April 23, 2014

Cambodian Insights: Salt Fields, Caves and Monks

A half-day tour from Kampot visits salt fields, caves, hills and revered shrines in delightful Cambodian rural setting.

First off, our driver and guide will pick you up to see some of the hidden attractions of Cambodia. From leaving the coastal resort of Kampot we first drive to the salt fields which are situated near the town. You can see into the huts where the huge piles of salt are stored (though these are kept locked it’s easy to peer through gaps in the door).

Next is Phnom Sorsir temple and cave. The caves are quite majestic with Buddha statues and the smell of incense strong in the air. A gap in the cave leads to our exit. The remains of a famous monk are buried at this temple. The monk was said to possess magical powers. Flash lights will be provided so you can see the inside clearly.

When leaving Sorsir, we travel though a beautiful area, past rice fields, mountains and farmers working the fields with their buffaloes. We see local children swimming in water pools. On arriving at Phnom Chh’nork we visit the caves here with villagers. There’s a short walk to the caves and a steep staircase to the top. When at the top of the stairs, you can view the entire landscape which is truly breathtaking. The caves are fantastic, a statue sits in an opening that was put there by a Vietnamese monk in 1935. His name and the date are written on the wall.

Afterwards we return back to our vehicle and drive from the caves passing through rural Cambodia seeing their view their way of life. We return back to the hotel in time for lunch.

Further information and booking: Cambodia@khiri.com