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.
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