There’s loads to do in and around Kampot… Have a chat with our friendly and knowledgable staff about some of the following highlights:
Bokor Mountain Hill Station: The site of a former French Colonial resort, including an abandoned hotel and Catholic Church, and a stunning old Buddhist Pagoda.
Enjoy the cooler weather and eerie feeling of the abandoned buildings, whilst taking in the stunning views of Kampot and surrounds. Check out the spectacular waterfall at the top of the mountain during rainy season, and look out for monkeys and hornbills on the drive up.
Kep (& Rabbit Island): About 30 minutes drive from Kampot is the seaside town of Kep. A thriving resort town until the 1960s, many of the mansions and villas are now abandoned. Visit the Crab Market for fresh seafood, right on the water’s edge; take a hike through the jungle of Kep National Park; or take a short boat ride to Rabbit Island for a relaxing day at the beach – or stay the night in a rustic bungalow for one of the best sunsets in the area.
Pepper Plantations & Salt Fields: Kampot pepper is some of the best in the world. Take a trip to see the pepper being grown, and then purchase some peppercorns to take home. (A must-try while in Kampot is stir-fried squid with green peppercorns – check it on the Banyan Tree menu!). Visit the salt fields between Kep and Kampot to see the pools for evaporating seawater for making tasty, natural sea salt – a great photo opportunity.
Sunset Boat Tours: Every evening, boat companies run cruises on the beautiful Kampong Bay river. Enjoy the scenery of the palm-lined riverbanks; watch the local fishing boats heading out for their nights’ work; take a swim in the river; watch the sun set over Bokor mountain; and check out some fireflies if you’re lucky. Talk to our staff about organising the boat to pick you up direct from Banyan Tree.
Waterfalls: The foothills of Bokor Mountain are home to some stunning waterfalls, best visited between June and November. Take a guide, and hike through fruit plantations and jungle, before reaching the waterfalls and taking a refreshing swim. Look out for the natural “Fish Massage”.
Caves: The area around Kampot and Kep includes some spectacular Karst landscape, with interesting caves to explore. Close to the Kiriseila Pagoda in Kampong Trach is a large circular cavern open to the sky, its roof having collapsed over a million years ago. Phnom Sorsia is a Buddhist hill complex, including a number of caves to explore and a Buddhist Stupa atop the hill. Phnom Chhnork is a Hindu cave complex, built in the 7th Century. Always take sturdy footwear and a flashlight when exploring the caves.
Getting Active: If you’re interested in getting more active while you’re here, ask our staff about kayaking, mountain biking, kite surfing, stand-up paddle board, rock climbing, yoga, paintball… There’s lots to do in Kampot!