During its heyday as Cambodia’s premier beach town, Kep was the favoured place for R&R for the Khmer elite, including the sadly missed King Norodom Sihanouk. Sihanoukville usurped it as the nation’s sun, sea and sand capital prior to the civil war. Now, however, the resort is finally making good on its undoubted potential as a romantic destination. Many of the grand old villas, reminders of Kep’s starring role on the Cambodian Riviera, have been given new life courtesy of a string of boutique hotels, including the wonderful Knai Bang Chatt. The gentle sea breeze is invigorating, while the town’s crab market has become a prime destination for gourmands due to its restaurants’ way with crab and local Kampot green pepper. Other attractions, meanwhile, include Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island) an undeveloped chunk of paradise a short boat ride away.
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