My Stomach Ran to the Hills

Trip Start Dec 26, 2010
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Trip End Feb 03, 2011


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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Heading down south to Kampot today. However all buses heading south stop at Phnom Penh only. Once again, it costed me the full fare for the journey to Phnom Penh as though my journey started from Battambang some 150 km away. All reasoning with the bus operator was futile (I discovered later that they only enforce full fares to foreigners. We are like ATMs to them.)
 
Arrived in Phnom Penh, Central Market, amid the chaos and afternoon heat but managed to walk away with my backpack without being hassled by the tuktuk hooligans. To be fair, they hassle everyone, locals included. The Sorya bus station was just across the street - where my Kampot bus would be. Much to my delight, a bus to Kampot was scheduled to leave at 130pm, enough time for me to grab a quick bite at the station's convenience store. Ya, in such a small store, I was able to buy a lunch of sweet and sour fish with rice, hot off the deli. It was here I met Fadilah - a french-algerian, she was heading to Kampot as well.
 
A supposedly two hour journey, turned out to be a long four and a half hours bus ride. Much to my disappointment, by the time we had arrived at Kampot at 530pm, I had pretty much spent my entire day travelling on buses. With lonely planets in tow, both Fadilah and myself managed to checked in at Pepper Guesthouse after being turned away at almost all available guesthouses due to no vacancies. The problem with Pepper was that the roofs were not insulated and the concrete walls were just single layer. Basically concrete walls with a tin roof cover. The concrete walls and tin roof absorbed Kampot's oppressive heat in the day and the room was hot as hell in the night as the trapped heat continued to radiate even when the ambient air was like 25 degrees celsius.
 
Ventured off to the river promenade for dinner and ate a variety of street food. A plate of fried rice noodles with fried egg and chive cake, deep fried assorted snackes dipped in chilli sauce and a takeaway iced sugarcane juice. Happy tummy days ended here - I cannot put my finger down to which one could have caused misery to my stomach for the next three days. I remembered bad tummy cramps throughout the night. The bearable heat in my room made it even worse. A very bad night indeed.
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