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*<sleep name="Villa Romonea" alt="" address="Street 33" directions="" phone="012879486" url="" checkin="2pm" checkout="12noon" price="US$150-190" lat="" long="">. Directly on the sea, this beautiful, stunning old renovated villa (featured in many articles about Kep), with six rooms is on a 1.5 hectare property, an infinity swimming pool and a tennis court. There is a communal kitchen and this place is great for big groups, companies etc but also good for individual travellers.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Villa Romonea" alt="" address="Street 33" directions="" phone="012879486" url="" checkin="2pm" checkout="12noon" price="US$150-190" lat="" long="">. Directly on the sea, this beautiful, stunning old renovated villa (featured in many articles about Kep), with six rooms is on a 1.5 hectare property, an infinity swimming pool and a tennis court. There is a communal kitchen and this place is great for big groups, companies etc but also good for individual travellers.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Villa Les Voyageurs du Dharma" alt="" address="Pepper Street 5" directions="" phone="+ 855(0)92 43 53 30" url="" 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). Prices from $100/night</sleep>
*<sleep name="Villa Les Voyageurs du Dharma" alt="" address="Pepper Street 5" directions="" phone="+ 855(0)92 43 53 30" url="" 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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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.


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.

Nowadays there are over 70 hotels, ranging from a $5 home-stay to a $400-plus double story wooden villa, with your own pool. There is not a lot do to in Kep, but that exactly what the visitors appreciate so much. Many visitors enjoy their holidays in Kep so much that they will come again and again.

The Kep Tourist Information website, which is operated by the Kep Tourism Group, offers a complete hotel, restaurant, bar, shop etc listing with detailed maps of the area. You get a pretty good picture of what the expect from this beautiful coastal town, which is still off the beaten track.

Get there

  • 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

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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, Kep Lodge and Kimly Lodge offer cash advances on Visa and Mastercard cards but levy a service charge of 5%. The nearest ATM is at the Canadia or Acleda Bank in Kampot (about 25km away). Rumors go that the Acleda bank will install an ATM pretty soon (Feb 2014).

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).


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+.
  • 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 5 years and provides interesting company. Mountain bikes are available for rent. A good place to relax with a cold beer or a cappuccino.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kep Lodge Restaurant and Bar. 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 (17:30-19:00) lubricates the sun's decent over the infinity pool. Mojiot and draft beer available.
  • Toucan - Restaurant Bar Tapas, (+855) 097 853 10 57, [7]. Open from morning - till late. The Toucan is in the middle of the Crab Market and has a various menu with khmer, italian and french dishes. Try their Spaghetti with Kampot's Green Pepper sauce. Offers free WiFi and lounge Music to enjoy the sunset from his terrace.
  • The Crab with the Golden Claws, Sea View Bungalows (Near the Kep Crab Market), 097-69-58-582. Cambodian and French Cuisine. Supervised by the Chef Pascal born in the french gourmet region of Alsace, worked in various traditional and gourmet restaurants across Europe and finally opened his own restaurant and was awarded in the famous Michelin gourmet guide. 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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..
  • 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.


Around the Crab Market

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
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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 $26.
  • Bacoma (Bungalows & Khmer Houses), Road 33a, Kep, 0884112424 or 0884112525, [10]. checkin: 12; checkout: 14. Swiss & khmer run guesthouse with new established Bungalows (in March 2013). Lovely and clean bungalows. Friendly and helpful staff. Bungalows from 10$-35$ From $10 to $35.
  • Boathouse, 33A Sangkat Pray Thom, 097 572 4444, [11]. checkin: Anytime; checkout: 12:00. Charming wooden rooms (from $15) with fan/air-con, cheaper rooms in concrete building. Traditional khmer style, tropical garden with stylish huts, views on the national park, lots of birds around, quiet. Restaurant serves traditional Khmer & western food. Walking distance to Crab market and Kep beach. Friendly family atmosphere. Free WiFi. Free bicycle. Motorcycle rental is available. [email protected] [email protected] 8-30$. (10.48493,104.29360)
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
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+.
  • 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.
  • Raingsey Bungalow ([email protected]), Kep Mountain Hillside Road (same road as Vanna and Veranda), +855 (0) 11 558 197, [14]. 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.


  • Jasmine Valley Eco-resort, Kep Mountain (two kilometers up into the mountain from the Kep Hospital corner), +855 (0)977 917 635, [15]. 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.
  • Kep Lodge, Pepper Street (below the national park, next to Tree Top, Entry is to the LEFT!), +855 (0) 92 43 53 30 (), [16]. 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 - US$28-70.
  • Le Bout du Monde, Preah Thom Kep, +855 (0)119 641 81, [17]. French and Khmer cuisine, restaurant-bar, private bungalows, on the hill, steep reception and welcome. US$20-150.
  • The Vine Retreat, Phnom Voar, Chamcar Bei (off Highway 33, between Kep and Kompong Trach), +855 11 706 231 (), [18]. 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)
  • 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.
  • Sea View Bungalows, Street 33 (main road into Kep) (Left side of main rd. before Crab Market), ​855-12-204-155 (), [20]. 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 web page. Complimentary breakfast and wifi. $35-$100.
  • The Beach House Kep, Right on the beach (Directly behind the white lady statue on Kep Beech Road), [21]. 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.
  • 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.


  • Knai Bang Chatt, [22]. 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.
Two boys harvesting rice
  • Le Flamboyant Resort, 33a National Road (500m on the road to Kampot after the Vishnu Roundabout), +855 (0)17 491010, [23]. 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 $.
  • Villa Saat, + 85517383185, [24]. Brand-new villa opening in Jan 2013, overlooking the seashores of Kep. Villa for rent on short or long stay. + 85517383185 - Ask for Emilie
  • Villa Romonea, Street 33, 012879486, [25]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 12noon. . Directly on the sea, this beautiful, stunning old renovated villa (featured in many articles about Kep), with six rooms is on a 1.5 hectare property, an infinity swimming pool and a tennis court. There is a communal kitchen and this place is great for big groups, companies etc but also good for individual travellers. US$150-190.
  • 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++.

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

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