The Anlong Pring (not ‘’Anlong Prayng’’, this is a better-known district in Kampong Trach but no Crane birds here) bird sanctuary is located in Kampong Trach district, Kampot province.
This sanctuary is an official IBA (Important Bird Area), along with over 12,000 IBA’s in 200 countries. Birdlife International (www.birdlife.org) is the driving force behind this program. Anlong Pring’s IBA is Cambodia’s 2nd Sarus Crane reserve since 6 January 2011. The 1st reserve was established in Takeo province in 2007.
The Anlong Pring reserve covers 217ha of seasonally inundated grassland. In March 2010, the site held nearly 300 Sarus Cranes, more than 30% of the global population! Still, they can be difficult to spot for visitors.
The Cranes usually arrive around mid-November, to use the wetlands as a feeding ground, and remain until early May when they begin their migration to the wetlands in the northern and eastern plains of Cambodia where they breed. The Sarus Crane (subspecies sharpii) is a large crane found in parts of the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia and Australia. The tallest of the flying birds, standing at a height of up to 1.8 m, they are conspicuous and iconic species of open wetlands. The Sarus Crane is considered globally Vulnerable.
An entrance booth is being set up to collect a fee (max$5) that will go to the preservation of the reserve and the people living in the surrounding villages.
We recommend your own transportation for this trip. Tuk tuks might take you out to Anlong Pring but be aware that it is a long trip and that this is a new destination, most drivers are still unaware of its existence / location.
If you get lost, ask local people ‘Sat Kreal’, this means ‘Crane Bird’.
From White Horse Kep, drive east on #33. After 29km, #33 takes a sharp left turn. You continue straight onto #31 (gravel road) for 700m. Turn right under an archway, drive through great countryside for 9km until you arrive at a T-crossing. Turn left here, drive past the pagoda and turn right again. Continue 3km and turn left (there is a crane bird sign board here) (if you go straight instead, you complete the loop to the Kampong Trach metal bridge after 15km). After 200m turn left again, continue 1.5km and you arrive at the makeshift Birdlife Centre watch post. The last 500m is not accessible by tuk tuk.
Every year Kep organizes its own water festival with longtail boat races on the sea. A unique event in Cambodia.
Dates are not yet confirmed for this year’s event but the festival usually takes place around the last weekend of December.
A fair is set up in front of Provincial Hall and the event attracts lots of locals and their families.
Come and have a look.
$16 – $25 – Brand New 2 story guesthouse on the hillside. Very welcoming and helpful Khmer family. We make sure your stay is pleasant and that you leave with a smile! 12 clean & spacious rooms (some have sea view) with big windows and private balcony. Fan or A/C. Private Bathroom with hot/cold water. Breakfast NOT included. Fridge. Strong Wifi. Moto, Car & Bicycle hire. Tours and Travel available.
Bungalows from $23. Atmaland Resort is a unique boutique resort in Kep, close to famous Krab Market. Atmaland means SOUL’s land. It’s a peaceful and joyful place where you can rest and rejuvenate your body and soul. Atmaland Resort offers accommodation in 8 spacious and luxurious bungalows and a penthouse suite all surrounded by tropical gardens and a large swimming pool. It has a cozy bar and vegetarian snacks, playground, panoramic sea view an mountain view. In our restaurant and bar you will experience breathtaking sunset into the ocean. Beside natural refreshing breeze and magnificent view you will be pampered with healthy and delicious vegetarian snacks, fresh exotic fruit juices and delicious ice cream. If you’re looking for something stronger than we will offer you the finest scotch whiskey CUTTY SARK or a cocktail of your choice. We also have a bike to rent and some table games in our bar. We are here to offer you unforgettable vacations that will invigorate your body and soul!
$12 – $30 – Located within short walking distance from Crab Market, Kep Beach and Kep National Park. Round bungalows & Khmer traditional houses. Restaurant serving Khmer & Western food, full bar, pool table. Free Wifi. Public laptop. TV-Hut with big screen (2.5m) for sport & movies. Great chill out spot after your day trip.
The easiest way to get to this pleasant stretch of forgotten beach is to follow the road to the Ha Tien border crossing – total 26.5km.
Once you arrive at the salt fields ask ch’nay sa’mot Angkoul? (= Angkoul Beach), and they will happily point the way. Alternatively take the shortcut from Kep (20km): east of Kep market is a school on the right, there is two street food vendors with red plastic chairs. Turn right and this dirt road will take you to the salt flats. Directions are a little vague here as there are several tracks leading to the left and right. The general rule is that you are heading for the hill in the distance on the coast. After dirt and gravel you will arrive at a quaint fishing village with lots of traditional orange and green painted boats. A good place to take a break. More salt flats and then a small ditch with a few planks across as a bridge, here turn left and follow the horseshoe road around the hill.
Angkoul Beach is mostly deserted, a few vendors but the rest of this sandy stretch is yours. And that makes the journey worthwhile.
$40 – 16 stylish seaside rooms. World-class views. Poolside lounging. Exquisite local seafood fresh-off-the-boat. Australian owned and operated. Your tropical home away from home.
A one kilometer long stretch of sand near the tip of the Kep peninsula. Backed by the hills of the Kep National Park and with Rabbit Island within close distance.
As you venture into the sea, you will notice that there are some pebbles in the water but that it is only for first 20m. Only sand beneath your feet from here and a relaxing swim ahead.
The road behind the beach is lined with dining platforms / hammocks and seafood / fruit sellers. Very little hawking going on here.
Right at the beach you will find the Kep Beach Square.
Guesthouses, restaurants, Internet cafe, tourist information and tour agencies are all looking forward to serving you.
$ 20 – $35 high season tariff. Relaxing stylish 5 Khmer timber and 2 Superior air-con brick bungalows in a great location close to the Crab Market and the Kep National Park. Enjoy the Khmer hospitality and Australian ownership. Sit back on your balcony and enjoy the breeze from the ocean and at night view the fire flies in the tropical garden and or join in for a drink in the bar. Breakfast is available in the bar dining area. Each bungalow is either fan or air-conditioned queen size beds and there is two twin bungalows available. Each bungalow has a en suite bathroom with mosquito netting in the timber bungalows.
$19 – $29 (high season) – Newly renovated bungalows and restaurant! 8 thatched bungalows in tropical jungle garden. All private bathroom. Fan or A/C. Garden balcony with hammock and seating. Swimming pool open now! Restaurant, serving tasty food. Good beer selection. Pool Table. Free WIFI. Free use of bicycle. Moto for rent.
Lounge and restaurant serving quality food in a great garden setting by the sea. Lounge bed and romantic dinner setting. Emphasis on fresh seafood. Excellent reviews from both expats and tourists.
25$-45$ An ideal place for fun and relaxation in kep. BRISE DE KEP BOUTIQUE is excellent service and quality amenities are made for an unforgettable stay right at the sea-front,Bath tub,Free Wi-Fi,Private balcony facing to kep islands.Young tropical garden,Fresh seafoods and other specialties are served in khmer and western style.Just next to the Rabbit island boat pier and if our guests stay more than 3days we give 2 ticket free for rabbit island to go and return.Free pick up from the bus station.
The ‘A-maze-n Kep Butterfly Garden’ is being developed near the end of the Jasmine Valley Trail in Kep.
We raise local butterflies from eggs to caterpillars to pupae to adult butterflies. Six to ten species are displayed in a large netted area with many beautiful flowers producing nectar for their food and specific host plants for each species for egg collection.
The walks are laid out as a maze run periodically to entertain children of all ages.
Please come for a visit.
There are a number of caves surrounding Kep. The most popular of which is what was a large circular cavern now open to the sky, with its roof having collapsed over a million years ago. Access is through a tunnel at the side of the limestone formation. This cave is next to Kiriseila Pagoda in Kampong Trach, 30km from Kep Beach. 4km on the left before KT is Phnom Salei, and 326 steps take you to the top for a spectacular view of the countryside.
Phnom Sorsir has several caves to explore, the path winding its way up the hill to a stupa atop, with stunning views of the Bokor mountain escarpment. This complex is also known as White Elephant Cave, a reference to the shape of a limestone formation at the base of the main cave. It’s 10km from Kep Beach, turn west of the White Horse Statue, signposted Wat archway after 1.5km
Phnom Ch’nork has Pre-Angkorian ruins set within a limestone cave, its brick structures dating back to the 6th century ancient state of Funan. It’s located 24km from Kep Beach. Turn right 8km west of White Horse Statue.
Good footwear and a flashlight are a must when exploring all of the caves, and be aware of broken stairways, low ceilings and slippery rocks.
Brand new addition to the Beach House hotel, the Coral Restaurant and D-Bar offers the perfect setting for a breezy lunch or sunset dinner with views overlooking Kep Beach and islands. Enjoy a drink with a sweeping view from our terrace, assures a top sunset experience.
It is said that no visit to Kep is complete without having a fresh seafood meal, and the best place to have that would be right on the beach, either at the Crab Market or the vendors at Kep Beach.
Stalls are open for orders from 8.30am until 9.30 pm (Toucan serves food until very late). Many places at the Crab Market have imported wines and most seafood vendors have a signature dish. So, indulge in the taste of the ocean at whichever restaurant or from any vendor around the beach, as they all have something tasty awaiting you. The local specialty of fresh fried peppercorns and fresh cracked crab is excellent, and highly recommended. Fresh prawns, squid and several varieties of sea fish are on the menu, grilled, fried, in a soup or steamed, all served with salad, steamed rice, sauces and seasonal fruit.
Note, confirm the price before ordering to avoid confusion when the bill arrives
Until 2 years ago, the Crab Market, the seafood vendors and a few local eateries were the only places to go for food & drinks outside the Kep guesthouses.
The influx in tourism in Kep in recent years has also triggered the opening up of restaurants & bars which cater especially for tourists. So, don’t feel as if there is no other option than the Crab Market or your guesthouse. Check out the food in any other guesthouse or go to Breezes, Sailing Club, Pasta e Basta, Kep Rock Café, Led Zep Café, Mama Zion … These are all places without accommodation but with a nice atmosphere and good food on the menu. Don’t let the darkness withhold you from leaving the guesthouse at night. Kep is a safe place!
$36 – $100 – Brand new resort in Kep! Private bungalows surrounding a clean swimming pool in our beautiful flower garden. All rooms feature a flatscreen TV, minibar, coffee/tea amenities and more. En-suite bathroom with toiletries provided. Wifi available throughout the resort. Restaurant with comfortable dining area serving Khmer and Western fare. Fantastic mountain views. Pool table. Travel arrangements.
Inexpensive fresh seafood BBQ, soups and fry-ups in traditional Khmer style. Enjoy happy hour from 4-7pm with sunset view on Bokor Mountain and Phu Quoc island. Beer 75c / cocktail $2. Food from $2 on
Cambodia is dirt bikers paradise!
Stretching from the rough Cardamom Mountains in Koh Kong over the Sihanoukville coastlines into the limestone formations in Kep / Kampot, all levels of riders are able to get what they are looking. Rough rocky tracks, waterfalls, lakes, rapids, challenging river crossings, amazing viewpoints, … Stray dog Adventures in Sihanoukville offers all tours (nationwide) with experienced guides and well-maintained equipment. Please respect the locals and slow down upon approaching villages to avoid accidents and dust clouds!
Authentic italian food: Spaghetti,pizza,handmadepasta,seafood,khmer food,coctail bar.The perfect place to eat or drink looking the sea and enjoy the breeze. Lida massage offers long experience for the satisfaction of customers using special oils and natural aromas.
Want to ride? Want to move and visit but not think about where to turn and where to go? Want to meet people, go in deep countryside and/or on non touristy islands? Follow us to discover the life off of beaten tracks!
$33 -$120 – Atmospheric Boutique Resort below Kep National Park with stunning ocean views. Only 13 private Bungalows (Standard, Deluxe, Family), infinity salt-water pool, restaurant & bar (pool table, happy hour cocktails), strong WiFi, free bicycles, Webcam overlooking the ocean. Friendly staff, charming lounge, restaurant serves Khmer and Swiss specialties (Khmer BBQ, Fondue, Raclette, Roesti) and a big variety of salads. VISA/MC
The Kep Lodge restaurant offers a wide selection of international and Khmer food. Our specialties are Swiss delights like Fondue, Raclette and Roesti (sort of hash browns) as well as the very popular Khmer BBQ, prepared on your table. We further built a new wood oven for extra crunchy wood fired pizzas.
The sunset Happy Hour (5.30-7pm) is best enjoyed from our first floor seaview lounge.
The 8km mountain trail through the National Park is definitely recommendable but don’t expect to come across much wildlife as most of the animals do not want to be seen by humans (probably due to that diet again). There are benches along the trail and at the viewpoints to relax for a while and enjoy the sounds and smell of nature. There are many banana, durian and cashew plantations to be found in the national park along with other fruits such as jackfruit, papaya, mango, lime, and dragon fruit, …
Several new trails are now open for nature walks. Check Kep NP mini map, p13.
Maps and yellow-black signs showing you the right directions, altitudes and other useful info have been put up in and around the park. Since September 2010 there is a 4000 riel entrance fee for the National Park. Please respect the National Park, do not litter or destroy any plants and/or trees.
Action Max Asie organizes regular sports activities inside the National Park and around Kep. Obstacle races, thriatlon, abseiling, … for old & young.