Kampot: An Introduction
The sleepy town of Kampot, just 20 minutes by car from Kep, is undoubtedly worth a visit during your stay in Kep (or alternatively choose to split your time in the region and spend a few nights at the rustic Les Mangieurs Resort on the outskirts of town - if this place was any more laid pack it would collapse into a pile of rubble!).
Famous during Colonial times, for its home-grown Kampot Pepper, the town borders the Gulf of Thailand, however as with much of the coastline in the south-east corner of Cambodia, there is no beach to speak of. There are however a number of delightful waterfront cafes; the perfect place to while a few hours or enjoy sunset views of the sea or the nearby Bokor Mountains, as well as a few shops and interesting galleries.
As well as exploring the town itself, excursions can be made to a number of nearby villages, the fascinating pre-Angkor temple cave of Phnom Chngok and Bokor Mountain. Whilst a car will be on hand, our preference for transport in this region is undoubtedly two wheels, allowing you to cycle through some of the fascinating back-water rural villages in the immediate vicinity. If you want to discover the 'real' Cambodia, there is no better way.