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 the bar. They have parties here on Saturday nights, so be prepared. Rooms have white painted walls, concrete bed platforms, fans and mosquito nets, and some are without windows, so it's best to take a look at a few. Guests spend most of their time relaxing on the first floor wooden deck — as do the staff by the looks of it — with views from a hammock or sofa to the sea and islands. Entertainment is provided with a pool table, chess sets, DVD collection and an XBox and the vibe is friendly and laidback. Bicycles and motorbikes are available for hire, and the friendly staff, who speak French and English, can advise on everything Kep. They say they’re the only Thai restaurant in Kep, which is very likely true. If you can’t get in here, try Man Groove, a reasonably new backpacker hostel that opened up 20 metres down the road.
By Nicky Sullivan
Last updated on 24th February, 2016.