Kampot’s charm lies in the colonial architecture which lines its streets and the attractive riverfront. This ambience has become an infectious basis for its rise in popularity with travellers over the last 5 years and is definitely more than being the capital of the Durian, king of fruits, and its pepper plantations and caves alone.
Located a few kilometers up the estuary on the banks of the Prek Kampong Bay River, Kampot was established as the main port town in the late 1800s. It remained so until the 1950s, when the southern port was built at Kompong Som to accommodate the deeper keels on larger ships.
This is a town to visit and relax, with a wide choice of budget guesthouses and hotels and plenty of varied restaurants, bars and souvenir shops. Having lots of places to explore, Kampot can be enjoyed for a lengthy break from the hustle and bustle of the busier touristic cities of Cambodia.
After having been neglected for several decades, Kampot Old Market’s renovation is now complete, and several locals and foreigners have since opened up a wide variety of small shops and offices to cater to locals and tourists alike. Kampot’s first night market is open now as well with all the usual attractions, food-stalls, clothes and phone shops, and even roller-blading park. Located at the Durian circle.