I love pepper. And chili. And salt. Actually, I love all spices 😍 So it was quite convenient that I ended up in the region of the world’s best pepper. After a short and not very intense research, I decided to visit 'La Plantation' on my way to Kep.
'La Plantation' is a pepper farm, built by a Frenchwoman and a Belgian. On the farm
in addition to pepper, chili is grown and many different fruits or lemongrass.
But you really have to earn the experience. With the scooter the ride was only 21km long. BUT the ride did not go on a paved road, but again through a stream bed, so it felt 😅
I really cannot say how long the journey took. Felt like an eternity. But at some point, I came by the pretty Bateak Krola Lake, that was when I knew it could not be far anymore.
Luckily I was at the farm relatively early and therefore in the first group of the day. We were just 11 people present.
Once there were enough people for a tour (which was free!) together, it started. Dr. Pepper, a young, extremely enthusiastic Cambodian, was our guide.
First, Dr. Pepper told us the story of pepper, the differences of different varieties and the history of the farm. Next, we were allowed to try. Pepper with salt, white-red-green pepper, long pepper, turmeric, spice mixtures and Fleur de Sel.
Taste explosions. Never have I been able to enjoy such delicious pepper. We were all excited😍
Well, after tasting 11 different varieties, our taste buds were pretty overworked 🤭👅
Perfect time to discover the farm. With the expert and funny information of Dr. med. Pepper we were allowed to see where the pepper grows, literally.
The farm is beautifully landscaped, far from everything. I especially like that 'La Plantation' is a social as well as an ecological project.
When I had enough of the pepper, the drive continued towards Kep. Whist driving away from the farm on the bumpy gravel road, I had to constantly be careful not to be tossed of the scooter. I was just before Kep when suddenly on an ultra-wide, 6 lane mega road appeared. I was almost alone on the road. That was another funny picture 😁
Until the 1960s, Kep was the seaside resort for the rich and powerful until the civil war destroyed Kep. The town/village is full of old ruins, destroyed by the Civil War and emptied by the Vietnamese army on their retreat.
Today Kep has established itself as a popular destination for Cambodians and slowly international visitors are coming to Kep.
The charm of this coastal town lies in its tranquility, its national park, its seemingly delicious seafood (especially the crabs) and last but not least in the extremely friendly inhabitants, who often wave to the visitors, with a big smile on their faces.
First, I went to the famous crab market. A huge bustle was there. Locals haggling, bubbling pots on open fire, baskets filled with crabs and squid skewers ready to be enjoyed.
With braided baskets, the women stood knee-deep in the sea. They hoisted one basket after another filled with crabs directly from the sea to the market. From there, many of the crabs came directly into the steaming cooking pots.
Unfortunately, I do not eat seafood, I therefore cannot tell you how they taste😅
Since Kep is a really small place, rather a village, there was not much left to see here. That's why I took my scooter around the hill of Kep National Park before I heading back to Kampot passing by the salt fields.
Pictures here 📸