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Kep was Cambodia’s first seaside resort, founded by the French in 1908 when they imported sand to create the beach.

The crab markets on the southern coast are not to be missed, KepToday it has an abandoned feel, but is rich in atmosphere and draws crowds of Khmers at the weekend. Nearby islands such as Koh Tonsay are popular for day trips and delicious local crab is a popular lunchtime treat.

Accommodation in Kep

The Veranda Natural Resort is nestled into the hillside and has great views of the sunset over the Bokor Mountain. Alternatively, Knai Bang Chatt is a wonderfully indulgent place to stay and an architectural gem that you truly would not expect to find in remote Cambodia.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Kep

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Kep, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Our expert guides to exploring Kep

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Kep, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Kep at its best.

    • Cambodia's best beach vacations and island resorts
      Boat near jetty, Koh Russey

      Cambodia's best beach vacations and island resorts

      Cambodia's best beach vacations and island resorts

      Lauren from our Cambodia team shares five of her best-loved Cambodian beach and island resorts. From luxurious to eco-friendly, she explains what resonates with her about each beach and suggests the best activities and places to stay on each island.

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    • Ultimate Cambodia: a guide to the cities and beyond
      Fishing in the paddy fields, Cambodia

      Ultimate Cambodia: a guide to the cities and beyond

      Ultimate Cambodia: a guide to the cities and beyond

      Cambodia warrants a longer visit than you might think, says specialist Mark. Remote temples, islands and national parks are opening up to visitors, while Siem Reap and Phnom Penh still have plenty of little-known facets to explore.

      8 min read

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    • What to do in Cambodia: our highlights guide
      South Gate of Angkor Thom

      What to do in Cambodia: our highlights guide

      What to do in Cambodia: our highlights guide

      Think Cambodia and the famous temples of Angkor might automatically come to mind. However, our guide encompasses diverse destinations, from fishing villages to the capital Phnom Penh, and the elephants in the remote hills of Sen Monorom,

      6 min read

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    Accommodation choices for Kep

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Kep. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    Ideas for experiencing Kep

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Kep, and which use the best local guides.

    • Cave Pagodas
      View from Knai Bang Chatt, Kep

      Cave Pagodas

      Cave Pagodas

      Heading out from Kep, journey into the surrounding countryside. We stop first at Phnom Chhnork, a large cave that contains a 7th century brick temple in remarkable condition. We then stop at the cave complex of Phnom Sorsia, a holy mountain peppered with shrines and grottoes.

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