Trip Start Feb 01, 2008
32Trip End Jun 2008
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To get to the top requires an hour and a half of your time and an excellent seat cushion (they're currently working on the unpaved roads to make it more accessible for it's third reincarnation as a modern resort). Once on top, the plateau opens up into a small community of run down, abandoned buildings. Then the fog rolls in. It must be some sort of atmospheric phenomenon or maybe it's just the ghosts. For some reason though, Bokor Hill is perpetually enveloped by fog. Sometimes it's half a mile visibility and other times it's 20 feet. The reason we know it's ALWAYS foggy is because from Kampot you can see the peak of the mountain where the hill station lies. And without fail, morning, day and night, there is a cloud covering just that piece of the mountain.
In Cambodia's raw, unpolished tourism, I've discovered that breaking away from the crowd tends to provide the most rewarding experiences. So as we entered the crumbling casino Tracy and the tour group went up and I went down. Tripping across the the holes in the first floor, I realized that most haunted part of any building was just below my feet. I then went on a mission to find the stairs leading to the basement.
It's hard to describe what it felt like as the fog rolled through the few broken windows of the bottom floor. It was much different than Tuol Sleng where there was just this incredibly heavy energy. In that basement...by myself... surrounded by darkness, I could feel something(s) watching me. I got goosebumps, the hair stood up on he back of my neck...whatever horror movie cliche you can think of, it applied. It was creepiest experience of my life.
Cambodian Cultural Difference - Women's Pajamas: It's just another thing that makes Cambodians so endearing. One of current trends in feminine fashion is matching pajama bottoms and tops. Day or night, casual or formal, flannel or cotton, flowers or bunny rabbits, it doesn't matter as long as you can hop straight from the office into bed without changing your clothes.
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