After leaving Phnom Penh i hit the road towards Kampot, a quiet town near the sea. My Turkish friends gave me a recommendation there. A Turkish traveler couple, Destan and Eyüp, decided to settle down for a couple month and rented a house near Kampot. They called it a camping and now every traveler is welcome to put up his tent here and to spend time in this wonderful atmosphere. Destan and Eyüp traveled here from Turkey together, first by bicycle, later only with the backpack, and it is nice to be able to talk to like minded people.
The place is so relaxing, that i decide to spend a couple days here. We kill the time by visiting nearby waterfalls and villages or relaxing with a Turkish coffee in the wonderful garden. What a change to the busy town of Siem Reap or Phnom Penh.
A couple days later, we agree with our friends from Siem Reap to meet on the island of Koh Rong to celebrate Daniz birthday. So on Thursday we all packed our stuff together and left towards Sihanoukville.
Two days before, i had met a Swiss family in Kampot and we decided to have dinner together in Sihanoukville. So, after arriving in Sihanoukville, my friends already left towards the island while i took a room and got ready to meet the Trachsler family. They invited me to a Swiss restaurant here and for the first time in 17 month i ate a “Zürcher Gschneltzeltes“, a specialty from my home country. After a wonderful evening with the Trachslers i got back for a night of well deserved sleep. Thank you very much Jürg and Tatiana, it was a fantastic evening. I hope to see you and the kids again when i’m back in Switzerland.
The next day, i could leave my bike at the wonderful Swiss beach guesthouse in Sihanoukville, Heiner, the kind owner had instantly agreed to it. I booked a ticket for the speedferry towards the island to meet my friends there, unaware of the tragedy about to unfold.