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Kep & Kampot

Welcome to Kep and Kampot – home to some of the best boutique hotels on the Cambodian coast. The seaside town of Kep was favoured as a colonial retreat of the French elite at the turn of the twentieth century. Today it is better known for its impressive crab market, pretty resorts and stunning sunsets. Many will be surprised to learn there is no beach here – but the white-sand island of Koh Tonsay (also known as Rabbit Island) is just a short boat-ride away, making for an ideal day-trip. Nevertheless, it is incredibly peaceful and less discovered. We would end every Cambodian holiday here if we were given the chance – it is all about where you stay in Kep and we have the answers to that one.

Meanwhile the riverside town of Kampot, just 25km inland from Kep, has some wonderful crumbling old French architecture to explore and also offers lovely jungle trekking in the nearby Bokor National Park. There are plenty of caves to visit in the area as well as acres of pepper plantations and rolling countryside. We work with two gorgeous retreats out of the town centre, which offer a wonderful insight into the ‘real Cambodia’.

Both destinations, just half an hour apart, have a mix of rustic and mid-range accommodation.

Siem Reap
This lively, bustling town has the ancient kingdom of Angkor on its doorstep, making it the perfect place to base your temple adventures. A point of pilgrimage, pride and inspiration for Cambodians, the Hindu temples of Angkor should not be missed.
Phnom Penh
Although often by-passed by many tourists, Phnom Penh offers a fascinating insight into the past, present and future of Cambodia. Tuk-tuk across the busy streets, get to grips with the country's harrowing history of genocide at the Killing Fields or watch the sunset from a riverside bar; there's something for everyone. What's more, we've discovered a handful of fabulous little boutique hotels.
Kampot & Kep
Escape the crowds and enjoy the rural beauty of the south-west. Kampot is famed for its rich, spicy pepper, restful river and jungle terrain while Kep offers the best sunset spots over the ocean in all of Cambodia. Not to mention the delicious crab on offer. This is the place to relax in Cambodia and we've found the best places for you to do just that.
Arguably the most charming of Cambodia's larger urban centres, Battambang has a small-town friendly vibe with the bustle of a city. It is home to some of the best preserved French architecture in Cambodia, glorious rice paddies and provincial villages that offer a real insight into Cambodian life.
Cambodia’s prime beach destination - Sihanoukville is surrounded by sandy beaches and tropical islands. We know how to steer you away from the crowds here and have discovered a handful of northern beaches with the perfect chill out vibe.
Koh Kong
If you are looking for a jungle escape with thundering waterfalls surrounded by luscious greenery then look no further than Koh Kong. It’s a gem of a find. Off the tourist trail enough to make you feel like you have discovered a slice of hidden Cambodia. We recommend staying on a floating tent or hut over the river (surprisingly more luxurious than it sounds). Trust us on this one...
One of the nicest spots to enjoy the natural beauty of the mighty Mekong River is at Kratie, which offers stunning sunsets and is home to the rare fresh-water Irrawaddy dolphins that can be seen all year round. The nearby island of Koh Trong is an ideal place to relax for a day and north of Kratie you can find peaceful fishing communities and rural scenery that is ideal for cycling or trekking.
Ratanakiri Province
This diverse region of natural beauty in the north-east is harder to get to but all the more beautiful for it. Here you will find virtually untouched forested mountains, ethnic minority groups with their own languages and traditions, volcanic lakes and thundering waterfalls. The main activity on offer here is trekking and there is plenty of wildlife to be seen in their natural habitats, including gibbons and elephants.

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