Walk around the hills through the Kep National Park and discover this natural oasis before it is too late (serious road developments are on the way as can be seen on a big sign on the road to the old dam). An easy walk for everybody. 8km trek, around 2,5 hours.
Hear the monkeys and try to spot them. Take your own water and snacks or pop in to Jasmine Valley for refreshments.
Alternatively, at the start of the trail is Led Zep Café, they provide take-away lunch packs and drinks.
There are a few benches inside the NP where you can relax and enjoy the views and sounds of nature. Also, garbage bins can be found along most trails, please use them!
There are many wonderful places around Kep to watch the sunset – maybe a beer at the Crab Market, perhaps a gin and tonic at the seafront – but by far the best view has to be from what is known as Sunset Rock, ALT 182m. You can take a moto to the nuns old chapel and then hike up, but take water and a flash light for the hike back down. Follow the yellow signs. Wear good footwear.
Led Zep Café has a number of great hand-drawn local maps, which we sourced information from for Coastal guide and website.
Khmer Flavors Restaurant brings you the best of Cambodia on a plate while supporting a meaningful cause! Dedicated to giving you the authentic Khmer gustatory delight and to making a difference in the community, Khmer Flavors serve mouthwatering Khmer dishes and allocates 30% of its profits to the educational fund for poor children in the Kep region. Located at the Crab Market of Kep City.
If you’re NOT a skater or have been upset by public furniture being destroyed by local lads skating all over them, then relax, this is your chance to meet good people with extraordinary skills. Think of it as a late afternoon of ‘circus performance’, as good skating takes a great deal of commitment and practice, bravery and skill.
If you ARE a skater, please bring your board and help provide the great entertainment I’m talking about. It’s really sweet when we have a community of skaters from around the world turn up for a skate in the jungle!
As of June 2013, we’ll have our first full-time skater on staff. In an effort to support Dit’s desire to skate for a living, we’ve decided to help him raise a year’s salary, he’ll then skate every day and will be available to teach folks (or their kids) who want to learn.
(by Owen Beck, Jasmine Valley owner)
$15 – $35 – Comfortable, stylish bungalows in a garden setting. Fan and a/c. Attached bath with hot water. Restaurant with seafood specialties & bar with cocktails, beers and more. Just of the ocean in Kep. 2 minutes from Crab Market, 5 minutes from Kep Beach. Visa/MC accepted.
Crab Market’s premium seafood by the sea. Very popular with Khmer and tourists alike. Newly renovated big comfortable dining area with spectacular views over Bokor Mountain. Great sunsets. Crab Kampot Green Pepper & fried fish with vegetables and many more mouth-watering dishes. Traditional recipes. Imported wines, whisky, pastis, etc. Open lunch & dinner from 9am until 11pm. Listed in Lonely Planet and Tripadvisor.
Open Lunch and Dinner 10am to 10pmFood concept International and Seafood CuisineActivities: Pool table, table tennis, Kayaks, Sail boat Special offer: Private Jetty Dinner , Happy hour Mon to Thurs 5pm to 7pm (50% discount on all cocktails)
Open for breakfast , lunch & dinner 7am to 10pm
Food concept Healthy Asian local spices seafood Outdoor restaurant Special offer: Khmer Cooking class and Rooftop Private Dinner access. Laundry service. Moto rental.
Western food , Asian food , pizza specialty , free delivery and a good quality food.
Outside (terrace) dinner with original cocktails.
Good location with sea view!
Restaurant, Lounge, Music of Khmer and Western with fresh seafood. Located at the Crab Market in Kep.
$36 – $117 – Restaurant of Khmer and French inspired cuisine. Eco-friendly swimming pool for children and adults. Botanical gardens. Jewelry and crafts boutique. Professional and friendly staff. Comfortable Eco-Homes of Cambodia near the jungle of Kep national park. The most lovely view over the gulf of Thailand.
Restaurant of Khmer and French inspired cuisine for lunch and dinner. Organic products. The most lovely view over the gulf of Thailand. Homemade ice-creams and Breton pancakes at anytime of the day.
Venez vivre des moments magiques dans la Baie de Kep ou dans celle de Kompong Som sur le bateau. Les Copains d’Abord. Promenades autour et sur les îles, plongées masques et tubas, pêche à la palangrotte, visites de villages de pêcheurs, plusieurs formules proposées, du simple sandwich au BBQ de fruits de mer, d’un Sunset Mojitos à un tour de deux jours et demi, en toute sécurité et sur un bateau de pêcheur aménagé pour votre plus grand confort !
There are 3 markets in Kep.
One at the White Horse statue which is 8km from Kep Beach, one in the old Kep town (Phsar Kep) and a small makeshift one at Damnak Chang ‘Ar, 10km from the beach.
About 8km from the White Horse statue, you can find the so-called ”Secret Lake”, locally known as ”Tomnop Tek Krolar”.
Established through hard labour under the Khmer Rouge regime, this irrigation dam, set perfectly in between the mountains and the rice paddies, provides the perfect location for a lazy afternoon on one of the many bamboo platforms. Tubing, swimming and even water peddle cycles are the leisure activities on offer.
Snacks, food and drinks are available.
From $50 (incl. buffet breakfast) – Wooden bungalows in a chic oasis on the foot of Kep Nat. Park. 5 min walk to the famous “Crab Market”. Bungalows & rooms with private balcony, A/C, cable TV, safety box, fan, fridge, coffee/tea maker and en-suite bathroom with hot/cold water. Restaurant, lounge & stone bar by the charming swimming pool. Beautiful sunset view on the rooftop restaurant will give you an unforgettable evening. Free Wifi. Visa/MC/JCB/Unionpay. Private, Secure Parking.
$4 – $20 – Near the Rabbit Island boat dock and the Kep’s traditional market, between the Sea and the National Park. 15 rooms in a very quit and relaxing garden, also a new dorm. Massage by blind, Fish Massage… Restaurant and Bar and restaurant with French Chef, Cocktails, Wine… Motorcycles and bicycles for rent, countryside tours with guid. French, English, Spanish and Khmer speaking.
Established in 1908, Kep was originally built as a retreat for the French colonialists. For sixty years it thrived as the Khmer’s favorite coastal holiday resort, with its heydays in the 50s and 60s until it fell into ruin – especially after the Khmer Rouge when locals in need of money and food started to dismantle the old villas which you can still visit today.
Some have already been renovated, such as Knai Bang Chatt and Villa Romonea, but most of them are still breathing memories of a different past.
In 2007 a French photographer, Pierre-Yves Brunaud made a serie on the old Kep villas and their inhabitants today.
In 2011, Belgian graffiti artist ROA spray painted 3 giant insects on 3 villas. Ask the tuk-tuk drivers, they can point out the locations.
A selection of some smaller activities in Kep which take a maximum of 2 hours each, depending on yourself:
· Visit the small mangroves and try to spot some birds or head for the small salt fields in Kep town. Both are indicated on the Kep map …
· Cycle into ”Kao Krosang” village (see Kep map) and enjoy the village life, see people climbing palm trees to collect the juice, discover an improvised local rice wine brewery, have an iced coffee, …
· Discover the ruins of Kep‘s glorious past along the main road and in the ”French era ruined villas area” (see Kep map) …
· On Saturdays and Sundays there is always Khmer boxing on TV. Head for any local coffee shop and enjoy this martial art, …
· Buy one of the many properties which are for sale and retire …
· Visit one of the Kep temples, meet and chat with the monks …
Free pepper tours in English, French, German, Japanese, Khmer and Spanish. Discover how green, red, black and white pepper are produced. Farm with ecological concerns, using wind & solar power. We also have a quiet, simple bamboo house with balcony for you to relax and stay. Seasonal fruits and cold drinks are available.
$40 – $100 – Locally owned, on the slope of Kep National Park, you’ll be surrounded by mountains, trees and flowers. Just a five minute walk to the main beach, bus stop. Relax and enjoy our tropical gardens, tea terrace and spring-fed swimming pool or choose a sea-view room, bungalow or pagoda. Indulge yourself at Mr. Mab’s restaurant/bar, grab a book from our library, rent a mountain bike or have a massage. It’s all here for you at Spring Valley Resort.
Traditional Khmer seafood restaurant serving delicious portion of fresh crabs, squid, prawns and more fresh catches of the day. In Kampot green pepper sauce, sweet & sour style, grilled, BBQ,…
Second restaurant at crab market coming from Shiva roundabout.
Fantastic sunset views, thanks to our corner position. Friendly atmosphere.
Menu in English & Khmer.
$45 – $65 – Double and twin rooms, all ensuite, with ac, fan, fridge + minibar, tv, safe and free wifi. Includes filling, home-made breakfast selection. Swimming pool, jacuzzi and restaurant serving Khmer and French food. Massage, sunset and mountain views from terrace. Free bicycles and tours/transport can be arranged.
A unique semi-open-air restaurant surrounded with mountains and with a sweeping view of the Kep seaside and sunset. Offers a wide range of fresh seafood, Asian and western cuisine. Also has daily breakfast buffet, a la carte dining, and happy hour.
Generous portions, great wine selection, free WiFi and scheduled live music.