26th April 2016
Under French rule, Kep – known at the time as Kep-Sur-Mer – was Cambodia’s most prestigious beach town. Established in 1908 it became a thriving resort for the French and following independence, for the Cambodian elite, right up to the 1970s. Although the beach is nothing much to shout about, certainly not comparable to anything its Thai neighbour can offer, for its architecture, its cuisine and its sleepy, laid-back atmosphere it is a lovely place to visit.
The best hotel in town is the architecturally important Knai Bang Chatt, a simply wonderful beach-front boutique hotel designed by Vann Molyvann. As a student of the world renowned modernist architect Corbusier, Molyvann helped to drive Cambodia’s golden age of architecture by mixing modernism with traditional Khmer designs. The hotels simply oozes style and panache and has a service level to match. It boasts a fabulous infinity pool, a lovely open-sided, thatched-roof restaurant and spectacular views from lazy hammocks out over the Gulf of Thailand.
Cambodia’s tourist infrastructure, particularly at the top end, has taken a while to catch up with the likes of Vietnam and Laos. But with the 4 Rivers floating resort, the Song Saa private island lodge, and here at Knai Bang Chatt, it now boasts three of the best boutique hotels in the region.
Arrange a stay of your own at Knai Bang Chatt on a tailor-made holiday to Cambodia.