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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
  
Kampot's main draw is its relaxing riverside setting. While there is a sizeable town set back from the river, most tourists will spend most of their time enjoying the river. Kampot's economy is based on Salt and Pepper production, fishing, fruit growing (particularly Durians) and light industry with domestic and foreign tourism being small but growing contributors. Most foreigner oriented tourist businesses are scattered along the riverside promenade or are within one or two blocks of it. The riverside's main reference points are the '''old bridge''', a mongrel of various styles and temporary parts thrown together after its breaching in the Khmer Rouge days, and the French-built '''market building ''' (which is currently being restored). Back from the river, the town is centred on the bizarre '''durian roundabout'''. From where the buses drop passengers, walking down the wide boulevard leads towards the river and the French-built market.
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Kampot's main attraction is its relaxing riverside setting. While there is a sizeable town set back from the river, the majority of visitors will spend most of their time enjoying the river and the local countyside. Kampot's economy is based on Salt and Pepper production, fishing, fruit growing (particularly Durians) and light industry with domestic and foreign tourism being small but growing contributors. Most foreigner oriented tourist businesses are scattered along the riverside promenade or are within one or two blocks of it. The riverside's main reference points are the '''old bridge''', a mongrel of various styles and temporary parts thrown together after its breaching in the Khmer Rouge days, and the French-built '''market building ''' which has recently been restored. Back from the river, the town is centred on the bizarre '''durian roundabout'''. From where the buses drop passengers, walking down the wide boulevard leads towards the river and the French-built market.
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If you would like to know a bit about '''Kampot's History''', the online '''Kampot Museum''' is here
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[https://kampotmuseum.wordpress.com/category/kampot-museum/]
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If you want to know more about '''Kampot's Early History''', a scholarly PDF document (Kampot of the Belle Époque) is located here: [http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=kampot%20la%20belle%20epoch&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&sqi=2&ved=0CDIQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Frepository.kulib.kyoto-u.ac.jp%2Fdspace%2Fbitstream%2F2433%2F53808%2F1%2FKJ00002412165.pdf&ei=6qPSUMGnFMT3rQfC7oGwBQ&usg=AFQjCNFtFo2ZpB96evPECbuxDhzTFjNPJw&bvm=bv.1355534169,d.bmk]
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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'''By bus from Phnom Penh:'''  
 
'''By bus from Phnom Penh:'''  
  
'''Hua Lin''' buses depart at 7am and 12pm from their bus station on street 182 near Olympic Market. The bus travels to Kampot via Kep and the trip takes about five hours.
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'''Capitol''' buses depart at 7am and 1pm from their bus station near Orrusey Market.The bus travels to Kampot via Kep (Currently does not go through Kep as at October 2012 and the trip now takes 3.5 hours) and the trip can takes about five and a half hours as it tends to pick up a lot of passengers while in transit. As at September 2012, the fare is $4.25
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The road between Kampot and Kep has been had extensive work done to it over the past twelve months. At this date, the road is still gravel surface and of variable quality. It is expected that surfacing of the road will be carried out soon-ish.
  
'''Sorya''' buses depart at 7.30am and 2.30 pm from their bus station next to Central Market. In the high season (October to May)there may be an additional bus at 9.30am. The bus travels to Kampot via Kep and the trip takes about five hours. As at September 2012, the fare is $4.50
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'''Hua Lin''' buses depart at 07:00 and 12:00 from their bus station on street 182 near Olympic Market. The bus travels to Kampot via Kep and the trip takes about five hours.  
  
'''Paramount Angkor Express''' buses depart at 7.30am and 1.30pm from their bus station near Olympic Market.The bus travels directly to Kampot (does '''not''' go via Kep) and the trip takes about three hours.
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'''Capitol''' buses depart at 07:00 and 13:00 from their bus station near Orrusey Market. The bus does not currently go via Kep and the trip to Kampot can take approx. 3.5 hours. The bus continues on to Kep after setting down passengers in Kampot. The fare is now $US5. Website: [http://www.capitolkh.com/opentour.htm]
All of the above buses terminate at the central Kampot bus station which is about 150 meters from one of the main guesthouse streets in Kampot - walk to the Salt Workers Monument and take your first turn to the left. As at September 2012, the fare is $4.50
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'''Note''' that these buses do not generally have an on-board toilet but do usually have a 15 minute rest stop at approx. the half way point between Phnom Penh and Kampot. Note also that while there is no difference in the fares charged for locals and foreigners on the Phnom Penh - Kampot route, fares generally increase for everyone during major public holidays/celebrations.  
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'''Sorya''' buses depart at 08:30 and 13.40 from their bus station next to Central Market. In the high season (October to May)there may be an additional bus at 9.30am. The bus travels to Kampot via Kep and the trip takes about five hours. The fare is $7 one way and $US10 for a ''return'' ticket . Website: [http://www.ppsoryatransport.com/eng/index.php]
  
'''Private Taxi''': your guesthouse/hotel should be able to arrange this for you and expect to pay between $35 and $50 for the whole taxi with the trip taking approx. 2.5 hours depending on the traffic leaving Phnom Penh. Again, prices quoted will generally be higher during major public holidays and you will almost certainly be quoted a higher price if you attempt to negotiate the fare yourself with one of the taxis at Phnom Penh airport.
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'''Paramount Angkor Express''' buses depart at 07:30 and 13:30 from their bus station near Olympic Market.The bus travels directly to Kampot (does '''not''' go via Kep) and the trip takes about three hours. The fare is $6
  
'''Shared Taxi ''' : There are a number of shared taxis that regularly ply the route between Phnom Penh and Kampot and your guesthouse/hotel should be able to arrange a seat for you. If you want to make your own arrangements, taxis generally depart from Psar Damkor. Be aware that a shared taxi (generally a Toyota Camry) on this route will normally carry eight people including the driver so if you are a large Westerner, have a lot of luggage or have issues with your personal space, you might want to book two seats (chairs) at the front of the taxi which in effect gives you the front passenger seat to yourself. Prices are generally around $5 per "chair" so the front passenger seat to yourself should cost around $10.
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'''Giant Ibis''' buses depart at 08:00 and 14:45 from street 106 next to the Night Market on Riverside. This company started operating in May 2012 and is promoting itself as a luxury service. Tickets are $8 and the bus sets down at the Durian Roundabout (approx. 300 metres from the bus station) in Kampot. Website: [http://www.giantibis.com/]
  
There is '''no passenger rail service''' between Phnom Penh and Kampot (September 2012)
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All of the above buses, with the exception of Giant Ibis, terminate at the central Kampot bus station which is about 150 metres from one of the main guesthouse streets in Kampot - walk to the Salt Workers Monument and take your first turn to the left.
  
From [[Sihanoukville]], take a shared taxi, minibus or bus. Most taxis depart from the traffic pickup point next to the market. The two hour drive should costs US$3-5/person in a shared taxi, though haggling is required. Bus operators can help arrange a minibus with pickup at your guesthouse. Shared taxis are generally cramped (7 passengers: 4 in the back, 2 in the front passenger seat and one next to the driver).
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'''Note''' that these buses do not generally have an on-board toilet but do usually have a 15 minute rest stop at approx. the half way point between Phnom Penh and Kampot. Note also that while there is no difference in the fares charged for locals and foreigners on the Phnom Penh - Kampot route, fares generally increase for everyone during major public holidays/celebrations.
  
Driving from [[Sihanoukville]] to Kampot on a rented scooter can be fun but if road conditions are poor may take 3.5 hours or more.
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'''Mini Bus'''
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'''Kampot Express''' uses 12 seat Hyundai Starex mini buses and started operating in 2012. They provide an 08:00 and 13:00 service on weekdays with an additional 4.30pm service on Saturday and Sunday. The bus route from Kampot passes - and will set down at - Phnom Penh International Airport. Buses are based in Street 215 in Phnom Penh at the Sokimex petrol station, with the trip taking approx. 2.5 hours depending on the traffic leaving Phnom Penh. In Kampot, the buses set down and depart from their depot on the Southern side of the Durian traffic roundabout in the centre of town. The fare is $US8 for foreigners, with locals paying less, and additional baggage fees may apply. Website: [http://www.kampotexpress.com/]
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'''Private Taxi''': your guesthouse/hotel should be able to arrange this for you and expect to pay between $US35 and $US50 for the whole taxi with the trip taking approx. 2.5 hours depending on the traffic leaving Phnom Penh. Again, prices quoted will generally be higher during major public holidays and you will almost certainly be quoted a higher price if you attempt to negotiate the fare yourself with one of the taxis at Phnom Penh airport.
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'''Shared Taxi ''': There are a number of shared taxis that regularly ply the route between Phnom Penh and Kampot and your guesthouse/hotel should be able to arrange a seat for you. If you want to make your own arrangements, taxis generally depart from Psar Damkor. Be aware that a shared taxi, generally a Toyota Camry, on this route will normally carry eight people including the driver so if you are a large Westerner, have a lot of luggage or have issues with your personal space, you might want to book two seats at the front of the taxi which in effect gives you the front passenger seat to yourself. Prices are generally around $US5 per "chair" so the front passenger seat to yourself should cost around $US10.
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There is '''no passenger rail service''' between Phnom Penh and Kampot.
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From [[Sihanoukville]], take a shared taxi, minibus or bus. Most taxis depart from the traffic pickup point next to the market. The two hour drive should costs US$3-5/person in a shared taxi, though haggling is required. Bus operators can help arrange a minibus with pickup at your guesthouse. Shared taxis are generally cramped, with up to 7 passengers: 4 in the back, 2 in the front passenger seat and one next to the driver.
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'''Giant Ibis''' are now operating a return bus service to and from Sihanoukville with departures at 8.30 am and 12 pm in both directions. Price is listed at $7 one way.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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[[Image:Kampot_City_Map.png|thumb|330px|Kampot city map.]]
  
 
Getting around Kampot is easy on foot or on pushbike, given the town's small size and flat terrain. Alternatively, hire a motorcycle (100cc - 125cc scooter or 250cc dirtbike, from US$5/day) or bicycle (from US$1/day) from hire shops near the durian traffic circle, or from just about any guesthouse or tour shop .
 
Getting around Kampot is easy on foot or on pushbike, given the town's small size and flat terrain. Alternatively, hire a motorcycle (100cc - 125cc scooter or 250cc dirtbike, from US$5/day) or bicycle (from US$1/day) from hire shops near the durian traffic circle, or from just about any guesthouse or tour shop .
  
It takes about 2 hours by moto from Kampot to the Ha Tien border with [[Vietnam]], the scenery is very beautiful. If you start early you can catch the 10:00h ferry to Phu Quoc island. The border procedure is hassle free.
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'''Tour Companies''', There are approx. ten tour companies in Kampot offering the usual range of services. Prices and what is on offer is often displayed on a billboard at the front of the shop.
  
Finding an English-speaking moto taxi or guide in Kampot isn't too difficult but if you're struggling try Mr Kao Hemg (012645185 or 0977009975).
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* '''Kampot Car Rental''', newly established business in Kampot with a range of cars for hire from $25 per day. Web site is here: [http://kampotcarrental.com/] and email is here: maxcrow@kampotcarrental.com
  
An up to date (June 2012) '''Map Of Kampot''' is here: [http://www.fileden.com/files/2009/2/12/2318217//Kampot-map-june-2012.png]
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'''Note about motorcycle rental'''
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If you are going to rent a motorcycle here, make sure you understand what your liability is if the bike is stolen while you are renting it as moto theft from tourists is starting to be a bit of a problem in Kampot. You might find that the guesthouse or company that rented you the bike will expect you to pay in full for the stolen motorcycle to be replaced and the valuation placed on the stolen bike may be somewhat inflated.
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Note also that if you are an unskilled motorcycle or scooter rider and you decide to rent and ride one here - and combine that with not wearing a helmet and alcohol consumption - you are really testing your karma. Remember you are a long way from any quality medical care.
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'''Safety''', Kampot is generally a very safe town for visitors. However there have been incidents of bags - often containing valuables - being stolen from the front carry basket of pushbikes while the visitor, usually female, is cycling around town. The general technique used by the thieves is for a motorcycle with rider and pillion to pull alongside the pushbike, snatch the bag and then disappear into the distance. Secure your bag and/or limit the amount of valuables it contains.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
  
The most impressive sights in Kampot are the river and surrounding hills, which grandly frame views from the '''riverside promenade'''. Kampot retains much of its '''colonial buildings''' and there are many interesting old structures in various states of repair. The two '''cinemas''' stopped screenings long ago but the buildings represents a charming, art deco vision of the future. The '''market''', an angular structure similar to [[Battambang|Battambang's]], is undergoing renovation.
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The most impressive sights in Kampot are the river and surrounding hills, which grandly frame views from the '''riverside promenade'''. Kampot retains many of its '''colonial buildings''' and there are a number of interesting old structures in various states of repair. The '''market''', an angular structure similar to [[Battambang|Battambang's]], has undergone an extensive renovation and is now largely open for business.
  
 
===Bokor Mountain===
 
===Bokor Mountain===
  
[[Bokor National Park]], about 1-2 hours out of Kampot, is being destroyed by a US$1bn casino development. The eerie charm of the abandoned French hill station that included a shell of a church and the isolated upland nature reserve are rapidly becoming a tacky casino resort for Asian gamblers. The road up the mountain is now paved and provides easy access. The cooler climate and sublime views from the mountain remain and may provide some reason for a visit. Entry to the area is free (the previous $5 fee has been scrapped).
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[[Bokor National Park]], about 1-2 hours out of Kampot, is being destroyed by a US$1bn casino development - the Thansur Bokor Highland Resort [http://www.thansurbokor.com/gb/pages/english.html] with the result that the eerie charm of the abandoned French hill station - that included a shell of a church and the isolated upland nature reserve - is rapidly disappearing. The road up the mountain is now paved and provides easy access. The cooler climate and sublime views from the mountain remain and may provide some reason for a visit. Entry to the area is US$0.50 for motorcycles and $US2.50 for cars.
  
 
Tigers were rare to start with and will likely soon be non-existent. Gibbons and birds such as the chestnut-headed Partridge, blue pitta and orange-headed thrush will also been much harder to spot in what is now a construction site. The waterfall, which only flows in the wet season, may still provide some sanctuary for humans and animals wanting to get away from bulldozers.
 
Tigers were rare to start with and will likely soon be non-existent. Gibbons and birds such as the chestnut-headed Partridge, blue pitta and orange-headed thrush will also been much harder to spot in what is now a construction site. The waterfall, which only flows in the wet season, may still provide some sanctuary for humans and animals wanting to get away from bulldozers.
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Tours still run up the mountain and cost approximately US$10, depending on bargaining skills. Lunch is included. Except for the Bokor Palace Hotel and old casino, the old French buildings are occupied by the families of construction workers. The excursion can still be worthwhile provided as it is viewed as an insight into seeing Cambodia's Great Leap Forward rather than as an atmospheric expedition into a remote and haunting environment.
 
Tours still run up the mountain and cost approximately US$10, depending on bargaining skills. Lunch is included. Except for the Bokor Palace Hotel and old casino, the old French buildings are occupied by the families of construction workers. The excursion can still be worthwhile provided as it is viewed as an insight into seeing Cambodia's Great Leap Forward rather than as an atmospheric expedition into a remote and haunting environment.
  
Several tracks enter the forest, one from behind the old tea plantation, the second from near the waterfalls. It is possible to stay at the ranger station which is basic but comfortable and, contrary to some reports, offers food and French wine.
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Several tracks enter the forest, one from behind the old tea plantation, the second from near the waterfalls. It is possible to stay at the ranger station which is basic but comfortable and, contrary to some reports does offer food and French wine.
  
 
===Other===
 
===Other===
*<see name="Teuk Chhouu" alt="" address="" directions="8km upriver of town on the west (far) bank" phone="" url="" hours="" price="$1 for foreigners" lat="" long="">An area of rapids with eateries and an island.  It is a nice place for swimming, tubing and relaxing, and local vendors sell fruit, coffee and water.</see>
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*<see name="Teuk Chhouu" alt="" address="" directions="8km upriver of town on the west (far) bank" phone="" url="" hours="" price=". Entry fee: $US1 for foreigners" lat="" long="">An area of rapids with eateries and an island.  It is a nice place for swimming, tubing and relaxing, and local vendors sell fruit, coffee and water. Prices for food and drink are somewhat higher here than in Kampot town</see>
  
*<see name="Phnom Chhnork" alt="" address="" directions="8km east of town on the Kep Road NH33" phone="" url="" hours="" price="$1" lat="" long="">A pleasant ride through paddy fields and village life to these caves with pre-Angkorian (Funan) shrines and "lost worlds".
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*<see name="Phnom Chhnork" alt="" address="" directions="8km east of town on the Kep Road NH33" phone="" url="" hours="" price="$US1" lat="" long="">A pleasant ride through paddy fields and village life to these caves with pre-Angkorian (Funan) shrines and "lost worlds".
Just after the rhino statue turn left (there is a sign to Phnom Chhnork Resort), cross the railway into a village. Straight ahead is Phnom Sera with some interesting caves and a quarry which feeds the local gravel industry. Follow the road 90 degrees left and 2 km or so to Wat Ang Sdok, pay the monks and walk across to the mountain. Take your torch (flashlight).</see>
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Just after the rhino statue turn left (there is a sign to Phnom Chhnork Resort), cross the railway into a village. Straight ahead is Phnom Sera with some interesting caves and a quarry which feeds the local gravel industry. Follow the road 90 degrees left and 2 km or so to Wat Ang Sdok, pay the monks and walk across to the mountain. Take a torch</see>
  
 
*<see name="Secret Lake" alt="" address="" directions="East of Phnom Chhou" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">An irrigation dam with a picnic area.</see>
 
*<see name="Secret Lake" alt="" address="" directions="East of Phnom Chhou" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">An irrigation dam with a picnic area.</see>
  
*<see name="Pepper Farms" alt="" address="" directions="North of the Kep hills and NH33" phone="" url="http://www.thevineretreat.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Enquire in town about how to see pepper being grown and processed. For a guided tour visit The Vine Retreat in Chamcar Bei village. Genuine Kampot Pepper is sold at Blissful Guesthouse.</see>
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*<see name="Pepper Farms" alt="" address="" directions="North of the Kep hills and NH33" phone="" url="http://www.thevineretreat.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Enquire in town about how to see pepper being grown and processed. For a guided tour visit The Vine Retreat in Chamcar Bei village. Most tour operators in Kampot offer visits to pepper farms.</see>
  
* Also to be experienced are the fresh seafood(especially the crab with local Kampot pepper) and beaches at [[Kep]] (25km 25-45 minutes east from Kampot by moto or shared taxi) which makes a fun day trip. Although the beaches are not as nice as those in Sihanoukville (1 small brown sand beach and more rocky), it is quiet and during the week you will likely be the only visitors. Fishing boats can also be taken out to [[Koh Tonsay]] (Rabbit Island), approximately 45 minutes from the mainland.
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* Also recommended are the fresh seafood, especially the crab with local Kampot pepper, and beaches at [[Kep]] (25km 25-45 minutes east from Kampot by moto or shared taxi) which makes a fun day trip. Although the beaches are not as nice as those in Sihanoukville (1 small brown sand beach and more rocky), it is quiet and during the week you will likely be the only visitors. Fishing boats can also be taken out to [[Koh Tonsay]] (Rabbit Island), approximately 45 minutes from the mainland.
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* '''Cham Fishing Village''', about two kilometres out of town past the '''Governor's Residence''' on the road that runs along the East bank of the river.
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* '''Salt Fields''' , about two kilometres out of town on the Kep road. You will see the fields off to your right (coming from Kampot) and there are a number of access roads.
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*'''Funky Statues''', The Big Durian, The Vietnam Friendship Monument, The 2000 Roundabout [http://wikitravel.org/upload/shared/6/62/Kampot-2000-Roundabout_.jpg] , The Salt Workers Monument.
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* '''The Two Old Cinemas''', [http://wikitravel.org/upload/shared/c/c2/Royal_Cinema_Kampot_.jpeg][http://wikitravel.org/upload/shared/e/e6/The_Old_Cinema_Kampot_Cambodia.jpg]  art deco design and both have been out of regular service for some time however the occasional Khmer made horror movie does get a screening. If you are an art deco enthusiast, The Tourist Information building [http://wikitravel.org/upload/shared/2/2b/Art_Deco_House_Kampot_Cambodia_.jpg], about 400 metres up from the Salt Workers Monument, is also worth a look.
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*'''The Old Bridge''', still in regular service for vehicles  although it probably shouldn't be as its structural integrity is questionable. It is very picturesque at sunset.
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*'''The Colonial Railway Station''', head out of town on the Phnom Penh road and take the last turn to your right before you come to the rail lines. The Station is sign posted and approx. 1.5 kilometres out of town.
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[[File:Kampot Rail Station.jpg|thumb|330px|Kampot Rail Station]]
  
*<see name="Kampot mangroves" alt="" address="" directions="From Kampot and around" phone="" url="http://kampotboat.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A traditional Khmer long-tail boat floats you to beautiful places where the flora, fauna and people dwell harmoniously. Voyage up the Kampot river and towards the heart of Bokor National Park.</see>
 
* '''Cham Fishing Village''', about two kilometers out of town past the '''Governor's Residence''' on the road that runs along the East bank of the river.
 
* '''Salt Fields''' , about two kilometers out of town on the Kep road. You will see the fields off to your right (coming from Kampot) and there are a number of access roads.
 
*'''Funky Statues''', The Big Durian, The Vietnam Friendship Monument, The 2000 Roundabout, The Salt Workers Monument.
 
* '''The Two Old Cinemas''', art deco design and both have been out of regular service for some time however the one on the old bridge road does show the occasional Khmer made horror movie. If you are an art deco enthusiast, The Tourist Information building, about 400 meters up from the Salt Workers Monument, is also worth a look.
 
*'''The Old Bridge''', still in regular service for vehicular traffic although it probably shouldn't be as its structural integrity is questionable. It is very picturesque at sunset however.
 
*'''The Colonial Railway Station''', the rail line through Kampot is under reconstruction and freight services are expected to resume by October 2012. For the present (September 2012) the old station still stands in all its untouched glory and is worth a look. Head out of town on the Phnom Penh road and take the last turn to your right before you come to the rail lines. The Station is sign posted and approx. 1.5 kilometers out of town.
 
 
*'''The Kampot Traditional Music School for Orphaned and Disabled Children''', situated across the road from the Acleda Bank building and adjacent to the park that runs down to the Old Market. The school holds occasional concerts - there is a notice board outside the building advising dates and times - and it is possible to attend music rehearsals (Mon to Fri) if you make an appointment. Tel: +855 (0)33 932 992 (Field Manager: Mr. You Chhuy)
 
*'''The Kampot Traditional Music School for Orphaned and Disabled Children''', situated across the road from the Acleda Bank building and adjacent to the park that runs down to the Old Market. The school holds occasional concerts - there is a notice board outside the building advising dates and times - and it is possible to attend music rehearsals (Mon to Fri) if you make an appointment. Tel: +855 (0)33 932 992 (Field Manager: Mr. You Chhuy)
 
* '''Old Buildings''', There are some fine examples of colonial architecture along the riverside in Kampot including The Governor's Residence, The Red Cross building and the Department of Mines building. There are still a hand full of dilapidated, photogenic shop houses on the streets back from the riverside.
 
* '''Old Buildings''', There are some fine examples of colonial architecture along the riverside in Kampot including The Governor's Residence, The Red Cross building and the Department of Mines building. There are still a hand full of dilapidated, photogenic shop houses on the streets back from the riverside.
*'''Buddhist Wats''', there are half a dozen Buddhist temples that are an easy push bike ride from the center of Kampot i.e two kilometers or less. Worth seeing are the hand painted depictions of the life of Buddha on the internal walls of each of the Wats. If your time or interest is limited, Wat Treuy Koh is one of the best examples - go over the old bridge and take your first major paved road to your left. The Wat is approx. 500 meters along this road to your right.   
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*'''Buddhist Wats''', within two kilometres of the town centre are half a dozen Buddhist temples. Worth seeing are the hand painted depictions of the life of Buddha on the internal walls of each of the Wats. If your time or interest is limited, Wat Treuy Koh is one of the best examples - go over the old bridge and take your first major paved road to your left. The Wat is approx. 500 metres along this road to your right. This is a great spot to watch the fishing fleet go out just before dusk.   
*'''Chinese Temples''' , worth a look if you are spending a little extra time in Kampot. The first is under renovation and is located on the road that runs along the river front about 100 meters from the new bridge while the second is adjacent to The Vietnam Friendship Monument.      .  
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*'''Chinese Temples''' , worth a look if you are spending a little extra time in Kampot. The first has recently been restored and is located on the road that runs along the river front about 100 metres from the new bridge while the second is adjacent to The Vietnam Friendship Monument.      .  
*'''The Old Prison''' , still in active use and would make a great set if anyone ever decides to do a remake of the movie Papillon. This is not a place where you would want to do time. About 200 meters from the Salt Workers Monument.
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*'''The Old Prison''' , still in active use and would make a great set if anyone ever decides to do a remake of the movie Papillon. This is not a place where you would want to do time. About 200 metres from the Salt Workers Monument.
 
*'''The 2000 Olympic Stadium''', in the center of town behind the Durian Roundabout. Classic Khmer style stadium and the grounds are often used for fairs or live music concerts during public holidays.
 
*'''The 2000 Olympic Stadium''', in the center of town behind the Durian Roundabout. Classic Khmer style stadium and the grounds are often used for fairs or live music concerts during public holidays.
*'''The Market''', large, rambling, well stocked with just about everything that an average Khmer family could need (have a look at the section behind the fish mongers for examples of local produce)and well worth a wander around. Watch your feet and your head as floors can be uneven and ceilings low.
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*'''The Market''', large, rambling and well stocked with just about everything that an average Khmer family could need. Have a look at the section behind the fish mongers for examples of local produce: it's well worth a wander around. Watch your feet & your head as the floors can be uneven & the ceilings low. There is a secure parking area at the market that charges 300 Riel to look after your pushbike and 500 Riel for a motorbike.
*'''Get Out Of Town''', head out of Kampot for 1 kilometer in any direction and get off the main roads and you are in rural Cambodia. Some of the local cottage industries include palm sugar and wine making, basket weaving and furniture making using liana and rattan.
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*'''The Old Market''', restoration is now complete and the majority of external stalls facing out to the road are now occupied. Kepler's Books has relocated to here and there are a few tour agents, a mini mart, a computer store, a real estate agent and a restaurant - Veronica's. Kampot's smallest bar - The Lazy Cat - is located on the Southern side.
* '''Kampot Zoo''', about 8 km out of Kampot towards Teuk Chhouu and not far from the rapids, and open daily. Admission is $4 for foreigners and $1 for locals. Probably only worth a visit if you are having an extended stay in Kampot and you are running out of things to see. There are rumors that an NGO has become involved in the running of the zoo which may ultimately improve conditions.
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*'''The Night Market''' , located on the Phnom Penh road at the Northern corner of the Durian Roundabout, this mini fairground opened in November 2013. It features children's rides, Khmer snack food and drinks and a few stalls selling knock off brand name products.
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*'''Get Out Of Town''', head out of Kampot for 1 kilometre in any direction and get off the main roads and you are in rural Cambodia. Some of the local cottage industries include palm sugar and wine making, basket weaving and furniture making using liana and rattan.
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[[File:Teuk Chhouu.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Teuk Chhouu]]
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* '''Teuk Chhou Zoo''', Located about 8 km out of Kampot towards Teuk Chhouu and not far from the rapids. Admission is $US4 for foreigners and $US1 for locals and it is open daily. Note that Footprints Organization, the NGO that had been operating the Zoo since March 2012 has ceased to be affiliated with it. [http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013021261311/National/kampot-zoo-back-in-trouble.html]
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
[[Image:Looking upstream in Kampot.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Take a boat trip up the
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[[Image:Looking upstream in Kampot.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Take a boat trip up the river for $US5]]
river for $5]]
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Kampot has a relaxed and sleepy atmosphere. It is a great place to go and just soak up the atmosphere and catch your breath for a couple of days, either in town, at the beach, along the river, or up on Bokor.
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Kampot has a relaxed and sleepy atmosphere. It is a great place to go and just soak up the atmosphere and catch your breath for a couple of days: in the town, at the beach, along the river or up on Bokor.
  
 
Do Kampot province by dirtbike: Ride enduro style through the Elephant mountains, take on the hillclimb up Bokor or relax.
 
Do Kampot province by dirtbike: Ride enduro style through the Elephant mountains, take on the hillclimb up Bokor or relax.
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*<do name="Minigolf" alt="" address="" directions="at the Magic Sponge GH" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Play a few fun rounds of 9-hole minigolf for free. Have a cold beer before, during and afterwards and try to get a tricky but not impossible hole in one!</do>
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*<do name="Minigolf" alt="" address="" directions="at the Magic Sponge GH" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Play a few fun rounds of 9-hole minigolf for free.</do>
  
*'''Quiz Night''', at Blissful Guesthouse, Tuesday nights at 8pm. Generally a good mix of local expats and travelers. Free entry. Winning team wins a tower of beer.
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*'''Quiz Night''', at Blissful Guesthouse, Tuesday nights at 20:00 and Rusty Keyhole2, Wednesday nights at 7.30. Often a good mix of local expats and travelers. Free entry at both venues.  
  
*'''Take in a movie''', '''Ecran''' Movie House is a newly opened (August 2012) boutique, 30 seat cinema showing nightly movies starting at 7.30 pm. Huge screen and quality sound system. Located between Sisters II and Cambo EcoTour 30 meters from the 2000 roundabout. Check out the front to see what is showing that night. Admission is $2.50
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*'''Watch a movie''', '''Ecran''' Movie House is a newly opened (August 2012) boutique, 30 seat cinema showing nightly movies starting at 7.30 pm. Huge screen and quality sound system. Located on the North side of the "new" market on the same street as Rusty Keyhole, ABC Bar and Cafe Malay. Check out the front to see what is showing that night. Admission is $US2.50
  
* '''Take a boat trip''', there are a number of tour operators in Kampot offering boat trips on the river. Bart, a Rastafarian looking, Belgian expat, has been boating on the river for the past 7 years and is highly recommended. Type - Boatman Bart Kampot - into Google for more info. Contact him at (T:(092) 174 280)
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* '''Take a boat trip''', there are a number of tour operators in Kampot offering boat trips on the river. Bart, a Rastafarian looking, Belgian expat, has been boating on the river for the past 7 years and is recommended. Type - Boatman Bart Kampot - into Google for more info. Contact him at (T:(092) 174 280) '''Paddle Boards''' are available for rent for $US7 per day at Captain Chims restaurant over the road from the old market.
  
* Pick up a free copy of '''The Kampot Survival Guide''' while you are in town and have a read. A funny, irreverent, often politically incorrect take on visiting or living in Kampot written by local expats. Or look out for a copy of '''Coastal''' tourist information guide containing info and maps of all towns in South-Cambodia.
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* Pick up a free copy of '''The Kampot Survival Guide''' while you are in town and have a read. A funny, irreverent, not for profit and often politically incorrect take on visiting or living in Kampot written by local expats. The KSG blogspot site is here: [http://kampotsurvivalguide.blogspot.com/]  Or look out for a copy of '''Coastal''' tourist information guide containing info and maps of all towns in South-Cambodia.
  
*'''Live Music''', check with your guesthouse to see what's on offer while you are in Kampot. During the high season (Nov to March), live gigs or jam sessions might be happening at ABC Bar, Madi Bar, The Greenhouse, Wunderbar, Samon's Village, Bokor Mountain Lodge, Bodhi Villa or The Magic Sponge
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*'''Live Music''', check with your guesthouse to see what's on offer while you are in Kampot. During the high season (Nov to March), live gigs or jam sessions might be held at ABC Bar, Madi Bar, OM, The Greenhouse, Wunderbar, Samon's Village, Bokor Mountain Lodge, Bodhi Villa or The Magic Sponge
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*Take a guided '''Cycle Tour''', these are offered by most tour operators. The '''Four Villages''' tour run by Buffalo Tours (opposite Blissful) is an interesting way to see rural life surrounding Kampot.
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*Rent a motorbike and explore nearby caves, rock formations and salt fields. Or take a tour including caving, via ferrata, abseiling and rock climbing.
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
You can buy locally grown, and of international acclaim, black pepper from the New Market (1km towards Phnom Penh from the central traffic circle), although it is recommended that should you wish to be relatively certain that the pepper you are purchasing really is locally grown, bring a trustworthy local with you.
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'''Kampot Pepper''' Given its reputation for quality, this is probably the most popular purchase made by visitors to Kampot. It is one of only two Cambodian products to be certified with Geographical Indicator (GI) [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geographical_indication] status the other being Palm Sugar produced in Kampong Speu province. For it to meet GI status, Kampot pepper must be grown without the use of pesticides or inorganic fertilizers and be grown in either Kampot or Kep provinces.
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In the 2010 season, approx. 17 tonnes of pepper were produced in the two provinces and approx. 10 tonnes of that met the additional pesticide and fertilizer criteria. Of that 10 tonnes, approx. 6 tonnes went directly to overseas markets. Given the increased global awareness of Kampot pepper, [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2103704,00.html] demand is now  outstripping supply despite an increase in production in 2011 and again in 2012. The harvest for the 2013 season was 22 tonnes [http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013052065706/Business/kampot-pepper-yield-down.html] - down from the anticipated 27 tonnes due to a hot, dry spell during the fruiting season.
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Prices for the genuine article sold by reputable outlets in Kampot range upwards from $35 per kilo for black pepper and up to the equivalent of $80 per kilo if buying in small quantities (less than 100 grams) in some form of decorative packaging.
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Pepper is widely available in Kampot Market however the bulk of what is sold there is probably sourced from Vietnam - possibly Ha Tien or Phu Quoc Island [http://english.thesaigontimes.vn/Home/business/tourism/10596/]  or from the Cambodian provinces of Kampong Cham, Kratie or Takeo - and is now very unlikely to be Kampot pepper despite what might be claimed. Some stall holders will truthfully tell you that their pepper is from Phu Quoc Island and not Kampot but fail to see what the fuss is about as Phu Quoc also has a centuries old reputation for producing quality pepper and was historically part of Cambodia (Kampot) until 1939.
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Baseline prices for high quality pepper in the market as at July 2014 are Black Pepper ($11.25 per kilo), White Pepper ($12.50 per kilo) and Red Pepper ($17.50 per kilo).
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Expect slight fluctuations on these prices and expect to pay slightly more if you are buying less than one kilo at a time. Your pepper will be sold to you in a plastic bag - many stalls now prepackage 100 and 200 gram plastic bags with the price printed on them. Do not expect any decorative packaging.
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If you want to be confident that the pepper you buy is the genuine article, then buy it from a reputable supplier. The packaging should have a GI logo and possibly a tracking code identifying the farm where the pepper was grown. Given the supply and demand, expect to pay a premium price for authenticity and the quality that should be implicit in that.
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If you buy your pepper from the market or one of the many retail outlets in Kampot selling pepper and there are no GI logos or tracking codes on display, then the probability is that you are not buying genuine GI Kampot pepper. Be aware too that buying directly from the farm is not necessarily a guarantee that all of the pepper sold off that farm has qualified for GI status.  This does not mean that the pepper you buy in these outlets is bad or necessarily even significantly inferior in quality to the genuine article. It is still very possible to buy a high quality pepper in Kampot for a bargain price. However its only legitimate claim to being Kampot pepper may be that it was purchased in Kampot but was in actuality grown 40 kilometers away on Phu Quoc Island.  
  
'''Banks''', There are three banks with 24 hour ATM services in Kampot. Canadia Bank is in the process (Oct 2012) of opening a new building on the main "Durian" traffic circle. ACLEDA bank is located approx. 150 meters from the bus station on the street running down towards the river.
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'''Banks''', There are four banks with 24 hour ATM services in Kampot. Canadia Bank is located in a new building on the main Big Durian traffic circle. ACLEDA bank is located approx. 150 metres from the bus station on the street running down towards the river. The Cambodian Public Bank is located on the Phnom Penh road three blocks from the Big Durian heading North towards the market. ABA Bank is located on the left of the central parkway on the road between the Big Durian and the 2000 Monument.  
  
 
'''Tiny Kampot Pillows'''
 
'''Tiny Kampot Pillows'''
Hand made in Kampot, Quilts, Pillows and Cushions, Drink Coasters and Place mats, Belts and Bags. Also Kampot Postcards, Greeting Cards, Reproduction Indochine Photos, plus a range of Kramas and functional gift items.
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Hand made in Kampot, Quilts, Pillows and Cushions, Table Runners and Place Mats, Belts and Bags. Also made in Kampot Bookmarks, Greeting Cards, Prints and Reproduction Indochine Photos, plus a range of Kramas and functional gift items.
At the 2000 Traffic Circle. Phone:085 515 759 Web link here: [http://www.tinykampotpillows.com/]
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At the 2000 Traffic Circle. Phone: 085 515 759 Webpage: [http://www.tinykampotpillows.com/]
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*<buy name="Kampot Pepper" alt="" address="Kampot, Cambodia" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.kampot-pepper.com" hours="" price="varies" lat="" long="">Gourmet Kampot Pepper from registered farms in the Kampot region.</buy>
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
There are plenty of places to eat in Kampot, ranging from the usual street kitchens to proper restaurants providing indoor seating. Most places are only a short walk from the central traffic circle. A delicious breakfast found in Kampot is '''Koh Kor Num Pain''', a thick beef stew served with french bread. Fish and seafood are also plentiful, fresh and delicious.
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There are plenty of places to eat in Kampot, ranging from the usual street kitchens to proper restaurants providing indoor seating. Most places are only a short walk from the central traffic circle. A delicious breakfast is '''Koh Kor Num Pain''', a thick beef stew served with french bread. Fish and seafood are also plentiful, fresh and delicious.
  
 
[[Image:Kampot Night.JPG|thumb|330px|Food stalls still open late at night.]]  
 
[[Image:Kampot Night.JPG|thumb|330px|Food stalls still open late at night.]]  
  
Just north of the new bridge are two bungalows with over-the-water dining in stilt huts. Nature Bungalows even has a tiny artificial beach! Just south of the same bridge a Khmer seafood restaurant is also on stilts over the water.
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Just north of the new bridge are two bungalows with over-the-water dining in stilt huts. Nature Bungalows even has a tiny artificial beach. Just south of the same bridge a Khmer seafood restaurant is also on stilts over the water.
  
*<eat name="Blissful" alt="" address="On Guest House Street by Salt Workers Statue" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="Food 7:15am - 9:30pm" price="$3-8" lat="" long="">Khmer and Western cuisine including vegetarian dishes. Weekly Sunday roasts. Relaxing garden area. The accompanying bar closes at midnight.</eat>  
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*<eat name="Blissful" alt="" address="On Guest House Street by Salt Workers Statue" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="Food 07:15 - 21:30" price="$3-8" lat="" long="">Khmer and Western cuisine including vegetarian dishes. Weekly Sunday roasts. Relaxing garden area. The accompanying bar closes at midnight.</eat>  
  
*<eat name="Cafe Espresso Kampot" alt="" address="17 R717" directions="Across from 333 Bakery in the side street from Epic Arts Cafe" phone="092388736" url="www.espressokampot.blogspot.com" hours="7am - 11pm" price="under $5.00" lat="" long="">Speciality coffee, roast and ground on site. International menu incl. Australian style café fare and fresh baked goods. Free wifi.</eat>
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*<eat name="Cafe Espresso Kampot" alt="" address="17 R717" directions="Across from 333 Bakery in the side street from Epic Arts Cafe" phone="092388736" url="www.espressokampot.blogspot.com" hours="7am - 11pm" price="under $5.00" lat="" long="">Speciality coffee, roast and ground on site. International menu incl. Australian-style café fare and fresh baked bread & cakes. Free wifi.</eat>
  
*<eat name="Epic Arts Cafe" alt="" address="Old Market Street" directions="North side two blocks from the river" phone="" url="" hours="Breakfast until 5pm" price="moderate - premium" lat="" long="">Modern cafe cuisine, juices and Italian coffee. NGO run to help local disabled people. A few second hand books also for sale.</eat>
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*<eat name="Epic Arts Cafe" alt="" address="Old Market Street" directions="North side two blocks from the river" phone="" url="" hours="Breakfast until 17:00" price="moderate - premium" lat="" long="">Modern cafe cuisine, juices and Italian coffee. NGO run to help local disabled people. A few secondhand books also for sale.</eat>
  
*<eat name="Kampot Pie and Ice Cream Palace" alt="" address="Behind Little Garden Bar " directions="One block north and one block inland of the old bridge" phone="099 65 78 26" url="" hours="7am - late" price="" lat="" long="">Khmer run bakery with good cheap fare. Great brownies and apple pie a la mode, no croissants though. </eat>
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*<eat name="Kampot Pie and Ice Cream Palace" alt="" address="Behind Little Garden Bar " directions="One block north and one block inland of the old bridge" phone="099 65 78 26" url="" hours="07:00- late" price="" lat="" long="">Khmer run bakery with good, cheap fare including brownies and apple pie. </eat>
  
*<eat name="The Lazy Farmer" alt="" address="'Guesthouse Street opposite Magic Sponge'" directions="East of the salt gatherers statue - middle roundabout" phone="" url="" hours="" price="Cheaper than the guesthouses" lat="" long="">Good quality Khmer food along with a western/asian menu.</eat>
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*<eat name="" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
  
*<eat name="OM" alt="" address="Old Market Street no.38" directions="in the old french quarter between Old Market and Park" phone="090-798152" url="http://om-kampot.blogspot.com" hours="8:30am - 8:30pm" price="" lat="" long="">Juice Bar / Restaurant & Creperie, Khmer & Western cuisine healthy food and fresh juices/vegetabele drinks made out of best quality & organic products, Super-foods & libations that awakens all your senses to enjoy.
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*<eat name="OM" alt="" address="Old Market Street no.38" directions="in the old french quarter between Old Market and Park" phone="090-798152" url="http://om-kampot.blogspot.com" hours="08:30 - 20:30" price="" lat="" long="">Restaurant & Organic Shop with affiliated Organic Permaculture Farm, Khmer & Western cuisine healthy food and fresh smoothies. Creperie & juice bar, coffee, teas & cakes, Cambodian specials.
Creperie & Juice Bar, Coffee, Teas & Cakes, Super-foods, Cambodian specials and more ... Organic-Shop & Fashion Design,Souvenirs, Art gallery, VIP room,Workshops, Events, Music.
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  A meeting-place for spiritual and ecological communication and education - open 08:30 til 20:30. Free Wifi</eat>
  A meeting-place for spiritual and ecological communication and education - open 8:30am til 8:30pm. Free Wifi (Wednesdays closed during low season)</eat>
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*<eat name="Rikitikitavi" alt="" address="Riverside Road" directions="" phone="012 235 102" url="http://rikitikitavi-kampot.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Western and Asian food, atmospheric terrace restaurant overlooking the river and mountains. Notable saraman (Cambodian beef curry) and amok trai (fish curry). A little more expensive but good quality.</eat>
 
*<eat name="Rikitikitavi" alt="" address="Riverside Road" directions="" phone="012 235 102" url="http://rikitikitavi-kampot.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Western and Asian food, atmospheric terrace restaurant overlooking the river and mountains. Notable saraman (Cambodian beef curry) and amok trai (fish curry). A little more expensive but good quality.</eat>
  
*<eat name="The Rusty Keyhole" alt="" address="" directions="on the river, just south of the old bridge and next to the French-built market building" phone="092 758 536" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""> Western and Asian food with notable tender BBQ ribs, relaxing river side location. Beer provided in 568ml vessels for those who love the pint. </eat>
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*<eat name="The Rusty Keyhole" alt="" address="" directions="on the river, just south of the old bridge and next to the French-built market building" phone="092 758 536" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""> Western and Asian food with notable tender BBQ ribs, relaxing river side location. Beer provided in 568ml vessels for those who love the pint. </eat> Rusty Keyhole 2 (Restaurant and Sports Bar) is now open at the 2000 Roundabout next door to Tiny Kampot Pillows.
  
*<eat name="Sisters II" alt="" address="Two blocks off of the river (turn beside Bokor Lodge off the river) near the 2000 round about" directions="" phone="017-777-470" url="" hours="7am - 5pm, closed Sundays" price="" lat="" long="">All day breakfast and bakery, great carrot cake (3,000 riel).</eat>
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*<eat name="Sisters II" alt="" address="Two blocks off of the river (turn beside Bokor Lodge off the river) near the 2000 round about" directions="" phone="017-777-470" url="" hours="07:00 - 17:00 closed Sundays" price="" lat="" long="">All day breakfast and bakery, great carrot cake (3,000 riel).</eat>
  
*<eat name="Srey Mom Cafe" alt="" address="Opposite the 2000 monument" directions="East side two blocks from the river and next door to Tiny Kampot Pillows" phone="012 987 457" url="" hours="5pm until late" price="" lat="" long="">Western and Indian food.</eat>
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*<eat name="Ta ouv" alt="" address="" directions="Just south of new bridge on the river" phone="012 987 457" url="" hours="" price="$4" lat="" long="">Has two signs with slightly different translations of their name.  Often mentioned in guidebooks, it skimps on their trademark green pepper crab (just 1 small crab) and you are better off going to Kep for a tastier, better value version of this local dish.</eat>
 
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*<eat name="Moliden" alt="" address="Riverside Road " directions="on corner of the old bridge,Riverside Road," phone="012820779" url="molidenkampot@yahoo.com" hours="07:00 to 23:00" price="2.5  to10" lat="" long="">Western and Asian food with notable tender BBQ ribs,Tasty pizzas,kampot
*<eat name="Ta ouv" alt="" address="" directions="Just south of new bridge on the river" phone="012 987 457" url="" hours="" price="$4" lat="" long="">Has two signs with slightly different translations of their name.  Often mentioned in guidebooks, it skimps on their trademark green pepper crab (all of 1 dinky crab) and you are better off going to Kep for a tastier, better value version of this local dish.</eat>
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*<eat name="Moliden" alt="" address="Riverside Road " directions="on corner of the old bridge,Riverside Road," phone="012820779" url="molidenkampot@yahoo.com" hours="7am to11 pm" price="2.5  to10" lat="" long="">Western and Asian food with notable tender BBQ ribs,Tasty pizzas,kampot
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pepper steaks, pastas,salads atmospheric restaurant overlooking the river and mountains,sitting  
 
pepper steaks, pastas,salads atmospheric restaurant overlooking the river and mountains,sitting  
 
in the garden with relax chair.on the river side </eat>
 
in the garden with relax chair.on the river side </eat>
*<eat name="Café Malay" alt="" address="old market street, close to the river" directions="next to Kepler's book shop and ABC bar" phone="+855 97 9938641" url="" hours="9am - 10pm" price="1 - 8" lat=" 10°36'29.25N" long="104°10'46.65E">Little Café and restaurant near the old market. Wide range of original Khmer and western food. Home made ice cream, cakes and breads. European style Pizza. Lavazza espresso and Cappuccinos. Draft beer and cocktails.  
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*<eat name="Café Malay" alt="" address="old market street, close to the river" directions="next to Kepler's book shop and ABC bar" phone="+855 97 9938641" url="" hours="09:00 - 22:00" price="1 - 8" lat="10°36'29.25N" long="104°10'46.65E">Little Café and restaurant near the old market. Wide range of original Khmer and western food. Home made ice cream, cakes and breads. Pizza. Lavazza espresso, cappuccinos, draught beer and cocktails.  
 
Free WiFi.</eat>
 
Free WiFi.</eat>
 
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
Kampot has the best '''Teuk Rleuek''' (fruit shake) in Cambodia.  Visit any of the numerous vendors located on the main avenues in the evening.
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Visit any of the numerous vendors located on the main avenues in the evening for a'''Teuk Rleuek''' (fruit shake). Also worth trying is a glass of freshly squeezed sugar cane juice: look for the stalls that have stacks of sugarcane and brightly painted, hand cranked mangles, or a glass of iced tea with freshly squeezed sugarcane & lime juice.
 
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Also worth trying is a glass of freshly squeezed sugar cane juice (look for the stalls that have stacks of sugarcane and brightly painted, hand cranked mangles) or a glass of iced tea with freshly squeezed sugarcane and lime juice. Possibly the most refreshing drink you can have in Cambodia.
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Just about all of the local Khmer restaurants serve beer. In addition, there are literally dozens of night time drinking establishments catering for the locals both inside town and on the outskirts. These range from the quite palatial to the downright seedy - a thatched hut with dirt floor complete with wandering chickens and dogs. These establishments will often serve food (don't expect a Western menu) and frequently provide semi-soundproof rooms if karaoke singing combined with drinking is your thing. They can be located by the large, neon Anchor, Angkor and Cambodia beer signs.
 
Just about all of the local Khmer restaurants serve beer. In addition, there are literally dozens of night time drinking establishments catering for the locals both inside town and on the outskirts. These range from the quite palatial to the downright seedy - a thatched hut with dirt floor complete with wandering chickens and dogs. These establishments will often serve food (don't expect a Western menu) and frequently provide semi-soundproof rooms if karaoke singing combined with drinking is your thing. They can be located by the large, neon Anchor, Angkor and Cambodia beer signs.
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The following "Guesthouse St" businesses have bar facilities:
 
   
 
   
'''Blissful Guesthouse''' (generally open until midnight),
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'''Blissful Guesthouse''' (open until midnight),
  
 
'''Magic Sponge''',
 
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'''Pepper Guesthouse'''  
 
'''Pepper Guesthouse'''  
 
    
 
    
*<drink name="WunderBar" alt="New Location on the riverfront" address="" directions="" phone="017257364" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Stylish bar with garden area and great tunes, serve western & khmer food, kitchen open till 11 pm. Big selection of beers, cocktails, fruit juices. Dart, chess and new pool table with competition on Sunday 8 pm, admission $2. Open 6 days a week, 4.00 pm - 1 am.Monday closed. Good meeting point in the nighttime. friendly Swissgerman run.</drink>
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*<drink name="WunderBar" alt="New Location on the riverfront" address="" directions="" phone="017257364" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Stylish bar with garden area and great tunes, serve western & khmer food, kitchen open till 11 pm. Big selection of beers, cocktails, fruit juices. new pool table with a competition on Sunday 20:00, admission $US2. Open 6 days a week, 12.15 pm - midnight.Closed on Monday. Happy hour 4 - 7, free wifi.</drink>
  
*<drink name="OM" alt="" address="Old Market Street no.38" directions="in the old french quarter between Old Market and Park" phone="090-798152" url="http://om-kampot.blogspot.com" hours="8:30am - 8:30pm" price="" lat="10°36'28.24"N" long="104°10'48.59"E" >Juice Bar, Restaurant & Creperie. Khmer & Western healthy foods , fresh juices and vegetable drinks served by friendly Khmer girls. OM is a perfect meeting-place for spiritual and ecological communication. Free Wifi (Wednesdays closed during low season)</drink>
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*<drink name="OM" alt="" address="Old Market Street no.38" directions="in the old french quarter between Old Market and Park" phone="090-798152" url="http://om-kampot.blogspot.com" hours="08:30 - 20:30" price="" lat="10°36'28.24"N" long="104°10'48.59"E" >Juice Bar, Restaurant & Organic Shop with affiliated Organic Permaculture Farm. Khmer & Western healthy foods , fresh juices and vegetable drinks served by friendly Khmer girls. Free Wifi </drink>
*<drink name="Moliden" alt="" address="Riverside Road " directions="corner of the old bridge / opposite of the river" phone="012820779" url="molidenkampot@yahoo.com" hours="7amto11" price="1to5" lat="" long="">Stylish bar with garden area and great river view and bokor mountain,   open 7 day a week,Big selection of beers, cocktails,wines, fruit juices
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*<drink name="Moliden" alt="" address="Riverside Road " directions="corner of the old bridge / opposite of the river" phone="012820779" url="molidenkampot@yahoo.com" hours="07:00-23:00" price="1to5" lat="" long="">Stylish bar with garden area and great river view and bokor mountain, open 7 day a week,Big selection of beers, cocktails,wines, fruit juices
happy hour 4pmto7pm sitting in the garden with chair relax </drink>
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happy hour 16:00-19:00 sitting in the garden with chair relax </drink>
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
  
At the budget end of the market, dorm style guesthouse accommodation in Kampot starts at around $2.50 and separate fan rooms are generally around $5 to $8. AC rooms generally start around $13.
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At the budget end of the market, dorm style guesthouse accommodation in Kampot starts at around US$2.50 and separate fan rooms are generally around US$5-8. Air-con rooms generally start around US$13.
  
 
There are perhaps fifty guesthouses dotted throughout the city however the majority of these are more oriented to domestic rather than foreign visitors. Half a dozen of the popular guesthouses with foreign visitors are concentrated on "Guesthouse Street" which is now also home to a few budget roadside cafes. There are also a number of guesthouses just outside of town across the bridge and along the riverfront.
 
There are perhaps fifty guesthouses dotted throughout the city however the majority of these are more oriented to domestic rather than foreign visitors. Half a dozen of the popular guesthouses with foreign visitors are concentrated on "Guesthouse Street" which is now also home to a few budget roadside cafes. There are also a number of guesthouses just outside of town across the bridge and along the riverfront.
  
 
===Budget City guesthouses===  
 
===Budget City guesthouses===  
(Under $15 but guesthouse may also have more upmarket rooms available)  
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(Under $US15 but guesthouse may also have more upmarket rooms available)  
  
* <sleep name="Blissful Guesthouse" alt="" address="Guesthouse St" directions="100m south of bus station, east of Salt Gatherers' Roundabout" phone="092 494 331" url="http://www.blissfulguesthouse.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="blissfulguesthouse@yahoo.com">Longest run Western guesthouse in Kampot since 2004. Lush tropical garden, restaurant with a wide range of traditional Khmer and Western cuisine, busy bar with great music, some clean rooms and furniture can be lacking, and laid back atmosphere. The perfect place to meet other travellers and backpackers. All rooms are fan cooled with private or shared western bathrooms, cold water showers (hot water if the sun has been shining). Double or twin with private bathroom $5, double room with shared bathroom $4, single room with shared bathroom $3, dormitory $2/bed. 24 hour access. Free wifi, does not reach most rooms.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="White Pigeon Guesthouse" alt="" address="2000 Traffic Circle" directions="next to Tiny Kampot Pillows" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="$13" lat="10.60746" long="104.18177" email="">Clean and quiet guest house, in a new building. Rooms with aircon, private bathroom, hot shower, new furnitures, clean sheets and towels, free WiFi all over the place. Meets western standards. $13 with aircon, double or twin beds. Laid back BBQ bar next door with 70's music, pool table and darts.</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Magic Sponge" alt="" address="Guesthouse St" directions="east of Salt gatherers' Roundabout" phone="017 946 428" url="http://www.magicspongekampot.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="magicspongekampot@gmail.com">Funky converted villa run by Westerners with free wifi, 9-hole minigolf course, pool table, 50-inch HD widescreen TV for live sports, great Western and Asian food including excellent Indian dishes. Although more authentic Indian food can be found just across the street from the sponge and at a cheaper price.  A well stocked bar open late and with incredibly cheap draft beer - especially during Happy Hour between 12pm and 4pm. A great place to hang out and meet other travellers with no shortage of entertainment. Air-con or fan rooms are spotlessly clean and feature superb quality mattresses and hot showers, and now there is a penthouse dormitory for just US$3 per night per bed. Laundry, travel tickets, motorbike and bicycle rental and up to date travel information available.</sleep>  
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* <sleep name="Blissful Guesthouse" alt="" address="Guesthouse St" directions="100m south of bus station, east of Salt Gatherers' Roundabout" phone="092 494 331" url="http://www.blissfulguesthouse.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="blissfulguesthouse@yahoo.com">Longest run Western guesthouse in Kampot since 2004. Lush tropical garden, restaurant with a wide range of traditional Khmer and Western cuisine, busy bar with great music and a laid back atmosphere. All rooms are fan cooled with private or shared western bathrooms, cold water showers (hot water if the sun has been shining). Double or twin with private bathroom $US6, double room with shared bathroom $US5, single room with shared bathroom $US4, dormitory $US3/bed. 24 hour access. Free wifi.</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Orchid Guesthouse" alt="" address="Guesthouse St" directions="east of Salt Gatherers' Roundabout" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Another straightforward guesthouse with fan and air-con rooms and food, opposite Pepper.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Magic Sponge" alt="" address="Guesthouse St" directions="east of Salt gatherers' Roundabout" phone="017 946 428" url="http://www.magicspongekampot.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="magicspongekampot@gmail.com">Funky converted villa run by Westerners with free wifi, 9-hole minigolf course, pool table, 50-inch HD widescreen TV for live sports, great Western and Asian food including excellent Indian dishes. A well stocked bar open late and with incredibly cheap draft beer - especially during Happy Hour between 12:00 and 16:00. A great place to hang out and meet other travellers with no shortage of entertainment. Air-con or fan rooms are spotlessly clean and feature superb quality mattresses and hot showers, and now there is a penthouse dormitory for just US$3 per night per bed. Laundry, travel tickets, motorbike and bicycle rental and up-to-date travel information available.</sleep>  
  
*<sleep name="Kampot Guesthouse" alt="" address="Guesthouse St" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Another straightforward guesthouse with fan and air-con rooms and food, next to Orchid. This one has clean rooms, no fridge, great wifi and it's quiet because it's at the end of the street: sponge and blissful sometimes have music....</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Orchid Guesthouse" alt="" address="Guesthouse St" directions="east of Salt Gatherers' Roundabout" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Another straightforward guesthouse with fan and air-con rooms and food, opposite Pepper. Also rents mountain bikes for $4/day.</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Pepper Guesthouse" alt="" address="Guesthouse St" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Converted villa guesthouse with clean rooms, simple restaurant and wi-fi in rooms run by a friendly Khmer family. Bicycles for $1/day and motorbikes for $4 (semi-auto) or $10 (dirt bike). Rooms $5 (fan) - $15 (AC).</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Kampot Guesthouse" alt="" address="Guesthouse St" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Another straightforward guesthouse with fan and air-con rooms and food, next to Orchid. This one has clean rooms, no fridge, great wifi and it's quiet because it's at the end of the street: sponge and blissful sometimes have music...</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="NyNy Hotel" alt="" address="Guesthouse St" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Relativley (3 stories) high rise building in Guest House Street. Clean Rooms, Wi-Fi. </sleep>
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*<sleep name="Pepper Guesthouse" alt="" address="Guesthouse St" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Converted villa guesthouse with clean rooms, simple restaurant and wi-fi in rooms run by a friendly Khmer family.  Bicycles available for rent at $US1/day and motorbikes for $US4 for a semi-auto or $US10 for an off-road bike. Rooms $US5 (fan) - $US15 (air-con).</sleep>
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*<sleep name="NyNy Hotel" alt="" address="Guesthouse St" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Three storey building in Guest House Street. Clean and big rooms, Wi-Fi. Fan rooms: One bed (1-2 persons: 6 USD), two bed (2-4 persons: 7 USD), big bathroom. AC available</sleep>
  
 
*<sleep name="Paris Guesthouse" alt="" address="Corner of Old Market St" directions="three blocks from bus station" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Brand new multi-story purpose built hotel.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Paris Guesthouse" alt="" address="Corner of Old Market St" directions="three blocks from bus station" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Brand new multi-story purpose built hotel.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Homestay-Café" address="close to the river, opposite the hospital" phone="855-(0)77-526-443" url="http://www.homestaycafe.com/" >All rooms ensuite with hot water and fan.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Homestay-Café" address="close to the river, opposite the hospital" phone="855-(0)77-526-443" url="http://www.homestaycafe.com/" >All rooms ensuite with hot water and fan.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Long Villa Guesthouse">West of the (new) market on New Bridge Street, nice garden restaurant, clean rooms, fan and aircon.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Long Villa Guesthouse">West of the new market on New Bridge Street, nice garden restaurant, clean rooms, fan and aircon.</sleep>
  
 
*<sleep name="Nature Bungalow" alt="" address="" directions="north of New Bridge 50m" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Riverfront bungalows with over-the-water dining.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Nature Bungalow" alt="" address="" directions="north of New Bridge 50m" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Riverfront bungalows with over-the-water dining.</sleep>
  
* '''Ta Eng Guesthouse''' is on a side street near where the road to Kep bends out of the town grid. Not very cosy. Curfew at 11:30. Rooms start at $5.
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* '''Ta Eng Guesthouse''' is on a side street near where the road to Kep bends out of the town grid. Not very cosy. Curfew at 23:30. Rooms start at $US5.
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* '''Titch's Place''', Australian run dorm-room guesthouse located on the riverfront in the block between the old market and old bridge. Roof top bar with views over the river towards the mountains. WiFi. International power sockets for electrical appliances. Separate dorm room available for female guests on request. US$3-$4  Phone: 033 650 1631 Email: titchs.place@yahoo.com
  
 
===Budget Riverside Guest house===
 
===Budget Riverside Guest house===
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* Moon River Lodge,New addition to the east side river front in a quiet scenic location only a short stroll along the promenade to the old French quarter,has 8 well appointed rooms A/C or fan with en suit bathrooms hot water TV dvd and wifi. Unique retro building with lots of balcony space to laze around on whilst enjoying spectacular 360 degree views of the town river and mountains.A great little B&B.www.moonriverlodgekampot.com  phone 855 77 526 443.
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*<sleep name="Bodhi Villa" alt="" address="" directions="1.5km north of New Bridge on the far (west) bank" phone="+855 12 728 884" url="http://www.bodhivilla.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Simple but charming bungalows on the river and in a lovely garden. The bar over hangs the water, the staff are friendly, prices reasonable and food good. </sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Bodhi Villa" alt="" address="" directions="1.5km north of New Bridge on the far (west) bank" phone="+855 12 728 884" url="http://www.bodhivilla.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Hugh and Jos have done well to make this place a lot of fun and a great place to relax. Friday Night Live music sessions are not to be missed, though this place fills up rapidly on weekends, so bookings are suggested.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Olly's Place" alt="" address="by the river, 500 metres north from the west side of the new bridge" directions="next to Bodhi Villa" phone="+855(0)92 605 837" url="http://www.ollysplacekampot.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Comfortable bungalows and rooms with mosquito nets. Paddle-boarding and swimming in the river included. Wind-surfing available. Food and drinks menu. Best value of the three.</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Olly's Place" alt="" address="by the river, 500 meters north from the west side of the new bridge" directions="next to Bodhi Villa" phone="+855(0)92 605 837" url="http://www.ollysplacekampot.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Comfortable bungalows and rooms with mosquito nets. Paddle-boarding and swimming in the river included. Wind-surfing available. Food and drinks menu. Best value of the three.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Kampot River Bungalow" alt="" address="100 metres before Olly's place on the west side of the river" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="$6" lat="" long="">Comfortable bungalows and rooms with mosquito nets. Run by a very friendly and caring Khmer family. The food is cheap and consistently good. They will arrange all bookings tours buses etc but never push it on you. There are free bicycles and scooters for hire. This is the quietest and most traditional of the River bungalow choices. Also it is run and owned by warm Cambodian family and staff. </sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Kampot River Bungalow" alt="" address="100 meters before Olly's place on the west side of the river" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="$6" lat="" long="">Comfortable bungalows and rooms with mosquito nets. Diving board inexpensive high quality food and great communal atmosphere. The cheapest of the three. Food and drinks menu. For reservation H/P: 011 52 36 27, 033 66 66 418...</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Samon's Village" alt="" address="50 meters behind Bodhi Villa" directions="next to Bodhi Villa" directions="" phone=" url="https://www.facebook.com/samons.villag" checkin="" checkout="" price="$8 (shared bathroom), $20 with bathroom" lat="" long="" >clean and new bungalows with mosquito nets. With terrace and access to the river. Good local food. Very friendly and family-like atmosphere. No party crowd. Get to know the locals who live here and hear traditional music, too. Rent motorbikes, bicycles and kayacs.</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Samon's Village" alt="" address="50 meters behind Bodhi Villa" directions="next to Bodhi Villa" directions="" phone=" url="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samons-Village-Kampot/183994251644891" checkin="" checkout="" price="$8 (shared bathroom), $20 with bathroom" lat="" long="" >clean and new (2012) Bungalows with moskito nets. With terrace and access to the river. Great local food. Very friendly and family-like atmosphere. No party crowd. Get to know the locals who live here, too.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Greenhouse" alt="" address="Papaya Salad Road" directions="Cross the new bridge, follow Teuk Chhu road for 6km, then turn right on Papaya Salad road when you see the white sign on the right side of the road" phone="+855(0)88 886 3071" url="http://www.greenhousekampot.com/" checkin="2pm" checkout="12am" price="$US10-25" lat="" long="">Small private bungalows set in an orchard with a fantastic view. Great bar and restaurant in beautiful old wooden Khmer house with a large balcony overlooking the river. Kayaks and paddle boards rental, free wifi, popular swimming spot.
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The restaurant has a few Kampot Pepper specialities. It is also the only place working with fresh Red Kampot Pepper.</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Greenhouse" alt="" address="Papaya Salad Road" directions="Cross the new bridge, follow Teuk Chhu road for 6km, then turn right on Papaya Salad road" phone="+855(0)88 886 3071" url="http://greenhousekampot.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="$7-$20" lat="" long="">Small private bungalows with a fantastic view. Great bar and restaurant in beautiful old wooden Khmer house with a large balcony overlooking the river. Acoustic jam sessions and BBQ specials every Sunday afternoon. Occasional live music on Saturday nights.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Naga House" alt="river side bar, guesthouse and restaurant" address="Tuek Chou Road" directions="opposite side of the river" phone="012 289 916" url="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Naga-House/422600187790157" checkin="anytime" checkout="12pm" price="dorm $3, room bungalow $6-$9" lat="" long="">Clean large room with mosquito net, free wifi (in bar area), boat trip, bicycle/motorbike for rent and any kind of transport organized.
 
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Live music, happy hour for beer and cocktail, nice spot to swim and take it easy. Friendly staff, western and khmer owned.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Naga House, kampot" alt="river side bar, guesthouse and restaurant" address="tuek chou rd" directions="opposite side of the river" phone="012 289 916" url="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Naga-House/422600187790157" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">brand new guest house house in kampot, offering a place to hang out and relax on the deck over the watersedge. this place has a welcoming staff. this is great spot to stop, chill out and meet more back packers and travellers. there are dorm beds availible for $3 and a choice of ground floor bungalows for $6 to treetop bungalows for $10 all are surrounded by wild flowers and fruit trees all rooms are cleanly made up with fresh sheets, fans and large bathrooms.  
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nagahousekampot@gmail.com</sleep>
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===Budget Countryside Homestay Bungalow===
 
===Budget Countryside Homestay Bungalow===
  
*<sleep name="Kampot Eco-Village Retreat" alt="" address="" directions="phone for free pick up from within kampot or drive over the new bridge and follow the road until the temple on the left side. Now go into the little path on the right hand side and keep going for 600m" phone="855-(0)12-719-872" url="http://www.kampot-ecovillage.com" checkin="anytime" checkout="noon" price="$5 per day, $25 per week, $80 per month" lat="" long="">Kampot Eco-Village retreat is a home stay guesthouse that features traditional bungalows for $5 and free use of a bicycle as well as Cambodian specialties and your western favorites. Friendly family country-side location, Motorbike rental available.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Kampot Eco-Village Retreat" alt="" address="" directions="phone for free pick up from within kampot or drive over the new bridge and follow the road until the temple on the left side. Now go into the little path on the right hand side and keep going for 600m" phone="855-(0)12-719-872" url="http://www.kampot-ecovillage.com" checkin="anytime" checkout="noon" price="$US5 per day, $US25 per week, $US80 per month" lat="" long="">Kampot Eco-Village retreat is a home-stay guesthouse that features traditional bungalows for $U5 and free use of a bicycle as well as Cambodian specialties and western dishes. Friendly family country-side location, motorbike rental available.</sleep>
  
 
===Upmarket===
 
===Upmarket===
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*<sleep name="Les Manguiers" alt="" address="East Bank of the River" directions="2km north of the new bridge on a rough dirt road." phone="102 489 376 / 012 823 400" url="http://www.mangokampot.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="$10 - 44" lat="" long="">Garden bungalow resort with table d'hote menu, kayaks and boat trips. Very French; trilingual staff. Call for pickup.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Les Manguiers" alt="" address="East Bank of the River" directions="2km north of the new bridge on a rough dirt road." phone="102 489 376 / 012 823 400" url="http://www.mangokampot.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="$10 - 44" lat="" long="">Garden bungalow resort with table d'hote menu, kayaks and boat trips. Very French; trilingual staff. Call for pickup.</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Villa Vedici" alt="" address="East Bank of the River" directions="2km north of the new bridge on a rough dirt road, just north of Les Manguiers." phone="+85589290714" url="http://www.villavedici.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="r $30, bungalow $30, big house $100 (up to 8 ppl)" lat="" long="">Swanky new garden bungalow resort. </sleep>
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*<sleep name="Villa Vedici" alt="" address="East Bank of the River" directions="2km north of the new bridge on a rough dirt road, just north of Les Manguiers." phone="+85589290714" url="http://www.villavedici.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="r $US30, bungalow $US30, big house $US100 (up to 8 ppl)" lat="" long="">Swanky new garden bungalow resort. </sleep>
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*<sleep name="Moliden Guesthouse" corner of the old bridge / opposite the river phone="012820779" url="mailto:molidenkampot@yahoo.com" checkin="" checkout="12.00pm" price="15 to 65" lat="" long="">Rooms cost 15, 25, 35, and 65 dollars with very relaxing atmosphere. The $US15 rooms have good-sized rooms that have cable TV, hot shower and free wifi. The US$65  rooms are very spacious, cable TV, hot shower, bath, private entrance, free wifi and extremely good riverview of Bokor Mountain which can be seen from the balcony. All rooms include breakfast. </sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Moliden Guesthouse" corner of the old bridge / opposite the river phone="012820779" url="mailto:molidenkampot@yahoo.com" checkin="" checkout="12.00pm" price="15 to 65" lat="" long="">Rooms cost 15, 25, 35, and 65 dollars with very relaxing atmosphere. 15 dollar rooms have good-sized rooms that have cable TV, hot shower, and free wifi. 65 dollar rooms are very spacious, cable TV, hot shower, bathtub, private entrance, free wifi, and extremely good riverview of Bokor Mountain which can be seen from the balcony. All rooms include a free breakfast that include fresh fruit, fried eggs, scrambled eggs, pancakes, coffee, tea, and fresh lemon juice. </sleep>
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*<sleep name="Mea Culpa Kampot" alt="" address="behind Govonors Mansion" directions="" phone="012 50 47 69 " url="http://www.meaculpakampot.com" email="meaculpakampot@gmail.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="$US20-25" lat="" long="">New guesthouse and restaurant in a nice garden setting, in a quiet part of the old French quarter of town. Clean, new nicely decorated fan and air-con rooms with cable TV, DVD player and en suite bathroom with hot water. Balcony. Complimentary tea and coffee. Patio restaurant and bar serving Khmer and international fare including pizzas from a wood-fired oven.</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Mea Culpa Kampot" alt="" address="behind Govonors Mansion" directions="" phone="012 50 47 69 " url="http://www.meaculpakampot.com" email="meaculpakampot@gmail.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="$20-25" lat="" long="">New guesthouse and restaurant in a nice garden setting, in a quiet part of the old French quarter of town. Clean, new nicely decorated fan and a/c rooms with cable TV, DVD player and en suite bathroom with hot water. Balcony. Complimentary tea and coffee. Patio restaurant and bar serving Khmer and international fare including pizzas from a wood-fired oven.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Kampot Riverside Hotel" alt="" address="Riverside Road, between old bridge and Kampot Hospital" directions="" phone="012 351 764" url="http://www.kampotriversidehotel.com" checkin="" checkout="12:00pm" price="US$25 - $49" lat="" long="" email="info@kampotriversidehotel.com">Eighteen well equipped rooms to make you feel right at home. Sunset Cocktail bar. Free wifi. Cable tv, Air Conditioned. Hot shower. Tea & Coffee making facilities. Room service. Laundry service. Free pick up from bus stations. Rates include breakfast.</sleep>
  
 
== Contact ==
 
== Contact ==
 
There are numerous internet shops in Kampot offering the usual range of services.
 
There are numerous internet shops in Kampot offering the usual range of services.
There are a couple on the left hand side of The Old Bridge Road about 100 meters down from the central Big Durian traffic roundabout and a couple more on the road between La Java Bleu and Bar Red. Many of the guesthouses and restaurants in Kampot are equipped with WIFI.
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There are a couple on the left hand side of The Old Bridge Road about 100 metres down from the central Big Durian traffic roundabout and a couple more on the road between La Java Bleu and Bar Red. Many of the guesthouses and restaurants in Kampot are equipped with WIFI.
  
*'''Post Office''', on the riverfront and just up from Rikitikitavi. Opening hours are sporadic but your best bet is to check if it is open between 10am and 12md and 2pm and 4pm.
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*'''Post Office''', on the riverfront and just up from Rikitikitavi. Opening hours are sporadic but your best bet is to check if it is open between 10:00 and 12:00 and 14:00 and 16:00.
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
  
By bus to '''Phnom Penh''', all of the bus companies listed in the '''Get In''' section operate two return services to Phnom Penh, generally at 7am and around 1pm. Each of the bus companies has a small office at the Kampot bus station where you can book your ticket.
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By bus to '''Phnom Penh''', all of the bus companies listed in the '''Get In''' section operate two return services to Phnom Penh, generally at 07:00 and around 13:00. Each of the bus companies has a small office at the Kampot bus station where you can book your ticket.
  
* [[Kep]] - another resort town 25km east, famous for seafood, motobike for $3, tuk tuk $8.
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* [[Kep]] - another resort town 25km east, famous for seafood, motobike for $US3, tuk-tuk $Us8.
 
* [[Sihanoukville]] - Cambodia's best-known beach resort. Big bus, minivan or Sihanoukville's ''G'day Mate'' western run van service.
 
* [[Sihanoukville]] - Cambodia's best-known beach resort. Big bus, minivan or Sihanoukville's ''G'day Mate'' western run van service.
* [[Ha Tien]] (Vietnam) - The border was opened for tourists in 2007. Motorbike drivers usually ask for US$10 to 15 for a ride to the border, but you can also get a motorbike taxi directly to Ha Tien for US$9 (around 2h). Some of the roads are not paved, but you will get to see some nice rural areas on the way. There are car taxis leaving for the border around 9AM for US$6 per person and a number of minivan services now operate between Ha Tien and Kampot for around $8.  
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* [[Ha Tien]] (Vietnam) - The border was opened for tourists in 2007. Motorbike drivers usually ask for US$10 -15 for a ride to the border, but you can also get a motorbike taxi directly to Ha Tien for US$9 (around 2h). Some of the roads are not paved, but you will get to see some nice rural areas on the way. There are car taxis leaving for the border around 09:00 for US$6 per person and a number of minivan services now operate between Ha Tien and Kampot for around $US8.  
 
*'''M.T.T''' (call/txt TOM on mobile: 016 994 161) newly-launched daily Aircon Van's serving all above destinations twice, plus to Trat of Thailand  
 
*'''M.T.T''' (call/txt TOM on mobile: 016 994 161) newly-launched daily Aircon Van's serving all above destinations twice, plus to Trat of Thailand  
  
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Latest revision as of 03:18, 28 July 2014

Kampot is a small town (pop.~40,000) in south-east Cambodia and capital of the province with same name. It is a gateway to Bokor National Park

Sunset over the river.

Understand[edit]

Kampot's main attraction is its relaxing riverside setting. While there is a sizeable town set back from the river, the majority of visitors will spend most of their time enjoying the river and the local countyside. Kampot's economy is based on Salt and Pepper production, fishing, fruit growing (particularly Durians) and light industry with domestic and foreign tourism being small but growing contributors. Most foreigner oriented tourist businesses are scattered along the riverside promenade or are within one or two blocks of it. The riverside's main reference points are the old bridge, a mongrel of various styles and temporary parts thrown together after its breaching in the Khmer Rouge days, and the French-built market building which has recently been restored. Back from the river, the town is centred on the bizarre durian roundabout. From where the buses drop passengers, walking down the wide boulevard leads towards the river and the French-built market.


If you would like to know a bit about Kampot's History, the online Kampot Museum is here [1]

If you want to know more about Kampot's Early History, a scholarly PDF document (Kampot of the Belle Époque) is located here: [2]

Get in[edit]

By bus from Phnom Penh:

Minor update as at July 2014:

The road between Kampot and Kep has been had extensive work done to it over the past twelve months. At this date, the road is still gravel surface and of variable quality. It is expected that surfacing of the road will be carried out soon-ish.

Hua Lin buses depart at 07:00 and 12:00 from their bus station on street 182 near Olympic Market. The bus travels to Kampot via Kep and the trip takes about five hours.

Capitol buses depart at 07:00 and 13:00 from their bus station near Orrusey Market. The bus does not currently go via Kep and the trip to Kampot can take approx. 3.5 hours. The bus continues on to Kep after setting down passengers in Kampot. The fare is now $US5. Website: [3]

Sorya buses depart at 08:30 and 13.40 from their bus station next to Central Market. In the high season (October to May)there may be an additional bus at 9.30am. The bus travels to Kampot via Kep and the trip takes about five hours. The fare is $7 one way and $US10 for a return ticket . Website: [4]

Paramount Angkor Express buses depart at 07:30 and 13:30 from their bus station near Olympic Market.The bus travels directly to Kampot (does not go via Kep) and the trip takes about three hours. The fare is $6

Giant Ibis buses depart at 08:00 and 14:45 from street 106 next to the Night Market on Riverside. This company started operating in May 2012 and is promoting itself as a luxury service. Tickets are $8 and the bus sets down at the Durian Roundabout (approx. 300 metres from the bus station) in Kampot. Website: [5]

All of the above buses, with the exception of Giant Ibis, terminate at the central Kampot bus station which is about 150 metres from one of the main guesthouse streets in Kampot - walk to the Salt Workers Monument and take your first turn to the left.

Note that these buses do not generally have an on-board toilet but do usually have a 15 minute rest stop at approx. the half way point between Phnom Penh and Kampot. Note also that while there is no difference in the fares charged for locals and foreigners on the Phnom Penh - Kampot route, fares generally increase for everyone during major public holidays/celebrations.

Mini Bus

Kampot Express uses 12 seat Hyundai Starex mini buses and started operating in 2012. They provide an 08:00 and 13:00 service on weekdays with an additional 4.30pm service on Saturday and Sunday. The bus route from Kampot passes - and will set down at - Phnom Penh International Airport. Buses are based in Street 215 in Phnom Penh at the Sokimex petrol station, with the trip taking approx. 2.5 hours depending on the traffic leaving Phnom Penh. In Kampot, the buses set down and depart from their depot on the Southern side of the Durian traffic roundabout in the centre of town. The fare is $US8 for foreigners, with locals paying less, and additional baggage fees may apply. Website: [6]

Private Taxi: your guesthouse/hotel should be able to arrange this for you and expect to pay between $US35 and $US50 for the whole taxi with the trip taking approx. 2.5 hours depending on the traffic leaving Phnom Penh. Again, prices quoted will generally be higher during major public holidays and you will almost certainly be quoted a higher price if you attempt to negotiate the fare yourself with one of the taxis at Phnom Penh airport.

Shared Taxi : There are a number of shared taxis that regularly ply the route between Phnom Penh and Kampot and your guesthouse/hotel should be able to arrange a seat for you. If you want to make your own arrangements, taxis generally depart from Psar Damkor. Be aware that a shared taxi, generally a Toyota Camry, on this route will normally carry eight people including the driver so if you are a large Westerner, have a lot of luggage or have issues with your personal space, you might want to book two seats at the front of the taxi which in effect gives you the front passenger seat to yourself. Prices are generally around $US5 per "chair" so the front passenger seat to yourself should cost around $US10.

There is no passenger rail service between Phnom Penh and Kampot.

From Sihanoukville, take a shared taxi, minibus or bus. Most taxis depart from the traffic pickup point next to the market. The two hour drive should costs US$3-5/person in a shared taxi, though haggling is required. Bus operators can help arrange a minibus with pickup at your guesthouse. Shared taxis are generally cramped, with up to 7 passengers: 4 in the back, 2 in the front passenger seat and one next to the driver.

Giant Ibis are now operating a return bus service to and from Sihanoukville with departures at 8.30 am and 12 pm in both directions. Price is listed at $7 one way.

Get around[edit]

Kampot city map.

Getting around Kampot is easy on foot or on pushbike, given the town's small size and flat terrain. Alternatively, hire a motorcycle (100cc - 125cc scooter or 250cc dirtbike, from US$5/day) or bicycle (from US$1/day) from hire shops near the durian traffic circle, or from just about any guesthouse or tour shop .

Tour Companies, There are approx. ten tour companies in Kampot offering the usual range of services. Prices and what is on offer is often displayed on a billboard at the front of the shop.

  • Kampot Car Rental, newly established business in Kampot with a range of cars for hire from $25 per day. Web site is here: [7] and email is here: maxcrow@kampotcarrental.com

Note about motorcycle rental

If you are going to rent a motorcycle here, make sure you understand what your liability is if the bike is stolen while you are renting it as moto theft from tourists is starting to be a bit of a problem in Kampot. You might find that the guesthouse or company that rented you the bike will expect you to pay in full for the stolen motorcycle to be replaced and the valuation placed on the stolen bike may be somewhat inflated. Note also that if you are an unskilled motorcycle or scooter rider and you decide to rent and ride one here - and combine that with not wearing a helmet and alcohol consumption - you are really testing your karma. Remember you are a long way from any quality medical care.

Safety, Kampot is generally a very safe town for visitors. However there have been incidents of bags - often containing valuables - being stolen from the front carry basket of pushbikes while the visitor, usually female, is cycling around town. The general technique used by the thieves is for a motorcycle with rider and pillion to pull alongside the pushbike, snatch the bag and then disappear into the distance. Secure your bag and/or limit the amount of valuables it contains.

See[edit][add listing]

The most impressive sights in Kampot are the river and surrounding hills, which grandly frame views from the riverside promenade. Kampot retains many of its colonial buildings and there are a number of interesting old structures in various states of repair. The market, an angular structure similar to Battambang's, has undergone an extensive renovation and is now largely open for business.

Bokor Mountain[edit]

Bokor National Park, about 1-2 hours out of Kampot, is being destroyed by a US$1bn casino development - the Thansur Bokor Highland Resort [8] with the result that the eerie charm of the abandoned French hill station - that included a shell of a church and the isolated upland nature reserve - is rapidly disappearing. The road up the mountain is now paved and provides easy access. The cooler climate and sublime views from the mountain remain and may provide some reason for a visit. Entry to the area is US$0.50 for motorcycles and $US2.50 for cars.

Tigers were rare to start with and will likely soon be non-existent. Gibbons and birds such as the chestnut-headed Partridge, blue pitta and orange-headed thrush will also been much harder to spot in what is now a construction site. The waterfall, which only flows in the wet season, may still provide some sanctuary for humans and animals wanting to get away from bulldozers.

Tours still run up the mountain and cost approximately US$10, depending on bargaining skills. Lunch is included. Except for the Bokor Palace Hotel and old casino, the old French buildings are occupied by the families of construction workers. The excursion can still be worthwhile provided as it is viewed as an insight into seeing Cambodia's Great Leap Forward rather than as an atmospheric expedition into a remote and haunting environment.

Several tracks enter the forest, one from behind the old tea plantation, the second from near the waterfalls. It is possible to stay at the ranger station which is basic but comfortable and, contrary to some reports does offer food and French wine.

Other[edit]

  • Teuk Chhouu, (8km upriver of town on the west (far) bank). An area of rapids with eateries and an island. It is a nice place for swimming, tubing and relaxing, and local vendors sell fruit, coffee and water. Prices for food and drink are somewhat higher here than in Kampot town . Entry fee: $US1 for foreigners.  edit
  • Phnom Chhnork, (8km east of town on the Kep Road NH33). A pleasant ride through paddy fields and village life to these caves with pre-Angkorian (Funan) shrines and "lost worlds". Just after the rhino statue turn left (there is a sign to Phnom Chhnork Resort), cross the railway into a village. Straight ahead is Phnom Sera with some interesting caves and a quarry which feeds the local gravel industry. Follow the road 90 degrees left and 2 km or so to Wat Ang Sdok, pay the monks and walk across to the mountain. Take a torch $US1.  edit
  • Secret Lake, (East of Phnom Chhou). An irrigation dam with a picnic area.  edit
  • Pepper Farms, (North of the Kep hills and NH33), [9]. Enquire in town about how to see pepper being grown and processed. For a guided tour visit The Vine Retreat in Chamcar Bei village. Most tour operators in Kampot offer visits to pepper farms.  edit
  • Also recommended are the fresh seafood, especially the crab with local Kampot pepper, and beaches at Kep (25km 25-45 minutes east from Kampot by moto or shared taxi) which makes a fun day trip. Although the beaches are not as nice as those in Sihanoukville (1 small brown sand beach and more rocky), it is quiet and during the week you will likely be the only visitors. Fishing boats can also be taken out to Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island), approximately 45 minutes from the mainland.
  • Cham Fishing Village, about two kilometres out of town past the Governor's Residence on the road that runs along the East bank of the river.
  • Salt Fields , about two kilometres out of town on the Kep road. You will see the fields off to your right (coming from Kampot) and there are a number of access roads.
  • Funky Statues, The Big Durian, The Vietnam Friendship Monument, The 2000 Roundabout [10] , The Salt Workers Monument.
  • The Two Old Cinemas, [11][12] art deco design and both have been out of regular service for some time however the occasional Khmer made horror movie does get a screening. If you are an art deco enthusiast, The Tourist Information building [13], about 400 metres up from the Salt Workers Monument, is also worth a look.
  • The Old Bridge, still in regular service for vehicles although it probably shouldn't be as its structural integrity is questionable. It is very picturesque at sunset.
  • The Colonial Railway Station, head out of town on the Phnom Penh road and take the last turn to your right before you come to the rail lines. The Station is sign posted and approx. 1.5 kilometres out of town.
Kampot Rail Station
  • The Kampot Traditional Music School for Orphaned and Disabled Children, situated across the road from the Acleda Bank building and adjacent to the park that runs down to the Old Market. The school holds occasional concerts - there is a notice board outside the building advising dates and times - and it is possible to attend music rehearsals (Mon to Fri) if you make an appointment. Tel: +855 (0)33 932 992 (Field Manager: Mr. You Chhuy)
  • Old Buildings, There are some fine examples of colonial architecture along the riverside in Kampot including The Governor's Residence, The Red Cross building and the Department of Mines building. There are still a hand full of dilapidated, photogenic shop houses on the streets back from the riverside.
  • Buddhist Wats, within two kilometres of the town centre are half a dozen Buddhist temples. Worth seeing are the hand painted depictions of the life of Buddha on the internal walls of each of the Wats. If your time or interest is limited, Wat Treuy Koh is one of the best examples - go over the old bridge and take your first major paved road to your left. The Wat is approx. 500 metres along this road to your right. This is a great spot to watch the fishing fleet go out just before dusk.
  • Chinese Temples , worth a look if you are spending a little extra time in Kampot. The first has recently been restored and is located on the road that runs along the river front about 100 metres from the new bridge while the second is adjacent to The Vietnam Friendship Monument. .
  • The Old Prison , still in active use and would make a great set if anyone ever decides to do a remake of the movie Papillon. This is not a place where you would want to do time. About 200 metres from the Salt Workers Monument.
  • The 2000 Olympic Stadium, in the center of town behind the Durian Roundabout. Classic Khmer style stadium and the grounds are often used for fairs or live music concerts during public holidays.
  • The Market, large, rambling and well stocked with just about everything that an average Khmer family could need. Have a look at the section behind the fish mongers for examples of local produce: it's well worth a wander around. Watch your feet & your head as the floors can be uneven & the ceilings low. There is a secure parking area at the market that charges 300 Riel to look after your pushbike and 500 Riel for a motorbike.
  • The Old Market, restoration is now complete and the majority of external stalls facing out to the road are now occupied. Kepler's Books has relocated to here and there are a few tour agents, a mini mart, a computer store, a real estate agent and a restaurant - Veronica's. Kampot's smallest bar - The Lazy Cat - is located on the Southern side.
  • The Night Market , located on the Phnom Penh road at the Northern corner of the Durian Roundabout, this mini fairground opened in November 2013. It features children's rides, Khmer snack food and drinks and a few stalls selling knock off brand name products.
  • Get Out Of Town, head out of Kampot for 1 kilometre in any direction and get off the main roads and you are in rural Cambodia. Some of the local cottage industries include palm sugar and wine making, basket weaving and furniture making using liana and rattan.
Teuk Chhouu
  • Teuk Chhou Zoo, Located about 8 km out of Kampot towards Teuk Chhouu and not far from the rapids. Admission is $US4 for foreigners and $US1 for locals and it is open daily. Note that Footprints Organization, the NGO that had been operating the Zoo since March 2012 has ceased to be affiliated with it. [14]

Do[edit][add listing]

Take a boat trip up the river for $US5

Kampot has a relaxed and sleepy atmosphere. It is a great place to go and just soak up the atmosphere and catch your breath for a couple of days: in the town, at the beach, along the river or up on Bokor.

Do Kampot province by dirtbike: Ride enduro style through the Elephant mountains, take on the hillclimb up Bokor or relax.

  • Petanque (Boules). Play at Blissful for free. Have a cold beer or Pastis while playing. The court is floodlit, so play morning, afternoon or evening.  edit
  • Minigolf, (at the Magic Sponge GH). Play a few fun rounds of 9-hole minigolf for free.  edit
  • Quiz Night, at Blissful Guesthouse, Tuesday nights at 20:00 and Rusty Keyhole2, Wednesday nights at 7.30. Often a good mix of local expats and travelers. Free entry at both venues.
  • Watch a movie, Ecran Movie House is a newly opened (August 2012) boutique, 30 seat cinema showing nightly movies starting at 7.30 pm. Huge screen and quality sound system. Located on the North side of the "new" market on the same street as Rusty Keyhole, ABC Bar and Cafe Malay. Check out the front to see what is showing that night. Admission is $US2.50
  • Take a boat trip, there are a number of tour operators in Kampot offering boat trips on the river. Bart, a Rastafarian looking, Belgian expat, has been boating on the river for the past 7 years and is recommended. Type - Boatman Bart Kampot - into Google for more info. Contact him at (T:(092) 174 280) Paddle Boards are available for rent for $US7 per day at Captain Chims restaurant over the road from the old market.
  • Pick up a free copy of The Kampot Survival Guide while you are in town and have a read. A funny, irreverent, not for profit and often politically incorrect take on visiting or living in Kampot written by local expats. The KSG blogspot site is here: [15] Or look out for a copy of Coastal tourist information guide containing info and maps of all towns in South-Cambodia.
  • Live Music, check with your guesthouse to see what's on offer while you are in Kampot. During the high season (Nov to March), live gigs or jam sessions might be held at ABC Bar, Madi Bar, OM, The Greenhouse, Wunderbar, Samon's Village, Bokor Mountain Lodge, Bodhi Villa or The Magic Sponge
  • Take a guided Cycle Tour, these are offered by most tour operators. The Four Villages tour run by Buffalo Tours (opposite Blissful) is an interesting way to see rural life surrounding Kampot.
  • Rent a motorbike and explore nearby caves, rock formations and salt fields. Or take a tour including caving, via ferrata, abseiling and rock climbing.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Kampot Pepper Given its reputation for quality, this is probably the most popular purchase made by visitors to Kampot. It is one of only two Cambodian products to be certified with Geographical Indicator (GI) [16] status the other being Palm Sugar produced in Kampong Speu province. For it to meet GI status, Kampot pepper must be grown without the use of pesticides or inorganic fertilizers and be grown in either Kampot or Kep provinces.

In the 2010 season, approx. 17 tonnes of pepper were produced in the two provinces and approx. 10 tonnes of that met the additional pesticide and fertilizer criteria. Of that 10 tonnes, approx. 6 tonnes went directly to overseas markets. Given the increased global awareness of Kampot pepper, [17] demand is now outstripping supply despite an increase in production in 2011 and again in 2012. The harvest for the 2013 season was 22 tonnes [18] - down from the anticipated 27 tonnes due to a hot, dry spell during the fruiting season. Prices for the genuine article sold by reputable outlets in Kampot range upwards from $35 per kilo for black pepper and up to the equivalent of $80 per kilo if buying in small quantities (less than 100 grams) in some form of decorative packaging.

Pepper is widely available in Kampot Market however the bulk of what is sold there is probably sourced from Vietnam - possibly Ha Tien or Phu Quoc Island [19] or from the Cambodian provinces of Kampong Cham, Kratie or Takeo - and is now very unlikely to be Kampot pepper despite what might be claimed. Some stall holders will truthfully tell you that their pepper is from Phu Quoc Island and not Kampot but fail to see what the fuss is about as Phu Quoc also has a centuries old reputation for producing quality pepper and was historically part of Cambodia (Kampot) until 1939.

Baseline prices for high quality pepper in the market as at July 2014 are Black Pepper ($11.25 per kilo), White Pepper ($12.50 per kilo) and Red Pepper ($17.50 per kilo). Expect slight fluctuations on these prices and expect to pay slightly more if you are buying less than one kilo at a time. Your pepper will be sold to you in a plastic bag - many stalls now prepackage 100 and 200 gram plastic bags with the price printed on them. Do not expect any decorative packaging.

If you want to be confident that the pepper you buy is the genuine article, then buy it from a reputable supplier. The packaging should have a GI logo and possibly a tracking code identifying the farm where the pepper was grown. Given the supply and demand, expect to pay a premium price for authenticity and the quality that should be implicit in that.

If you buy your pepper from the market or one of the many retail outlets in Kampot selling pepper and there are no GI logos or tracking codes on display, then the probability is that you are not buying genuine GI Kampot pepper. Be aware too that buying directly from the farm is not necessarily a guarantee that all of the pepper sold off that farm has qualified for GI status. This does not mean that the pepper you buy in these outlets is bad or necessarily even significantly inferior in quality to the genuine article. It is still very possible to buy a high quality pepper in Kampot for a bargain price. However its only legitimate claim to being Kampot pepper may be that it was purchased in Kampot but was in actuality grown 40 kilometers away on Phu Quoc Island.

Banks, There are four banks with 24 hour ATM services in Kampot. Canadia Bank is located in a new building on the main Big Durian traffic circle. ACLEDA bank is located approx. 150 metres from the bus station on the street running down towards the river. The Cambodian Public Bank is located on the Phnom Penh road three blocks from the Big Durian heading North towards the market. ABA Bank is located on the left of the central parkway on the road between the Big Durian and the 2000 Monument.

Tiny Kampot Pillows Hand made in Kampot, Quilts, Pillows and Cushions, Table Runners and Place Mats, Belts and Bags. Also made in Kampot Bookmarks, Greeting Cards, Prints and Reproduction Indochine Photos, plus a range of Kramas and functional gift items. At the 2000 Traffic Circle. Phone: 085 515 759 Webpage: [20]

  • Kampot Pepper, Kampot, Cambodia, [21]. Gourmet Kampot Pepper from registered farms in the Kampot region. varies.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are plenty of places to eat in Kampot, ranging from the usual street kitchens to proper restaurants providing indoor seating. Most places are only a short walk from the central traffic circle. A delicious breakfast is Koh Kor Num Pain, a thick beef stew served with french bread. Fish and seafood are also plentiful, fresh and delicious.

Food stalls still open late at night.

Just north of the new bridge are two bungalows with over-the-water dining in stilt huts. Nature Bungalows even has a tiny artificial beach. Just south of the same bridge a Khmer seafood restaurant is also on stilts over the water.

  • Blissful, On Guest House Street by Salt Workers Statue. Food 07:15 - 21:30. Khmer and Western cuisine including vegetarian dishes. Weekly Sunday roasts. Relaxing garden area. The accompanying bar closes at midnight. $3-8.  edit
  • Cafe Espresso Kampot, 17 R717 (Across from 333 Bakery in the side street from Epic Arts Cafe), 092388736, [22]. 7am - 11pm. Speciality coffee, roast and ground on site. International menu incl. Australian-style café fare and fresh baked bread & cakes. Free wifi. under $5.00.  edit
  • Epic Arts Cafe, Old Market Street (North side two blocks from the river). Breakfast until 17:00. Modern cafe cuisine, juices and Italian coffee. NGO run to help local disabled people. A few secondhand books also for sale. moderate - premium.  edit
  • Kampot Pie and Ice Cream Palace, Behind Little Garden Bar (One block north and one block inland of the old bridge), 099 65 78 26. 07:00- late. Khmer run bakery with good, cheap fare including brownies and apple pie.  edit
  • OM, Old Market Street no.38 (in the old french quarter between Old Market and Park), 090-798152, [23]. 08:30 - 20:30. Restaurant & Organic Shop with affiliated Organic Permaculture Farm, Khmer & Western cuisine healthy food and fresh smoothies. Creperie & juice bar, coffee, teas & cakes, Cambodian specials. A meeting-place for spiritual and ecological communication and education - open 08:30 til 20:30. Free Wifi  edit
  • Rikitikitavi, Riverside Road, 012 235 102, [24]. Western and Asian food, atmospheric terrace restaurant overlooking the river and mountains. Notable saraman (Cambodian beef curry) and amok trai (fish curry). A little more expensive but good quality.  edit
  • The Rusty Keyhole, (on the river, just south of the old bridge and next to the French-built market building), 092 758 536. Western and Asian food with notable tender BBQ ribs, relaxing river side location. Beer provided in 568ml vessels for those who love the pint.  edit Rusty Keyhole 2 (Restaurant and Sports Bar) is now open at the 2000 Roundabout next door to Tiny Kampot Pillows.
  • Sisters II, Two blocks off of the river (turn beside Bokor Lodge off the river) near the 2000 round about, 017-777-470. 07:00 - 17:00 closed Sundays. All day breakfast and bakery, great carrot cake (3,000 riel).  edit
  • Ta ouv, (Just south of new bridge on the river), 012 987 457. Has two signs with slightly different translations of their name. Often mentioned in guidebooks, it skimps on their trademark green pepper crab (just 1 small crab) and you are better off going to Kep for a tastier, better value version of this local dish. $4.  edit
  • Moliden, Riverside Road (on corner of the old bridge,Riverside Road,), 012820779, [25]. 07:00 to 23:00. Western and Asian food with notable tender BBQ ribs,Tasty pizzas,kampot pepper steaks, pastas,salads atmospheric restaurant overlooking the river and mountains,sitting in the garden with relax chair.on the river side 2.5 to10.  edit
  • Café Malay, old market street, close to the river (next to Kepler's book shop and ABC bar), +855 97 9938641. 09:00 - 22:00. Little Café and restaurant near the old market. Wide range of original Khmer and western food. Home made ice cream, cakes and breads. Pizza. Lavazza espresso, cappuccinos, draught beer and cocktails. Free WiFi. 1 - 8. (10°36'29.25N,104°10'46.65E) edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Visit any of the numerous vendors located on the main avenues in the evening for aTeuk Rleuek (fruit shake). Also worth trying is a glass of freshly squeezed sugar cane juice: look for the stalls that have stacks of sugarcane and brightly painted, hand cranked mangles, or a glass of iced tea with freshly squeezed sugarcane & lime juice.

Just about all of the local Khmer restaurants serve beer. In addition, there are literally dozens of night time drinking establishments catering for the locals both inside town and on the outskirts. These range from the quite palatial to the downright seedy - a thatched hut with dirt floor complete with wandering chickens and dogs. These establishments will often serve food (don't expect a Western menu) and frequently provide semi-soundproof rooms if karaoke singing combined with drinking is your thing. They can be located by the large, neon Anchor, Angkor and Cambodia beer signs.

Bars

The following "Guesthouse St" businesses have bar facilities:

Blissful Guesthouse (open until midnight),

Magic Sponge,

Orchid Guesthouse,

Kampot Guesthouse,

Pepper Guesthouse

  • WunderBar (New Location on the riverfront), 017257364. Stylish bar with garden area and great tunes, serve western & khmer food, kitchen open till 11 pm. Big selection of beers, cocktails, fruit juices. new pool table with a competition on Sunday 20:00, admission $US2. Open 6 days a week, 12.15 pm - midnight.Closed on Monday. Happy hour 4 - 7, free wifi.  edit
  • OM, Old Market Street no.38 (in the old french quarter between Old Market and Park), 090-798152, [26]. 08:30 - 20:30. Juice Bar, Restaurant & Organic Shop with affiliated Organic Permaculture Farm. Khmer & Western healthy foods , fresh juices and vegetable drinks served by friendly Khmer girls. Free Wifi  edit
  • Moliden, Riverside Road (corner of the old bridge / opposite of the river), 012820779, [27]. 07:00-23:00. Stylish bar with garden area and great river view and bokor mountain, open 7 day a week,Big selection of beers, cocktails,wines, fruit juices happy hour 16:00-19:00 sitting in the garden with chair relax 1to5.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

At the budget end of the market, dorm style guesthouse accommodation in Kampot starts at around US$2.50 and separate fan rooms are generally around US$5-8. Air-con rooms generally start around US$13.

There are perhaps fifty guesthouses dotted throughout the city however the majority of these are more oriented to domestic rather than foreign visitors. Half a dozen of the popular guesthouses with foreign visitors are concentrated on "Guesthouse Street" which is now also home to a few budget roadside cafes. There are also a number of guesthouses just outside of town across the bridge and along the riverfront.

Budget City guesthouses[edit]

(Under $US15 but guesthouse may also have more upmarket rooms available)

  • White Pigeon Guesthouse, 2000 Traffic Circle (next to Tiny Kampot Pillows). Clean and quiet guest house, in a new building. Rooms with aircon, private bathroom, hot shower, new furnitures, clean sheets and towels, free WiFi all over the place. Meets western standards. $13 with aircon, double or twin beds. Laid back BBQ bar next door with 70's music, pool table and darts. $13. (10.60746,104.18177) edit
  • Blissful Guesthouse, Guesthouse St (100m south of bus station, east of Salt Gatherers' Roundabout), 092 494 331 (), [28]. Longest run Western guesthouse in Kampot since 2004. Lush tropical garden, restaurant with a wide range of traditional Khmer and Western cuisine, busy bar with great music and a laid back atmosphere. All rooms are fan cooled with private or shared western bathrooms, cold water showers (hot water if the sun has been shining). Double or twin with private bathroom $US6, double room with shared bathroom $US5, single room with shared bathroom $US4, dormitory $US3/bed. 24 hour access. Free wifi.  edit
  • Magic Sponge, Guesthouse St (east of Salt gatherers' Roundabout), 017 946 428 (), [29]. Funky converted villa run by Westerners with free wifi, 9-hole minigolf course, pool table, 50-inch HD widescreen TV for live sports, great Western and Asian food including excellent Indian dishes. A well stocked bar open late and with incredibly cheap draft beer - especially during Happy Hour between 12:00 and 16:00. A great place to hang out and meet other travellers with no shortage of entertainment. Air-con or fan rooms are spotlessly clean and feature superb quality mattresses and hot showers, and now there is a penthouse dormitory for just US$3 per night per bed. Laundry, travel tickets, motorbike and bicycle rental and up-to-date travel information available.  edit
  • Orchid Guesthouse, Guesthouse St (east of Salt Gatherers' Roundabout). Another straightforward guesthouse with fan and air-con rooms and food, opposite Pepper. Also rents mountain bikes for $4/day.  edit
  • Kampot Guesthouse, Guesthouse St. Another straightforward guesthouse with fan and air-con rooms and food, next to Orchid. This one has clean rooms, no fridge, great wifi and it's quiet because it's at the end of the street: sponge and blissful sometimes have music...  edit
  • Pepper Guesthouse, Guesthouse St. Converted villa guesthouse with clean rooms, simple restaurant and wi-fi in rooms run by a friendly Khmer family. Bicycles available for rent at $US1/day and motorbikes for $US4 for a semi-auto or $US10 for an off-road bike. Rooms $US5 (fan) - $US15 (air-con).  edit
  • NyNy Hotel, Guesthouse St. Three storey building in Guest House Street. Clean and big rooms, Wi-Fi. Fan rooms: One bed (1-2 persons: 6 USD), two bed (2-4 persons: 7 USD), big bathroom. AC available  edit
  • Paris Guesthouse, Corner of Old Market St (three blocks from bus station). Brand new multi-story purpose built hotel.  edit
  • Homestay-Café, close to the river, opposite the hospital, 855-(0)77-526-443, [30]. All rooms ensuite with hot water and fan.  edit
  • Long Villa Guesthouse. West of the new market on New Bridge Street, nice garden restaurant, clean rooms, fan and aircon.  edit
  • Nature Bungalow, (north of New Bridge 50m). Riverfront bungalows with over-the-water dining.  edit
  • Ta Eng Guesthouse is on a side street near where the road to Kep bends out of the town grid. Not very cosy. Curfew at 23:30. Rooms start at $US5.
  • Titch's Place, Australian run dorm-room guesthouse located on the riverfront in the block between the old market and old bridge. Roof top bar with views over the river towards the mountains. WiFi. International power sockets for electrical appliances. Separate dorm room available for female guests on request. US$3-$4 Phone: 033 650 1631 Email: titchs.place@yahoo.com

Budget Riverside Guest house[edit]

  • Moon River Lodge,New addition to the east side river front in a quiet scenic location only a short stroll along the promenade to the old French quarter,has 8 well appointed rooms A/C or fan with en suit bathrooms hot water TV dvd and wifi. Unique retro building with lots of balcony space to laze around on whilst enjoying spectacular 360 degree views of the town river and mountains.A great little B&B.www.moonriverlodgekampot.com phone 855 77 526 443.
  • Bodhi Villa, (1.5km north of New Bridge on the far (west) bank), +855 12 728 884, [31]. Simple but charming bungalows on the river and in a lovely garden. The bar over hangs the water, the staff are friendly, prices reasonable and food good.  edit
  • Olly's Place, by the river, 500 metres north from the west side of the new bridge (next to Bodhi Villa), +855(0)92 605 837, [32]. Comfortable bungalows and rooms with mosquito nets. Paddle-boarding and swimming in the river included. Wind-surfing available. Food and drinks menu. Best value of the three.  edit
  • Kampot River Bungalow, 100 metres before Olly's place on the west side of the river. Comfortable bungalows and rooms with mosquito nets. Run by a very friendly and caring Khmer family. The food is cheap and consistently good. They will arrange all bookings tours buses etc but never push it on you. There are free bicycles and scooters for hire. This is the quietest and most traditional of the River bungalow choices. Also it is run and owned by warm Cambodian family and staff. $6.  edit
  • Samon's Village, 50 meters behind Bodhi Villa, [33]. clean and new bungalows with mosquito nets. With terrace and access to the river. Good local food. Very friendly and family-like atmosphere. No party crowd. Get to know the locals who live here and hear traditional music, too. Rent motorbikes, bicycles and kayacs. $8 (shared bathroom), $20 with bathroom.  edit
  • Greenhouse, Papaya Salad Road (Cross the new bridge, follow Teuk Chhu road for 6km, then turn right on Papaya Salad road when you see the white sign on the right side of the road), +855(0)88 886 3071, [34]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 12am. Small private bungalows set in an orchard with a fantastic view. Great bar and restaurant in beautiful old wooden Khmer house with a large balcony overlooking the river. Kayaks and paddle boards rental, free wifi, popular swimming spot. The restaurant has a few Kampot Pepper specialities. It is also the only place working with fresh Red Kampot Pepper. $US10-25.  edit
  • Naga House (river side bar, guesthouse and restaurant), Tuek Chou Road (opposite side of the river), 012 289 916, [35]. checkin: anytime; checkout: 12pm. Clean large room with mosquito net, free wifi (in bar area), boat trip, bicycle/motorbike for rent and any kind of transport organized. Live music, happy hour for beer and cocktail, nice spot to swim and take it easy. Friendly staff, western and khmer owned. dorm $3, room bungalow $6-$9.  edit

Budget Countryside Homestay Bungalow[edit]

  • Kampot Eco-Village Retreat, (phone for free pick up from within kampot or drive over the new bridge and follow the road until the temple on the left side. Now go into the little path on the right hand side and keep going for 600m), 855-(0)12-719-872, [36]. checkin: anytime; checkout: noon. Kampot Eco-Village retreat is a home-stay guesthouse that features traditional bungalows for $U5 and free use of a bicycle as well as Cambodian specialties and western dishes. Friendly family country-side location, motorbike rental available. $US5 per day, $US25 per week, $US80 per month.  edit

Upmarket[edit]

  • Les Manguiers, East Bank of the River (2km north of the new bridge on a rough dirt road.), 102 489 376 / 012 823 400, [37]. Garden bungalow resort with table d'hote menu, kayaks and boat trips. Very French; trilingual staff. Call for pickup. $10 - 44.  edit
  • Villa Vedici, East Bank of the River (2km north of the new bridge on a rough dirt road, just north of Les Manguiers.), +85589290714, [38]. Swanky new garden bungalow resort. r $US30, bungalow $US30, big house $US100 (up to 8 ppl).  edit
  • Moliden Guesthouse, 012820779, [39]. checkout: 12.00pm. Rooms cost 15, 25, 35, and 65 dollars with very relaxing atmosphere. The $US15 rooms have good-sized rooms that have cable TV, hot shower and free wifi. The US$65 rooms are very spacious, cable TV, hot shower, bath, private entrance, free wifi and extremely good riverview of Bokor Mountain which can be seen from the balcony. All rooms include breakfast. 15 to 65.  edit
  • Mea Culpa Kampot, behind Govonors Mansion, 012 50 47 69 (), [40]. New guesthouse and restaurant in a nice garden setting, in a quiet part of the old French quarter of town. Clean, new nicely decorated fan and air-con rooms with cable TV, DVD player and en suite bathroom with hot water. Balcony. Complimentary tea and coffee. Patio restaurant and bar serving Khmer and international fare including pizzas from a wood-fired oven. $US20-25.  edit
  • Kampot Riverside Hotel, Riverside Road, between old bridge and Kampot Hospital, 012 351 764 (), [41]. checkout: 12:00pm. Eighteen well equipped rooms to make you feel right at home. Sunset Cocktail bar. Free wifi. Cable tv, Air Conditioned. Hot shower. Tea & Coffee making facilities. Room service. Laundry service. Free pick up from bus stations. Rates include breakfast. US$25 - $49.  edit

Contact[edit]

There are numerous internet shops in Kampot offering the usual range of services. There are a couple on the left hand side of The Old Bridge Road about 100 metres down from the central Big Durian traffic roundabout and a couple more on the road between La Java Bleu and Bar Red. Many of the guesthouses and restaurants in Kampot are equipped with WIFI.

  • Post Office, on the riverfront and just up from Rikitikitavi. Opening hours are sporadic but your best bet is to check if it is open between 10:00 and 12:00 and 14:00 and 16:00.

Get out[edit]

By bus to Phnom Penh, all of the bus companies listed in the Get In section operate two return services to Phnom Penh, generally at 07:00 and around 13:00. Each of the bus companies has a small office at the Kampot bus station where you can book your ticket.

  • Kep - another resort town 25km east, famous for seafood, motobike for $US3, tuk-tuk $Us8.
  • Sihanoukville - Cambodia's best-known beach resort. Big bus, minivan or Sihanoukville's G'day Mate western run van service.
  • Ha Tien (Vietnam) - The border was opened for tourists in 2007. Motorbike drivers usually ask for US$10 -15 for a ride to the border, but you can also get a motorbike taxi directly to Ha Tien for US$9 (around 2h). Some of the roads are not paved, but you will get to see some nice rural areas on the way. There are car taxis leaving for the border around 09:00 for US$6 per person and a number of minivan services now operate between Ha Tien and Kampot for around $US8.
  • M.T.T (call/txt TOM on mobile: 016 994 161) newly-launched daily Aircon Van's serving all above destinations twice, plus to Trat of Thailand


Routes through Kampot
Phnom Penh ← Kep ←  E noframe W  Sihanoukville




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