Call us today on 020 7644 1755

Holidays in Kep

Originally a seaside haven built for the French colonial nobility in the early 20th century, Kep today has retained an air of its historic sophistication and is a calm, beautiful hub of beach resorts, delicious food and incredible ocean views. Sunsets and seafood now reign over this part of Cambodia, whilst a few decaying mansions – now engulfed by the forest – hint at the grand and glamorous splendour of earlier times. Kep is about as far removed from a bustling, noisy town as you could wish to be: its charm lies in its sprawling, peaceful and genuinely hospitable vibe.

Eateries, bars and seafood vendors line the long stretch of sand that forms Kep Beach, which has greatly benefited from much recent improvement and is now a vast, shimmering white crescent of seaside beauty. The sea here is calm and cool, making it a perfect spot for swimming or sailing.

Don’t miss the chance to sample a fresh Kep crab – reputedly the most delicious in Cambodia. Kep is rightly famous for its crabs, and you can get them freshly steamed to order at the town’s crab market. Alternatively, sit back and enjoy your crab accompanied by the stunning views from the terraces of the numerous restaurants lining the Kep shore.

The popular trek through Kep National Park offers easy access to an incredible area of lush jungle – perfect for spotting some interesting wildlife, including monkeys. With lots of signposts and rest stops, this makes for a very pleasant way to experience what is still an authentically wild landscape.

Near to Kep you can find some popular caves – the most impressive of which is near Kompong Trach. Here you can admire incredible limestone formations, as well as enjoying a tranquil cave swim.

Koh Tonsay, popularly known as Rabbit Island, is a 20 minute boat ride from Kep and offers a peaceful and picturesque escape, along with one of the area’s best beaches and a delightful collection of bungalows you can stay in. It also offers the chance to experience perhaps the most magical experience in Cambodia – swimming at night amongst the glowing, bio-luminescent algae.

Talk to a specialist


Call 020 7644 1755 to speak with our award-winning travel consultants.

Opening hours 09:00 - 19:00 GMT

Related articles for Cambodia

Cambodia News

Browse all Cambodia News

Cambodia's new eco-friendly Six Senses Krabey Island resort on track to open in December

The lavish new Six Senses Krabey Island is already taking bookings following an announcement that the resort is on schedule for its expected opening this December. The eco-friendly property, which will have its own glass water bottling plant and organic market farm, will add to Cambodia's selection of sustainable properties with an enviable beachfront setting on an exuberantly green private island.

The Telegraph explains how Cambodia's Siem Reap hotel gives back to local community

The Telegraph recently published a piece on how guests travelling to Cambodia and staying at Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection in Siem Reap could do more than invest in days of pampering and comfort for themselves. A firm believer in giving back, the brand designer has created a foundation that uses part of the hotel’s income to help 22 impoverished villages in the surrounding area.

Emirates to launch new service to Phnom Penh in Cambodia in July

Emirates has announced that it will launch new flights from Dubai to Phnom Penh in Cambodia in July this year. With the number of British travellers visiting Cambodia doubling between 2006 and 2015, the airline will introduce the new service to keep up with demand. The flight will operate daily from Dubai using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with two class categories, and will travel via Yangon in Myanmar.