Kep : Places To Go In Cambodia

Up until the 60’s Kep was the beach resort for Cambodia’s privileged classes. The Khmer rouge burnt and gutted all the villas there but now rebuilding can be seen everywhere.

Beaches were not a priority in those days which is just as well because there is no beach really to speak of. It does have lovely ocean breezes, stunning views with a backdrop of mountains.

Kep is more famous these days for the crab stalls along the “beachfront.”


The road from Kampot to Kep is quite good and smooth. It’s about 23 kms and takes 35-45 minutes to get there. Moto’s want about $2 one way and $4 return but add more if they have to wait around for you.


Crabs are what Kep is best known for and dining on the waterfront is a pleasant experience. The road behind Kep beach is lined with wooden platforms selling seafood. Prices are in kilos so decide how much you want and negotiate the price.

Prawns, squid, fish and crabs are all fresh in that morning. Sometimes you will see locals wander into the water and pull out a cage of live crabs.


Champey Inn

Range: $40 - $60 B/FRF The finest accommodations in Kep. A/c and fan bungalows with stylish decor in a garden setting overlooking the ocean. Satellite TV. Hot water. Swimming pool. 24 hour electricity. Tours. Restaurant: French fare with an emphasis on seafood. Pleasant open air seating a stone’s throw from the ocean, and stylish indoor seating at the Inn. Wine selection. Tel: 012-489125 E-mail:

Lodge Le Bout du Monde

Range: 30,000R - 40,000R BRF Hillside bungalows, guesthouse and restaurant. Large, basic rooms. New terrace seating. Great breeze, sunset view. Cultural tours. Motorcycles. Restaurant: The first western managed place in Kep. Good seafood dishes and western fare. Wine selection. Tel: 012-955670

Vanna Bungalows

Range: $3 - $7 BRF New, quality-constructed bungalows on the hillside with a fantastic view overlooking the ocean. Restaurant with home cooked Cambodian food. (Try the Amok.) Western also available. Dining area large enough for functions/meetings. Tel: 012-755038

Veranda Bungalows and Resort

Range: $4 BRF Bungalows with veranda on the hillside. Receiving very good reviews. 24 hour security. Restaurant: The unique Jungle Bar serves Cambodian/intl cuisine, has a full bar and a terrace with comfortable seating and a beautiful sunset view of the ocean. Tel: 012-333322

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