Kampot, our favorite small town

Kampot, our favorite small town

This laid back small town is one of our favorites. It has a special charm and grows on you more each day. We’ve found the Cambodia people to be amazing friendly towards us and this town is no different.  The locals including the expats are friendly and welcoming. The downtown section that is frequented by travelers is relatively small but has everything you need. Inexpensive places to stay abound, the food is great and beer is cheap and cold. What more could you want? The day we left, we actually started feeling sad and missing it already.


The people…..especially the kids

Here we stopped to watch a local volleyball game while returning to our guesthouse after having dinner in town. The cute little kids started saying “hello”, to us and we were saying “hello” back. The mom saw us and smiled and I pointed to my camera and she nodded yes. The kids couldn’t wait to line up. They are the same all over the world, little hams.


Monks wanting their picture taken with us


Renee with monks who must have been on a field trip.  The woman in white jumped into the picture.  We were both surprised as normally the adult monks do not want their picture taken.


Praek Tuek Chhu river


A local expat recommended visiting the small fishing villages because he feels that in a few years development will take over and they will disappear.


Kampot Pepper


To the foodies of the world, Kampot peppercorns are considered to be the “World’s Best Pepper”.  During our visit to Farmlink we learned the process from growing to packaging.  We watched the painstaking individual sorting which ensures that only perfectly round peppercorns are packaged. The imperfect ones are as a lesser quality grade. There are three different types of pepper – red, black, and white.


Tips and Recommendations:

  1. Many options for where to stay from downtown, rural and along the river in bungalows. We enjoyed our stay at the Kampot Manor Guesthouse in the rural part of the city.
  2. For a relaxing afternoon in a beach setting or bungalow stay on the river check out Sabay Beach about 45 minutes outside of town.  Worth the tuk-tuk ride.
  3. Two of our favorite restaurants were the Rusty Keyhole and Captain Chims.
  4. The evening sunset cruise on the river can’t be beaten for $5pp.