Kep and Kampot
Wooden balconies on French colonial mansions in Kampot. A sundowner at a restaurant by the river. Overgrown old colonial villas in Kep. A hammock with a view to islands far beyond. Simple yet exquisite seafood restaurants, with expensive catch. Go here to lull into slowness. Then stay here longer than expected
Kampot is a charming riverside town, nothing much happens here, but the laid back ness, makes it more and more attracting for travelers. Not far from here is the Bokor National Park. Across the river and into the backland on a bike and you are soon in Durian Plantations, small sleepy villages, and the black pepper fields Kampot is most famous for.
The Pepper is used all over Cambodia, but in the close by sea resort of Kep, the black pepper crabs is known as the finest delicatessen among connoisseurs. Kep was a hang out for the French in colonial days. Here they had mansions to die for before. The Khmer Rouge destroyed the villas, and today many are ruins yet a few have been restored. Kep is unquestionable a fine seaside resort, slow, yet beautiful, with some tasteful resorts, both with a touch of hippie ambience and high-end boutique. From Kep there are boats to close by islands.