Cambodia is a country is blessed with natural beauty. Situated in South-East Asia, neighbouring Thailand and Vietnam. Cambodia has a rich history, evident from the many temples found there. One of the must-visit parts of this country is the Kep Province.
Kep is the smallest and least populous province of Cambodia formed in 2008. Kep is blessed with 16 km of shoreline fronting the Gulf-of-Thailand.
The Vietnamese border is hardly 20 km away from Kep. Kep was a French colony earlier and is evident some of the house constructions.
You will still be able to find ruins of French mansions around Kep, which are believed to be stripped down by locals to source some food in exchange for the materials.
As a tourist, you will love the natural environment Kep has to offer. Here are 10 things to do in Kep Cambodia.
Visit Kep National Park
This National park was established in 1993 and spread across an area of 66-square km. It includes 8 km of tracks and trail around a small mountain range.
You could also visit many other attractions from here, by taking the offshoot hike routes. If you love hiking, then this is a place for you.
This is very popular among the visitors who love to hop on a bicycle and explore the forest area.
Relax on The White Sands of Kep Beach
The white sands of the Kep Beach are sure to entice you. Bask in the sun and enjoy the beautiful sunsets as you laze around on its pristine sands.
There is also plenty of dining options as well as seafood vendors that line the path behind the beach serving delicious local food. You are sure that you will not have a reason to stop trying out the various tasty dishes.
Quite busy during weekends but is somewhat deserted in the course of the week.
Trek to Phnom Kampong Trach Cave
Kampong Trach Cave is a large karst cave at the bottom of the Kampong Trach Mountain which is a sacred place of worship for the local people. Situated close to the Vietnamese-border, the temple inside the cave is a must-see destination.
The trip to the cave is what you will enjoy the most. You will require a guide if you wish to navigate the path to the caves and explain to you the importance of different places along the route.
The caves are said to be formed from limestone sedimentations. You can be sure to experience the peaceful energy engulf you as you explore the caves.
Marvel at The Giant Crab Statue
This oversized statue placed in the middle of the sea, with the words “Welcome to Kep” boldly written on it, explains all that Kep is known for. A delicious cuisine whose major attraction is the Crab.
All throughout Kep, you will find restaurants and diners specialized in different types of Crab preparations made from many varieties of crabs.
It should suffice to call this the Crab capital of the world. If you love crabs, then you got to be here.
Experience the Bliss at Wat-Samathi Pagoda
This temple conveniently sits atop a hill that overlooks Kep. The panoramic view of the shoreline and the forest cover of Kep is really amazing from atop here.
It is undoubtedly a beautiful treat to your eyes. You will at once feel the peace and tranquillity this spiritual centre offers.
You might want to take an off-shooting ‘Samathi Path’ right from Kep National-Park’s main trail so as to get here or hire a tuk-tuk or a moped.
Experience the Bustling-Crab market
If you are a foody and loves seafood specifically, then this place would be nothing short of heaven for you. Check out the various types of fish sold here.
One cannot miss Kep’s favourite, the crabs. You will be surprised to see the varieties of crabs available here in this market. There are options for purchasing the crabs in the market and getting them cooked in a nearby deli.
The bustling market also sells locally grown food and spices among other merchandises.
Boat Away From Chaos to The Serene Rabbit Island
This is an island 4 km south the Kep mainland and can be reached via a ferry coat from the port. It is an ultimate escape from the real world where you just relax.
The food is undoubtedly fresh as the catch especially of crabs directly coming from the waters. Don’t be surprised to see the waiter, go to the nearby beach and catch the crabs for the dish you just ordered a few minutes back.
You will love the boat ride to the island and the fact it is a cut away from the city you will be able to enjoy the environment and the beach to the maximum.
Be wary of the starfish, if you choose to go out for a swim. Do ask the locals for instructions.
Enjoy the Sunset from Wat-Samot Reangsey
This is one place you shouldn’t miss when you visit Kep. This is a historical site, with many ancient buildings and small pagodas, making this place a spiritual treat.
Experience the beauty of nature and tranquillity of Buddhist spirituality here. The sunset view from this place is breathtaking and will surely be your lasting memory of this place.
Checkout Sela Cham P’dey Statue
This statue Sela Cham P’dey literally means Mrs Stone. It is believed that this woman waited for her beloved husband to return. She waited so long in pain and sorrows that her body turned into stone.
A famous attraction among the tourists, this seafront is a good place for pictures.
Be Mesmerised at The Kep Butterfly Garden
This is home to myriads of butterflies in the region. The flower-filled garden is well-maintained and attracts both butterflies and tourists too.
Mother Nature has blessed Kep abundantly and this place is an evident proof of it. You can enjoy the many shapes and colours of butterflies you could spot here.
You can cycle here or take the bike or hike from the National Park.
Where to Stay in Kep Cambodia
Kep has a limited supply of guest houses, hostels and hotels. Here are a few places to check out if you are planning to visit Kep Cambodia.
Remember to check the reviews and book a place that suits you interests while traveling.
Rating 9.0, Standard King Bungalow starts from $35
Raingsey Bungalow offers an outdoor pool, a restaurant and air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. It is a short 5-minute walk from the famous Crab Market and the sea.
Bungalows have large windows and a private terrace that opens out to the greenery. They are fitted with a desk, a flat-screen TV and an en suite bathroom.
Rating 9.1, Standard Double Room starts from $25
Rooms are cooled with either a fan or air conditioning. They feature either an en suite or private bathroom with hot/cold shower facilities and provide towels.
Rating 8.5, Standard Double Room starts from $26
Darica Resort offers restaurant and bar, a beautiful flower garden and an outdoor pool. With complimentary WiFi is available in its public areas.
Each room features a flat-screen TV, an electric kettle, a minibar and tea/coffee making amenities.
Finally, Kep is a place that you need to visit at least once in a lifetime. There is no place so exquisite, bundled in all nature’s goodness, spiritual peace and tranquillity of the temples and crab-rich cuisine.
A visit to Kep will truly relax and rejuvenate you with all the things you could do in Kep Cambodia.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on the things to do in Kep Cambodia has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if you go.