Kampot, Cambodia

Kampot, is only 30 mins drive from Kep ($3 pp via minibus). Therefore, it made sense to visit it on our way back to Phnom Penh.
The ‘city’ is a quiet riverside town just a few kilometers from the Gulf of Thailand.

About Kampot
It is known as a ‘city’ as it is the capital of the Kampot region; but really it is only a small town. Traffic in fairly light & roads easy to cross compared to cities such as Phnom Penh & Siem Reap.

Kampot is well known for its famous black pepper. The town is also famous for its Kampot fish sauce and the durian fruit.

The Durian Roundabout

Surprisingly there are 4-5 British owned restaurants / bars here. We were also surprised by the number of Brits visiting here (apparently there is also a large expat community). However, a variety of European food options was actually welcome after 9 weeks of Asian food. Although I drew the line at ‘Full English Breakfast’ & ‘Fish & Chips’; ‘Cheese/beans on Toast’ & ‘Ploughmans with Branston’ were tempting!

The River
The Prek Kampot river runs through the town and there are two bridges ‘Old’ & ‘New’.
The Old Bridge, is still in regular service for traffic although it probably shouldn’t be as its structural integrity is questionable. It was destroyed in the Khmer Rouge period & repaired in a mishmash of ways. We walked across & could see huge rusting holes through to the river below.

Both derelict & restored Colonial houses line the river & throughout the city.





For watersports enthusiasts, there are lots of things to do on the river: kayaking, SUPs, tubing, SUP yoga (!) & of course swimming.

Other things to do
There are several things to do here including trips to caves; the deserted hill station & casino; pepper farm & salt flats. Kep is also easily accessible see our blog Kep & Rabbit Island

In town there are a host of bars, restaurants & cafes where you can just sit & watch daily life go by.

Monks collecting alms

There are numerous places to stay in Kampot from hostels (from $5) to smart hotels (at $110). We stayed at the Ny Ny Hotel at $22 a night.

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