Kampot Province Travel Guide

As Cambodia’s southernmost province, Kampot is rarely visited by foreigners. Within sight of Vietnam and the Boker Mountain, the province relies heavily on fishing. The Kampot River runs through the province, which was once an important trading hub until it was overtaken by Sihanoukville in recent decades.

Kampot town is the base for daytrips up Boker Mountain, in either a truck or a dirt bike, from where stunning panoramic views over Cambodia and Vietnam can be enjoyed. Waterfalls, boating and rafting on the river can be enjoyed in town, and popular attractions are the Kompong Trach caves with their ancient ruins and the durian and pepper farms.

The small seaside town of Kep, near the Vietnamese border, is a sleepy little fishing town with picturesque scenery but few attractions. The little island of Koh Tonsay can be visited from Kampot town by boat. Visitors can enjoy long stretches of golden sand and tasty local crab curry.

Tuek Chou Zoo is one of the few places in Cambodia where you can see wildlife, while the Boker National Park is home to several historic buildings including a vast, decrepit casino. Other highlights include the 7th century Phnom Chnok ruins and Wat Chamcar Bei temple.

Kampot is an up and coming tourist destination and the town has recently undergone many changes. There are a number of charming hotels, guesthouses and resorts in the towns of Kampot and Kep, while home stays can be found in the rest of the province. The province is connected to the rest of the country and Vietnam by well-maintained road.