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*'''Kimly restaurant'''. Excellent place to try the crabs.
 
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*<eat name="Kep Lodge Restaurant and Bar" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="www.keplodge.com" hours="7am-12pm" price="" lat="" long="">If you are looking for great western food with a special touch you are right at the Kep Lodge. They also serve you one of the best Amoks in Cambodia and the best pizzas south of Phnom Penh.</eat>
 
*<eat name="Kep Lodge Restaurant and Bar" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="www.keplodge.com" hours="7am-12pm" price="" lat="" long="">If you are looking for great western food with a special touch you are right at the Kep Lodge. They also serve you one of the best Amoks in Cambodia and the best pizzas south of Phnom Penh.</eat>
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*<eat name="Kep Lodge Restaurant and Bar" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="www.keplodge.com" hours="7am-12pm" price="" lat="" long="">If you are looking for great western food with a special touch you are right at the Kep Lodge. They also serve you one of the best Amoks in Cambodia and the best pizzas south of Phnom Penh.
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The bar has a good choice of cocktails (try the Passionfruit Vodka) and a pool table. It offers spectacular sunset views.</eat>
 
*<eat name="Kep Lodge Restaurant and Bar" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="www.keplodge.com" hours="7am-12pm" price="" lat="" long="">If you are looking for great western food with a special touch you are right at the Kep Lodge. They also serve you one of the best Amoks in Cambodia and the best pizzas south of Phnom Penh.
 
*<eat name="Kep Lodge Restaurant and Bar" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="www.keplodge.com" hours="7am-12pm" price="" lat="" long="">If you are looking for great western food with a special touch you are right at the Kep Lodge. They also serve you one of the best Amoks in Cambodia and the best pizzas south of Phnom Penh.
 
The bar has a good choice of cocktails (try the Passionfruit Vodka) and a pool table. It offers spectacular sunset views.</eat>
 
The bar has a good choice of cocktails (try the Passionfruit Vodka) and a pool table. It offers spectacular sunset views.</eat>

Revision as of 15:24, 9 November 2008

Kep is a seaside resort in Cambodia.

Understand

Cambodia's top seaside destination until eclipsed in the 1960s by Sihanoukville (and, soon after, decades of civil war), today's Kep is slowly being rediscovered by travelers.

Get in

From Kampot: The road from Kampot to Kep is paved and smooth. 25km, 30-45 minute trip. Follow the road from Kampot to the White Horse Monument. Bear right at the monument (go straight to Kampong Trach.) At the next main turnoff, bear right onto the oceanfront road to the Kep Beach area. Motodups charge about $2 - $3 one way and $6 round trip. Package day tours to Kep out of Kampot also often include a visit to at other nearby destinations such as Rabbit Island, the caves between Kampot and Kep and a pepper plantation. Sok Lim Tours is offering moto-trailer tours to Kep for $3/person. From Phnom Penh: There are two bus companies driving to Kep, leaving PP at 7AM and 1PM either from the central Market or the Olympic Market at $ 5/person. The more comfortable way is hiring your own taxi at $ 40-50.

Get around

The best way to move around Kep is rent a motorcycle at around US$7 for a small 125 cc or around US$ 14 for a 250 cc. A nice and peaceful way is also to get a bicycle from your guest house or from the Led Zep cafe.

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.
  • Rabbit Island (Koh Tunsay). An easily visited island near Kep - about 20-40 minutes from Kep by local boat. White sand beaches and coconut trees. Relatively clear water. Snorkel around the rocks. No coral but lots of fish. There are now some very basic guesthouse facilities on the island. Arrange a boat trip through your guesthouse in Kampot or Kep.
  • Kep Hill. There is an easy trail going full circle around the hill behind Kep. It's a wonderful piece of jungle, in which it is quite probable to see some monkeys.


  • 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.


  • Colonial Villas. There are around 100 or more old french villas, mostly destroyed by the Vietnamese army 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.


  • Caves. Around Kep there are 3 major caves, some with small shrines inside. The most impressive and biggest one is the one near Kompong Trach with beautiful limestone formations. You can also find a swimming cave nearby.


  • Crabs. No visit to Kep is complete without having a least one meal of the fresh crabs, apparently the best one in Cambodia.

Do

  • Snorkel Trips, 092 43 53 30, [1]. Kep Lodge offers 1 day snorkel trips to Koh Saran, with 2 snorkeling sites, around untouched coral reefs, afternoon for relax on Rabbit Island, lunch included. US$ 25/person.
  • Lida Massage, National Road, 012 953 427. Great Massages (Thai, Oil or Steam) for only USD 7, located just next to the Kep Lodge.
  • Sailing Club, next to the crab market a newly established place called the Sailing club has commenced activities, where you can rent catamarans and/or even speedboats.

Buy

Eat

Kep is famous for its crabs and you can get live crab in the crab market. Crabs are caught using line and are left in the floating cage in the sea. For a dollar or 2 you can get the hotel to cook or steam the crabs.

You can also go to one of the crab restaurants built over the seashore along the road out of town (the Crabmarket - towards Kampot). The crabs cooked with fresh Kampot peppercorns are to die for!

  • Kimly restaurant. Excellent place to try the crabs.
  • Kep Lodge Restaurant and Bar, [2]. 7am-12pm. If you are looking for great western food with a special touch you are right at the Kep Lodge. They also serve you one of the best Amoks in Cambodia and the best pizzas south of Phnom Penh.
  • Kep Lodge Restaurant and Bar, [3]. 7am-12pm. If you are looking for great western food with a special touch you are right at the Kep Lodge. They also serve you one of the best Amoks in Cambodia and the best pizzas south of Phnom Penh. The bar has a good choice of cocktails (try the Passionfruit Vodka) and a pool table. It offers spectacular sunset views.
  • Kep Lodge Restaurant and Bar, [4]. 7am-12pm. If you are looking for great western food with a special touch you are right at the Kep Lodge. They also serve you one of the best Amoks in Cambodia and the best pizzas south of Phnom Penh. The bar has a good choice of cocktails (try the Passionfruit Vodka) and a pool table. It offers spectacular sunset views.


Drink

  • [5].
  • Kep Lodge Restaurant and Bar, [6]. 7am-12pm. If you are looking for great western food with a special touch you are right at the Kep Lodge. They also serve you one of the best Amoks in Cambodia and the best pizzas south of Phnom Penh.
  • Kep Lodge Restaurant and Bar. If you are looking for great western food with a special touch you are right at the Kep Lodge. They also serve you one of the best Amoks in Cambodia and the best pizzas south of Phnom Penh. The bar has a good choice of cocktails (try the Passionfruit Vodka) and a pool table. It offers spectacular sunset views.


Sleep

  • The Beach House Kep (The Beach House Kep), Right on the beach (Directly behind the white lady statue on Kep Beech Road), [7]. The Beach House Kep is the premier hotel accommodation in Kep - offering the best value, location and service. 35-50.
  • Kep Lodge, Pepper Street, +855 92 43 53 30 (), [8]. Located below the national park, offering superb views over the gulf of Thailand, with only 6 private bungalows a very peaceful place. Very good pizzas and roestis (Swiss specialty). new swimming pool, hot water shower, free bicycle, WiFi, snorkel trips, breakfast included US$30-36.
  • Knai Bang Chatt, [9]. One of the fanciest places in all Cambodia, this complex has only three (3) seaside villas. Book more than one, and they'll guarantee that the entire place is yours. US$350-2200.
  • Star Inn, 777 Ocean Blvd, 011 777 012 (). An ideal small 13-room! hotel to stay is the Star Inn. All rooms are facing the sea. General Manager is Nov Siemye. The hotel as a seafood restaurant (not recommended), cocktail bar and an Karaoke, so it is quite loud at night. The staff are very friendly is this small hotel. US$20-35.
  • Botanica, National Road 33a, 016 562 775 (). A friendly easy going guesthouse with 5 nice, but small bungalows with fan and shower. Restaurant serving inspirational world kitchen. Pool table, petanque, book exchange. Friendly staff, great value for money. US$8-10.

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