The trip out to KP was just as enjoyable as KP itself. We were able to see many local villages and everyday happenings from the window of our car. We had actually wanted to take a Tuk Tuk but were convinced by our hotel that a car would be better. Once on the journey we were very grateful for this as the road is very run down and dusty. Plus it is a decent drive so would take quite a while in a Tuk Tuk. We found that the locals at KP were friendly although quite apprehensive at first to smile, wave or acknowledge you. I'd be the same way if I had people staring and pointing at me all day. I waved, smiled and greeted every person using the local greeting (Soksaby-probably spelt totally wrong but this is pronunciation). Once I said this they were much more enthusiastic and appreciative.
There are definitely some points to be aware of for this trip. I was shocked by the amount of rubbish floating in the water and around the village (probably a result of the increased tourism). Take your driver with you on the boat. He was instructed to park his car and wait for us. All we had to do was say that we wanted him to come and he did. This was great for translation and to have a familiar (trustworthy) face around just in case. Finally, wherever there are tourists there are scams. Be sure to tip the boat driver and be aware before you leave that you will probably be ripped off at the entry point. It was still worth it. I was also very aware of who/what I was photographing but that is everywhere when travelling.
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