A CORNER OF PARADISE
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Kampot is a quaint city in southern Cambodia, nestled beneath the Elephant Mountains and perched on the cusp of the Preaek Tuek Chhu river. Just 5 km from the Gulf of Thailand, it provides easy access to coastal beaches, world-class pepper plantations, and the Dâmrei and Bokor Mountains.
The city’s nearest airport, Sihanouk International in Sihanoukville, is positively booming with new international direct flights being added each year. The number of passengers travelling through the airport rose from 150,000 in 2016 to an incredible 333,971 in 2017 – a growth of 115%. As Sihanoukville itself gradually becomes a casino-driven destination, an increasing number of tourists head to Kampot in search of relaxation and natural surroundings. Some 1.6 million tourists visited the area in 2017 alone. Yet, the area remains severely underserved when it comes to luxury accomodation, with a significant gap between the supply and demand of resorts charging more than US$150 per night.
Rent a bike and pedal through the winding streets of charming Kampot to explore the town’s historic French Colonial architecture, decorated roundabouts and riverside pathways.
Soak up the lively atmosphere of Kampot’s old market, with its bustling stalls and friendly faces. Rise early and watch local fishermen gather at the recently restored fish market on the riverside.
Make your way to the top of the towering Bokor Mountain to indulge in the incredible views from Wat Sampov Pram, an intricately detailed temple. On a clear day, you can see out beyond vast Bokor National Park onto the sparkling Gulf of Thailand.
The pepper of Kampot is world-renowned. Taste it for yourself amidst the lush green elds of crop beneath the beaming Cambodian sun at La Plantation, the area’s most well-known plantation.
Leisurely paddle your way through a narrow, winding canopy of green as you kayak through what the locals have named the ‘Green Cathedral’.
Take in unmatched views of the surrounding forest as you stand atop your board, paddling your way across the calm Preaek Tuek Chhu River.
Enjoy a resort-led tour of this sprawling national park, where you can unleash your adventuring spirit as you trek its many beautiful tracks and trails.
Watch as the sun slowly sets behind towering Bokor Mountain as you cruise your way down the Preaek Tuek Chhu River. As the sky darkens, look to the trees to spot dancing re ies.