Kampot: The Hidden Gem of Cambodia
Nestled by the river, tranquil and serene, Kampot is a charming province located in the southern part of Cambodia. Amidst lush green mountains, hidden waterfalls, and French colonial architecture, Kampot offers a unique experience to travelers who are looking to explore the off-beaten path in Cambodia.
10 Places to Visit in Kampot
1. Bokor Hill Station
Bokor Hill Station is an abandoned French resort town located on top of Bokor Mountain. Visitors can have stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the coastline at the top of the mountain.
2. The Kampot Pepper Plantations
The Kampot pepper plantations are globally famous for their production of high-quality pepper. The plantations give visitors an insight into the production process of the famous Kampot pepper.
3. Kep National Park
Kep National Park is home to diverse wildlife and breathtaking scenery. Visitors can enjoy several hiking trails, refreshing waterfalls or even see the rare, endangered pileated gibbon.
4. Kampong Trach Caves
Kampong Trach caves are a group of stunning limestone caves filled with unique formations of stalagmites and stalactites. Visitors can also enjoy a boat ride in the river that flows through the caves.
5. Preah Monivong Bokor National Park
Preah Monivong Bokor National Park is home to stunning waterfalls, dense forests, historical landmarks, and diverse fauna. Visitors can explore the park through hiking trails or by hiring a guide.
6. Teuk Chhou Rapids
Teuk Chhou Rapids is a refreshing swimming spot perfect for both locals and tourists. Visitors can swim in the crystal-clear water or picnic in the natural surroundings.
7. Lookout Point
Lookout Point offers panoramic views of Kampot and its surrounding areas. The spot is especially popular at sunset.
8. Phnom Chhngok Cave Temple
Phnom Chhngok Cave Temple is a historic and religious site located inside a cave. Visitors can climb the steep stairs to enjoy the incredible views of the surrounding countryside.
9. Kampot Night Market
Kampot’s Night Market is a bustling market featuring local foods, handicrafts, and traditional Khmer souvenirs. Visitors can enjoy live music and soak up the vibrant atmosphere.
10. Kampot River
Kampot River meanders through the city and offers visitors a chance to take a riverboat cruise, try kayaking or even simply relax in the stunning scenery.
5 Places to Avoid in Kampot
1. Bokor National Park Elephant Rides
Elephant rides in Bokor National Park are criticized widely for being cruel to animals. Tourists should avoid contributing to this activity that exploits the majestic creatures.
2. Sleeping Buddha Mountain
The Sleeping Buddha Mountain is located alongside major mining sites in the area. The place has been destroyed considerably, so it is not recommended for tourists to go there.
3. Disco Dancers
A group of tuk-tuk drivers in Kampot often expect tourists to dance on the street while being driven around. Tourists can avoid such an experience by being clear about the type of transportation they want.
4. Salt Flats Touristy Spots
The salt flats in Kampot are prone to over-tourism. Tourists should avoid the most crowded spots and choose places where local people gather or ask for a recommendation from their hotel staff.
5. Koh Ton Say Resort
Koh Ton Say resort is infamous for poor management and hygiene standards. Tourists should avoid staying at this resort even if it seems tempting due to its beautiful beach location.
Overview About the City
|Language||Khmer, English, French, and Vietnamese|
|Currency||Cambodian riel (KHR) and USD|
|Average Temperature by Season||26°C in the cool season, 30-35°C in the hot season, 22-25°C in the rainy season.|
|Best Time to Visit||November to March, which is the cool season in Kampot.|
|City Official URL||https://www.kampot.gov.kh/|