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“terrible visiting site, good experience on the road”

Phnom Kampong Trach Cave
Ranked #7 of 22 things to do in Kep
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Shanghai, China
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“terrible visiting site, good experience on the road”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2013

Moto is compulsory as we stayed in Kep, a one-hour ride on the muddy road with holes full of water after rain. The trip was very nice as the view along the way was fantastic, we visited several temples on the way, monks were very kind and nice. However, as we arrived finally the FAMOUS cave, we were immediately followed and surrounded by local kids. They circled us after we paid for the entrance tickets, they gathered in the narrow path in the cave and tried to repeated each other in poor English. There was a elder boy who was able to speak better English, imagine all the little kids repeat words by words what he said...The cave itself was not worth visiting, several badly-sculptured budha images were posed here and there..They tried to explain to us what a stone looked like, a serpent, a dog.....Another notice: when you come back it falls dark, all the way no electric light on the road, and other travelers on this muddy road don't turn on the light of their vehicle (truck, moto, bike...)

Visited July 2013
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Nice small caving experience with locals”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2013

We went on a motorbike trip around Kep to pepper plantations and this cave. The countryside was quite nice with rice fields, salt fields, pepper plants, orchards and this cave, but it's a long day from Kep on some terribly dirt roads that was so dusty. We were all covered with masks and it's a must if you are not taking a car. We met a few others on the way and joined each other for parts of the trip. From the pepper plantation, we drove toward Kompong Trach, a tiny small town on the dusty road. One could easily see the mountain from the distance because the whole area is so flat. The caves are small and nothing special. If should be a small nice closed lagoon while being in the sea. After passing a small cave, you could see a small closed valley with trees and open air, very interesting. Then we walked out on another way and climbed up for another cave. This used to be the place to hide due to the Khmer rough. Having seen many impressive caves before, we felt a little disappointed with the caves given the distance traveling from Kep until we met some kids there and walked with them up the mountain. The scenery from the top was quite good. As it was quite clear, we could see Kep and Vietnam border from a distance. The kids at the park were friendly and they wanted to go with us. The older boy spoke good English and he was teaching other boys/girls on the way, and they just repeated what the older boy said. It was a really fun afternoon.

Visited August 2013
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Go to the caves towards Kampot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

Skip this cave and go to the Phnom Ch'nork caves and Phnom Sorsir Caves on route 33 going towards Kampot. It was brilliant, wonderful, amazing! I'm so glad we made the trek out there to see the caves. There's so much to see and hidden wonders inside the caves. It's hard to find but we drove in our car to the caves. We were lucky to go during the off season so the kids weren't overwhelming us. We had a great guide. I would suggest getting a guide. Wear good shoes and bring a headlamp or flashlights. The caves are breathtaking. There's so many hidden passageways you couldn't find all the paths on your own without help. You can play drum on rocks that echo throughout the cave. If you're really adventurous you can go during the raining season when the cave is flooded and swim through the caves. There's great natural light throughout the cave, but you still need a head lamp.

Visited July 2013
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Thailand
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53 reviews
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“Perhaps not worth to drive a tuktuk all the way from Kep”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

but otherwise definitely worth a visit. The caves are nice, with the usual 'animals'. Part of the attraction are the bunch of kids offering their guiding skills. Don't be fooled by their English phrases, most of them only know the relevant phrases, but can't count to ten.

Visited March 2013
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Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains, Reunion Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“An historical place”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

Even if a little bit disappointing, have to be visited because of their historical past .... Ask your guide to go and visit the pepper plantations not far from the caves : it's worth going there !

Visited January 2013
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