Kampot is the third largest coastal province in the Kingdom of Cambodia. The tourism industry of Kampot has welcomed a boom in recent years with many tourists opting to spend less time in busy over-touristy cities throughout the country and opting for a more relaxed and subdued holiday. This boom has not seen Kampot become over crowded with tourists; it still maintains its laid back vibe.
For a small town, you will be surprised at the amount of activities available in and around Kampot town. Tuk tuk tours can be booked at Two Moons. Other tours listed can be booked through tour companies in Kampot. You do not need to pre-book tours before your arrival.
Take a leisurely cycle around town admiring French colonial architecture, the old bridge and new bridge, visit the local market, cycle through fishing villages and Kompong Bay River port.
COUNTRYSIDE TOUR (KEP, CAVES & PEPPER FARMS)
This tour takes you to Kampot’s famous pepper plantations and salt fields as well as visiting Kep beach, fishing villges and the caves of Chhnouk which includes a 6th Century Hindu Temple
KEP CRAB MARKETS
A 30 minutes tuk tuk ride will take you to Kep. You can walk along Kep beach or peruse the lively and famous Kep crab markets.
TEUK CHHOU ZOO & TEUK CHHOU RAPIDS
Only 5km from Kampot town is Teuk Chhou Zoo housing over 70 species of animals including tigers, elephants, lions with cubs, Malaysian Sun Bears, crocodiles and many bird species. This privately owned zoo houses animals saved from animal trade. The zoo has been criticized in recent years so you are advised to do your own research and decide whether to visit the zoo.
If you decide not to visit the zoo, your tour can spend all the time at the Teuk Chhou rapids, only a kilometer from the zoo. A very popular spot with locals, the rapids are attracting many tourists as well. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the clear waters and be captivated by the surrounding scenery. Sit back and relax on a Khmer wooden hut by the river or swing on a hammock. Snacks and cold drinks are available. On the way from and to Kampot on this tour, be sure to enjoy driving past hectares of fruit tree plantations; oranges, mango, pineapple and the so called ‘king of fruit,’ durian, Kampot’s best known fruit export.
BOKOR NATIONAL PARK
The Bokor Hill Station is located 42km from Kampot with an elevation of 1079m. In the early 20’s to escape the heat and humidity of Phnom Penh, the French built a hill station, which included the grand Bokor Palace hotel and casino, a church, school, post office and a hospital. Nine hundred lives were lost during the construction of the resort. The French abandoned the resort in the 70’s when the Khmer Rouge took over the area. In the early 90’s, Bokor Hill was still one of the last strongholds of the Khmer Rouge.
Bokor mountain village now boasts a resort and casino with twelve restaurants. The original Bokor casino is currently being restored to its former glory.
On a clear day atop Bokor Mountain, you can enjoy stunning views of Kampot and southern Cambodian islands. On the way back down the mountain enjoy a stop at the picturesque Popokvil waterfall shrouded in lush jungle before heading back into town.
WATERFALL TOUR (CHROUS ORMAL)
Starts with a 30 minute drive through Kampot province passing through local villages, followed by jungle trekking for 1 ½ hours until you reach the waterfall; an idyllic spot for relaxing, taking photos or having a swim.
SUNSET RIVER CRUISE
This is a short trip for you to enjoy a picturesque sunset river cruise along Kampong Bay River, watching the sun set behind the Elephant Mountain range.
Join a group or rent the whole boat including an English speaking guide who is an experienced fisherman who will show you how to fish crab, shrimp and fish. You are welcome to cook your catch right there on the boat.
RABBIT ISLAND DAY TOUR
The bus will pick you up from your hotel to Kep, where you will have free time until the boat leaves for Rabbit Island at 9:00. In your free time, you can walk along Kep beach or peruse the lively and famous Kep crab market. During Prince Siahnouk’s regime, Rabbit Island was used as a place to rehabilitate criminals. Today, seven families live on the island earning a living by fishing and growing coconut trees. On the island it is possible to go trekking, swimming, snorkeling, relax on the beach or enjoy fresh seafood at one of the Islands restaurant shacks. Massages are also available on the island.