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Go to Kep; It is a hidden gem

25th October 2013

I have always wanted to visit Kep, as I had heard so much about it from my work colleagues. I was only there for a couple of days, and I loved it. I think every visit to Cambodia should include a stop in Kep, and I’ll definitely be recommending it to my clients.

The relaxed sleepy town of Kep is located on the on the south coast of Cambodia overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, and is a 2 hour drive from Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city. The town is split into two parts; these are the main street with a few houses and small public beach, and the crab market, where there are rows of rustic seafood restaurants overlooking the sea, serving mouthwatering fried crab. Also, they serve fresh fish, squid and prawns with various spices.

Dotted around the edge of Kep are a few really cool places to stay, and my favorites were Kep Lodge, Veranda Natural Resort and Knai Bang Chatt. I stayed at Knai Bang Chatt, which is a small villa style boutique property, overlooking the sea. What makes it so special is that it is on the sea, but because there is no beach it is totally private. You can still swim in the sea from the jetty. The property is well designed and features 5 villas, a small restaurant, garden and swimming pool that all overlook the sea. It is so quiet and peaceful – you should definitely stay there.

You only need two or three nights in Kep, so you can visit the limestone caves, some containing Buddhist shrines. Enjoy a relaxing boat trip to Rabbit Island (Koh Thonsáy), where you can swim off the island and have a picnic on the beach. Also you can see the Crab Market and pepper farms or spend the day relaxing by the pool. If you would like to venture a little further, Kampot as it is only 20 kilometers away, a quiet riverside town with a calm and tranquil atmosphere.

Nigel Fisher

From a young age Nigel travelled to Canada and Australia and his lifelong passion for travel began. On his 18th birthday he flew to New York and took …

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