Kep is a seaside resort town overlooking the Gulf of Thailand in Southwestern Cambodia. It is the capital of Kep Province. From the start of the 20th century to the 1960’s, Kep was Cambodia’s top beach destination. It was a thriving resort town for the French and Cambodian elite, apparent from the abandoned villas and colonial buildings. As a result of the Khmer Rouge and the country’s internal problems, Kep had fallen on hard times. In recent years, the beach resort town is building itself back up and is starting to be rediscovered by travelers.
Kep Beach is the main seaside attraction, stretching at about one kilometer long. The beach can get pretty crowded during the weekends but is almost empty the rest of the week. Swimming in the ocean waters and sun bathing are popular activities at Kep Beach. About 4.5 kilometers away from Kep Beach is Koh Tonsai, also known as Rabbit Island. White sand beaches, shallow waters, corals, sea animals and plants are the main attractions of the island. Many enjoy a picnic on the sandy beaches while others take the time to snorkel the waters around Rabbit Island.
There are other places of interest in Kep. There is a trail circling around the mountain above town. It is a great place to experience the jungle and wildlife of the area. The trail itself is not very long, measuring about 8 kilometers.
Caves are also present around Kep. The biggest and most notable one is located near Kompong Trach, which features some beautiful limestone formations. There is also a swimming cave nearby.
One thing Kep is renowned for is its inexpensive, plentiful and delicious fresh seafood, particularly its famous crabs. One of the most popular activities enjoyed by travelers and locals is to have a seafood picnic meal on the beach. There are several oceanfront restaurants as well as picnic platforms and mats along the beach that caters to this service. The Kampot Pepper Crab is a local culinary dish and a must try for travelers to Kep.
Kep is an ‘off the beaten path’ beach destination with jungle-covered mountains and mostly empty beaches with tourist services few and far in between. Our Kep Escape tour is the perfect Cambodia package for those seeking to discover a hidden corner of Southeast Asia. It is an ideal extension to any of our Cambodian tours, as it is only a short drive away from Phnom Penh. Feel free to contact us. We are more than happy to answer any questions or provide additional information.
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