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.
From Kampot: A new road (august 2014) smooth and safe connects these two cities, which are 25km apart. Takes 20-40 minute. Bus $2. For a motorcycle taxi ($4 - $6) or tuk-tuk (around $8) 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.
From Phnom Penh: The road is paved, smooth and well sign posted. Around 4-5 hours by bus. Several bus companies serve Kep ($5 - $8, December 2014) and offer various departure times from 7am through to 1pm. 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). Vibol Tours near the Central Market has the newest buses.
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$8 (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.
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.
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.
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, . 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
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, . 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, . 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
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.
Crab Kitchen, At the beginning of the crab market. 08:00-22:00. Like all the other restaurants near the crab market, the Crab Kitchen is noted for excellent crab with pepper sauce, shrimps or then the exquisite Sweet & Sour Fish.$5+. 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, . 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).edit
Kep Lodge Restaurant and Bar, ☎ 092 43 53 30, . 07.00 - 22.00. 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). Enjoy soft music, a clean comfortable environment with, including ocean views from the first floor lounge. Happy hour (17:30-19:00) lubricates the sun's decent over the infinity pool. Tasty Mojitos and draft beer available.$4-$10. edit
The Strand, (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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
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
Green Hills Vegetarian Restaurant, off highway 33 A (1 lm south of white horse), ☎ 095794292. Kep's first and only 100% vegetarian/vegan restaurant, located inside of Khmer Village Bungalow Resort. Western and Asian dishes, fresh fruit juices and smoothies are served. Opening January 20, 2015. $2-$5. edit
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
Italian Corner. The Italian corner is one of the only places near the beach and the Crab Market where you still get a drink after 11pm. They also have an italian and khmer menu and Alberto and Lida are great hosts.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. Closes at 10pmedit
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
Be Be Bar, Behind Kep Market (Follow the sings from the main road), ☎ 078340790. 5pm-2am. The 'Be Be Bar' is probably the only real bar in Kep at the moment (Jan '15). Located near the Kep Market, in the middle of the rice fields, this place makes one of the best Mojitos in town and the owner Be Be is a very social and interesting dude. Great for an after Crab dinner drink among friends. They do host the occasional event (concert, party..)$1.50-$5. (10.486586°,104.323208°)edit
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.
Bacoma $10 Bungalows are fully circular, thick stone walls. Shared bathroom in separate bunglows. They have a restaurant.
Kep Lodge $28-$38 fan, $42-$85 aircon, all Bungalows, pool, good restaurant
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) and pool
Kukuluku $5-35, with pool, directly on the bach
Le Flamboyant $60 Bungalows.
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 - traditional 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.
Reaksmey Krong Kep $10-25 Brand new hotel, nice modern rooms, concrete surroundings
Sea View Bungalows $40-120 Quality bungalows in beautiful surroundings, all with aircon. Restaurant (French and Cambodian Cuisine), playground, outdoor pool.
Tara Lodge $55, pool
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.
A great map of Kep
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.
Arun Rass (Hotel rooms), Pepper Street 5, Kep, ☎ 017 239 567 or 097 588 20 88, . 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 $26. edit
Bacoma (Bungalows & Khmer Houses), Road 33a, Kep, ☎ 0884112424 or 0884112525, . checkin: 12; checkout: 14. Swiss & khmer run guesthouse with new established Bungalows (in March 2013). Lovely and clean bungalows. Friendly and helpful staff. Bungalows from 10$-35$From $10 to $35. edit
Boathouse, 33A Sangkat Pray Thom, ☎ 097 572 4444, . checkin: Anytime; checkout: 12:00. Charming wooden rooms (from $15) with fan/air-con, cheaper rooms in concrete building. Traditional khmer style, tropical garden with stylish huts, views on the national park, lots of birds around, quiet. Restaurant serves traditional Khmer & western food. Walking distance to Crab market and Kep beach. Friendly family atmosphere. Free WiFi. Free bicycle. Motorcycle rental is available. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org$. (10.48493,104.29360)edit
Botanica, National Road 33a, ☎ 097 899 8614 (email@example.com), . 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 has French dishes. A good choice when you crave for meat and not want to be ruined. The desserts are also really tasty. 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, . 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
Kep Lodge, Pepper Street (below the national park, next to Tree Top, Entry is to the LEFT!), ☎ +855 (0) 92 43 53 30 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 12AM. Offering views from the Deluxe bungalows down to the Gulf of Thailand. 13 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 (can be used by outside guests too), 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 (54m2) with air-con, TV, DVD (500 DVD library), a mp3 sound-system, safe, minibar, tea & coffee maker, hot water shower, king size bed(s). The view from the 18m2 balconies are stunning (sunset!). Has a lively bar, pool table and restaurant serving local and Swiss food (Cambodian BBQ is very tasty). They just added another 1st floor lounge 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 for more than $5/person. Kep's Webcam - http://www.keplodge.com/webcam.htmlUS$28-85. edit
Le Bout du Monde, Preah Thom Kep, ☎ +855 (0)119 641 81, . Little villas and residences in traditional Khmer architecture, in wood, stone and thatched and tiled roofs in an eco-conscious setting. Accommodations are available for various budgets. All the houses are located at the top of a balmy hill by Kep's national park. There are facilities such as a mini bar, tea boiler and hot water in the bathrooms. They do have a natural swimming pool, with no chemicals added and no filtration (green water). There is also a restaurant-bar with French and Khmer cuisine.US$20-150. edit
The Vine Retreat, Phnom Voar, Chamcar Bei (off Highway 33, between Kep and Kompong Trach), ☎ +855 11 706 231 (email@example.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.$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, . 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 entrance of kep national park, opposite to Tree Top), ☎ +855 (0)88 528 7676/+855 (0)88 847 1984 (firstname.lastname@example.org). checkin: 14.00; checkout: 12.00. 5 nice modern bungalows with bathrooms/fan and aircon/ infinity pool and beautiful garden (orchids and frangipanis !). really close to crab market and at the entrance of the kep national park.US$30 to $60 breakfast included (jan 2015). edit
Raingsey Bungalow (email@example.com), Kep Mountain Hillside Road (same road as Vanna and Veranda), ☎ +855 (0) 11 558 197, . 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 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), . 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, (Starinn_kepcity@yahoo.com). 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
Knai Bang Chatt, . 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
Two boys harvesting rice
Villa Saat, ☎ + 85517383185, . New 'villa' opened in Jan 2013, overlooking the seashores of Kep. Villa for rent on short or long stay. + 85517383185 - Ask for Emilieedit
Villa Romonea, Street 33, ☎ 012879486, . 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, . 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 2 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
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