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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
  
Kep was Cambodia's top seaside destination until eclipsed in the 1960s by [[Sihanoukville]] (and, soon after, decades of civil war). The town is full of ruined shells of old villas, destroyed in the Khmer Rouge days and during the subsequent Civil War.
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Kep was Cambodia's top seaside destination until eclipsed in the 1960s by [[Sihanoukville]] (and, soon after, decades of civil war). The town is full of ruined shells of old villas, destroyed in the Khmer Rouge days and during the subsequent Civil War and stripped down by the leaving Vietnamese army.
  
Today's Kep has recently become established as a Khmer holiday spot and is slowly being rediscovered by travelers. An unfortunate attitude of "milk the foreigner" pervades the local businesses, unlike in nearby [[Kampot]], which makes decent bargaining a necessity.
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Today's Kep has recently become established as a Khmer holiday spot and is slowly being rediscovered by travelers. The once very poor Kep beach is now being filled up with snow white sand from Otres Beach and is extended to 50m, still the main beach is located at the idyllic Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island, 20min by long tail boat), just off the coast.
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[[Image:kepbeach.jpg|thumb|300px|The new Kep beach, busy during Chinese New Year]]
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The charm of this coastal resort lies in its peacefulness, its National Park, its delicious seafood and last but not least in the extremely friendly local inhabitants, who very often wave at you with huge, honest smiles on their faces. It's not unusual for a tuk-tuk driver to invite you for a meal to his house to meet his family, and you can become friends.
  
==Get in==
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In 2014 there are over 70 hotels, ranging from a $5 home-stay to a $400-plus double story wooden villa, with your own pool.
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Nowadays there is quite a lot to do in Kep. You can fill more than a week with all kind of different activities, beside lying on the beach. [http://visitkep.com/page.php?id=6 List of activities].
  
* '''From Kampot:''' The road is paved, smooth and well sign posted. 25km, 30-45 minute trip. Bus $2. For a motorcycle taxi ($2 - $3) or tuk-tuk (around $6) be prepared to bargain like a local or pay a bit more. Package day tours between the two towns often include a visit to nearby destinations such as Rabbit Island, the caves between Kampot and Kep, and a pepper plantation. 
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The Kep Tourist Information website [http://www.visitkep.com visitkep.com], which is operated by the Kep Tourism Group, offers a complete hotel-, restaurant-, bar-, shops– etc listing with detailed maps of the area (with a forum and an event calender). You get a pretty good picture of what to expect from this beautiful coastal town, which is still off the beaten track and is the 'rising star' on Cambodia's coast!
  
* '''From Phnom Penh:''' The road is paved, smooth and well sign posted. Around 4 hours by bus. Several bus companies serve Kep ($5 - $6) and offer various departure times from 7am through to 3pm. '''168 Phnom Penh Sorya''' bus company runs from the bus station near [[Phnom Penh| Phnom Penh's]] central market. '''Hua Lian''' is based near Olympic Stadium (Street 182, Oknha Tep Phan). '''Capitol Tours''' run from their offices in Phnom Penh. Hiring your own taxi should cost around $40-50 (2.5 to 3 hours).
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Cambodia's coastal regions (Kep, [[Kampot]], [[Sihanoukville]] and [[Koh Kong]]) have been awarded with a membership of the 'Most Beautiful Bays in the World' [http://www.world-bays.com/ World Bays Website].
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Many visitors enjoy their holidays in Kep so much that they will come again and again, year after year.
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==Get there==
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* '''From Kampot:''' The road is currently (august 2013) undergoing some construction and is unpaved and dusty. As a result drivers will try to charge you more, saying that the road is bad. Still, even first time bikers should have no trouble, and the road is well signed. 25km, 30-45 minute trip. Bus $2. For a motorcycle taxi ($2 - $3) or tuk-tuk (around $6) be prepared to bargain like a local or pay a bit more. Package day tours between the two towns often include a visit to nearby destinations such as Koh Tonsay, the caves between Kampot and Kep, and a pepper plantation. As of 01 Sept.2013 road still being constructed and bike and Tuk-Tuk very bouncy ride and extremely dusty. Recommend air con taxi for USD 15.
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* '''From Phnom Penh:''' The road is paved, smooth and well sign posted. Around 4 hours by bus. Several bus companies serve Kep ($5 - $7, january 2014) and offer various departure times from 7am through to 3pm. '''168 Phnom Penh Sorya''' bus company runs from the bus station near [[Phnom Penh| Phnom Penh's]] central market. '''Hua Lian''' is based near Olympic Stadium (Street 182, Oknha Tep Phan). '''Capitol Tours''' run from their offices in Phnom Penh. Hiring your own taxi should cost around $40-50 (2.5 to 3 hours).
  
 
* '''From Sihanoukville:''' Minibuses take around 2 hours and cost around US$7 (shop around, prices vary). Departures are in the morning.
 
* '''From Sihanoukville:''' Minibuses take around 2 hours and cost around US$7 (shop around, prices vary). Departures are in the morning.
  
* '''From Ha Tien, Vietnam:''' Motorbike taxis take 45 min and should cost 100,000+ dong (~US$5). Bargain hard and in dollars, it'll work out cheaper than in dong. It is a 45min journey mainly on a dirt road.
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* '''From Ha Tien, Vietnam:''' Motorbike taxis take 45 min and should cost 100,000+ dong (~US$5). Bargain hard and in dollars, it'll work out cheaper than in dong. It is a 45min journey.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
Tuk-tuks are plentiful in the centre. Short trips around town should cost $1-$2, the price for a full day is between $12 to $25. Some roads can be a little bumpy, but there is no major dust irritation like in [[Siem Reap]] or [[Phnom Penh]].  
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Tuk-tuks are plentiful in the centre. Short trips around town should cost $1-$2; the price for a full day is between $12 to $25. Some roads can be a little bumpy, but there is no major dust irritation like in [[Siem Reap]] or [[Phnom Penh]].  
  
Self-drive motorcycles can be rented for around US$7 per day for a small 125 cc or around US$14 for a 250 cc. Bicycles are also available for rent.
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Self-drive motorcycles can be rented for around US$7 per day for a small 125 cc or around US$14 for a 250 cc. Bicycles are also available for rent from several different places and guesthouses for the cheap frontbasket type. For touring the enchanting countryside on dirt roads, following the railway track to Kampot (there is a small track beside it) or other trips, get a good mountain bike. WAM travel agent has excellent ones at Bat 11, Kep beach; also available in large and children's sizes.
  
Apart from the beach front, most businesses are spaced out. If you don't rent any transport, be prepared to walk or alternatively stick to the area around your guesthouse and chill out there.
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Apart from the beach front, most businesses are some distance apart. If you don't rent any transport, be prepared to walk or alternatively stick to the area around your guesthouse and relax there.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
* '''Kep Beach'''. A single, kilometer long crescent of sand near the tip of the Kep peninsula. Dining platforms and seafood vendors line the road behind the beach. Busy on weekends but often deserted during the week. The road through Kep traces the coastline to the beach and then circles back on itself. Cars and vans must pay admission to drive the loop (2500R-5000R). Motorcycles and pedestrians are free. Be aware that the loop is an one way street and the police do occasionally enforce the law, levying fines against violators.
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* '''Kep Beach'''. A single, kilometer long crescent of sand near the tip of the Kep peninsula. Dining platforms and seafood vendors line the road behind the beach. Busy on weekends but often deserted during the week. The road through Kep traces the coastline to the beach and then circles back on itself. Cars and vans must pay admission to drive the loop (2500R-5000R). Motorcycles and pedestrians are free. Be aware that the loop is a one way street and the police do occasionally enforce the law, levying fines against violators.
  
* '''Kep Mountain'''. There is an easy trail going full circle around the hill above Kep in the National Park. It's a wonderful piece of jungle, in which it is quite probable to see some monkeys and other animals. The trail is about 8km long (a 2-3 hour walk) and has a lot of direction signs made by Christian from the Led Zep Cafe. If you don't want to walk, the path is big enough to ride a bicycle or a motorbike, though be prepared for a somewhat bumpy ride. There are even some small benches to enjoy the view and have a rest during the walk.
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[[Image:kepnp.jpg|thumb|400px|Beautiful view from the Kep National Park towards Bokor Mountain]]
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* '''Kep National Park'''. There is an easy trail going full circle around the hill above Kep in the National Park, and smallest more slope tracks going through. This is a wonderful area of jungle, in which it is quite common to see some monkeys and other animals. The circle trail is about 8km long (a 2-3 hour walk) and has a lot of direction signs. If you don't want to walk, the path is big enough to ride a bicycle or a motorbike, though be prepared for a somewhat bumpy ride. There are even some small benches to enjoy the view and have a rest during the walk. Going through the transversal trail can make a nice 5h walk.
  
* '''Kampot Pepper'''. An absolute must is to visit the Pepper plantation at Phnom Voir mountain, about 20min drive from Kep. This pepper used to be the number one pepper in the world and all the good french restaurants had it. It is having a revival at the moment with some local NGO (Farmlink) helping promote and plant it again.
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* '''Kampot Pepper'''. An absolute must is to visit the pepper plantation at Phnom Voir mountain, about 20min drive from Kep. This pepper used to be the number one pepper in the world and all the good french restaurants had it. It is having a revival at the moment with a local NGO (Farmlink) helping to promote and plant it again.
  
* '''Colonial Villas'''. There are around 100 or more old french villas, mostly destroyed by the Kep locals, returning after the fall of the Khmer rouge regime (and not by the Khmer Rouge itself as most travel guides tend to make you believe) and some of them overgrown like Angkor Wat - quite a spooky feeling. Some of them have been restored, but most of them are in possession of rich military officials who are waiting to sell it at the highest price.  
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* '''Colonial Villas'''. There are around 100 or more old French villas, mostly destroyed by the Kep locals returning after the fall of the Khmer rouge regime (and not by the Khmer Rouge itself as noted in some travel guides) and some of them overgrown like Angkor Wat - quite a spooky feeling. Some of them have been restored, but most of them are in possession of rich military officials who are waiting to sell at the highest price.  
  
 
* '''Caves'''. Around Kep there are 3 major caves, some with small shrines inside. The biggest and most impressive is near Kompong Trach (30km from Kep). It boasts beautiful limestone formations and a nearby swimming cave.
 
* '''Caves'''. Around Kep there are 3 major caves, some with small shrines inside. The biggest and most impressive is near Kompong Trach (30km from Kep). It boasts beautiful limestone formations and a nearby swimming cave.
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* '''Crabs'''. No visit to Kep is complete without having a least one meal of the fresh crabs, reputedly the best in Cambodia.
 
* '''Crabs'''. No visit to Kep is complete without having a least one meal of the fresh crabs, reputedly the best in Cambodia.
  
* '''Rabbit Island'''. Rabbit island is a 20 minute boat trip from Kep beach (around US$8-10 return if part of a tour; alternatively, get to the boat pier before 9AM and share a $20 boat ride with other travellers). Bungalows on Rabbit Island are quaint and cheap (from US$5 a night). The island is generally pretty quiet and is a gem of coastal Cambodia. Development is slow, though there is now a massage shack directly on the beach.
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[[Image:rabbitislandsml.jpg|thumb|300px|The best beaches in Kep are on Rabbit Island.]]
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* '''[[Koh tonsay]] (Rabbit Island)'''. Koh Tonsay is a 20 minute boat trip from Kep beach (around US$8-10 return if part of a tour; alternatively, get to the boat pier before 09:00 and share a $25 boat ride with others). Bungalows on Rabbit Island are quaint and cheap (from US$6 a night). The island is generally pretty quiet and is a gem of coastal Cambodia. Development is slow, though there are now a few massage shacks directly on the beach. Each Guest House has also a restaurant, where you get very tasty seafood.
  
*'''Angkaul Beach'''. The Angkaul beach located 45min to the east near the Vietnamese border was once the swimming beach for the Cambodian Elite in the 1960ties. The trip there might be long, but it is worth every minute. The around 2km long beach is clean with white sand and totally deserted except some fishermen. Now there are 6 deck chairs and parasols and a small shop selling cold drinks for the few tourists going there. The water is shallow but clean. Truly a paradise beach and not worth to miss.
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*'''Angkaul Beach'''. The Angkaul beach located 45min to the east near the Vietnamese border was once the swimming beach for the Cambodian Elite in the 1960ties. The trip there might be long, but it is worth every minute. The beach, around 2km long, is clean with white sand and totally deserted except for some fishermen. Now there are 6 deck chairs and parasols and a small shop selling cold drinks for the few tourists going there. The water is shallow but clean. A new way is in construction, leaving from the Auberge du Wam close to the pier.  At the moment (Feb 2013), it stops in the destroyed mangrove. There is a track further through the highly picturesque fishing family settlements, salt collecting fields and other countryside, accessible by bicycle and with some difficulty (and noise) by moped.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
 
*<do name="Lida Massage" alt="" address="National Road" directions="" phone="012 953 427" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Great Massages (Thai, Oil or Steam) for only USD 7, located just next to the Kep Lodge. Also now located at the crab market.</do>
 
*<do name="Lida Massage" alt="" address="National Road" directions="" phone="012 953 427" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Great Massages (Thai, Oil or Steam) for only USD 7, located just next to the Kep Lodge. Also now located at the crab market.</do>
* '''Sailing Club''', next to the crab market a newly established place called the Sailing club has commenced activities, where you can rent catamarans, kayaks and even a speedboat. They now also have a eating menu with some special food.
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* '''Sailing Club''', next to the crab market. The Sailing club is the place to be, where you can rent catamarans, kayaks and even a speedboat. They also have a bar-restaurant, popular among groups from Phnom Penh in the week-ends.
*<do name="Swim in the sea" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Whilst Kep beach doesn't have the world's nicest sand, it's still enjoyable to go for a swim in the calm, cool water, as lots of Cambodian kids do every day! There are wooden lounge chairs spread along the beach, occasionally with a Cambodian woman requesting $1 to use them. Lots of cold drink vendors nearby and a decent place to watch the sunset too. Don't believe the gloom and doom that some guide books write about the beaches in Kep, they're actually quite nice.</do>
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*<do name="Swim in the sea" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">With the new snow white sand from Otres beach, the Kep beach is now as nice as any other beach in Cambodia and it is enjoyable to go for a swim in the calm, cool water. There are wooden lounge chairs spread along the beach, occasionally with a Cambodian woman requesting $1 to use them. Lots of cold drink vendors nearby and a decent place to watch the sunset too. Don't believe the gloom and doom that some guide books write about the beaches in Kep as they're quite nice. The government has put a lot of new sand on the beach in Kep and now the beach is roughly 50m wide and great for sunbathing and swimming.</do>
*<do name="Swim with the phosphorecent algae!" alt="" address="" directions="Rabbit Island's beach, maybe Kep's" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Going for a swim at night in the sea off Rabbit Island results in phosphorecent (bioluminescent) algae glowing all around you, which is an absolutely magical experience (March 2011).</do>
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*<do name="Swim with the phosphorecent algae!" alt="" address="" directions="Rabbit Island's beach, maybe Kep's" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Going for a swim at night in the sea off Rabbit Island results in bioluminescent) algae glowing all around you, which is an absolutely magical experience.</do>
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*<do name="Kep-Plantation" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="0 89 33 88 74" url="www.kep-plantation.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A ranch with about 10 horses and ponies on which you can explore the area. There are also khmer carts which are great for families. </do>
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*<do name="Country side tours" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The best way to explore this beautiful, sleepy town is by bicycle or scooter. Most Guest Houses rent them for respectively $1 or 2 and $7-8/day and since Kep is quite small, it is easy to find your way. There are also guided Country Side tours organized by the Kep Lodge and by the Rega Guest House.</do>
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*<do name="Jasmine Valley Skate Bowl" alt="" address="Jasmine Valley Trail" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.jasminevalley.com/skateboarding.html" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The only skate-bowl in Cambodia, tucked into the Kep Jungle.  Skaters from all over the world come to skate with the first generation of Cambodian skaters.</do>
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*<do name="Each 1 Teach 1 School &amp; Community Center" alt="ម្នាក់បង្រៀនម្នាក់" address="Sangkat Kep, Krong Kep" directions="Hwy 33A across from Somnong Sok Man" phone="(+855) 036-654-5222" url="https://www.facebook.com/e1t1kep" hours="8am-5pm Sun-Thu Fri-Sat Closed" price="" lat="" long="" email="e1t1kep@gmail.com">I-tal cooking lessons & Khmer conversation classes for travelers, tourists and expats. Due to a lack of vegan food in Kep, Each 1 Teach 1 offers I-tal meals available by reservation. Your patronage helps support local education. </do>
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
  
There are money changers at the Crab Market that will exchange euro, dong, US dollar, and riel. If you're fresh in over the border, note that the riel is maintained at around 4000 to the dollar; anyone offering much off this is a crook. The market traders will have no problem in breaking large denomination dollar bills.
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There are money changers at the Crab Market that will exchange euro, dong, US dollar, and riel. If you're fresh in over the border, note that the riel is maintained at around 4000 to the dollar. The market traders will change large denomination dollar notes.
  
There are no ATMs in Kep, Veranda Natural Resort and Kep Lodge offer cash advances on Visa and Mastercard cards but levy a service charge of 5%. The nearest ATM is at the Canadia Bank in Kampot (about 25km away).  
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'''Since October 2014 there is a new/first ATM in Kep.''' It is located at the small line of shops on Kep Beach, in front of the equally new pharmacy.
  
*<buy name="Lili Perles" alt="" address="near Crab Market" directions="" phone="017 306 550" url="" hours="daytime" price="" lat="" long="">Liliperles, a new shop in town which sells beads from all over the world for very reasonable prices. Lily and Stephane the owner have been doing this for years and their collection is huge and very tasteful. They also have a small school for free, for teaching French to the local people.</buy>
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*<buy name="Signature Designer Shop, ex Lili Perles" alt="" address="near Beach" directions="" phone="012 634 214" url="" hours="daytime" price="" lat="" long="">Liliperles, a new shop in town which sells beads from all over the world for reasonable prices. Lily the owner have been operating for years. They also have a small school for free, for teaching French to the local people.</buy>
*<buy name="Kep Supermarket" alt="" address="Next to the Pier" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="7AM - 8PM" price="" lat="" long="">The first supermarket opened its doors a few weeks ago (May 2010) and is located near the pier going to Rabbit Island. It has a limited selection of wine, spirits, beers, snacks and some western food. There is also a fridge and you can buy cheese, butter and cuts. They also cater milk and tea. </buy>
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*<buy name="Kep Supermarket" alt="" address="Next to the Pier" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="7AM - 8PM" price="" lat="" long="">The first supermarket opened its doors a few weeks ago (May 2010) and is located near the pier going to Rabbit Island. It has a limited selection of wine, spirits, beers, snacks and some western food. There is also a fridge and you can buy cheese, butter, milk and other food. </buy>
*<buy name="Kep Souvenir" alt="" address="@ Ana's Travel &amp; Restaurant" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.kep-cambodia.com/mainpages/PlacesinKep/kep-souvenirs.html" hours="10AM-6PM" price="" lat="" long="">The Kep Souvenir stand offers you a wide range of local products like salt & pepper, t-shirts, silk bags and postcards. Located near the beach, at the roundabout. (during the rainy season located @ Kep Lodge)</buy>
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*<buy name="Kep Souvenir" alt="" address="@ Kep Lodge" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.kep-cambodia.com/mainpages/PlacesinKep/kep-souvenirs.html" hours="7AM-10PM" price="" lat="" long="">The Kep Souvenir stand offers you a wide range of local products like salt & pepper, t-shirts, coffee, silk bags and postcards. Located at the Kep Lodge.</buy>
*<buy name="Sun Supermarket" alt="" address="near the beach" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The second supermarket in Kep with a great selection of western food, drinks and snacks. Further there are some postcards of Kep and a good selection of toys for the children. Open from 8AM - 8PM.</buy>
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*<buy name="Veranda Shop" alt="" address="@ Veranda" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.verandaresort.com" hours="7AM-10PM" price="" lat="" long="">The Veranda Shop carries a broad range of groceries, wine and other spirits, cigarettes and a good selection of medicaments. They have also a Bakery, which offers not only bread, croissants but also very delicious sweets (try the Tarte au chocolat).</buy>
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
[[Image:Kep_Fish.JPG|thumb|200px|Fresh fish with pepper sauce. Only $2!]]
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[[Image:Kep_Fish.JPG|thumb|200px|Fresh fish with pepper sauce. Only $4!]]
 
Kep is famous for its crabs. The '''crab market''' (a 10 minute walk or $1 tuk tuk ride from Kep beach) has line-caught crabs held in floating cages in the sea. Depending on the size of the crustaceans and your bargaining skills a kilogram of crabs should cost 10,000 - 20,000 riel. Vendors can steam your purchases in the boiling pots in the market or your hotel may also cook them for you.
 
Kep is famous for its crabs. The '''crab market''' (a 10 minute walk or $1 tuk tuk ride from Kep beach) has line-caught crabs held in floating cages in the sea. Depending on the size of the crustaceans and your bargaining skills a kilogram of crabs should cost 10,000 - 20,000 riel. Vendors can steam your purchases in the boiling pots in the market or your hotel may also cook them for you.
 
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[[Image:crabmarket.jpg|thumb|300px|The famous Crab market in 2009]]
 
Several '''seafood restaurants''' line the seashore near crab market. They have terraces built over the sea to provide stunning sunset views of [[Phu Quoc]] and [[Bokor National Park]] while you enjoy crabs cooked with fresh Kampot peppercorns. If you head there early afternoon you can watch fisherman unload their catch for the day.
 
Several '''seafood restaurants''' line the seashore near crab market. They have terraces built over the sea to provide stunning sunset views of [[Phu Quoc]] and [[Bokor National Park]] while you enjoy crabs cooked with fresh Kampot peppercorns. If you head there early afternoon you can watch fisherman unload their catch for the day.
  
*<eat name="Kep Thmey Seafood Restaurant" alt="" address="At the far end of the crab market" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="8AM-10PM" price="$3+" lat="" long="" email="vetsina@mfone.com.kh">Like all the other restaurants near the crab market, Kep Thmey is noted for crab and shrimp in green pepper.</eat>
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*<eat name="Kep Thmey Seafood Restaurant" alt="" address="At the far end of the crab market" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="08:00-22:00" price="$3+" lat="" long="" email="vetsina@mfone.com.kh">Like all the other restaurants near the crab market, Kep Thmey is noted for crab and shrimp in green pepper.</eat>
  
*'''Kimly restaurant'''. Established and popular but possibly becoming complacent in success. Located towards the end of the row of seafood restaurants near the crab market. Shrimps or crabs with spicy sauce are cited as notable, though this applies to all the restaurants on the row.
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*'''Kimly restaurant'''. Established and popular but possibly becoming complacent with success. Located towards the end of the row of seafood restaurants near the crab market. Shrimps or crabs with spicy sauce are cited as notable, though this applies to all the restaurants on the row.
  
*<eat name="Led Zep Cafe" alt="" address="" directions="mountain trek road, just after Le Bout Du Monde" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">It's elevated position offers breeze and good views overlooking Kep and the ocean. The small menu offers burritos, pizzas and pancakes. There's a range of detailed maps of Kep and its surroundings. The helpful French owner has been living in Kep for 5 years and provides interesting company. Mountain bikes are available for rent. A good place to relax with a cold beer or a cappuccino. </eat>
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*<eat name="Led Zep Cafe" alt="" address="" directions="mountain trek road, just after Le Bout Du Monde" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Its elevated position offers breeze and good views overlooking Kep and the ocean. The small menu offers burritos, pizzas and pancakes. There's a range of detailed maps of Kep and its surroundings. The helpful French owner has been living in Kep for 7 years and provides interesting company. He is the 'King' of the National Park since he takes care of the park, cleans it, posts signs etc. Mountain bikes are available for rent. A good place to relax with a cold beer or a cappuccino. </eat>
  
*<eat name="Veranda Restaurant & Bar" alt="" address="Kep Mountain Hillside" directions="" phone="012 888 619" url="http://www.veranda-resort.com" checkin="" checkout="" hours="Breakfast buffet 6:30AM-10:30AM, restaurant 11AM-10PM" price="" lat="" long="">Main restaurant at the Veranda Natural Resort with a great ocean view and sunset, beside their popular Bakery shop, the restaurant offering professional seafood dishes, as well as western and Asian food.</eat>
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*<eat name="Koki (former Pasta e Basta" alt="" address="Near the main beach" directions="" phone="097 533 77 13" url="" hours="09:00-23:00" price="$4+" lat="" long="" email="">This place focuses on pizza and basta and they do a great job. They got a proper pizza oven an their pizzas are one of the best in Kep. The nice owner and his 2 daughters are running the place, which has also a small balcony overlooking the ocean. Great reviews. Delivery Also has a small souvenir shop.</eat>
  
*<eat name="Breezes Lounge &amp; Restaurant" alt="" address="National Road 33" directions="Halfway between Kep Beach &amp; Ferry Pier" phone="097 6759072" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Set in a beautiful, quiet and green area, and is a good spot to unwind near the sea. Serves imaginative food with an emphasis on Asian (sea)food. Try the Khmer Fish Wrap, Chilli & Rum Prawns or Asian Beef Stew. With comfortable chairs, a lounge bed, jazz music and a beautiful garden this place is not only about food and provides a pleasant upmarket alternative in Kep. Showers available for swimmers (guests only) and free pick-up and return service (with tuk-tuk) for dinner when called in advance.   </eat>
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*<eat name="Veranda Restaurant & Bar" alt="" address="Kep Mountain Hillside" directions="" phone="012 888 619" url="http://www.veranda-resort.com" checkin="" checkout="" hours="Breakfast buffet 06:30-22:30, restaurant 11AM-10PM" price="" lat="" long="">Main restaurant at the Veranda Natural Resort with a great ocean view and sunset, beside their popular Bakery shop, the restaurant offering professional seafood dishes, as well as western and Asian food.</eat>
  
*<eat name="Kep Lodge Restaurant and Bar" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The comfortable bar is replete with pool table and offers a good selection of Khmer and western dishes including Swiss specialties cheese fondue and raclette. Music and liveliness can be enjoyed until midnight. Happy hour (5.30-7PM) lubricates the sun's decent over the infinity pool. Mojiot and draft beer available.</eat>
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*<eat name="Breezes Lounge &amp; Restaurant" alt="" address="National Road 33" directions="Halfway between Kep Beach &amp; Ferry Pier" phone="097 6759072" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Set in a beautiful, quiet and green area, and is a good spot to unwind near the sea. Serves imaginative food with an emphasis on Asian seafood. Has comfortable chairs, a lounge bed, jazz music and a beautiful garden. Showers available for swimmers (guests only) and free pick-up and return service (with tuk-tuk) for dinner when called in advance.   </eat>
  
==Drink==
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*<eat name="Kep Lodge Restaurant and Bar" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="092 43 53 30" url="http://www.keplodge.com/menu.pdf" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The comfortable bar is complete with pool table and the restaurant on two floors (with amazing views) offers a good selection of Khmer and western dishes including Swiss specialties cheese Fondue and Raclette and the very popular Khmer BBQ (prepared on your table). Music and liveliness can be enjoyed until midnight. Happy hour (17:30-19:00) lubricates the sun's decent over the infinity pool. Tasty Mojitos and draft beer available.</eat>
*<drink name="Lida Bar" alt="" address="National Road 33" directions="" phone="012 953 427" url="" hours="12-late" price="" lat="" long=""> Lida Bar is now closed to guarantee a good night's rest for guests. Has buil more rooms in addition.</drink>
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*<drink name="Kukuluku" alt="" address="National Road" directions="" phone="012 607 8777" url="" hours="morning till late" price="" lat="" long="">Kukuluku, not only a guest house on the sea shore also has a small bar with good music. The location is hard to beat, right on the sea, with some great sunset views for the honeymooners and all other romantic folks out there. Also have a restaurant, try the steak and the big selection of crepes. Recently hosted some live music sessions on the beach.</drink>
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*<eat name="The Strand" alt="" address="At the Knai Bang Chatt Hotel directions="" phone="" url="" hours="08:00-22:00" price="$9+" lat="" long="" email="info@knaibangchatt.com">The first signature restaurant, featuring an inside a/c area and a beautiful outside area just next to the sea. International dishes of superb quality. Probably the best restaurant in town. Western chef</eat>
  
*<drink name="Toucan - Restaurant Bar Tapas" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="(+855) 097 853 10 57" url="http://www.kep-cambodia.com/mainpages/PlacesinKep/toucan-restaurant.html" hours="Open from morning - till late" price="" lat="" long="">The Toucan is in the middle of the Crab Market, with great decor and a pool table. Stays open very late and attracts a nice mix of locals and tourists. Try their snacks, great dishes and superb cocktails. Offers free WiFi and Moto for Rent.</drink>
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*<eat name="The Crab with the Golden Claws" alt="" address="Sea View Bungalows" directions="Near the Kep Crab Market" phone="097-69-58-582" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Cambodian and French Cuisine. For starters try Fish soup "Kep style", bread crust and aioli. Home made paté with Kampot fresh green pepper. Fish tartare and carpaccio, parmesan tile. Golden claws salad</eat>
  
*<drink name="Baraka" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The Baraka Bar and Pizzeria is not only a popular hang out for local expats, also a cozy place to enjoy an excellent sea side pizza and some great cocktails. They now boost with a upstairs terrace overlooking the ocean. A truly stunning place for Kep's famous sunsets.</drink>
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*<eat name="Baraka" alt="" address="At the Crab market" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="09:00-23:00" price="$4+" lat="" long="" email="">The Baraka is a popular place at the Crab Market, featuring not only a lively bar (frequented often by local expats) but also a nice first floor terrace. Their menu consists of tasty pizzas, local seafood (crab etc), burgers etc. Espresso machine. French owned.</eat>
  
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*<eat name="Mealis" alt="" address="At the middle of the Crab Market, next to Toucan" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="08:00-23:00" price="$4+" lat="" long="" email="">One of the newest addition to the already many restaurants, run by the managers of Malibu (no restaurant at Malibu). They are offering a wide selection of food, salad, seafood and some western food. French owned. </eat>
*<sleep name="The Beach House Kep" alt="" address="Right on the beach" directions="Directly behind the white lady statue on Kep Beech Road" phone="" url="http://www.thebeachhouseKep.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="$40-55" lat="" long=""></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Botanica" alt="" address="National Road 33a" directions="" phone="097 899 8614" url="http://www.kep-botanica.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$10-25" lat="" long="" email="info@kep-botanica.com" fax="">A friendly easy going guesthouse with 6 nice bungalows with fan and shower. Restaurant serves great world food. Pool table, petanque, book exchange. New friendly owner. He did some renovations and now also offers air con rooms. The garden is in a better shape now and you can actually see where you are going! Swimming Pool is planned. </sleep>
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==Drink==
  
*<sleep name="Le Bout du Monde" alt="" address="Preah Thom Kep" directions="" phone="+855 (0)119 641 81" url="http://www.leboutdumondekep.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$20-150" lat="" long="">French and Khmer cuisine, restaurant-bar, private bungalows, on the hill, steep reception, very special owner</sleep>
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*<drink name="Kukuluku" alt="" address="National Road" directions="" phone="012 607 8777" url="" hours="morning till late" price="" lat="" long="">Kukuluku, not only a guest house on the sea shore also has a small bar with good music. The location is hard to beat, right on the sea, with some sunset views. Recently hosted some live music sessions on the beach.</drink>
  
*<sleep name="Jasmine Valley Eco-resort" alt="" address="Kep Mountain" directions="two kilometers up into the mountain from the Kep Hospital corner" phone="+855 (0)977 917 635" url="http://www.jasminevalley.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="from US$19" lat="" long="">Jasmine Valley is nestled just below the national park in the jungle-covered mountains. Opened in December 2009 and offers home-grown foods, views across the islands to Vietnam, a natural pool with nibbling fish. Solar-powered mud-brick and thatch bungalows, overlooking the creek, deep in the valley. 'Tree-houses' on poles.  Some rooms have natural bathrooms and views across the islands to Vietnam right from your bed. The cafe, and restaurant, sit by the natural swimming pool and the games room, complete with Pool Table, Foosball and Table Tennis. You can spot for monkeys in their natural habitat in amongst the trees on the mountain - you may even be lucky enough to spot a Great Hornbill - right from your own veranda.</sleep>
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*<drink name="Toucan - Restaurant Bar" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="(+855) 097 853 10 57" url="http://www.kep-cambodia.com/mainpages/PlacesinKep/toucan-restaurant.html" hours="Open from morning - till late" price="" lat="" long="">The Toucan is in the middle of the Crab Market, with great decor and a pool table. Stays open very late and attracts a nice mix of locals and tourists. Offers free WiFi and Moto for Rent.</drink>
  
*<sleep name="Kep Lodge" alt="" address="Pepper Street" directions="below the national park, next to Tree Top, Entry is to the LEFT!  " phone="+855 (0) 92 43 53 30" url="http://www.keplodge.com/" checkin="2PM" checkout="12AM" price="US$28-70" lat="" long="" 92="92" 43="43" 53="53" 017="017" 879="879" email="info@keplodge.com">Offering views from each bungalow down to the Gulf of Thailand. Ten private bungalows (with either 1 or 2 queen size beds) with hot water shower, minibar, desk and a big private terrace with a hammock and sofa - full breakfast included. The popular infinity salt-water swimming pool with kids pool to cool off, free bicycles, fast (1.5M/s), free WiFi all over the lodge, a book exchange and lots of games will make your holiday peaceful and relaxing. Four spacious deluxe bungalows with air con, sat TV, DVD, sound-system, safe, minibar, tea$coffee maker, hot water shower, king size bed and one of the best views in town (20m2 balcony, with sofa and hammock) complete this very popular lodge. Online reservation & confirmation via their website! Cozy bar and restaurant - happy hour: 5.30-7PM.</sleep>
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*<drink name="Baraka" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The Baraka Bar and Pizzeria is not only a popular hang out for local expats, also a cozy place to enjoy a sea side pizza and cocktails. Has a upstairs terrace overlooking the ocean..</drink>
  
* <sleep name="Knai Bang Chatt" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$160-350" url="http://www.knaibangchatt.com/">One of the fanciest places in all Cambodia, this complex has only three seaside villas.  Book more than one, and they'll guarantee that the entire place is yours. Great swimming pool, free Wi Fi, a real private hide away. Next to the Sailing Club.</sleep>
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*<drink name="Kep Saloon" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Kep Saloon located at the Crab market is the first a/c bar in Kep. With a nice terrace over the sea and a small comfortable bar, this place is great for a drink after a crab meal.</drink>
  
* <sleep name="Sovanna - ex Starr Inn" alt="" address="777 Ocean Blvd" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$25-40" lat="" long="" email="Starinn_kepcity@yahoo.com" fax="">Small 13-room hotel. All rooms are facing the sea. All the rooms have been totally renovated and are now really stylish. They even made a tiny pool in front of the hotel, a comfortable restaurant as well as a bar. Nice addition in Kep</sleep>
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===Around the Crab Market===
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[[Image:kepsunset.jpg|thumb|400px|Kep has amazing sunsets]]
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If you are travelling on a budget it comes down to only a handful of places. First decide between a bungalow or a room. Coco de Mer and Q are pretty even, the pool and the free breakfast for an extra $2 might be enough to seal the deal at the loss of an ensuite. Reaksmey and N4 are the two nicest options for a Khmer hotel style room. N4 has a nicer setting and has a pool and restaurant, Reaksmey has very nice rooms and is very close to the Crab Market but no balconies. Other cheap options exist such as Tree Top, Natural, Kep Seaside and Bacoma (excellent reviews). Visal Sak can be a good budget option.  
  
*<sleep name="Villa Romonea" alt="" address="Street 33" directions="" phone="012879486" url="http://www.villaromonea.com" checkin="2pm" checkout="12noon" price="US$150-190" lat="" long="">A new place for the high class traveler. Directly on the sea, the villa with six rooms is on a two hectare property with a six hole golf course, an infinity swimming pool and a tennis court.  It is private and has all the amenities.</sleep>
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A complete '''list of all the hotels can be found on [http://www.visitkep.com Visit Kep]''' compiled by the Kep Tourism Group.
  
*<sleep name="The Vine Retreat" alt="" address="Phnom Voar, Chamcar Bei" directions="off Highway 33, between Kep and Kompong Trach" phone="+855 11 706 231" url="http://www.thevineretreat.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="$20-45" lat="10° 33' 57.2394" long="104° 21' 38.5194" email="info@thevineretreat.com">Ecologically conscientious guesthouse, organic farm and restaurant nestled at the foot of a small range of jungle entrenched mountains called Phnom Vor. Famous Kampot Pepper plantation and a unique naturally filtered swimming pool. Remote, tranquil and beautiful. Base yourself there for trekking or mountain biking in Phnom Voar or just wiling away the hours in a hammock with a good book.</sleep>
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* '''Bacoma''' $10 Bungalows are fully circular, thick stone walls. Shared bathroom in separate bunglows. They have a restaurant.
*<sleep name="Raingsey Bungalow" alt="info@raingsey-bungalow-kep.com" address="Kep Mountain Hillside Road" directions="same road as Vanna and Veranda" phone="+855 (0) 11 558 197" url="http://www.raingsey-bungalow-kep.com/index.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="35$" lat="" long="">Eight independent, wooden bungalows surrounded by a growing tropical garden. From your private balcony, you have access to the swimming pool, shaded by palm trees.
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* '''Kep Lodge''' $28-$38 fan, $42-$70 aircon, all Bungalows, pool
The bedrooms in the Raingsey Bungalows are tastefully decorated and comfortable to ensure you a peaceful sleep. Each room has air conditioning, well equipped en suite bathrooms with hot power showers but no doors to the toilet. You have a choice of a double bed or 2 single beds.  
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* '''Kep Seaside''' $10 Nicer setting than Reaksmey but rooms are not as nice. They have a restaurant.
Enjoy delicious food (local and Western) in the upstairs restaurant which overlooks the sea and the National Park of Kep. WiFi.</sleep>
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* '''Kimly Lodge''' rooms are $20/$25 (Jan 2014) with aircon (nice but small), bungalow at $35 (Jan 2014). They have a restaurant (continental breakfast for $5)
*<sleep name="Brise de Kep" alt="" address="18-19 Kep Beach Road" directions="The row of restaurants and guesthouses on Kep beach near the southern roundabout" phone="036 633 633 9" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$12 (fan) US$15 (AC)" lat="" long="">All rooms have hot water and TV. The only western TV channel is 'fashion channel'. The adjoining restaurant looks good but isn't.</sleep>
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* '''Le Flamboyant''' $60 Bungalows.
*<sleep name="Tree Top Bungalows" alt="" address="" directions="just below the national park next to Kep Lodge" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="12" price="$4+" lat="" long="">Set in a beautiful garden next to Kep Lodge overlooking the sea with both Bokor Hill Station and Phu Quoc in view, this place offers a wide range of accommodation ranging from $4 double fan basic rooms, treehouse style rooms through to shared bathroom rooms to $20 with private bathroom rooms.</sleep>
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* '''Masada''' $50, pool
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* '''Mea Lea''' $35, new management
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* '''N4''' $8-25 Nice setting, nice khmer hotel style rooms. They have a pool and restaurant.
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* '''Natural''' $8-25 No staff in sight.
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* '''Q Bungalows''' $12/15 fan, $25/$35 aircon (low/high season, jan. 2014) You may be wondering why there is such a price difference between the fan and aircon. The fan bungalows are tiny, big enough for just a bed, they really nice on the outside - traditonal style with a thatched roof. They have a shared bathroom. The aircon bungalows are fully brick and rendered construction and are much larger, all with ensuites. They have a very nice pool and a restaurant and all bungalows come with breakfast included and free bicycle. Free wifi.  
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* '''Raingsey''' $50-65
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* '''Reaksmey Krong Kep''' $10-25 Brand new hotel, nice modern rooms.
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* '''Sea View Bungalows''' $40-120 Quality bungalows in beautiful surroundings, all with aircon. Restaurant (French and Cambodian Cuisine), playground, outdoor pool. Free Weekend Lectures on Khmer History and Culture. Non Smoking rooms with LED CABLE TV and fridge. Family friendly environment with kid’s playground and Nintendo Wii available in lounge area. Free Wi-fi in all areas. Walking distance to Kep Crab Market. Visit www.seaviewbungalows.com
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* '''Theara Lodge''' $25 fan, $35 aircon
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* '''Tree Top''' $5 dorm, $15-35 bungalow. The cheapest accommodation in town. You get that you pay for. You actually get a tiny private room with a bed, mosquito net and a fan. The walls are of fiber, just like the locals in those little villages. No pool, they do have a bar.
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[[Image:mapkep.jpg|thumb|300px|A great map of Kep]]
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* '''Vanna''' $25-50
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* '''Veranda''' $75-400
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* '''Visal Sak''', few minutes north of Q. Bungalows, is a large guesthouse with fan room at $6 ($8 for hot water). Nothing fancy, but rooms are clean and good value for the price. Rooftop restaurant and wifi.
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*All prices above correct as of Feb 2014.
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===Hotel Listing - Budget===
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*<sleep name="Arun Rass" alt="Hotel rooms" address="Pepper Street 5, Kep" directions="" phone="017 239 567 or 097 588 20 88 " url="http://www.kep-arunrass.com" checkin="12" checkout="14" price="From $18 to $26" lat="" long="">Ths khmer family run place is conviniently located on the Pepper Street (below the Kep Lodge) just 300m from the main road, a couple of minutes to the sea and not more to the Crab Market (one of the centers of Kep). The rooms are spacious and have all a nice, big balcony with sea or mountain view. The breakfast is included and the place is a good deal. Mr Chai and his wife Chantey will make your stay very pleasant. </sleep>
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*<sleep name="Bacoma" alt="Bungalows & Khmer Houses" address="Road 33a, Kep" directions="" phone="0884112424 or 0884112525" url="http://visitkep.com/hoteldetail.php?hid=32" checkin="12" checkout="14" price="From $10 to $35" lat="" long="">Swiss & khmer run guesthouse with new established Bungalows (in March 2013). Lovely and clean bungalows. Friendly and helpful staff. Bungalows from 10$-35$</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Boathouse" alt="" address="33A Sangkat Pray Thom" directions="" phone="097 572 4444" url="http://www.boathousekep.com" checkin="Anytime" checkout="12:00" price="8-30$" lat="10.48493" long="104.29360">Charming wooden rooms (from $25) with fan/AC, cheaper rooms in concrete building. Traditional khmer style, tropical garden with stylish huts, views on the national park. Restaurant serving fine and traditional Khmer & western food.
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*<sleep name="Boathouse" alt="" address="33A Sangkat Pray Thom" directions="" phone="097 572 4444" url="http://www.boathousekep.com" checkin="Anytime" checkout="12:00" price="8-30$" lat="10.48493" long="104.29360">Charming wooden rooms (from $15) with fan/air-con, cheaper rooms in concrete building. Traditional khmer style, tropical garden with stylish huts, views on the national park, lots of birds around, quiet. Restaurant serves traditional Khmer & western food. Walking distance to Crab market and Kep beach.
 
Friendly family atmosphere. Free WiFi.  
 
Friendly family atmosphere. Free WiFi.  
Motorcycle rental is available. The Boathouse, the best Kep secret!
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Free bicycle. Motorcycle rental is available.
 
theboathousekep@hotmail.com
 
theboathousekep@hotmail.com
 
boathousekep@gmail.com</sleep>
 
boathousekep@gmail.com</sleep>
*<sleep name="Masada Resort" alt="" address="Pepper Street 2" directions="below the national park, opposite to Tree Top" phone="+855 (0) 97 50 62 338" url="info@masadaresort.com" checkin="13.30 PM" checkout="11.30 AM" price="US$40-50" lat="" long="">Our " Charming Boutique Resort " will welcome you in one of our five bungalows all with air-con and a private balcony. They are separated by a nice garden with beautiful tropical flower. We decide to create a concept that mixes nature and design. This allows to have all the comfort in a setting of lush vegetation. It's the perfect place for honeymoon. You will enjoy to relax in our infinity pool with salt water with view of the National Park. Also we have a nice " Chill Place ", lounge sofa and pool table on the first floor with one of the most beautiful panoramic view of the Gulf of Siam. This is the place to enjoy a cocktail while watching the sunset.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Le Flamboyant Resort" alt="www.flamboyant-hotel.com" address="33a National Road" directions="500m on the road to Kampot after the Vishnu Roundabout" phone="+855 (0)17 491010" url="leflamboyant165@gmail.com" checkin="2pm" checkout="11am" price="60 - 250 $" lat="" long="">28 spacious, comfortable and private bungalows (rooms between 30m2 and 80m2) and two beautiful swimming pools all set in a lush, tropical garden. Lovely al fresco restaurant and bar overlooking the premises as well as the mountains. Le Flamboyant Resort also offers the services of a state-of-the art, on-site conference center (up to 25/30 participants).</sleep>
 
  
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* <sleep name="Botanica" alt="" address="National Road 33a" directions="" phone="097 899 8614" url="http://www.kep-botanica.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$10-35" lat="" long="" email="info@kep-botanica.com" fax="">A friendly easy going guesthouse with 6 nice bungalows with fan and shower. Restaurant, pool table, petanque, book exchange. A new, friendly owner Phillip who has undertaken some renovations, and now also offers air con rooms. He further built a beautiful salt water pool with a wooden deck, which is a huge improvement.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Brise de Kep" alt="" address="18-19 Kep Beach Road" directions="The row of restaurants and guesthouses on Kep beach near the southern roundabout" phone="036 633 633 9" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$12 (fan) US$15 (AC)" lat="" long="">All rooms have hot water and TV. The adjoining restaurant looks good but isn't. But some rooms has smell inside at ground floor, little bit dark at 1st floor.</sleep>
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[[Image:swimmingcavekompongtrachsml.jpg|thumb|400px|The swimwing cave at Kompong Trach]]
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*<sleep name="Tree Top Bungalows" alt="" address="" directions="just below the national park next to Kep Lodge" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="12" price="$4+" lat="" long="">Set in a beautiful garden next to Kep Lodge overlooking the sea with both Bokor Hill Station and Phu Quoc in view, this place offers a wide range of accommodation ranging from $4 double fan basic rooms, treehouse style rooms through to shared bathroom rooms to $20 with private bathroom rooms.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Coco De Mer" alt="Wooden and brick Bungalows " address="behind Road 33a, Kep" directions="" phone="090 88 05 13 or 090 88 04 13" url="http://www.visitkep.com/hoteldetail.php?hid=89" checkin="12" checkout="14" price="From $20 - $35" lat="" long="">The guest house features seven well appointed bungalows all equipped with hot water shower, television and are tastefully decorated. The restaurant serves a good selection of local seafood and Italien dishes.</sleep>
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===Moderate===
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*<sleep name="Jasmine Valley Eco-resort" alt="" address="Kep Mountain" directions="two kilometers up into the mountain from the Kep Hospital corner" phone="+855 (0)977 917 635" url="http://www.jasminevalley.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="from US$22" lat="" long="">Winner of the 2013 Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Award, Jasmine Valley is nestled just below the national park in the jungle-covered mountains. Opened in December 2009, it offers home-grown foods, views across the islands to Vietnam, a natural pool with nibbling fish. Solar-powered mud-brick and thatch bungalows, overlooking the creek, deep in the valley. Tree-houses on poles.  Some rooms have natural bathrooms and views across the islands to Vietnam right from your bed. The cafe and restaurant, sit by the natural swimming pool with nibbling fish and the games room, complete with pool table, table-soccer and table tennis. Jasmine Valley also has the only skateboard bowl in Cambodia. You can see monkeys in their natural habitat in amongst the trees on the mountain, and you may even be lucky enough to spot a Great Hornbill from your own veranda.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Kep Lodge" alt="" address="Pepper Street" directions="below the national park, next to Tree Top, Entry is to the LEFT!  " phone="+855 (0) 92 43 53 30" url="http://www.keplodge.com/" checkin="2PM" checkout="12AM" price="US$28-70" lat="" long="" " email="info@keplodge.com">Offering views from the Deluxe bungalows down to the Gulf of Thailand. Ten private bungalows with shower, minibar, tea and coffee maker, desk and a big private terrace with a hammock and sofa - full breakfast included. A popular infinity salt-water swimming pool, free bicycles, fast & free WiFi all over the lodge, a book exchange and lots of games can be found at the Lodge.
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There are four new, spacious deluxe bungalows (45m2) with air-con, CTV, DVD (500 DVD library), a mp3 sound-system, safe, minibar, tea & coffee maker, shower, king size bed. The view from the 15m2 balconies are stunning (sunset!).
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Has a lively bar, pool table and restaurant serving local and Swiss food.
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They just added another lounge-floor to their restaurant, with a big lounge area and great ocean views. Can also be used as a meeting room. Outside guest can use their pool for free, when consuming more than $5/person.
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'''Kep's Webcam''' - http://www.keplodge.com/webcam.html
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*<sleep name="Le Bout du Monde" alt="" address="Preah Thom Kep" directions="" phone="+855 (0)119 641 81" url="http://www.leboutdumondekep.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$20-150" lat="" long="">French and Khmer cuisine, restaurant-bar, private bungalows, on the hill, steep reception and welcome.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="The Vine Retreat" alt="" address="Phnom Voar, Chamcar Bei" directions="off Highway 33, between Kep and Kompong Trach" phone="+855 11 706 231" url="http://www.thevineretreat.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="$20-45" lat="10° 33' 57.2394" long="104° 21' 38.5194" email="info@thevineretreat.com">Ecologically conscientious guesthouse, organic farm and restaurant nestled at the foot of a small range of jungle entrenched mountains called Phnom Vor. Famous Kampot Pepper plantation and a naturally filtered swimming pool. Remote, tranquil and beautiful. Base yourself there for trekking or mountain biking in Phnom Voar or just wiling away the hours in a hammock with a good book.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Le Flamboyant Resort" alt="" address="33a National Road" directions="500m on the road to Kampot after the Vishnu Roundabout" phone="+855 (0)17 491010" url="www.flamboyant-hotel.com" checkin="2pm" checkout="11am" price="60 - 250 $" lat="" long="">28 spacious, comfortable and private bungalows (rooms between 30m2 and 80m2) and two beautiful swimming pools all set in a lush, tropical garden. Lovely al fresco restaurant and bar overlooking the premises as well as the mountains. Le Flamboyant Resort also offers the services of a state-of-the art, on-site conference centre.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Masada Resort" alt="" address="Pepper Street 2" directions="below the national park, opposite to Tree Top" phone="+855 (0) 97 50 62 338" url="info@masadaresort.com" checkin="13.30" checkout="11.30" price="US$40-50" lat="" long="">Five bungalows with air-con and a private balcony.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Raingsey Bungalow" alt="info@raingsey-bungalow-kep.com" address="Kep Mountain Hillside Road" directions="same road as Vanna and Veranda" phone="+855 (0) 11 558 197" url="http://raingsey-bungalow-kep.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="$60" lat="" long="">Eight independent, wooden bungalows surrounded by a some plants. From your balcony, you have access to the swimming pool of course, but no view like Vanna or Veranda.
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The bedrooms in the Raingsey Bungalows are comfortable (some are a bit old). Each room has air conditioning, well equipped en suite bathrooms with hot power showers but NO DOORS to the toilet. You have a choice of a double bed or 2 single beds.
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The food (local and Western) in the upstairs restaurant is quite nice and they even serve sushi now.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Sea View Bungalows" alt="" address="Street 33 (main road into Kep)" directions="Left side of main rd. before Crab Market" phone="​855-12-204-155" url="http://seaviewbungalows.wix.com/seaviewbungalows" email="seaviewbungalows@gmail.com" checkin="2:00 pm" checkout="11:00 am" price="$35-$100" lat="" long="">High quality built in 2013 Sea View Bungalows offers non-smoking,clean,spacious, air conditioned,comfortable rooms with large outdoor veranda with surrounding views of ocean, mountains and garden. One bedroom Penthouse offers great views from bedroom, living and dining room. Great location near Crab Market and beach. Read what our satisfied guests say on tripadvisor.com web page. Complimentary breakfast and wifi.  </sleep>
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*<sleep name="Brise de Kep Boutique" alt="" address="33a Kep Beach Road" directions="Beside of dock to Rabbit Island, 10 minutes from Kep beach" phone="(+855) 12 756 499" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$40~50" lat="" long="">Operating since one year, this is a nice place, directly on the sea, with 6 bungalows and a good restaurant overlooking the ocean. The rooms come with a/c, hot water, etc. The location is not really in the center, but there are plenty of Tuk Tuk's around to bring you to the Crab Market or the beach.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="The Beach House Kep" alt="" address="Right on the beach" directions="Directly behind the white lady statue on Kep Beech Road" phone="" url="http://www.thebeachhouseKep.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="$40-55" lat="" long="">A great location with choice of sandy beach or small pool and bar area. Breakfast is extra to room price. Rooms are basic but with shared balcony and lovely views across the beach and bay. For sunsets, walk 10 mins around the point toward Crab Shacks. Rooms have sliding doors, which are not very secure and with no safe in rooms, would not risk leaving any valuables. Otherwise a nice place to stay with friendly staff and a lovely small pool to chill in.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Sovanna - ex Starr Inn" alt="" address="777 Ocean Blvd" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$40~50" lat="" long="" email="Starinn_kepcity@yahoo.com" fax="">Small 13-room hotel. All rooms are facing the sea. All the rooms have been renovated. They even made a tiny pool in front of the hotel, a comfortable restaurant as well as a bar. Included breakfast, free wifi.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Knai Bang Chatt" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.knaibangchatt.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$160-350" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">One of the fanciest places in all Cambodia, this complex has only four seaside villas. Great swimming pool, free Wi Fi, a real private hide away. Next to the Sailing Club. Now they opened the new restaurant, '''the Strand''', which is the first restaurant with A/C and they employ a western chef!</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Villa Saat" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+ 85517383185" url="http://www.villa-kep.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">New 'villa' opened in Jan 2013, overlooking the seashores of Kep. Villa for rent on short or long stay. + 85517383185 - Ask for Emilie</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Villa Romonea" alt="" address="Street 33" directions="" phone="012879486" url="http://www.villaromonea.com" checkin="2pm" checkout="12noon" price="US$150-190" lat="" long="">Located directly on the sea, this beautiful, stunning renovated villa from the 60s is one of the Landmarks in the Kep area. Having only six modern rooms, the main house sits on a 1.5 hectare private property and enjoys an unique view of the sea, Bokor Mountain and the islands. The infinity swimming pool and a proper a tennis court make this residence a perfect getaway for a large group (up to 12), individual couples or families. A talented chef is proposing her experience of Cambodian cuisine.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Villa Les Voyageurs du Dharma" alt="" address="Pepper Street 5" directions="" phone="+ 855(0)92 43 53 30" url="http://www.keplodge.com/dharma.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="$100++" lat="" long="">Brand-new khmer style villa (wooden floor) on 2 stories with a private pool, just below the Kep Lodge. This house is great for a family or a few friends (max 4 adults and 2 kids), who enjoy the privacy but still want to have the amenities of a hotel (breakfast, info, bicycles etc from Kep Lodge).</sleep>
  
 
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* [[Kampot]] - Gateway to Bokor National Park.
 
* [[Kampot]] - Gateway to Bokor National Park.
 
* [[Sihanoukville]] - Cambodia's best-known beach resort
 
* [[Sihanoukville]] - Cambodia's best-known beach resort
* [[Ha Tien]] ([[Vietnam]]) -  The Vietnamese border town is a fishing hub that offers boat trips to [[Phu Quoc]] or buses into the [[Southern Vietnam|Mekong Delta]]. The border area is still pretty rustic and some roads will be unpaved.
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Remains of a colonial French villa

Kep is a seaside resort area in Cambodia and includes the small town of the same name which is the capital of Kep Province.

Understand[edit]

Kep was Cambodia's top seaside destination until eclipsed in the 1960s by Sihanoukville (and, soon after, decades of civil war). The town is full of ruined shells of old villas, destroyed in the Khmer Rouge days and during the subsequent Civil War and stripped down by the leaving Vietnamese army.

Today's Kep has recently become established as a Khmer holiday spot and is slowly being rediscovered by travelers. The once very poor Kep beach is now being filled up with snow white sand from Otres Beach and is extended to 50m, still the main beach is located at the idyllic Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island, 20min by long tail boat), just off the coast.

The new Kep beach, busy during Chinese New Year

The charm of this coastal resort lies in its peacefulness, its National Park, its delicious seafood and last but not least in the extremely friendly local inhabitants, who very often wave at you with huge, honest smiles on their faces. It's not unusual for a tuk-tuk driver to invite you for a meal to his house to meet his family, and you can become friends.

In 2014 there are over 70 hotels, ranging from a $5 home-stay to a $400-plus double story wooden villa, with your own pool. Nowadays there is quite a lot to do in Kep. You can fill more than a week with all kind of different activities, beside lying on the beach. List of activities.

The Kep Tourist Information website visitkep.com, which is operated by the Kep Tourism Group, offers a complete hotel-, restaurant-, bar-, shops– etc listing with detailed maps of the area (with a forum and an event calender). You get a pretty good picture of what to expect from this beautiful coastal town, which is still off the beaten track and is the 'rising star' on Cambodia's coast!

Cambodia's coastal regions (Kep, Kampot, Sihanoukville and Koh Kong) have been awarded with a membership of the 'Most Beautiful Bays in the World' World Bays Website.

Many visitors enjoy their holidays in Kep so much that they will come again and again, year after year.

Get there[edit]

  • From Kampot: The road is currently (august 2013) undergoing some construction and is unpaved and dusty. As a result drivers will try to charge you more, saying that the road is bad. Still, even first time bikers should have no trouble, and the road is well signed. 25km, 30-45 minute trip. Bus $2. For a motorcycle taxi ($2 - $3) or tuk-tuk (around $6) be prepared to bargain like a local or pay a bit more. Package day tours between the two towns often include a visit to nearby destinations such as Koh Tonsay, the caves between Kampot and Kep, and a pepper plantation. As of 01 Sept.2013 road still being constructed and bike and Tuk-Tuk very bouncy ride and extremely dusty. Recommend air con taxi for USD 15.
  • From Phnom Penh: The road is paved, smooth and well sign posted. Around 4 hours by bus. Several bus companies serve Kep ($5 - $7, january 2014) and offer various departure times from 7am through to 3pm. 168 Phnom Penh Sorya bus company runs from the bus station near Phnom Penh's central market. Hua Lian is based near Olympic Stadium (Street 182, Oknha Tep Phan). Capitol Tours run from their offices in Phnom Penh. Hiring your own taxi should cost around $40-50 (2.5 to 3 hours).
  • From Sihanoukville: Minibuses take around 2 hours and cost around US$7 (shop around, prices vary). Departures are in the morning.
  • From Ha Tien, Vietnam: Motorbike taxis take 45 min and should cost 100,000+ dong (~US$5). Bargain hard and in dollars, it'll work out cheaper than in dong. It is a 45min journey.

Get around[edit]

Tuk-tuks are plentiful in the centre. Short trips around town should cost $1-$2; the price for a full day is between $12 to $25. Some roads can be a little bumpy, but there is no major dust irritation like in Siem Reap or Phnom Penh.

Self-drive motorcycles can be rented for around US$7 per day for a small 125 cc or around US$14 for a 250 cc. Bicycles are also available for rent from several different places and guesthouses for the cheap frontbasket type. For touring the enchanting countryside on dirt roads, following the railway track to Kampot (there is a small track beside it) or other trips, get a good mountain bike. WAM travel agent has excellent ones at Bat 11, Kep beach; also available in large and children's sizes.

Apart from the beach front, most businesses are some distance apart. If you don't rent any transport, be prepared to walk or alternatively stick to the area around your guesthouse and relax there.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Kep Beach. A single, kilometer long crescent of sand near the tip of the Kep peninsula. Dining platforms and seafood vendors line the road behind the beach. Busy on weekends but often deserted during the week. The road through Kep traces the coastline to the beach and then circles back on itself. Cars and vans must pay admission to drive the loop (2500R-5000R). Motorcycles and pedestrians are free. Be aware that the loop is a one way street and the police do occasionally enforce the law, levying fines against violators.
Beautiful view from the Kep National Park towards Bokor Mountain
  • Kep National Park. There is an easy trail going full circle around the hill above Kep in the National Park, and smallest more slope tracks going through. This is a wonderful area of jungle, in which it is quite common to see some monkeys and other animals. The circle trail is about 8km long (a 2-3 hour walk) and has a lot of direction signs. If you don't want to walk, the path is big enough to ride a bicycle or a motorbike, though be prepared for a somewhat bumpy ride. There are even some small benches to enjoy the view and have a rest during the walk. Going through the transversal trail can make a nice 5h walk.
  • Kampot Pepper. An absolute must is to visit the pepper plantation at Phnom Voir mountain, about 20min drive from Kep. This pepper used to be the number one pepper in the world and all the good french restaurants had it. It is having a revival at the moment with a local NGO (Farmlink) helping to promote and plant it again.
  • Colonial Villas. There are around 100 or more old French villas, mostly destroyed by the Kep locals returning after the fall of the Khmer rouge regime (and not by the Khmer Rouge itself as noted in some travel guides) and some of them overgrown like Angkor Wat - quite a spooky feeling. Some of them have been restored, but most of them are in possession of rich military officials who are waiting to sell at the highest price.
  • Caves. Around Kep there are 3 major caves, some with small shrines inside. The biggest and most impressive is near Kompong Trach (30km from Kep). It boasts beautiful limestone formations and a nearby swimming cave.
  • Crabs. No visit to Kep is complete without having a least one meal of the fresh crabs, reputedly the best in Cambodia.
The best beaches in Kep are on Rabbit Island.
  • Koh tonsay (Rabbit Island). Koh Tonsay is a 20 minute boat trip from Kep beach (around US$8-10 return if part of a tour; alternatively, get to the boat pier before 09:00 and share a $25 boat ride with others). Bungalows on Rabbit Island are quaint and cheap (from US$6 a night). The island is generally pretty quiet and is a gem of coastal Cambodia. Development is slow, though there are now a few massage shacks directly on the beach. Each Guest House has also a restaurant, where you get very tasty seafood.
  • Angkaul Beach. The Angkaul beach located 45min to the east near the Vietnamese border was once the swimming beach for the Cambodian Elite in the 1960ties. The trip there might be long, but it is worth every minute. The beach, around 2km long, is clean with white sand and totally deserted except for some fishermen. Now there are 6 deck chairs and parasols and a small shop selling cold drinks for the few tourists going there. The water is shallow but clean. A new way is in construction, leaving from the Auberge du Wam close to the pier. At the moment (Feb 2013), it stops in the destroyed mangrove. There is a track further through the highly picturesque fishing family settlements, salt collecting fields and other countryside, accessible by bicycle and with some difficulty (and noise) by moped.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Lida Massage, National Road, 012 953 427. Great Massages (Thai, Oil or Steam) for only USD 7, located just next to the Kep Lodge. Also now located at the crab market.  edit
  • Sailing Club, next to the crab market. The Sailing club is the place to be, where you can rent catamarans, kayaks and even a speedboat. They also have a bar-restaurant, popular among groups from Phnom Penh in the week-ends.
  • Swim in the sea. With the new snow white sand from Otres beach, the Kep beach is now as nice as any other beach in Cambodia and it is enjoyable to go for a swim in the calm, cool water. There are wooden lounge chairs spread along the beach, occasionally with a Cambodian woman requesting $1 to use them. Lots of cold drink vendors nearby and a decent place to watch the sunset too. Don't believe the gloom and doom that some guide books write about the beaches in Kep as they're quite nice. The government has put a lot of new sand on the beach in Kep and now the beach is roughly 50m wide and great for sunbathing and swimming.  edit
  • Swim with the phosphorecent algae!, (Rabbit Island's beach, maybe Kep's). Going for a swim at night in the sea off Rabbit Island results in bioluminescent) algae glowing all around you, which is an absolutely magical experience.  edit
  • Kep-Plantation, 0 89 33 88 74, [1]. A ranch with about 10 horses and ponies on which you can explore the area. There are also khmer carts which are great for families.  edit
  • Country side tours. The best way to explore this beautiful, sleepy town is by bicycle or scooter. Most Guest Houses rent them for respectively $1 or 2 and $7-8/day and since Kep is quite small, it is easy to find your way. There are also guided Country Side tours organized by the Kep Lodge and by the Rega Guest House.  edit
  • Jasmine Valley Skate Bowl, Jasmine Valley Trail, [2]. The only skate-bowl in Cambodia, tucked into the Kep Jungle. Skaters from all over the world come to skate with the first generation of Cambodian skaters.  edit
  • Each 1 Teach 1 School & Community Center (ម្នាក់បង្រៀនម្នាក់), Sangkat Kep, Krong Kep (Hwy 33A across from Somnong Sok Man), (+855) 036-654-5222 (), [3]. 8am-5pm Sun-Thu Fri-Sat Closed. I-tal cooking lessons & Khmer conversation classes for travelers, tourists and expats. Due to a lack of vegan food in Kep, Each 1 Teach 1 offers I-tal meals available by reservation. Your patronage helps support local education.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are money changers at the Crab Market that will exchange euro, dong, US dollar, and riel. If you're fresh in over the border, note that the riel is maintained at around 4000 to the dollar. The market traders will change large denomination dollar notes.

Since October 2014 there is a new/first ATM in Kep. It is located at the small line of shops on Kep Beach, in front of the equally new pharmacy.

  • Signature Designer Shop, ex Lili Perles, near Beach, 012 634 214. daytime. Liliperles, a new shop in town which sells beads from all over the world for reasonable prices. Lily the owner have been operating for years. They also have a small school for free, for teaching French to the local people.  edit
  • Kep Supermarket, Next to the Pier. 7AM - 8PM. The first supermarket opened its doors a few weeks ago (May 2010) and is located near the pier going to Rabbit Island. It has a limited selection of wine, spirits, beers, snacks and some western food. There is also a fridge and you can buy cheese, butter, milk and other food.  edit
  • Kep Souvenir, @ Kep Lodge, [4]. 7AM-10PM. The Kep Souvenir stand offers you a wide range of local products like salt & pepper, t-shirts, coffee, silk bags and postcards. Located at the Kep Lodge.  edit
  • Veranda Shop, @ Veranda, [5]. 7AM-10PM. The Veranda Shop carries a broad range of groceries, wine and other spirits, cigarettes and a good selection of medicaments. They have also a Bakery, which offers not only bread, croissants but also very delicious sweets (try the Tarte au chocolat).  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Fresh fish with pepper sauce. Only $4!

Kep is famous for its crabs. The crab market (a 10 minute walk or $1 tuk tuk ride from Kep beach) has line-caught crabs held in floating cages in the sea. Depending on the size of the crustaceans and your bargaining skills a kilogram of crabs should cost 10,000 - 20,000 riel. Vendors can steam your purchases in the boiling pots in the market or your hotel may also cook them for you.

The famous Crab market in 2009

Several seafood restaurants line the seashore near crab market. They have terraces built over the sea to provide stunning sunset views of Phu Quoc and Bokor National Park while you enjoy crabs cooked with fresh Kampot peppercorns. If you head there early afternoon you can watch fisherman unload their catch for the day.

  • Kep Thmey Seafood Restaurant, At the far end of the crab market, (). 08:00-22:00. Like all the other restaurants near the crab market, Kep Thmey is noted for crab and shrimp in green pepper. $3+.  edit
  • Kimly restaurant. Established and popular but possibly becoming complacent with success. Located towards the end of the row of seafood restaurants near the crab market. Shrimps or crabs with spicy sauce are cited as notable, though this applies to all the restaurants on the row.
  • Led Zep Cafe, (mountain trek road, just after Le Bout Du Monde). Its elevated position offers breeze and good views overlooking Kep and the ocean. The small menu offers burritos, pizzas and pancakes. There's a range of detailed maps of Kep and its surroundings. The helpful French owner has been living in Kep for 7 years and provides interesting company. He is the 'King' of the National Park since he takes care of the park, cleans it, posts signs etc. Mountain bikes are available for rent. A good place to relax with a cold beer or a cappuccino.  edit
  • Koki (former Pasta e Basta, Near the main beach, 097 533 77 13. 09:00-23:00. This place focuses on pizza and basta and they do a great job. They got a proper pizza oven an their pizzas are one of the best in Kep. The nice owner and his 2 daughters are running the place, which has also a small balcony overlooking the ocean. Great reviews. Delivery Also has a small souvenir shop. $4+.  edit
  • Veranda Restaurant & Bar, Kep Mountain Hillside, 012 888 619, [6]. Breakfast buffet 06:30-22:30, restaurant 11AM-10PM. Main restaurant at the Veranda Natural Resort with a great ocean view and sunset, beside their popular Bakery shop, the restaurant offering professional seafood dishes, as well as western and Asian food.  edit
  • Breezes Lounge & Restaurant, National Road 33 (Halfway between Kep Beach & Ferry Pier), 097 6759072. Set in a beautiful, quiet and green area, and is a good spot to unwind near the sea. Serves imaginative food with an emphasis on Asian seafood. Has comfortable chairs, a lounge bed, jazz music and a beautiful garden. Showers available for swimmers (guests only) and free pick-up and return service (with tuk-tuk) for dinner when called in advance.  edit
  • Kep Lodge Restaurant and Bar, 092 43 53 30, [7]. The comfortable bar is complete with pool table and the restaurant on two floors (with amazing views) offers a good selection of Khmer and western dishes including Swiss specialties cheese Fondue and Raclette and the very popular Khmer BBQ (prepared on your table). Music and liveliness can be enjoyed until midnight. Happy hour (17:30-19:00) lubricates the sun's decent over the infinity pool. Tasty Mojitos and draft beer available.  edit
  • The Strand, (). 08:00-22:00. The first signature restaurant, featuring an inside a/c area and a beautiful outside area just next to the sea. International dishes of superb quality. Probably the best restaurant in town. Western chef $9+.  edit
  • The Crab with the Golden Claws, Sea View Bungalows (Near the Kep Crab Market), 097-69-58-582. Cambodian and French Cuisine. For starters try Fish soup "Kep style", bread crust and aioli. Home made paté with Kampot fresh green pepper. Fish tartare and carpaccio, parmesan tile. Golden claws salad  edit
  • Baraka, At the Crab market. 09:00-23:00. The Baraka is a popular place at the Crab Market, featuring not only a lively bar (frequented often by local expats) but also a nice first floor terrace. Their menu consists of tasty pizzas, local seafood (crab etc), burgers etc. Espresso machine. French owned. $4+.  edit
  • Mealis, At the middle of the Crab Market, next to Toucan. 08:00-23:00. One of the newest addition to the already many restaurants, run by the managers of Malibu (no restaurant at Malibu). They are offering a wide selection of food, salad, seafood and some western food. French owned. $4+.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Kukuluku, National Road, 012 607 8777. morning till late. Kukuluku, not only a guest house on the sea shore also has a small bar with good music. The location is hard to beat, right on the sea, with some sunset views. Recently hosted some live music sessions on the beach.  edit
  • Toucan - Restaurant Bar, (+855) 097 853 10 57, [8]. Open from morning - till late. The Toucan is in the middle of the Crab Market, with great decor and a pool table. Stays open very late and attracts a nice mix of locals and tourists. Offers free WiFi and Moto for Rent.  edit
  • Baraka. The Baraka Bar and Pizzeria is not only a popular hang out for local expats, also a cozy place to enjoy a sea side pizza and cocktails. Has a upstairs terrace overlooking the ocean..  edit
  • Kep Saloon. Kep Saloon located at the Crab market is the first a/c bar in Kep. With a nice terrace over the sea and a small comfortable bar, this place is great for a drink after a crab meal.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Around the Crab Market[edit]

Kep has amazing sunsets

If you are travelling on a budget it comes down to only a handful of places. First decide between a bungalow or a room. Coco de Mer and Q are pretty even, the pool and the free breakfast for an extra $2 might be enough to seal the deal at the loss of an ensuite. Reaksmey and N4 are the two nicest options for a Khmer hotel style room. N4 has a nicer setting and has a pool and restaurant, Reaksmey has very nice rooms and is very close to the Crab Market but no balconies. Other cheap options exist such as Tree Top, Natural, Kep Seaside and Bacoma (excellent reviews). Visal Sak can be a good budget option.

A complete list of all the hotels can be found on Visit Kep compiled by the Kep Tourism Group.

  • Bacoma $10 Bungalows are fully circular, thick stone walls. Shared bathroom in separate bunglows. They have a restaurant.
  • Kep Lodge $28-$38 fan, $42-$70 aircon, all Bungalows, pool
  • Kep Seaside $10 Nicer setting than Reaksmey but rooms are not as nice. They have a restaurant.
  • Kimly Lodge rooms are $20/$25 (Jan 2014) with aircon (nice but small), bungalow at $35 (Jan 2014). They have a restaurant (continental breakfast for $5)
  • Le Flamboyant $60 Bungalows.
  • Masada $50, pool
  • Mea Lea $35, new management
  • N4 $8-25 Nice setting, nice khmer hotel style rooms. They have a pool and restaurant.
  • Natural $8-25 No staff in sight.
  • Q Bungalows $12/15 fan, $25/$35 aircon (low/high season, jan. 2014) You may be wondering why there is such a price difference between the fan and aircon. The fan bungalows are tiny, big enough for just a bed, they really nice on the outside - traditonal style with a thatched roof. They have a shared bathroom. The aircon bungalows are fully brick and rendered construction and are much larger, all with ensuites. They have a very nice pool and a restaurant and all bungalows come with breakfast included and free bicycle. Free wifi.
  • Raingsey $50-65
  • Reaksmey Krong Kep $10-25 Brand new hotel, nice modern rooms.
  • Sea View Bungalows $40-120 Quality bungalows in beautiful surroundings, all with aircon. Restaurant (French and Cambodian Cuisine), playground, outdoor pool. Free Weekend Lectures on Khmer History and Culture. Non Smoking rooms with LED CABLE TV and fridge. Family friendly environment with kid’s playground and Nintendo Wii available in lounge area. Free Wi-fi in all areas. Walking distance to Kep Crab Market. Visit www.seaviewbungalows.com
  • Theara Lodge $25 fan, $35 aircon
  • Tree Top $5 dorm, $15-35 bungalow. The cheapest accommodation in town. You get that you pay for. You actually get a tiny private room with a bed, mosquito net and a fan. The walls are of fiber, just like the locals in those little villages. No pool, they do have a bar.
A great map of Kep
  • Vanna $25-50
  • Veranda $75-400
  • Visal Sak, few minutes north of Q. Bungalows, is a large guesthouse with fan room at $6 ($8 for hot water). Nothing fancy, but rooms are clean and good value for the price. Rooftop restaurant and wifi.
  • All prices above correct as of Feb 2014.

Hotel Listing - Budget[edit]

  • Arun Rass (Hotel rooms), Pepper Street 5, Kep, 017 239 567 or 097 588 20 88, [9]. checkin: 12; checkout: 14. Ths khmer family run place is conviniently located on the Pepper Street (below the Kep Lodge) just 300m from the main road, a couple of minutes to the sea and not more to the Crab Market (one of the centers of Kep). The rooms are spacious and have all a nice, big balcony with sea or mountain view. The breakfast is included and the place is a good deal. Mr Chai and his wife Chantey will make your stay very pleasant. From $18 to $26.  edit
  • Bacoma (Bungalows & Khmer Houses), Road 33a, Kep, 0884112424 or 0884112525, [10]. checkin: 12; checkout: 14. Swiss & khmer run guesthouse with new established Bungalows (in March 2013). Lovely and clean bungalows. Friendly and helpful staff. Bungalows from 10$-35$ From $10 to $35.  edit
  • Boathouse, 33A Sangkat Pray Thom, 097 572 4444, [11]. checkin: Anytime; checkout: 12:00. Charming wooden rooms (from $15) with fan/air-con, cheaper rooms in concrete building. Traditional khmer style, tropical garden with stylish huts, views on the national park, lots of birds around, quiet. Restaurant serves traditional Khmer & western food. Walking distance to Crab market and Kep beach. Friendly family atmosphere. Free WiFi. Free bicycle. Motorcycle rental is available. theboathousekep@hotmail.com boathousekep@gmail.com 8-30$. (10.48493,104.29360) edit
  • Botanica, National Road 33a, 097 899 8614 (), [12]. A friendly easy going guesthouse with 6 nice bungalows with fan and shower. Restaurant, pool table, petanque, book exchange. A new, friendly owner Phillip who has undertaken some renovations, and now also offers air con rooms. He further built a beautiful salt water pool with a wooden deck, which is a huge improvement. US$10-35.  edit
  • Brise de Kep, 18-19 Kep Beach Road (The row of restaurants and guesthouses on Kep beach near the southern roundabout), 036 633 633 9. All rooms have hot water and TV. The adjoining restaurant looks good but isn't. But some rooms has smell inside at ground floor, little bit dark at 1st floor. US$12 (fan) US$15 (AC).  edit
The swimwing cave at Kompong Trach
  • Tree Top Bungalows, (just below the national park next to Kep Lodge). checkout: 12. Set in a beautiful garden next to Kep Lodge overlooking the sea with both Bokor Hill Station and Phu Quoc in view, this place offers a wide range of accommodation ranging from $4 double fan basic rooms, treehouse style rooms through to shared bathroom rooms to $20 with private bathroom rooms. $4+.  edit
  • Coco De Mer (Wooden and brick Bungalows), behind Road 33a, Kep, 090 88 05 13 or 090 88 04 13, [13]. checkin: 12; checkout: 14. The guest house features seven well appointed bungalows all equipped with hot water shower, television and are tastefully decorated. The restaurant serves a good selection of local seafood and Italien dishes. From $20 - $35.  edit

Moderate[edit]

  • Jasmine Valley Eco-resort, Kep Mountain (two kilometers up into the mountain from the Kep Hospital corner), +855 (0)977 917 635, [14]. Winner of the 2013 Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Award, Jasmine Valley is nestled just below the national park in the jungle-covered mountains. Opened in December 2009, it offers home-grown foods, views across the islands to Vietnam, a natural pool with nibbling fish. Solar-powered mud-brick and thatch bungalows, overlooking the creek, deep in the valley. Tree-houses on poles. Some rooms have natural bathrooms and views across the islands to Vietnam right from your bed. The cafe and restaurant, sit by the natural swimming pool with nibbling fish and the games room, complete with pool table, table-soccer and table tennis. Jasmine Valley also has the only skateboard bowl in Cambodia. You can see monkeys in their natural habitat in amongst the trees on the mountain, and you may even be lucky enough to spot a Great Hornbill from your own veranda. from US$22.  edit
  • Kep Lodge, Pepper Street (below the national park, next to Tree Top, Entry is to the LEFT!), +855 (0) 92 43 53 30 (), [15]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 12AM. Offering views from the Deluxe bungalows down to the Gulf of Thailand. Ten private bungalows with shower, minibar, tea and coffee maker, desk and a big private terrace with a hammock and sofa - full breakfast included. A popular infinity salt-water swimming pool, free bicycles, fast & free WiFi all over the lodge, a book exchange and lots of games can be found at the Lodge. There are four new, spacious deluxe bungalows (45m2) with air-con, CTV, DVD (500 DVD library), a mp3 sound-system, safe, minibar, tea & coffee maker, shower, king size bed. The view from the 15m2 balconies are stunning (sunset!). Has a lively bar, pool table and restaurant serving local and Swiss food. They just added another lounge-floor to their restaurant, with a big lounge area and great ocean views. Can also be used as a meeting room. Outside guest can use their pool for free, when consuming more than $5/person. Kep's Webcam - http://www.keplodge.com/webcam.html US$28-70.  edit
  • Le Bout du Monde, Preah Thom Kep, +855 (0)119 641 81, [16]. French and Khmer cuisine, restaurant-bar, private bungalows, on the hill, steep reception and welcome. US$20-150.  edit
  • The Vine Retreat, Phnom Voar, Chamcar Bei (off Highway 33, between Kep and Kompong Trach), +855 11 706 231 (), [17]. Ecologically conscientious guesthouse, organic farm and restaurant nestled at the foot of a small range of jungle entrenched mountains called Phnom Vor. Famous Kampot Pepper plantation and a naturally filtered swimming pool. Remote, tranquil and beautiful. Base yourself there for trekking or mountain biking in Phnom Voar or just wiling away the hours in a hammock with a good book. $20-45. (10° 33' 57.2394,104° 21' 38.5194) edit
  • Le Flamboyant Resort, 33a National Road (500m on the road to Kampot after the Vishnu Roundabout), +855 (0)17 491010, [18]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 11am. 28 spacious, comfortable and private bungalows (rooms between 30m2 and 80m2) and two beautiful swimming pools all set in a lush, tropical garden. Lovely al fresco restaurant and bar overlooking the premises as well as the mountains. Le Flamboyant Resort also offers the services of a state-of-the art, on-site conference centre. 60 - 250 $.  edit
  • Masada Resort, Pepper Street 2 (below the national park, opposite to Tree Top), +855 (0) 97 50 62 338, [19]. checkin: 13.30; checkout: 11.30. Five bungalows with air-con and a private balcony. US$40-50.  edit
  • Raingsey Bungalow (info@raingsey-bungalow-kep.com), Kep Mountain Hillside Road (same road as Vanna and Veranda), +855 (0) 11 558 197, [20]. Eight independent, wooden bungalows surrounded by a some plants. From your balcony, you have access to the swimming pool of course, but no view like Vanna or Veranda. The bedrooms in the Raingsey Bungalows are comfortable (some are a bit old). Each room has air conditioning, well equipped en suite bathrooms with hot power showers but NO DOORS to the toilet. You have a choice of a double bed or 2 single beds. The food (local and Western) in the upstairs restaurant is quite nice and they even serve sushi now. $60.  edit
  • Sea View Bungalows, Street 33 (main road into Kep) (Left side of main rd. before Crab Market), ​855-12-204-155 (), [21]. checkin: 2:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. High quality built in 2013 Sea View Bungalows offers non-smoking,clean,spacious, air conditioned,comfortable rooms with large outdoor veranda with surrounding views of ocean, mountains and garden. One bedroom Penthouse offers great views from bedroom, living and dining room. Great location near Crab Market and beach. Read what our satisfied guests say on tripadvisor.com web page. Complimentary breakfast and wifi. $35-$100.  edit
  • Brise de Kep Boutique, 33a Kep Beach Road (Beside of dock to Rabbit Island, 10 minutes from Kep beach), (+855) 12 756 499. Operating since one year, this is a nice place, directly on the sea, with 6 bungalows and a good restaurant overlooking the ocean. The rooms come with a/c, hot water, etc. The location is not really in the center, but there are plenty of Tuk Tuk's around to bring you to the Crab Market or the beach. US$40~50.  edit
  • The Beach House Kep, Right on the beach (Directly behind the white lady statue on Kep Beech Road), [22]. A great location with choice of sandy beach or small pool and bar area. Breakfast is extra to room price. Rooms are basic but with shared balcony and lovely views across the beach and bay. For sunsets, walk 10 mins around the point toward Crab Shacks. Rooms have sliding doors, which are not very secure and with no safe in rooms, would not risk leaving any valuables. Otherwise a nice place to stay with friendly staff and a lovely small pool to chill in. $40-55.  edit
  • Sovanna - ex Starr Inn, 777 Ocean Blvd, (). Small 13-room hotel. All rooms are facing the sea. All the rooms have been renovated. They even made a tiny pool in front of the hotel, a comfortable restaurant as well as a bar. Included breakfast, free wifi. US$40~50.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Knai Bang Chatt, [23]. One of the fanciest places in all Cambodia, this complex has only four seaside villas. Great swimming pool, free Wi Fi, a real private hide away. Next to the Sailing Club. Now they opened the new restaurant, the Strand, which is the first restaurant with A/C and they employ a western chef! US$160-350.  edit
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  • Villa Saat, + 85517383185, [24]. New 'villa' opened in Jan 2013, overlooking the seashores of Kep. Villa for rent on short or long stay. + 85517383185 - Ask for Emilie  edit
  • Villa Romonea, Street 33, 012879486, [25]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 12noon. Located directly on the sea, this beautiful, stunning renovated villa from the 60s is one of the Landmarks in the Kep area. Having only six modern rooms, the main house sits on a 1.5 hectare private property and enjoys an unique view of the sea, Bokor Mountain and the islands. The infinity swimming pool and a proper a tennis court make this residence a perfect getaway for a large group (up to 12), individual couples or families. A talented chef is proposing her experience of Cambodian cuisine. US$150-190.  edit
  • Villa Les Voyageurs du Dharma, Pepper Street 5, + 855(0)92 43 53 30, [26]. Brand-new khmer style villa (wooden floor) on 2 stories with a private pool, just below the Kep Lodge. This house is great for a family or a few friends (max 4 adults and 2 kids), who enjoy the privacy but still want to have the amenities of a hotel (breakfast, info, bicycles etc from Kep Lodge). $100++.  edit

Get out[edit]


Routes through Kep
Phnom Penh ← Takeo ←  N noframe W  KampotSihanoukville




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