, multitudes of plastic litter, empty harvested rice field after rice field, houses on stilts, oncoming traffic in our lane, and multiple roadside stands selling bamboo sticky rice and/or fresh fruits and vegetable.
We had a couple of stops for the “happy room”, but otherwise only two photo ops. The first one was at another monastery temple Wat Kampong Thom, also known as Wat Indrisamavora, located in Kdei village in the Stung Sen district.
I could find very little information on the Internet regarding this complex, but I will share a few of my snapshots.
But the real talking point of the day was our stop at a roadside market place that specializes in a wild variety of insects to eat. Having never tried tarantula before, that was on my (I know, very strange) wish list.
I just ate one leg as it was seasoned with a very spicy chili pepper sauce. It tasted fine, just too hot for me so I shared the rest of my spider with another member of our tour group.
But spiders were not the only delicacy to choose from. We could also munch on a wide variety of bugs including silk worms. crickets or water bugs.
The water bugs were just too big and reminded me of cockroaches so I passed on trying them.
Tim passed on all the insects, but did devour a tasty boiled quail egg.
Finally arriving at Natural Bungalows, our hotel for two nights. Our room was cheerful, had a lot of natural light and was painted boldly.
The property is situated right on the edge of the river. The hotel served us dinner that evening. I believe that they are trying to learn the hospitality and restaurant business, but they have a way to go. We were quite disappointed in the quality of the food, but liked the setting.
The best part of the meal was the refreshing watermelon drink.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that I got to try tarantula. I can now cross that off the list and NEVER have to try it again. 🙂
How about you ~ would you have tried the tarantula? Or if you already have, did you like it?