This attractive, if somewhat bland, riverside town at the foot of the Elephant Mountain range, not far from the sea, is known for its French-colonial architectural remnants—and for salt and pepper. In the dry season, laborers can be seen along the highway to Kep, working long hours in the salt fields; pepper plantations are scattered around the province. The coastal road from Sihanoukville to Kampot is somewhat rough, but has spectacular views. Several limestone caves speckle the landscape from Kampot to Kep to the Vietnam border. Plan at least a morning or afternoon excursion to see the cave at Phnom Chhnork.
How to get there
To/From Phnom Penh:
Via paved and in comparative good condition National Highway No 3 from Phnom Penh to Kampot. This road is more recommendable than the alternative National Highway No 2 to leading to National Highway No 3 via Takeo province. The buses to Kampot departure each day at 7:30am and midday around 1:15pm from the central bus station near the central market.
What to see
- Bokor Hill Station
- Caves near Kampot
- Kampong Trach
As it is quite common in Cambodia even small cities, such as Kampot have at least one big market. You may also find a market in Kampot centre, which are very busy areas with local shops dealing the local daily consumer products, like fish, fruits, vegetables, meats and packed products. Most of the food and drink shops are surrounding the market. To take something special from this province along, buy some famous Kampot Pepper.