There is an expression in German that if you want someone to get lost, you tell them to “go where the pepper grows”. I have always been intrigued to find out where this mysterious place is (so I can send Chris there) and now I know – it is a small town in southern Cambodia, called Kampot!
Kampot is a sleepy riverside town not too far from Kep and best known for its fine pepper, which is much sought-after by gourmet chefs worldwide. We visited a pepper plantation to get a closer look at what all the fuss is about.
Kampot is nestled between the abandoned green Elephant mountains with their panoramic views over the lush Cambodian countryside. It is an adrenalin-lover’s paradise with trekking, caving and rafting opportunities. Sadly rafting and a trip to the local waterfall weren’t possible during the dry season so we visited Rung Domrey Saa (the White Elephant Cave) instead. To get to the cave we had to climb 203 steps (harder than it sounds when it is 40-plus degrees) past a slightly random Buddhist hermit who has been living there for a few years (avoiding Council Tax, perhaps).
|Hermit blessing us|
|The temple inside the cave|
|Countryside around the cave with the Elephant mountains in the background|
|A local farmer, no doubt looking forward to the rainy season|
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Have you been to Kampot or have you tried the famous pepper yet?