Kampot, Cambodia: A Photo Essay.

Kampot is a city in the south of Cambodia which is well-known to backpackers for its eco-friendly vibes. The long wide streets of Kampot are lined with craft shops selling sustainable products, and boho cafes with exclusively vegan menus. We were in the city for just four days, but we definitely could have stayed longer.

Before we arrived in Kampot, we hadn’t heard much about the city. The city wasn’t initially part of our plans, and we were torn between Kampot and Battambang. However, we were extremely and pleasantly surprised with its beauty. To be honest, we were completely surprised by the whole of Cambodia – it really is such a beautiful country and sticks in our mind as a highlight of our time in Asia.

*TOP TIP: Although we hadn’t heard much about Kampot, there were quite a few tourists and expats. There was even a British Restaurant called The Rusty Keyhole – you have to try the ribs, they were delicious!*

SUNSET RIVER CRUISE

On our first night in Kampot, we boarded a sunset river cruise. The two-tiered, wooden vessel wasnt much of a looker, but it gave us some great memories. We sat on the top deck with some locals, and drank cheap beer with friends, old and new.

We spent four days in the comfortable and relaxed Kampot in the south of Cambodia. It rained a lot, but something about it made us want to stay longer.
The river cruise is a wonderful memory, and we even met a new friend on board.

As we glided down the river, we realised the true beauty of Kampot, and were treated to an amazing sunset. Watching sunsets in different countries is one of our favourite things to do together, and we’ve managed it in quite a few places around the world. As the sun went down we also got to see a tree full of fireflies – which did sort of just look like a tree with fairy lights but nonetheless …

We spent four days in the comfortable and relaxed Kampot in the south of Cambodia. It rained a lot, but something about it made us want to stay longer.
Just one of the many wonderful sunsets we watched in Asia.
We spent four days in the comfortable and relaxed Kampot in the south of Cambodia. It rained a lot, but something about it made us want to stay longer.
Such a beautiful night.

We were so glad we went on this sunset river cruise on the first night, because every other day was rain rain rain! It meant that we were able to see the sunset and the river in marvellous blue and pink dusklight. If you are ever in Kampot, you need to make sure you fit in the river cruise, it really is worth it.

FLOATING BUNGALOW

Our accommodation in Kampot was something we had never seen before. It was something you’d see in a brochure, but we were just lucky to stumble upon it. It was a bungalow with three walls, and it was floating! was beautiful and unusual and super memorable. 

We spent four days in the comfortable and relaxed Kampot in the south of Cambodia. It rained a lot, but something about it made us want to stay longer.
This is the view from our cute bungalow on the water – it was only $12USD!

This bungalow, complete with fairy lights and a curtain, is at a place called The Banyan Tree which made our list of the Top 10 Budget Accommodation in Southeast Asia. this accommodation is across the river from the main town and is just a short tuk tuk ride away. The bamboo bungalow was floating on the river, only had three walls, and was so romantic. We were lulled to sleep by the river lapping on the bank, and got up early to watch the sunrise. We had planned to stay in just a normal bungalow for $10, but we just by chance decided to have a look at the floating one, which was only $12 a night – a no brainer really!

TOURING KAMPOT

We woke up the next day to rain but that was not going to stop us. We had booked a trip to Kep, a nearby fishing town, with a tuktuk driver we had met the evening before. (Just so you know, Cambodians were by far the friendliest people we met in the 6 asian countries we visited). The weather didn’t get any better all day, it was torrential.

It was so bad that the poor young driver had to stop to buy the flimsiest mac I’ve ever seen. He was still getting soaked but we were determined to continue with our tour and he was in good spirits – perhaps he was used to the rain. It was so bad at one point, our tuk tuk got stuck in the mud and we had to get out and push!

We spent four days in the comfortable and relaxed Kampot in the south of Cambodia. It rained a lot, but something about it made us want to stay longer.
Kampot was very, very wet!

Eventually, the tour went to the ‘secret lake’; some caves with an ‘ancient’ Hindu temple inside, and to a pepper farm, La Plantation – where we saw how the famous Kampot pepper is made. We purchased some pepper to send home as cool gifts, and then headed onto Kep, the famous crabbing village.

We spent four days in the comfortable and relaxed Kampot in the south of Cambodia. It rained a lot, but something about it made us want to stay longer.
The secret lake was vast! Not sure how you keep something this huge a secret!

KEPPING IT REAL

We finally made it to Kep, a not-so-glorious-in-the-rain beach town. We strolled along the beach in our sodden raincoats – we were determined to enjoy ourselves – looked around the market, and then sat at a restaurant with ocean views. Having visited the giant sculpture of a crab on the beach, we obviously had to try what the town is known for: crab. It was fresh, and salty with hint of sand but so worth the effort. 

We spent four days in the comfortable and relaxed Kampot in the south of Cambodia. It rained a lot, but something about it made us want to stay longer.
A dark photo for a rainy day, this was just before we enjoyed some Kep crab.
We spent four days in the comfortable and relaxed Kampot in the south of Cambodia. It rained a lot, but something about it made us want to stay longer.
This is the top tourist attraction in the area.

If you’re in Cambodia and you’ve got a few days to fill, Kampot is a great choice. It’s laid-back, feels different to anywhere else in the country, and has excellent barbecue ribs! Make sure you fit in a day trip to Kep, because it is worth it. We wish the weather had been better, but you have to laugh and never let it put you off.

We’re Brits and we’re used to it.


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culpture of a crab on the beach

were lulled to sleep by the lapping of the water on the bank

 

Katherine Pollard

Katherine Pollard

I'm Katherine, I'm 22 and obviously the better half of WTW. I've travelled to a few different places before, including Thailand, Kenya, and Tanzania, and each time has made me realise how much I love seeing new places and making amazing memories. I'm a serial Koala hugger, and you can expect to find me on the hunt for the best Nutella crepes in the world.
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18 thoughts on “Kampot, Cambodia: A Photo Essay.

  1. Skye Reply

    Kampot looks very cool. It’s a place we didn’t get to during our trip to Cambodia. What a great part of Cambodia. It’s such a shame you had such a wet time but that floating bungalow still looks pretty amazing.

    • WhenTwoWander Reply

      Yeah it was so amazing and romantic. And to think we just stumbled on it! It was a wet time, but a great visit! Thanks for your comment?

  2. Lara Dunning Reply

    Sorry to hear that the weather wasn’t all that great, but it sounds like you enjoyed yourselves anyway. I love the floating bungalow (I agree, a no brainer!), and who doesn’t like a giant crab?

    • WhenTwoWander Reply

      You have to learn to get used to unpredictable weather in Asia! Haha you’re right, it wasn’t the most picturesque of monuments though.

    • WhenTwoWander Reply

      Tbh no, we expected them to be much worse. We were sleeping under a mosquito net however!

  3. Elisa Reply

    I never heard about Kampot before! I visited Battambang instead . . . A pity because that 3 walls bungalow looks like something I would like to try at least once! A pity you were not lucky with the weather, except for the boat tour

    • WhenTwoWander Reply

      You could definitely get a similar bungalow elsewhere, we were just so surprised by the cost and taken by the location that we couldn’t resist!

  4. Amy Reply

    I love the laid back, off the main trail places. No flair, just authentic experience. I have always wanted to try a floating bungalow and can hardly believe the cost! Incredible!

    • WhenTwoWander Reply

      Yeah that’s so right, we were amazed the price was so low. We just couldn’t resist it!

  5. Clare Reply

    I loved Kampot when I was there. I was lucky that the weather was great and I got to see a few of the sunsets sitting by the river. I also went to the lake and into Kep. I went to one of the Islands for the day as I didn’t have time to stay overnight. I love Cambodia and this is a beautiful part of it.

    • WhenTwoWander Reply

      One of the wonderful things about Cambodia is that it is so diverse. Each city and each province has a different feel to it. Siem Reap is bustling, Koh Rong is the ultimate in beach life. Kampot is relaxed, eco-friendly, and authentic. I hope you enjoyed the island you visited!

  6. Kerri Reply

    It’s funny the places we know and don’t know. Kampot is THE one place I really know about in Cambodia. My love of food has always drawn me to Kampot because of their famous pepper and pepper plantations. It is one of the most well known peppers in the world. The river reminds me of our trip down the Mekong in Vietnam which we absolutely loved. Loved your bungalow too. Sunrises and sunsets all over the world is one of the things we love too.

    • WhenTwoWander Reply

      Sunset-watching is just these best thing. They are always different even though it is the same sun and the same ocean. Its always enchanting. I’m so surprised that learn that you already knew about Kampot, we and not heard anything nor read all that many blog posts about the place either! We are so glad we decided to go there though! Thanks for your comment, Kerri.

  7. Sandy N Vyjay Reply

    Usually when anyone talks about Cambodia, the focus is on Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor Wat. Kampot is definitely overshadowed by the renowned temples of Angkor Wat, but I can that is such a lovely place, probably a great place to head to once you have finished your explorations in Siem Reap.

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