Kep City is a municipality in Cambodia with
the status of a province. Kep is just a few
kilometres from the border with Vietnam
located and used to be Cambodia's most
popular beach town but has fallen on hard
times in recent years (especially due to the
Khmer Rouge). Many of Kep's, mostly French
villas are abandoned, but some of the town's
former splendour is still apparent. The see
is lined with huge sidewalks and some large
statues that now seem largely out of place.
The king built a palace overlooking the Gulf
of Thailand, but it was never furnished and
now sits empty. A good, paved road connects
the small town with the 15km far away Kampot.
The slightly darker beaches than in
Sihanoukville are mostly scattered with
mangroves and black rocks, but Koh Thonsáy
(Rabbit Island) is just a short boat ride
away (approx. 1/2h).
Kep appears to be
experiencing something of a renaissance,
with several mid-range and luxury
guesthouses and bungalows recently opened or
still under construction. The seafood is
cheap, plentiful and delicious -
particularly the quite famous crabs. Kep is
also home to an extensive national park
covering some mountains with deep green
The French established Kep City during the colonial
time in 1908. Today Kep is mainly popular to the
domestic tourists, who choose Kep as their holiday
destination. What's more, Kep offers great seafood
and magnificent views of the mountains and the
beaches. Taking a boat to the nearby islands is also
a breathtaking experience. Another itinerary, which
must not be missed, is an excursion to the serene
waterfalls of 'Tuk Chhou" situated about 10 km from
Kampot. Kep City is located in the Southwest of
Phnom Penh. The city is accessible by the National
Road No 3 from Phnom Penh via Kampot province (173
km) or by the National Road No 2 from Phnom Penh via
Especially during the Sixties, during the time of
Sang Kum Reas Ni Yum the city was developed as a
beautiful seaside tourist resort for the rich and
government. The story related to the name of Kep
said that there was a king named Sa Kor Reach, who
had a mighty spell. He put a sleeping spell on a
commander at AngKor Thum, than stole the commander's
white horse and fled together with his troop to the
Southwestern seaside. When he took a rest at the
seaside, he was overhauled by the commander's
troops, who chased him from behind. Suddenly, he got
on the horseback; the horse reared, and made him
fall down on the ground together with the saddle.
Then, he got on the horseback again and fled away
without picking up the saddle, because the
commander's troops almost approached him. So that’s
why this area was called ' Kep Seh ' meaning ' the
saddle ', nowadays it’s only called ' Kep '.
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, levy fines
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.
River Trips Short sunset river cruises and longer
cultural/wildlife/eco trips upriver can be arranged
through Sok Lim Tours or your guesthouse. Sunset
river cruises are becoming more popular, running
from Kampot to the rapids at Tekchhou and back.
Phnom Sar Sear
Phnom Sar Sear How to go: 14 km (30mn) From
Provincial Town. Location: Description: Museums of
All Kinds and Subjects, Location: Kep Village, Kep
Commune, Kep District.
Salt Manufacturing is well known in Cambodia and
found in the seaside province of Kampot. The product
assured for local consumption and exportation.
Veal Lumhen is 0.5 km (3mn) From Provincial Town at
Koh Puor (Puor Island) in Kep Village, Kep Commune,
Wat Samot Reangsey
Wat Samot Reangsey is a Historical Sites & Buildings
about 2 km (20mn) From Provincial Town is located in
Kep Village, Kep Commune, Kep District.
Zoo is 2.5 km (11mn) From Provincial Town.
Description: Botanical and Zooligic +D93AL Gardens
Location: Thmei Village,Prey Thom Commune, Kep