Kampot is a small place and pretty much everything is within walking distance of the centre of town and the river. Within the town centre are a bunch of backpacker-orientated guesthouses along with a few smart flashpacker spots. Waterfront hangouts can also be found out of town heading north on both sides of the Kampot River.
From the first greeting with a big smile, La Java Bleue provides a warm and friendly experience. Donna and Jean-Claude, the chef, have created a beautiful bijou hotel of only five rooms and a terrace restaurant. The colonial corner building has been lovingly renovated with a fairy-lit dining area and three individually themed rooms, with a further two across the street. Carefully chosen... Read our full review of La Java Bleue.
Housed in a quirkily decorated former bank, Magic Sponge is tuned to travellers' needs, with clean rooms, a relaxing garden, TV lounge, pool table and a fun mini-golf course. The whole place has had a spruce up recently and the management work hard to provide an enjoyable experience for all guests. The budget-conscious can bed down in the breezy 10-person penthouse dormitory, with comfortable... Read our full review of Magic Sponge Guesthouse.
Located in downtown Kampot near the Salt Mine Workers roundabout, the bright orange Ny Ny is a great choice if the room is more important than a cool vibe or hangout space. This is a classic example of a Khmer guesthouse at its best - 27 spotless rooms with air-con or fan arranged over three floors. Rooms come with comfortable mattresses, TV, WiFi and hot water shower, with fresh drinking water... Read our full review of Ny Ny Guesthouse.
This is easily the best riverside option in downtown Kampot. The name is a bit of a tongue twister, but the seven smart ground-floor rooms here will certainly stick in your mind. Laid out with an Asian theme, the air-con rooms are comfortable with firm real mattresses, cable TV (and DVD collection), hot water showers, minibars and safes. The decor is very tasteful while still having flair, with... Read our full review of Rikitikitavi.
A stalwart of the Kampot backpacker scene, Blissful has a range of good value rooms and a lovely garden setting. Accommodation is shared out between a large, two-storey house with hardwood floors, and dorm rooms and earth walled bungalows next door. The rooms are clean and reasonably well-maintained, even if some are a little pokey. Dorm rooms have windows, fans, and three or eight beds with... Read our full review of Blissful Guesthouse.
Sixty metres down the dirt road by the new bridge, Natural Bungalows offers a flashier stay than the name suggests. Quality guest rooms are spread throughout wooden houses arranged in a large tropical garden with butterflies and fruit trees, making this a great family or couples stay. A shady bar and restaurant faces onto the river with views to Bokor mountain, and the resort also has its own... Read our full review of Natural Bungalows.
Tucked down a leafy side street near Rikitikitavi, The Columns is a gorgeous converted row of colonial houses transformed into a boutique hotel. Retained features, such as hand-painted tiles and baby-blue wooden shutters, add charm to a comfortable stay. The 17 airy rooms are beautifully decorated with solid wooden beds, local silks and quality linen and matresses, while the flecked concrete... Read our full review of The Columns.
If you want to be on the river, but don't have a flashpacker budget, Titch's might be the place for you. A low-key guesthouse, its location near shops, restaurants and tour operators means you won't miss what they don't have. What they do have is a family room, good value bunk beds in two large mixed dorms and a female-only room which sleeps six. All beds come with their own light, fan and power... Read our full review of Titch's Place.
Bokor Lodge has changed hands and opened and closed a couple of times over the years. Currently the FCC group owns the place, while it is independently run by friendly Eric. Rooms come either with or without river views, while all are air-con and come with cable TV, hot water bathrooms, ceiling fans and breakfast. The front rooms have bathrooms with bathtubs. The accommodation is not up to the... Read our full review of Bokor Mountain Lodge.
Situated at the crossing point of the old bridge and Riverside Road is Moliden Guesthouse, a great place to stay if you don’t want to be too far from Kampot’s quaint downtown area, but still want to enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep. Priced at the high end of most budget backpacker’s range, it’s still a great deal if you are sharing your room with a friend. Just steps from the riverfront... Read our full review of Moliden Guesthouse.
Cambodia’s worst-kept secret, Kampot is a quietly captivating town with a habit of creeping up on travellers until you realise you’ve stayed longer than intended. For those kidnapped by the sleepy charm, here’s our suggested list of places to wake up with a smile on your face. Riverside Rikitikitavi has been the darling of the town’s riverside for several years, offering just seven... Read our full review of Where to stay in Kampot.
Out of town and a little off the beaten track, Ganesha Resort is a retreat favoured by long-staying artists and writers, as well as returning guests. A very large plot ensures privacy in your chosen accommodation, surrounded by beautiful plants and a lawn that begs to be sunbathed on. The main house, an imposing wooden, stone and thatch affair, has the cheapest rooms and an excellent restaurant... Read our full review of Ganesha Kampot eco guest house and more.
A joint Khmer-Western venture, Naga House is the cool kid on the riverside block. There's a friendly atmosphere and an emphasis on fun, with relaxed days and weekend party nights with live music on the deck overlooking the river. Popular with backpackers, who come for two days and stay for a week, the nine bungalows are clean and well-swept, with minimal furniture, fans and well-maintained shared... Read our full review of Naga House.
There’s something in the Kampot air that encourages relaxation, and the Greenhouse has distilled it. Located four kilometres over the bridge from Kampot town down a quiet countryside road, this tranquil spot is carefully designed for maximum unwinding. It’s a great place to commune with nature, explore the surroundings, swim before breakfast and above all, breathe. It’s green, it’s a... Read our full review of The Greenhouse.
Next door to Les Mangiers on the river , Villa Vedici is less country living, more resort chic, with a dollop of fun thrown in. It's a popular weekend haunt for expats, drawn by the sunny pool and water sports, basketball court, petanque and DVD library. Several buildings are dotted around the manicured garden and it's worth having a look around to find which of the 13 rooms suits best. Double... Read our full review of Villa Vedici.
If Bodhi Villa isn't chilled out enough, just keep on heading north on the zoo road and you'll eventually reach Arcadia, formerly Utopia. Under new Western management, this seriously hidden-away spot is on the west bank of Kampot River around seven kilometres north of town. Aside from eating and drinking while laying around the large, wooden porch that hangs over the river, the main pastime here... Read our full review of Arcadia Backpackers, Kampot.
Les Manguiers (The Mango Trees) is a hidden away retreat a couple of kilometres north of Kampot town, down a bumpy dirt road and on the east bank of the Kampot River among rice fields. A range of separate buildings, each with unique decor and prices, dot the riverside landscape. While accommodation is available in the main two-storey house, the best option here is the wooden houses spread out... Read our full review of Les Manguiers.
The Australian-run Bodhi Villa sits on Teuk Chhou Road a couple of kilometres north of Kampot on the west side of the river (across the bridge from the main town). A veteran of the Kampot scene, Bodhi is now a little past its best, although the laidback traveller guests enjoy the low-key atmosphere and famous Friday night parties, complete with live music. This can be a major drawback if you're... Read our full review of Bodhi Villa.