Established as a French colonialists’ retreat from Cambodia’s relentless humidity, and once known as the ‘St. Tropez of South-East Asia’, the glamorous resort town of Kep is a unique locale in Cambodia. Kep’s natural beauty, fantastic food, boutique resorts and level of chill (that could make a pseudo-Rasta blush), brings locals and tourists alike back to this beachside town, time and time again.
Kep fell into ruin, and after a 1950’s and 60’s post-independence hey-day, the towns left-over, eerily-crumbling villas now bear testament to the scars of Cambodia’s horrific past. But this tiny hamlet is once again booming. Relaxing is the key here, but there’s plenty on offer for visitors to the region.
Amateur gourmands and seafood enthusiasts will be delighted by the local pepper–plantations and crab-shacks. Island-hoppers can launch across to nearby Rabbit Island, laze in a hammock and swim in the sea and the Kep National Park is an easy step back into genuinely lush nature. Not to mention Kep’s collection of quirky statues and fading, overgrown ruins.
Just the few hours south of Phnom Penh, and a relaxing pit-stop for travellers between Cambodia and Vietnam, Kep’s cool waters are an ideal place for you to kick your flip flops off to enjoy the sun, sea, sand and swimming pools.