I’m back in Cambodia, my second home. I’ve actually been here for over a week now but have been busy catching up on work. Away from the hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh (Cambodia's capital city) is one of my most favourite weekend getaways, the sleepy town of Kampot.
Kampot is a riverside town famous for the region's pepper farms. One of my favourite things to do is hire a push bike and take photos of the old French colonial buildings, many dating from the end of the 19th century and the start of the 20th century. Some restored but most left as is with scars from the Khmer Rouge period.
What adds to the atmosphere is the twittering bird sounds heard in and around town. Beautiful but are actually bird calls played in a loop over loud speakers to lure swallow birds known as swiftlets. They are encouraged to build nests, which are created from the dried saliva of the swiftlets, inside numerous rooftops dotted around town. The nests can fetch high prices as they are a sought after Chinese medicine long promoted and claimed as a cure all. I'm not sure about the claim myself but it's spectacular sight to watch the birds return to their nests every evening at dusk.