Founders: Marie and Manu

Manu

kep-autrement-11After a first visit of 6 months in Cambodia 13 years ago, and going back and forth for 4 years, I settled in the Kingdom of the smile 9 years ago. A first year in Phnom Penh, and for 8 years in Kep. First as a French teacher for a small school as part of a non-profit association, I then created a magazine on the reawakening of Khmer art and culture. Then with a Belgian friend, we created Kep Autrement 4 years ago.

Marie

Came on a holiday “by chance” in Cambodia, I left Belgium 7 years ago to settle here and  followed the wind. First in Siem Reap, where I worked with an orphanage, then I quickly discovered Kep where, fallen in love, I went to make my nest almost 6 years ago. First, as a guide for a local agency, then manager of it. Then we created with Manu, my friend of ride, Kep Autrement, to make discover the surroundings according to our point of view, our approach.

Vanna (Tuk-Tuk driver)

P1080063Tall and handsome boy, which does not spoil the business, Vanna is the driver of Kep Autrement since its creation. We made him discover our tracks, and enjoying the game, he made us discover others! An innate kindness and an affable nature, he will know perfectly, in our company or not according to our availabilities and your choice, how to make you live a very nice day by the roads and tracks of Kep Autrement.

Veng Ven (Motorcycle guide)

veng-ws-ka-jpgA longtime friend of Marie and Manu, Veng, 34, is a French and English teacher for small sections in a free school in Kep for 7 years. Since the creation of Kep Autrement, during his holidays or on weekends, he regularly worked with us, either to “close” the walk when there are more than three motorcycles, either as an accompanist or as a guide. He knows perfectly well the paths we take and our state of mind. You can follow him with confidence and have a great day with him!

Khan

Khan is a friend of Vanna, who has lived in Kep for 22 years, this 32 year old man has already rendered us many services during all these years. As Kep’s Alternate Guide, he knows our activities and logically he joins the team as we open our tours to English-speaking travelers.

THE CONCEPT OF KEP AUTREMENT

The idea is quite simple: to discover all the richness that offers the region of Kep and Kampot off the beaten track. On a “playground” of 10,000 square kilometers, we will explore the countryside and reach the main points of interest by passing tracks, small villages, at the very heart of the local life. The principle is to go for a ride, to take time, to stop at will, to meet the inhabitants, to absorb the life of the people in the countryside, which represents 80% of Cambodia. Few roads, tortuous paths, we propose routes that are out of the ordinary one. The feeling of being lost without being so, transplanting rice in the good mood of work, crossing hundreds of kids grabbing you with smiles and “hello”, stopping in a caff and eating traditional local food, drinking coffee or fresh cane juice, attending a game of volleyball, visiting a natural cranes reserve, unique in the world, taking a boat ride in the mangroves, etc. We are also here to answer your questions, whether it be language, history, culture, drama, politics, religion, the current situation of this country full of magic and surprises that is reborn from its ashes.

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