|Kep Beach and around
Activities? – Explore the charm of Kep, its friendly people, the great seafood and its quiet streets.
How to get there? – The best way to explore Kep is by bicycle, if you want to avoid the heat, rent a motorbike and drive around.
What does it cost? – Hotels give bicycels for free or rent them for $1/day. Mountain bikes go normally for $ 2.50/day. The daily rental of a small motorcycle is $8.
|Jungle Trek in the Kep National Park
The Kep National Park is of medium size and is located around the Kep Mountain. The main entrance is just behind Veranda Natural Resort, where you will be expected to pay a dollar (or 4000 riels) entry fee (which goes towards maintaining the park) but there are other access points such as Kep Lodge on the west side. There is an 8km trek which leads around the mountain with beautiful outlook points to Kampot, the islands and to Vietnam. Next to the three big antennas near the beach is a small Nuns-Pagoda, where you can buy tea made from wood, which is good against head ache or stomach pain!
There are now many smaller paths which go directly into the jungle. All are very well signposted so you can't get lost!! Most of the trails are doable in flip-flops, but some of the more challenging ones require decent covered footware. More recent openings include the path to the water reservoir which is quite easy the the 2km long path to the Samathi Pagoda, which has a few stunning viewpoints and is one of the nicests paths the editor personally thinks. It takes about 1h from the main treck to the Pagoda and the level is easy - medium.
Alternatively you can hire a guide, leave the trek and explore the dense jungle. Good shoes and a portion of adventuress are recommended for the dense jungle.
Activities? – Explore the jungle; see some wild animals and beautiful plants, views.
How to go? – The main entrance is behind Veranda Natural Resort, but the Kep Lodge and Jasmine Valley Eco-Resort also have direct access.
What does it cost? – $1 or 4000R; a guide costs you per half a day $6 -$10.
|Rabbit Island (Koh Tonsay)
Rabbit Island lies just 20 minutes off Kep City and offers one of the most beautiful beaches in Cambodia. White sand, plenty of coconut trees, fishermen and about 6 basic guest houses which also cater fresh seafood make this destination one of the most popular places in Kep.
Activities? – Swimming, snorkeling (equipment from Kep Lodge), enjoy fresh Crabs or other seafood, walk around the Rabbit Island (about 2 hours), relaxing.
How to go? – You either take a motorbike-taxi (Motodub) or a Tuk Tuk to the pier in Kep City, from there you hire a boat to the island.
What are the costs? – Boats are leaving at 9am and come back at 4pm at a cost of $7 - $8/person (incl transport to the pier and back). You can also hire an entire boat for $25, with a maximum of 6 persons.
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|Pepper Plantations and Salt fields
Kampot and Kep are the major salt producers of Cambodia. You see some salt fields near the White Horse Market (Psahr See Sor) or near Angkul Beach (Google Map), so it is best to do this in combination with another activity.
Activities? – Explore the salt fields, buy fresh pepper, see locals cultivating it and learn about the famous Kep/Kampot Pepper.
How to go? – You can go by motodub or drive your own bike. The pepper plantations next to Phnom Voir are easy to find. The Vine Retreat is located in this area, has a comfortable restaurant with sofa and hammocks, great food and even a salt water pool.
|Angkul Beach (=Secret Beach)
The Secret Beach of Kep is a remote beach to the south-east from Kep (near Vietnam border). The white beach is quite long and many coconut trees provide shade the beach. There is a small fishing village and a small temple on the hill behind. The possibilities of food or drinks are very limited, so it’s best to bring a lunch pack. During the high season (November - April) there is normally a small stand which serves cold drinks, an entire chicken ($10) and snacks and have some deck chairs and umbrellas.
Activities? – Swimming, sun bathing, relaxing, snorkeling (equipment from Kep Lodge).
How to go? – You can go by motodub, or can explore it by yourself. It is quite easy to find. On the road to Phnom Penh/Kompong Trach you turn right and follow the big road towards Vietnam. Before the salt fields you turn right (there is a entrance gate for the temple) and just follow this road. It takes about 30 – 40 minutes from Kep.
What are the costs? – A motodub for the whole day is $15, a Tuk Tuk $20, hiring your own motorbike costs $7/$8 per day.Good in combination with Kompong Trach, Pepper Plantation, or the Vietnam Border. Google map
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|The Caves of Kompong Trach and Phnom Chnugk
Kompong Trach and its caves are about 35km to the northeast of Kep. The town itself is not really appealing, has a few basic guest houses and NO decent restaurants (the one behind the temple is the best choice you get there - but not recommended).
To Phnom Chnugk (Google Map): When you drive towards Kampot, turn right just before the big bridge, you reach the Caves of Phnom Chnugk. The caves are not as big as the caves from Kompong Trach, but they have an old Buddhist Shrine inside, dating some 1300 years back.
Activities? – Cave exploring, swimming in the lake, see the beautiful countryside on the way there.
How to go? – You can hire a motodub or Tuk Tuk or can drive by yourself (easy to find). It is a beautiful drive through the countryside. You can also drive along Phnom Voir (Pepper) and visit a Pepper Plantation on the way.
What are the costs? – To go by motodub the costs are round trip $9, by Tuk Tuk
The Caves of Kompong Trach are good in combination with the Pepper Plantation or Angkul Beach, Phnom Chnugk is good in combination with Kampot town.
Swimming Cave @ Kompong Trach
Old Kep Villas - and Graffitis by ROA
These Villas are located (in brackets are the Latitude & Lonitude and link to Google Maps):
1 - North-East of the Kep Independence Monument - road leading to Samot Rangsey Pagoda - Centipede Google Map
2 - Way to Jasmine Valley, before Kep Plantation - Elephant skeleton Google Map
3 - North of the Beach House, behind the Kep Tourism Office - Praying Mantas Google Map
Of course there are many other villas which don't have any graffiti on it and are worth exploring. Some of them are really interesting for architects, since they have been designed by students of the famous french architect Le Corbusier.Top of page
Sports Equipment Hire, Sailing, Kayaking by Sailing Club
Skateboarding at Jasmine Valley - NOW CLOSED!
Country Side Tour by 'Kep Autrement'
Boat Tours by Carpe Diem and Kep Boat Tours
The 10h tour will also start at the National Park, then visit to Pagodas, further to the secret lake, pepper plantation etc.
|Massage in Kep
There are now about half a dozen massage places. The longest running with three locations (Rabbit Island, Lida Guest House and Crab Market) is Lida Khmer Massage. Another just opened massage is on the road to Veranda at the Art Guest House with quite skilled girls.
Veranda and Knai Bang Chatt are having their own in-house massages. Near the beach are two massage places. All of them have about the same menu: Khmer, oil, head/shoulder and foot massage.
What are the costs? The cost for 1 hour is $12 - $50 depending where you get your massage. It is also possible that your guest house orders a massage for you in your room.
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Just before your reach the Jasmine Valley Eco-Resort (Google Map), you'll find an American-owned Butterfly farm, with thousands of butterflies in a nice garden. A nice expedition specially with your kids. The small restaurant serves cold drinks and food is available a hundred meters further up the trail at Jasmine Valley.
| Colonial Town Kampot
The Provincial capitol Kampot is 27km away from Krong Kep and is quite different to the much more touristy beach town Sihanoukville. Quiet streets, few tourists, beautiful French colonial buildings and an interesting market make this town a lovely day trip. The very good infrastructure with several internet cafés, banks (with ATM), western grocery shopping, book stores (Blissful Guesthouse also has a variety of books to sell or trade), and a variety of excellent Khmer and western restaurants serve all the travelers needs.
Activities? – Visit the market, excursion on the Kamong Bay River (River Cruise), ice cream shopping, fine dining.
How to go? – You can go by motodub, by Tuk Tuk or drive your own motorbike.
What are the costs? – A motodub charges one way $7, return $14, a Tuk Tuk is one way $8, return $20. A visit of Kampot is good in combination with the Tekchhou water rapids and with the interesting Caves of Phnom Chnugk.
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|Bokor Hill Station
The Sokha group built a new road and now the trip to Bokor takes only about 45min (before >3h!). The old casino is being renovated, but there is a new casino with a hotel complex (with over 400rooms, 2 restaurants and a bar).
With over 1000m in height, the Bokor Hill Station, which was built in the 1920s by the French, provides a refreshing break from the heat on the coast. The views over the dense rainforest towards the sea are some of the most impressive in Cambodia. The things to see are the Bokor Palace and Casino, the old church (now occupied by the construction workers :-(), the black Palace, the Five Boat Pagoda and the Popokvil Waterfalls, that only has water during the rainy season.
Activities? – Visit and wander around the ruins, enjoying the breathtaking views across the Gulf towards Phu Quoc Island, jungle trekking, gambling, watching the wildlife (it is said that elephants, tigers and leopards live in the jungle).
How to go? – There are tours going to Bokor with a minibus (ask your reception or the listed travel agencies). You can also go with your own motorbike or by private taxi. A helicopter flight sets you back about $2'000!
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Max Discovery Cambodia (MDC) - Team Building and the Magic Tree
- Tree Top Adventure - Zip Line, Ladder Rope, Spider Thread Descent, Tree Tunnel, Climbing Wall, etc.
|Horse Back and Cart Riding
The Kep-Plantation is a ranch on the road to the Jasmine Valley with about 10 horses. You can ride yourself either inside the ranch (1 ha big) or explore the surroundings outside of Kep. The also have a cart riding - perfect for the entire family. You find more information on here.
There are quite a few more activities in Kep, which we only describe shortly:
- Gon Sat Lake (Secret Lake) - big, beautiful dam-lake with huts along the shore Google Map
- Kep Oceanarium, (7am-6pm) located just right at the pier (Rabbit Island) this shop not only offers about 20 aquariums (great for kids $1, adults $3), all filled with local sea live, but they are also the only licensed Dive Shop in Kep, with Padi dive courses (from Open Water until Dive Instructor).
- Relax at the Pool - after so many activities, please don't forget to rest and take a day just to hang loose and enjoy the beautiful pool at Kep Lodge (for outside guests free if you consume $5/person), a good bock and the comfortable deck chair!
- Get an outstanding tatoo at Bokor Tattoo in Kampot, where they have world class artitis (from Japan and England)
We are sure there are more activities in Kep and that you will find the one which suits you perfectly for a perfect stay in Kep.