Kep is a seaside town in the South of Cambodia, about 170km from Phnom Penh and just a few kilometers from the border with Vietnam. This seaside resort, famed for its spectacular sunsets and splendid seafood, was founded as a colonial retreat for the French elite in 1908 and used to be Cambodia's most popular beach town but has fallen on hard times especially during the rule of the Khmer Rouge.  Many of Kep's, mostly French villas are abandoned, but some of the town's former splendor is still apparent.

Kep dock

After several false starts, Kep finally seems to be rising from the ruins. It’s again popular, especially on weekends and holidays, with the wealthy elite of Phnom Penh.

The road around the sea in Kep is 5 - 6km long. One side is the sea, the other side is the mountain surrounded by green trees to the top. Kep beach slopes gently, with gentle waves, clear blue water. Many mountain resorts and lovely accommodation with straw and leaves along the sea creating a peaceful and gentle scene.

Samot Reangsey Temple located 2km from the city center is a must-visit tourist destination in Kep city which is an attractive Cambodian temple with characteristic architecture.

Here you can enjoy a variety of tourist attractions such as natural mountains, evergreen tropical forests, mangroves, islands, seagrass coral reefs, pure sea air, beaches, and seafood. The seafood here is cheap, plentiful, and delicious - particularly the quite famous crabs.


Sunset brings a glowing orange luster to the place and peace as the last truck roars away. And then there are the stars to enjoy as you eat by lantern light (many places here still do not have 24-hour electricity). With no large city for miles, the night sky is dazzling.

Kep also has "Rabbit" island, about 30 minutes by train from the city center with white sand beaches and lots of coconuts, the sea is quite clear, visitors can snorkel around the rocks. The idyllic Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island), just off the coast, the charm of this coastal resort lies in its peacefulness. Taking a short boat ride to this island is 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.

Traveling to Kep

There is not a lot do to in Kep, but that exactly what the visitors appreciate so much. Many visitors enjoy their holidays in Kep so much that they will come again and again.

A beautiful and pristine seaside resort town in the south of Cambodia, Kep is an unspoiled corner of Cambodia that should not be missed.

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