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Kampot and Kep, Off the Beaten Track Cambodia Welcome to the seventh and penultimate in our ‘Off the Beaten Track‘ Cambodia series. As mentioned in the first of this series – Off the Beaten Track Cambodia – Kulen Mountain Day Trip, whilst living in Cambodia we tried to visit and write about a new off the beaten track destination every month. We hope this will encourage people to spend longer in Cambodia to experience what it has to offer away from the tourist trail. In November, Andy and I took my Dad to the less touristy Cambodian riverside towns of Kampot and Kep.

Kampot and Kep

Despite being a popular getaway for those in the know (i.e. mainly expats living in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap) the towns of Kampot and Kep, in Southwest Cambodia often get over-looked by travellers. Close to each other, about 30 – 45 minutes apart depending on your mode of transport, it’s possible to stay in either town. However, whenever we’ve visited we’ve chosen to stay in Kampot. As they’re so close and share many nearby attractions I’ve covered both in this post.

What to See and Do in Kampot and Kep

Durian Roundabout in Kampot, Cambodia

Kampot itself, with its landmark Durian roundabout, doesn’t have a huge array of things to see and do, yet this is part of its charm. The chilled vibe makes it the perfect place for some downtime. If, and when you get bored of doing not a lot, there’s always the option to venture outside of Kampot, where there’s plenty to keep you occupied.

Kep Crab Statue in Kep, Cambodia

For us, this included trips to nearby Kep with its giant blue crab statues (just offshore and on the roundabout) and Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island).

Riverside and Beachside Walks

Kampot’s a sleepy town, known for its quiet setting alongside the Praek Teuk Chhu River and a riverside walk is a relaxing way to while away an hour or two. Time it for dusk and you may be treated to a stunning sunset over the river and surrounding hills. This is also the best time for people watching as many locals also go for an evening stroll, speed walk, or jog.
Despite not being the nicest beach ever, Kep Beach is very popular with locals. Again a walk along it is a great way to see and join local and holidaying Cambodians enjoying their spare time. A word of warning, if you visit during or either side of a public holiday, such as Water Festival like we did expect it to be heaving and full of rubbish. Not a particularly enjoyable experience, but when we returned the next day and it had been cleaned up. It was peaceful and quiet and could have been mistaken for a completely different place.

Countryside Tuk Tuk Tour

Countryside Tuk Tuk Tour, in and Around Kampot and Kep, Cambodia

The best way to see most of the sights around Kampot and Kep is via a half or full day countryside tuk tuk tour from either town. In addition to the things to see and do that I mention below, the actual journey through the beautiful Cambodian countryside itself is amazing, if a little bumpy. You get to see rural Cambodia and it’s wonderful people at their best! Dad and I took a full day tour which cost us $30 USD (£21.17).

Pepper Plantations

Pepper Plants at La Plantation near Kampot, Cambodia

Kampot is most well known for its world-renowned Kampot Pepper. This pepper is produced in several hundred organic farms set at the base of mountains in the area. There are several farms you can visit ranging from small family run ventures such as the one Andy and I visited during our first time in Kampot nine years ago, all the way to huge plantations stretching more than 20 hectares. This time Dad and I visited La Plantation because this was where our tuk tuk driver took us. It was set up and is run by a French couple who train and employ many locals.

The plantation has a beautiful countryside setting with views over the plantation, hills, lake, and Bokor mountain. They offer an interesting free presentation about the pepper growing process, including a taster of each type of pepper. Afterwards, there’s a free guided tour of the plantation which again we found really interesting.
The presentation takes place in a huge wooden Khmer style house on stilts. This also houses a restaurant and a gift shop where you can buy a refreshment, a bite to eat, or a peppery souvenier.

Salt Flats

Salt Flats near Kampot and Kep, Cambodia
There are several salt flats between Kampot and Kep area and your tuk tuk driver will be sure to know which one to take you to. Dad and I visited one during our tuk tuk tour but it was, in all honesty, disappointing, as it was the wrong time of year. It has to be hot and sunny for salt harvesting as the sun is needed to evaporate the water leaving the salt behind. We visited at the end of the rainy season so there really wasn’t much to see. However, Andy and I have visited before in the hot season during the salt harvest and it was in heaped in sparkling white piles as far as the eye could see.
I’d recommend only adding this to your itinerary if you visit in the dry season. You’ll then be able to observe the workers gathering the salt into piles, loading it into woven baskets, then carrying the heavy loads to nearby warehouses. It’s a fascinating process, but extremely labour intensive for the workers who toil all day under the hot sun.

Phnom Chhnork Cave

Located about 8 km northeast of Kampot along dirt roads is Phnom Chhnork Cave which contains the remains of a brick temple. A staircase of over 200 steps leads up the hillside then down into the cave which is full of stalagmites and stalactites. One formation vaguely resembles an elephant and another a calf. It’s possible to climb through the main cave to a smaller one but you’ll need a head torch and trainers of walking shoes with good grip. There’s likely to be several kids hanging around who will happily guide you through the caves for $1 USD (£0.71) or so.
Dad and I didn’t stop at the cave, mainly because Andy and I had been before and I realised then that clambering over slippery, razor-sharp rocks, through small, tight spaces in the pitch black really wasn’t for me. If you get claustrophobic or aren’t relatively fit and mobile I’d suggest giving this a miss.
Kep Crab Market
Kep Crab Market in Kep, Cambodia
One of the main reasons to visit Kep is to visit the buzzing Kep Crab Market located near the seafront just as you enter the town. Try to visit the market in the early morning when you’ll be able to watch the locals bringing in their catch. They wade just offshore filling plastic baskets full to the brim with freshly caught blue crabs. The crabs are then sorted to be sold at the Crab Market and to restaurants. 
Dad and I only gave the Crab Market a fleeting glance as we were ravenous and I was keen to take him to my favourite Restaurant to try the famous Kampot Pepper Crab instead. However, Andy and I have been to the market a couple of times previously and have always found it fun. We like to wander around looking at the range of fresh (and dried) seafood on offer. You can even buy what takes your fancy and have it barbequed or fried to eat there and then! If seafood isn’t your thing there are lots of other food options you could try instead. 

Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island)

Koh Tonsay - Rabbit Island, near Kep, Cambodia
A short way off Kep but also accessible from Kampot is the island of Koh Tonsay or Rabbit Island as it’s also known due to its shape. It’s one of the least visited Cambodian islands and is extremely rustic, with just a few beachfront restaurants. You won’t find any wifi there and there isn’t much to do other than chill on the beach or in a hammock with a book. Unless of course, you feel like exerting yourself a little for a refreshing dip or snorkel in the sea to cool off.
It’s the perfect place to slow down and relax for the day. You could even make a mini-break of it if you’re happy to rough it a little in the beach hut accommodation set behind the restaurants.
There are three options to reach Koh Tonsay, two from Kep and one from Kampot:

Community boat that leaves Koh Tonsay Pier in Kep at 9 am and 1 pm each day and returns at about 3 pm – check time. You can buy a ticket for this at the Community Boat Office in Kep for $7 USD (£4.94) return.

Private boat that will take you and return you at any time before 5 pm for $25 USD (£17.64) return per boat. The boat can be booked and paid for at a little shack at the start of Koh Tonsay Pier and can fit six foreigners or eight locals. This is more flexible than the community boat and cheaper for four or more people.

Crab Shuttle from Kampot which leaves Kampot, opposite Rikitikitavi at 9 am. It reaches Kep at 11:30 am and arranges for you to join the community boat at 1 pm. As per option one you’ll return on the community boat at about 3 pm before joining the Crab Shuttle back to Kep. This costs $18 USD (£12.70) per person and can be booked via the Crab Shuttle Facebook page.

We took a private boat for convenience and to maximise our time on the island. It wasn’t the cheapest option as there were only three of us, but we didn’t have the extra days to allow us to stay the night. The first and last options only give you a couple of hours on the island if you’re day tripping
Deserted Beach on Koh Tonsay - Rabbit Island near Kep, Cambodia
The boat to Koh Tonsay was easy to arrange and the island almost deserted as the domestic tourists visiting during Water Festival had left. We spent the majority of the day lazing on the beach, reading and drinking fresh coconuts. A couple of times Andy and I left Dad to snooze whilst we swam and snorkelled. The snorkels for rent weren’t in a particularly good condition so if you have your own snorkel and mask, definitely take it along.
Watching a local fishing boat come in with fresh fish and crabs reminded us to interrupt our relaxing for lunch. We ate at the nearest restaurant and ordered a delicious seafood feast. We had grilled king prawns, a whole fish with garlic and lemongrass, and fried crab with Kampot pepper. They were only $5 USD (£3.53) each which was good value for the portion size and freshness of the seafood.
Giant Starfish on Koh Tonsay - Rabbit island near Kep, Cambodia
Later Andy and I took a short trek through the jungle to another beach where Andy found the biggest starfish I’ve ever seen
We had a fantastic day out on Koh Tonsay; if you have the time I’d highly recommend at least a day trip there, if not longer. It’s one of my favourite things to do around Kampot and Kep.

Where to Eat and Drink in Kampot and Kep

Nowadays Kampot has quite a good selection of places to eat and drink, more so than the smaller towns of Kratie and Kampong Cham that I visited earlier in the year. We tried a few out during our stay but sadly only had the chance to eat in one place in Kep during our short visit.


Like many riverside towns in Cambodia, most of the places to eat in Kampot are along either side of the river or up the streets leading off it. The area of river running north and south of the old bridge is where you’ll find the majority of them. We didn’t really have a bad meal while we were in town and enjoyed all the places we ate in which were:

Rikitikitavi – set on the riverside road offers great river and mountain views from its first-floor seating area. It’s one of the most popular restaurants in Kampot and serves a fantastic selection of Western and Khmer dishes. The prices are a little higher than some other places but after our amazing meal there I’d say it’s worth it. Dad had Sait Moarn Chantil (Cambodian Stir Fried Chicken, Vegetables and Cashew Nuts) for $6.75 USD (£4.76), Andy had Beef Tenderloin Kebabs for $7.75 USD (£5.47), and I tried their speciality dish Saraman (Beef, Tamarind and Roasted Peanut Curry) for $8 USD (£5.65). Initially, I thought the serving small and asked for more. Big mistake, the dish was so rich I struggled to finish it. The serving size was clearly deliberate but was nonetheless delicious. We were impressed with the food, atmosphere and service; it definitely warrants the sparkling reviews.

Razorbacks – this little American grill joint is tucked away to the right of the walking/ moto only bridge on the other side of the river. Along with amazing grilled meat and fish, salads, pasta, sandwiches and a selection of sides and sauces are also served. We visited here on a recommendation from Siem Reap friends. It was virtually empty whilst we were there and the service quick. I had a Smoked Catfish Burger, which although it may sound a little suspicious was fantastic, a little like jerky, at $4.50 USD (£3.18). Dad had Chicken on the Bone and Andy had a Pulled Pork Burger, they were both also $4 USD (£2.82). We also shared sides of Potato Salad and Coleslaw which were $1.50 USD (£1.06) each. This hidden gem is great value for money.

Rusty Keyhole – again on the riverside road is probably the oldest restaurant in Kampot and is famous for its humungous ribs. We’d been recommended this place by numerous people over the years but had never tried it. This time we made sure to see if their ribs lived up to their reputation, which they did. Instead of a rack of ribs with a thin layer of meat, this appeared to be the entire side of a pig! Andy and I opted for the half rack each smothered in their secret recipe sauce. They cost $6USD (£4.23) each and were massive, I’m glad we didn’t have a whole rack each as tempted because we’d never have finished them. There are other non-rib options such as Chicken Pesto Pasta which Dad had for $5 USD (£3.53).

bARACA – near the centre of Kampot is a Belgium run Tapas bar which we visited with a group of friends in 2017. Serving delicious, inventive tapas at reasonable prices, the fun, yet quiet atmosphere makes this is a great place to spend an evening. I can’t remember what we had but it was good and we thoroughly enjoyed the food and evening we spent there.

There are several other places in Kampot that we’d have liked to try. These include Ellies Cafe, known for its breakfasts, cakes and vegetarian food and Divino, serving up Italian food. For more restaurant ideas have a look at The Travellinghams post on What to Eat in Kampot.

As with most places in Cambodia you can get a drink in nearly all restaurants and guesthouses in Kampot. The only place we visited in Kampot that was solely a drinking establishment was Nelly’s Bar. It’s set on a corner with a river view and is a great spot for some pre or post-dinner drinks. The staff are friendly, it opens late, and they serve good drinks – be sure to try the local Kampot Cider.

Although Nelly’s is the only bar that we visited, the nightlife in Kampot has picked up over the last few years. There are now more options for drinking and even dancing – especially on the weekends. You can read more about these in Move To Cambodia’s post Dancing in Kampot.


There is a strip of restaurants along the waterfront next to the Crab Market in Kep but they are much of a muchness. Andy and I have only ever eaten in one restaurant – Kimly, which has a great reputation. I also took Dad there for lunch on our tuk tuk tour:

Kimly – about a third of the way along the waterfront from the Crab Market has an extensive list of fresh seafood. Prices are slightly on the high side but it’s justified by the portion size and quality. I took Dad there to sample the famous Kampot Pepper Crab. I’m happy to report that it’s still as delicious as it was on mine and Andy’s previous visits. We each had a ‘normal size’ Kampot Pepper Crab (it was actually still pretty big) which was $8.25 USD (£5.82). As always it was sooo tasty but very, very messy! Be prepared to be up to your elbows in pepper sauce by the time you’ve finished! Remember to wash your hands before diving in or use some hand sanitiser. This is real ‘finger food’ and you don’t a case of travellers’ tummy ruining your trip. 

There were several other places in Kep that could be worth a look for food which Travel Fish have posted about in Places to Eat and Meet in Kep.

Where to Stay in Kampot and Kep

We were hosted for three nights in Kampot at Kampot Riverside Hotel. I’ve reviewed this below. Read more in our full Product Review Disclosure.

Kampot Riverside Hotel

Kampot Riverside Hotel in Kampot, Cambodia

Kampot Riverside Hotel has an ideal location on the Kampot riverside road with a great view of the river and Bokor Mountain behind it. With prices ranging from $30 USD (£21.17) a night for a standard room to $45 USD (£31.76) for a Deluxe Queen or King Room, I would class this a middle range hotel (for Cambodia).

The reception and lobby at the front of the hotel are reached by walking through the bar and restaurant area leading out onto the river road. We were a little late arriving but the Operations Manager – Phorl welcomed us cheerfully. He was helpful in resolving some initial confusion with our booking and soon had us checked into our rooms. Dad had a Standard room on the ground floor and we had a Superior room on the second floor.

Superior room at Kampot Riverside Hotel in Kampot, Cambodia

Our clean bedroom was spacious and bright with a comfortable double bed. It had an en-suite shower room with sink and toilet, a hairdryer, and complimentary toiletries. The room was set out with a wardrobe, desk and chair, armchair, and bedside table. There was also a small table with tea and coffee making facilities.

At the end of our corridor, there was a shared balcony with a couple of chairs offering excellent views. We were happy to find the wifi was good and reached all areas of the hotel which was handy as that’s not always the case in Cambodia.

Every morning we ate breakfast in the restaurant and this was included in the room price. There was fresh fruit, a choice of eggs with bacon, plus a baguette, tomatoes,  fruit juice, and tea or coffee. It was more than enough to set us up for the day. We didn’t eat any other meals in the restaurant as we were out and about. We did enjoy a couple of beers there in the early evening though, it’s a great spot for sunset and people watching.
The staff impressed us with their friendliness and professionalism, especially Phorl who went out of his way to ensure everything was o.k. for us. He was also more than happy to help us arrange our tuk tuk tour of the countryside. The day we left we also met the owner, Findlay who was also extremely friendly and helpful. We’ll definitely be back if we return to Kampot again.

Andy also has a vlog Kampot Riverside Hotel which shows you around the hotel and gives a bit more detail.

Other Accommodation in Kampot 

If you’re looking for something different to Kampot Riverside Hotel, there are also many other accommodation options in Kampot. Some, such as Meraki are in quiet locations a little further out of town and are ideal if you’re looking to relax. There’s definitely something to suit everyone.

Kep Accommodation

We’ve never stayed in Kep so aren’t in a position to recommend accommodation there. There are, however, plenty of options available through Booking.com


How to get to Kampot and Kep depends on where you’re starting your journey from. Remember bus companies and schedules are prone to change in Cambodia, so only take the below as a rough guide. Be sure to double check before finalising plans.

Getting to Kampot and Kep

The most common routes to Kampot and Kep are from Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, and Siem Reap, by road or a combination of plane and road. Most buses, mini-vans and taxies can be booked from the majority of hotels, guesthouses and travel agencies or online via CamboTicket for convenience.
Phnom Penh – It’s about a two and a half to three-hour journey by road from Phnom Penh to Kampot depending on your mode of transport. The main options are by bus, mini-bus (van), or taxi. Probably the best bus company to use is Giant Ibis which has a mini-van taking this route twice a day at 8 am or 2:45 pm for $9 USD (£6.35) plus a $1 USD (£0.71) booking fee for online bookings via their website.

Giant Ibis doesn’t run directly to Kep from Phnom Penh but there are many other companies that do which can again be booked via CamboTicket. Alternatively, you can get a tuk tuk or taxi between Kampot and Kep for around $12 – 15 USD (£8.47 – £10.59) and $20 USD (£14.11) respectively.
If budget isn’t an issue or comfort is your main priority a direct taxi from Phnom Penh to Kampot should cost from about $50 USD (£35.28), and to Kep from about $55 USD (£38.81), increasing depending on the vehicle and number of passengers. Again you can book taxis from your accommodation or an agency.

Sihanoukville – It takes about two to two and a half hours to get from Sihanoukville to Kampot by road about three hours from Kep. There are mini-vans on both these routes from 8 am for about $6 – $8 USD (£4.23 – £5.65). These can again be booked online via CamboTicket or from your accommodation or an agency. A taxi will set you back about $50 USD (£35.28) again depending on vehicle and numbers.
Siem Reap – To get to Kampot or Kep from Siem Reap you can either go directly (hopefully) by taxi or indirectly via Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville. The first stage of the indirect journies could be by bus or plane. By taxi it will cost from $75 USD (£52.93) and should take around five hours if it goes directly. Be sure to agree on a direct taxi when you book it though as many companies tell you it’s direct then go to the centre of Phnom Penh and swap taxis. This happened to us and added at least an hour to the journey and is frustrating, to say the least.

If going via Phnom Penh often the cheapest way but longest is by bus. It generally takes around six hours and costs from between $6 USD (£4.23) and $13 USD (£9.17) if you book through CamboTicket. If you take an overnight bus with Giant Ibis it’s closer to $16 USD (£12.40).

If you’re strapped for time, a flight can be a good option. Sometimes you can find deals which aren’t much more expensive than a bus. Check flights on Skyscanner for the best deals:

JC Airlines is also worth checking, although they can only be booked through the Ctrip website.

You can also fly to Sihanoukville which is our preferred option if we can find cheap flights. I don’t recommend getting a bus or taxi to Sihanoukville first as these aren’t direct and detour via Phnom Penh, making for a long and uncomfortable journey.
Once you get to Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville, the second part of the journey will be the same as one of those mentioned above.

Getting Around Kampot and Kep

The best way to get about Kampot and Kep towns is by foot as everything is within walking distance. The riverside and surrounding countryside are beautiful and interesting so a nice way to spend some time is exploring by bicycle or scooter. You can rent bicycles from many hotels, guesthouses, and other businesses in the towns for a small fee. I’m not sure about scooters though as I don’t ride. Ask at your accommodation and they should be able to point you in the right direction for either mode of transport.
If you want to explore even further afield your best bet is by tuk tuk as it allows you to see more than by taxi; just be prepared for a very bumpy ride. The best way is to combine several attractions with a countryside tuk tuk tour as we did which should cost you between $25 and $30 USD (£17.64 and £21.17), depending on where you want to go.
Our tuk tuk collected us at about 9 am which gave us plenty of time to see everything we wanted to. Be sure that your tuk tuk driver knows exactly where you want to go. For example, if you want to go to a specific pepper plantation make sure they understand upfront. If you’re not clear they’ll understandably take you to the places where they get the best commission.

Other Activities In and Around Kampot and Kep

Despite visiting Kampot an Kep a few times over the years there are still several things we haven’t managed to see and do yet including:

Sunset Firefly Cruise – is a lovely way to spend 3 hours of an evening in Kampot. You can watch the sunset as you move upstream, then once it gets dark, if you’re lucky, you’ll get to spot glowing fireflies in the trees lining the banks. Many operators in town tout these cruises along the riverside so you can take your pick. One of the most recommended is that offered by Captain Chims Guesthouse. For $5 USD (£3.53) you get a two-hour cruise with a beer or soft drink included.

Watersports – many of the riverside guesthouses in Kampot offer a whole host of watersports for visitors to have a go at. These include kiteboarding, paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing and much more.

Bokor National Park – once one of Kampot and Keps most popular attractions this 1,500 square km park is the home of Bokor Mountain and Hill Station. There’s a 2,000 riel (£0.35) entry fee to the park, then there’s a windy road that snakes around the mountain to the top with some great views en-route. The Hill Station at the top is a collection of old 1920’s buildings including a casino, hotel and church. The trip is best done by scooter, but you could also take a more expensive taxi. Tuk tuks aren’t recommended as they’ll struggle to reach the top. We’ve heard the buildings at the top are being renovated so you may find it’s lost some of its eerieness and charm. Having said that as we haven’t been there ourselves I can’t confirm or deny that.

Popokvil Waterfall – is set at the top of Bokor Mountain and has an additional 2,000 riel (£0.35) entry fee. It’s really only worth visiting in wet season as in the dry season its just be a dribble. When there’s water in the waterfall you’ll find locals enjoying picnics and splashing around in the water.

Kep National Park – is overlooked by many, but makes for a nice visit if you’re into hiking, although don’t expect anything too challenging. The entry fee is only $1 USD (£0.71) and there are several well-marked trails through the jungle including an 8 km circular loop. Along the jungle trails, you should see some of the flora and fauna of the park, including, if you’re lucky monkeys, squirrels, birds and butterflies.

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Have you visited Kampot and Kep? Have I missed anything there else there is to see or do off the beaten track there?

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Product Review Disclosure: Kampot Riverside Hotel provided us with a complimentary three-night stay. This did not influence my post in any way and as always I’ve provided a balanced and honest review. Read more in our full Product Review Disclosure.

Tanya Korteling

Tanya is the founder and head content creator for Can Travel Will Travel. She combines freelance SEO consultancy with exploring the world. Passionate about adventure, nature, wildlife and food, she incorporates these in her travels as much as possible. She also loves immersing herself in new cultures. She's visited hundreds of destinations in 50+ countries and lived in 4 countries. Tanya left the UK in 2016 with her husband Andy to travel, live and work abroad indefinitely. She writes about their experiences and shares useful information to inspire and encourage others to do the same.

This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. Lio

    Everybody going from Sihanoukville to Kampot because of the Chinese invasion going on in Sihanoukville, or so I’ve heard.

    1. TanyaKorteling

      No worries – some of my favourite places for a break from Siem Reap.

      1. TanyaKorteling

        Yes I’ve heard the same, but friends in
        Cambodia say it’s still nice to visit!

        I’m returning in October to live in Cambodia in October so I’ll check how it is there how and update this post if necessary!

  2. Claire

    I haven’t been to Cambodia yet but I would love to go! I like the idea of a tuk tuk tour, and a trip to the pepper plantation sounds fascinating! I would definitely check out the crab market too, that sounds delicious!

    1. TanyaKorteling

      It’s an amazing country – I highly recommend it. Tuk tuks are my favourite was of getting around in the countryside.

  3. I love crab, so I’d definitely be all about visiting the crab market and eating as many freshly cooked crabs as I could. That alone would be reason enough for me to head to Kep to check it out.

    1. TanyaKorteling

      Me too – that was one of my main first reasons for visiting.

  4. LDH Is TravelAtWill

    Cambodia is still somewhere we have not yet visited. The Durian roundabout made me laugh. We do recall the durian smell from touring in other parts to SE Asia. If the blue crab sculpture means there is lots of fresh seafood, we will definitely want to visit Kep and the crab market. A tuk tuk tour in the country would be so much more relaxing than our last one in Bangkok!

    1. TanyaKorteling

      If you get a chance definitely visit – it’s fantastic; it’s definitely a more relaxing tuk tuk ride than in Bangkok that’s for sure 🙂

  5. kimsaldo

    Nice guide! Rabbit Island seems like a great place to spend one full day in! 🙂 It’s nice to see Cambodia outside of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap!

    1. TanyaKorteling

      Thanks – yes Rabbit Island was great for a relaxing day trip, beach time, BBQ and a bit of snorkelling.

  6. gastrotravelogue

    You see some wacky things while you travel, but why Kampot would have a durian in the centre of a roundabout escapes me. I love crab so my first stop would definitely be the market. Great tip about getting there early to see the catch arrive. That’s exactly the kind of thing that I enjoy doing.

    1. TanyaKorteling

      Apparently Kampot’s famed for its durian, which is why they put one on their roundabout…only in Cambodia ?

  7. Paige Wunder

    I missed both of these cities both times I was in Cambodia. I really love the kitschy stuff like the durian roundabout! It’s so funny! I would also definitely visit Koh Tonsay. It looks like such a gorgeous place! Plus, it’s so affordable to get there!

    1. TanyaKorteling

      They’re all definitely worth a visit if you ever return!

  8. Fiona Maclean

    I love those blue crab statues! I think I’d be hanging out in the market for crab if I visited Kep. It’s a fascinating area and one I knew nothing about, so thank you for sharing

    1. TanyaKorteling

      Me too and the Kampot Pepper Crab is delicious…and very messy to eat!

  9. We are yet to make it to Cambodia and have to admit that we haven’t heard about Kampot and Kep until now. Kep and Kampot look like a quaint town, exploring the countryside on tuk-tuk sounds like fun. We have never been to a Pepper Plantations or even the Salt Flats so it would definitely be on the list.

    1. TanyaKorteling

      I hope you get to visit Cambodia one day – you’re sure to love it. I’ve written several about several other places in my Off the Beaten Track Cambodia series so feel free to have a look to get an idea of what else Cambodia has to offer 😀

  10. Medha Verma

    I have not heard of Kampot and Kep at all! I see why you call them off beat places to visit – they seem to not be touristy at all and that is a major reason for me to want to explore the area. A countryside tuk tuk tour sounds right up my alley. Also, Rabbit Island and Salt Flats look pretty cool!

    1. TanyaKorteling

      Fingers crossed they stay that way. They’re quite well known amongst the expat communities of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh as they know they’re lovely places to visit away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. However many people that come to Cambodia on holiday/ vacation are still not aware of them which is why I wanted to share this info.

  11. I love getting off the beaten path in South East Asia. We took a bike tour through Thailand and we saw so much more authentic culture than we saw in Bangkok our you’d see in Siem Reap. I love experience like this where you can enjoy the people and the landscape and not a developers idea of what paradise looks like.

    1. TanyaKorteling

      Me too – it’s my favourite thing to do, I did a bike tour through central Vietnam and it was amazing. Can’t wait to explore more off the beaten track in SE Asia.

  12. Nafisa Habib

    Never been to Kampot and Kep. Thanks for sharing all helpful tips. It’s definitely inspiring to visit Cambodia to explore Kampot and Kep 🙂

    1. TanyaKorteling

      Definitely worth a visit!

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