Nathalie and Guy arrived for the first time in Cambodia in February 2013, as tourists, but with a true desire to discover Asia. They wished to find a land or a house in Cambodia, in order to travel in the surrounding countries. But things didn’t go as planned…
The discovery of Cambodia, of the Kampot region, and the visit of a Kampot Pepper plantation made them change their minds! Only four days after their arrival, they were lucky enough to find a land at the end of a dirtroad, were they could only come by motorcycle.
A fallow land, without water or electricity, but a dreamy environment: a view on the lake and mount Bokor, the sea, and the Vietnamian island of Phu Quoc. This crazy project at the end of the world was taking shape: La Plantation was launched!
But why pepper?
The region was known for the quality of its pepper for many years. During the French Protectorate, the entire production of the region was exported towards France under the name of Indochina Pepper. Since 2010, the Kampot Pepper GPI had been put in place. Thus, we set a goal to become producers of Kampot Pepper and actively engage in the Rebirth of Kampot Pepper and its radiance across the world.
They didn’t know anything about cultivating Kampot Pepper, how did they do it?’
From 2013 to 2016, they reclaimed the lands, put in place the Kampot pepper plantation whilst respecting the GPI specifications. They created a team led by a local expert of pepper farming, himself planter, son and greatson of planters. Around the farm, they conceived infrastructures (water reservoirs and irrigation networks), farming and employees buildings, a production unit and areas to dry the pepper. All of this to be ready for the first harvest, finally, in 2016!
At this time, Guy and Nathalie decided to open up La Plantation to visitors.
Read more on...La Plantation website