Thursday was my last full day in Cambodia. I spent it cycling the back streets of Kep, a city that suffered greatly during the Khmer Rouge and civil war period and hasn’t recovered. While the action in Kep these days is focused primarily along the coast, venturing inland into the city grid marked on maps reveals what once was with wide streets, big blocks of gated land and villas facing towards the ocean. The streets are now in a poor condition (actually, some were newly sealed indicating perhaps renewal is coming), the land left to grow wild, and the villas in various states of disrepair. I explored, and took photos of a minor cult attraction of Kep, the graffiti.
After a couple of rounds of Vietnamese style pork rolls I do some hiking in the Kep National Park. I don’t do the 8km circuit, instead clamber up and down the steep tracks carved into the hill. Tough going, but enjoyable with signage and seats to rest provided by Led Zep cafe and the Squirrel Association. Good job them.
Back to Kukuluku for a swim and rest, and then out for my last dinner in Cambodia, a barbecued fish with rice and sweet chili sauce.