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Escape to Kampot, Cambodia's sleepy riverside town. You can see every street lined with charming old buildings, covered in a laid-back vibe of the calming Kompong Bay River. Explore hidden gems, kayak on the water, or simply relax in boutique resorts or backpacker havens. Want to discover more of Kampot attractions? Dive deeper and kick off the journey to Kampot!

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Overview Kampot

1. LOCATION

In the very south of Cambodia that borders the sea, also where the Preaek Tuek Chhu split into 2 branches and approached the ocean, laid the province of Kampot. With the terrain of a large area of plain and numerous mountains, and limestones that dotted its land, Kampot would be a worth-visiting destination.

Kampot - The dreamy town of Cambodia

Kampot - The dreamy town of Cambodia

2. BEST TIME TO VISIT KAMPOT

The dry season starts from November to May next year. In particular, November to February is the best period to relax in Kampot as the weather is cool and the sun isn’t burning, the temperature is pleasing at 27°C average.

Outdoor Activities in Kampot

Outdoor Activities in Kampot

From the end of May to October, it starts to rain. Especially, from June to August, the region suffers heavy rain pour, and some areas can suffer from a flood. For this reason, your moving will be so much more difficult and beaches will not be for bathing.

3. THINGS TO DO IN KAMPOT

Explore the National Park

National Parks Near Kampot

National Parks Near Kampot

It is no strange that with the spacious area of green land, Kampot is home to numerous magnificent mountains and old-growth forests. Exploring its national park, the mysterious beauty and wild creatures there would make you pleased. In particular, the Preah Monivong National Park - which owns a spectacular sight over the city, on its peak, stands still the French colonial ruins and mystery churches. To enjoy best your sightseeing trip, taking a motorbike would be a good choice.

Pay a Visit to the Pepper Farm

Kampot pepper farm

Kampot Pepper Farm

Being famous for its quality of pepper, Kampot has been the country's leader in growing pepper and exporting the goods to many countries. Visit La Plantation, you will see an open area that is only used for growing pepper. Behind its background are giant mountains that make the site so spectacular. There are also restaurants, cycle rickshaws, souvenir and pepper shops, and a small museum about pepper tools and its kind available for tourists.

Take Part in Fascinating Water Sports

Kayak and drift along the Preaek Tuek Chhu River

Kayak and drift along the Preaek Tuek Chhu River

Water sports have become common in the area as it is surrounded by big rivers and sea. If you love kayaking, they provide entertaining activities at both river and beach. En route, you can stop by the Greenhouse Guest House for the instruction of kayaking route and then, pay a little time to see the Samon’s village, which is a typical design of Cambodian village. The price is reasonable about 3$ for an hour's hire. Otherwise, make use of the river's mellow surface and take Paddle Boarding.

A swimsuit is what you have to bring along, among the scenic view of the beach and river, it would be epic to swim in its water. Nataya beach is highly suggested to you to come.

Sightseeing on a Motorbike

Renting a motobike to go around Kampot

Renting a motorbike to go around Kampot

Things are going to be easier when you just take general paths and drive. Choose your destination and head for it, but don’t pass the Kampot salt field and the fishing Island, this is where you can pull over and see the locals follow by step to collect the salt. Also, the activities of the fishermen and the way they produce goods from fish can be seen.

Switch to the mountainous destination, aim for Mount Bokor a fantastic view behind the frog. As convenient, you can also visit its neighboring spots like Bokor church, and Sampov Pram pagoda.

Discover Caves

Right the moment you start off the journey to Kampot caves, you have already been exited and that feeling will rise even more when you find yourself in those fascinating caves.

Phnom Chhngok Cave in Kampot

Phnom Chhngok Cave in Kampot

Among them all, Kampong Trach Water cave is the favorite, not only possess its wild and pure nature, the cave also owns blue lagoons for a fresh swim. Other than this, Phnom Chhngok Cave is also a worth-visiting place that is home to a mysterious temple of Shiva. Swim Cave is another option for your cave exploring in Kampot allowing you to immerse yourself in the cool water and gorgeous natural site.

Contemplate the Waterfalls

Up to the mountain, some streams and waterfalls bend through rocks and mountain canyons to approach downstream. They are all breathtaking and worth visiting but time only permits for a few. In this case, come to the Tada waterfall to enjoy the cool air and refresh yourself in chill water.

Popokvil Waterfall Kampot

Popokvil Waterfall Kampot

Because it has already been turned into a flat bathing - place and has many rest houses around, but in exchange, you receive safety. Or head for the Povokvil Waterfall, which is rather rocky and considered wild. In the rainy season, water flows so rush that makes the site just so beautiful.

Take a Day Trip to Kep

Although Kep is not a part of Kampot from Kampot, traveling to Kep doesn’t take much time. In the small province surrounded by Kampot and bordering the sea, there are a bunch of things that tourists can enjoy.

Beach in Kep

Beach in Kep

Sunbathing at Kep Beach is relaxing when you can sit on the white sand and have delicious fresh seafood. For even more fantastic beaches, a trip to Kaoh Po, Koh Thonsay beach on the islands would please you. The scene there is just so captivating with calm blue water, long white sandy beaches, and unexploited forests.

Don’t miss the Kep Crab Market, locals people sell fresh crabs of all kinds and other seafood. Steamed/ fired/ grilled/ boiled seafood is available. Tourists can enjoy the market’s eatery or bring out the beach.

For more adventure, let’s visit the Kep National Park. While trekking, beautiful views and fresh air would make you enjoyable. There are also some restaurants and pagodas available.

4. THINGS TO BUY IN KAMPOT

If you would like to have something unique to Kampot, the section below contains some examples.

Eco friendly and reusable tote bags

Eco-friendly and reusable tote bags

  • Stilt handy bag: Varies in size, has a typical brown color, and is adorned with pieces of colorful fabric.
  • Small pillow: they provided a different color. Each kind of product was adorned with a pattern that was typical of Cambodia.
  • Clothes of Dorsu: which is a shop that sells ethical and produces clothing, they use cotton as the main material. Available clothes are self-produced T-shirts, dresses, and jersey tops (made by the shop staff).
  • Art Prints: for diverse items, come to the KAMA shop.
  • Books: visit the Kepler for the collection of pirated, Xeroxed Books and some best-sellers of Cambodia.
  • Pepper: if you have visited the pepper plantation, purchase the goods right there at a reasonable price and be well-qualified.

5. THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND

Old City Kampot

Old City Kampot

  • Hire motorbikes if you tend to travel far from the center.
  • Try the food of hawkers and vendors.
  • Learn the Cambodian basic language.
  • Bring along your swimsuit to join in the water-based activities 
  • Learn to bargain at the market.
  • Ask for the price first before purchasing something.
  • Prepare for cash as many places won’t take cards.
  • Bring along toilet paper.
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