Famous for its pepper plantations (Kampot Pepper is the first Cambodian product to receive a Protected Geographical Indication), Kampot is a relaxed backwater with a beautiful river setting. The town is growing, but still has a small-town feel.
Swimming, kayaking the river, visiting the salt fields and the Teuk Chhouu waterfalls, exploring old buildings (old prison, train station, cinema, old fishmarket), or discovering nearby caves are among possibilities. It is also the gateway to Bokor Mountain, which can be visited on a day trip. The recently opened Kampot Museum hosts old photos and clippings.
Once a popular beach-vacation town for the colonial French elite and wealthy Khmer, Kep was destroyed by the Khmer Rouge regime and is now rebuilding itself. It’s a lot quieter and more authentic then Sihanoukville, and its beautiful surroundings and spread-out area contributes to its low-key and laid back atmosphere.
Most of the accommodation in and around Kep is set on big properties with views over the coast, and are great for rejuvenating after a busy day out exploring Kep's many attractions. Visitors can hike or bike in Kep National Park, do a day trip to Koh Tonsai, visit the stunning caves of Kampong Trach or Phnom Sorisa or just spend the day in town to explore the ruins of the former villas, take a stroll along the promenade, take a swim at Kep beach or enjoy world class seafood at the crab market.