When thinking about holidays in Cambodia, we usually think about Phnom Penh, the temples of Angkor in Siem Reap, and for the beach life, Sihanoukville. Yet, Cambodia is so much more! Ever thought of going to Kampot?
Kampot, located in the south of Cambodia, is unlike most Cambodian provincial capitals composed of 19th-century French colonial architecture. Right on the Preaek Tuek Chhu river (in which you can bath), it’s a very chilled out place, best discovered when on a motor bike.
How to get there?
You can definitely take the bus (contact any tour operator in Saigon), or a flight (landing or in Phnom Penh or in Sihanoukville) as it’s just a 2/3hrs drive from either airport. You can also check out here on how to get from Saigon to there with your bike!
What to do?
Located a little bit outside of Kampot, Bokor Mountain is a great outing if you have a motorbike.
The ride up the hill is gorgeous, and you’ll discover once up there an absurd huge casino, an old church, some old and abandoned colonial building and the brand new “Le Bokor Palace”, created in 1912 by a French colonial, who wanted to create a healthy resort. This resort has suffered quite a lot of issues, and you can now enjoy the magnificent view of the terrasse.
Bike / cycle through the salt fields
Walk through the old town
Kampot is an old colonial town, resembling in many ways to Hoi An. You may also want to head to the main market
A little outside of Kampot (6/7km), heading toward Kep, you’ll find on your right a small muslim town and a mangrove farm & bungalows
Pagodas, caves and the secret lake, while discovering the off road country side
Where to eat
For breakfast, you may want to head to Rikitikitavi, where you’ll be seated on their terrasse, overlooking the river. They serve both western and local cuisine,
They also have a hotel.
You may also want to try “Epic Art Café”, restaurant owned by the Epic Art association, providing work opportunities for people with disabilities.
For lunch, do head to “The green house”, where the French chef will definitely surprise you with local and fusion cuisine. Don’t forget to try the chocolate chip cookies with Kampot pepper!
When it comes down to sunset drinks, go and enjoy the “Fish Market” bar and restaurant’s happy hour, where you’ll be able to lounge.
For dinner, if you want something fancy, then l’Atelier is your go-to place for a semi gastronomic experience at very resonnable prices.
Where to stay
The Green house is definitely one of our favorite of all times places to stay.
Located a little outside of Kampot, on the river, do check out all the details here.
You’ll most probably also enjoy Bamboo Bungalows, where you can dive into the river from your bedroom if you book a river bungalow!