Photo: Enjoying the late light off Kep.

Accommodation

Kep

Kep's accommodation is quite spaced out. While there are some hotels and guesthouses within easy walking distance of the beach, many of the options are clustered up on the hill off the Kampot road, which begins at the 'bus station'. These places deliver excellent sunsets and many have pools, but the further out you go, the more you'll rely on transport to get around. Budget options are available close to town, with some dorm beds and basic rooms, and at the other end of the scale, the salubrious Knai Bang Chatt offers the poshest digs around.   


Bacoma Guesthouse
Flashpacker - US$10 to 35
Kampot Road, Kep
T: (088) 411 2424

With spotless bathrooms, beautiful designs and comfortable beds, Bacoma is a backpacker dream. The breezy covered restaurant area, with stone pillars and a lotus pond, sets the tone for the natural accommodation spaced out for privacy across the large garden. The cheapest rooms are very comfortable and attractive circular stone and thatch bungalows sharing plentiful hot-water bathrooms... Read our full review of Bacoma Guesthouse.

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Kep Lodge
Flashpacker - US$10 to 35
1 Pepper St, Kep
T: (017) 879 526

Long-running Kep Lodge is still one of Kep's loveliest secret hideaways. As of 2016 recently taken over by Lim Cheang from its original Swiss-German owner, Kep Lodge is set about a kilometre and a half away from the beach. It is located on a rise backing onto the national park and enjoys spectacular views out across the fields and over the bay to Bokor. The accommodation is simply 10 rooms in... Read our full review of Kep Lodge.

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Le Flamboyant
Midrange - US$35 to 75
National Route 33A, Kep
T: (017) 491 010

Le Flamboyant is one of the loveliest spots that we found in Kep. Boasting not just one but two pools to serve 28 beautifully designed villas, the hotel is set in blooming gardens whose grass is kept clipped by a resident pony. Le Flamboyant really stands head and shoulders above its price peers, and it’s not just because they make their own bread, whose scents nearly made us faint when we went... Read our full review of Le Flamboyant.

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Blue Kep
Flashpacker - US$10 to 35
Below Kep Lodge, Kep
T: (097) 622 9146

Blue Kep is a straightforward affair, with just five reasonably spacious bungalows buried in among vibrant gardens. We kind of fell in love with this at first sight. The air-con rooms are high-ceilinged which creates real breathing space and they’re decorated in a simple, neat style, offering comfort for a price that’s hard to beat in Kep. Indeed few can beat it. The rooms and bathrooms are... Read our full review of Blue Kep.

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Spring Valley Resort
Midrange - US$35 to 75
Behind the bus stop roundabout, Kep
T: (036) 666 6673

The most centrally located resort in Kep, Spring Valley is a large tree-filled complex just a few minutes' walk from the beach. The accommodation is dotted around dense, mature gardens filled with mangosteens, passion fruit vines, pepper trees and coconut palms, with a good-sized pool in the middle that has plenty of shade for the sun-shy (and open space for the sun-worshippers too). Firmly... Read our full review of Spring Valley Resort.

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The Boat House
Backpacker - Under US$10
Kampot Road, Kep
T: (077) 430 298

Almost equidistant between the beach and the crab market (about 400 metres each way), The Boat House is a relaxed garden-set hideaway. The guesthouse is actually two Khmer houses set about 100 metres apart. The front house, closest to the road, contains the reception, the kitchen and slightly cheaper rooms, while the house behind has larger rooms and a big TV lounge. Rooms vary in decor and... Read our full review of The Boat House.

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Veranda Natural Resort
Toprange - US$75 to 150
Hillside, Kep
T: (012) 888 619

Long running and highly developed, Veranda is a full service resort complex with 40 rooms that has become a year-round favourite for families. Set in a very pleasant and breezy spot with uninterrupted views, Veranda is popular with Phnom Penh expats, so book ahead if you'll be there over the weekend -- especially a holiday weekend. Accommodation ranges from fairly standard-sized wooden... Read our full review of Veranda Natural Resort.

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Brise de Kep Boutique
Midrange - US$35 to 75
Road #33 (Seaside Road), Kep
T: (097) 629 8797

A small boutique with a great location right on the sea, Brise de Kep Boutique is not to be confused with its more centrally located sister property by the bus station. The boutique is at the quieter Koh Tonsay pier end of the seafront. Most of the eight ground floor rooms face the sea and are accessed via a shaded terrace that gives out on to a pretty garden. The rooms are large, airy and clean,... Read our full review of Brise de Kep Boutique.

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Kepmandou
Backpacker - Under US$10
Road #33 (Seaside Road), Kep
T: (097) 795 8723

At the 'town' end of Kep close to Kep market and the Koh Tonsay pier, Kepmandou is a cheerful budget hostel down a bumpy track that leads to the sea. Downstairs is a rabbit warren of basic rooms which vary considerably -- spend $4 on a dorm bed or splash out on a $16 hot water room with a private terrace. Upstairs rooms benefit from more light, but are not for early bedtimes as they are closer to... Read our full review of Kepmandou.

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Knai Bang Chatt
Luxury - over $150
Kep Beach, Kampot
T: (012) 349 742

One of Cambodia’s loveliest hotels, Knai Bang Chatt spills straight out into the sea across a big, green open lawn that stretches out from the the foot of the hotel's beautiful 1960s and 1960s-style villas. With rates that start at $200 a night for a single room (skyrocketing up to $538 for a suite), this luxurious compound isn't trying to be anything but the very best. The setting is... Read our full review of Knai Bang Chatt.

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Le Bout Du Monde
Midrange - US$35 to 75
Hillside, Kep
T: (012) 801 968

Farthest up the hill and backing onto the national park, Le Bout du Monde is an eco-resort built into the hill so that its selection of wooden Khmer-style villas ascend with the gradient, which is pretty steep in places. The overall impression is of a winding, lush vertical garden with a naturally filtered pool in the middle. The resort has an emphasis on eco-friendliness, which means the 12... Read our full review of Le Bout Du Monde.

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Saravoan Hotel
Midrange - US$35 to 75
Kep Beach, Kep
T: (036) 639 3909

Sitting above the end of Kep beach, at the beginning of the crescent that leads to to the crab market, Saravoan Hotel has views to give away. In fact, at the prices on offer, they practically are giving them away. The 16 rooms, each with a balcony or terrace, are orientated for a sea or pool prospect, and beautifully designed with stone mosaics, concrete, water hyacinth bed platforms and old... Read our full review of Saravoan Hotel.

The Beach House
Midrange - US$35 to 75
Kep Beach, Kep
T: (012) 712 750

You can't miss the motel-style Beach House, perched on the east bank of Kep's main beach. The very prettily furnished 14 double and twin rooms are arranged over two floors, with long, shared balconies from which to enjoy uninterrupted views of the beach and sunset. The two family rooms, though they don't face the ocean, are the only rooms with a private veranda. That said, all the rooms are... Read our full review of The Beach House.

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Vanna Hill Resort
Midrange - US$35 to 75
Hillside, Kep
T: (036) 6755 038

Just below Veranda and Le Bout du Monde, Vanna is another bungalow and pool combination with spectacular sunset views. It doesn’t have quite the same glamour as the other two, but Vanna is a good option if your budget doesn’t stretch that far, offering the same views, and a huge pool with a bar right beside it. The well-sized bungalows are a mix of concrete and wood -- the cheaper ones are... Read our full review of Vanna Hill Resort.

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Tree Top
Backpacker - Under US$10
In front of Kep Lodge, Pepper St, Kep
T: (012) 515 191

Tree Top is true to its name and worth a night's stay for the novelty alone of the two rooms on very high stilts with views across the trees to the hill or the ocean. The entirely wooden rooms are charmin, with power 24/7 though no hot water in the bathroom which, while private, is a few steps below the room. In general, the buildings seem to have been arranged around the pepper trees, pineapple... Read our full review of Tree Top.

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Where to stay in Kep
Flashpacker - US$10 to 35

With fewer options than other destinations in Cambodia, rooms are a little pricier than elsewhere too, but for many the peace and quiet, and the food, more than compensate. Accommodations will generally come with their own windows and doors. Families should make a beeline for Veranda Natural Resort. This expansive and long-running hotel has two pools, a kids’ play area, a cafe with tons of... Read our full review of Where to stay in Kep.

Outside Kep


Kep Arun Rass Guesthouse
Flashpacker - US$10 to 35
Below Kep Lodge, Kep
T: (070) 900 939

Kep Arun Rass Guesthouse is a simple, unpretentious affair with 13 spacious, modern rooms that are spotlessly clean and nicely turned out especially when considering the price. If you’re not able to spring for the large rooms at the top, try to get one on the first (middle) floor as these still have views out to the sea. The ground floor rooms give straight out on to the garden, which is... Read our full review of Kep Arun Rass Guesthouse.

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