Your Cambodia had a great time in both Kep and Kampot and we can’t wait to get back down to both of these locations so we can bring you our very own Kep and Kampot travel guide in the future. But for now you’ll have to make do with our awesome video.
Before war devastated Cambodia, Kep was the coastal destination of choice for holidaying Cambodians. While it seems to have been bypassed during the redevelopment of the nation, you won’t find many Cambodians complaining. Free of backpackers, it’s a beautiful but quiet town, much more suitable for families and offering more elegant establishments like Knai Bang Chatt and The Sailing Club. This town has always been an essential stop-off for any seafood fan, with many of the restaurants on the coastline claiming to have the best version of local delicacies like Kampot pepper crab.
Obviously it helps when the best pepper in the world is being grown just 30km away. Surrounded by towering mountains and divided by the stunning Preaek Tuek Chhu River, Kampot is thriving. As Sihanoukville’s backpacker scene disperses, Kampot has become a favourite alternative destination. Prices are low, and there’s an impressive choice of restaurants and bars. There’s also some of the best coffee you’ll drink in Cambodia.
The further up river you go, the cleaner the water, and the picturesque views become postcard quality. It may be one of the most relaxing places in the world. The river is a great place for cruising by boat, paddle boarding, sailing and swimming, but beware the currents during the wet season. Guesthouses and bungalows hug the shoreline, and some establishments boast excellent chefs. The other dimension to Kampot is the pepper plantations (we recommend the tours) and trips to the national park, which features jungle, waterfalls and rapids. Which town is your preference? Make sure you let us know by commenting and sharing on social media.
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