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Kampot or Kep?

Posted by TheGoose on 14/4/2009 at 16:23

I have a couple of days to kill before I need to go to Vietnam, I'm currently in Sihanoukville. Anyone recommend which is the better to see?

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Posted by somtam2000 on 14/4/2009 at 18:21 admin

I've a soft spot for Kep -- that's not much to actually "see" (aside from a trip out to Rabbit Island and buying up about six kilos of pepper) but it is a good spot just to hang about in.

Kampot is also good, there's more to do and see (sunset boat trip is nice, Bokor is awesome -- if you can get up there).

But, in the end they're only 30minutes to an hour apart, so if Kampot ain't your thang -- head to Kep.

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Posted by TheGoose on 15/4/2009 at 13:28

Thanks - Kep it is then!

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Posted by amazon_blonde on 16/4/2009 at 10:08

I was also partial to Kep , although there's better restaurants and bars, etc. in Kampot . It depends if you want to have amenities or really lay back and do nothing.
If you want to compromise and are willing to rent a motorcycle, you can easily stay in Kampot and drive into Kep / around Kep from there.

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Posted by DShearer86 on 22/4/2009 at 00:51

Does anyone know how accessable Bokor is at the moment? I've read various reports of the road to Bokor being closed/partialy closed/closed some days open others...Has anyone been recently??? Or tried to go lol. We're trying to decide wheather to go to Kampot/Kep or Kompong Cham as we cant see both in the time we're there!!

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Posted by andytc on 26/4/2009 at 11:24

Posted from within Vietnam.

we were in kampot for the "new year" period , Bokor was open for 3 days only as the construction work was halted for the holidays , it's now closed again , altough you might be able to get up on a motorcycle if you paid the guys at the entrance , although no guarentees on that. the road up is pretty rough and as you would expect the weather can change in minutes. Not much to do in kampot , a bit of a dustbowl town , Kep was also very boring.

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Posted by tuktuk82 on 15/10/2009 at 02:41

Kampot is better to base yourself in then you can just hire a bike and go to Kep for some crab on the beach. Kep is lovely but Kampot has a better vibe more to do and a great atmosphere. There are plenty of nice restaurants, wine bar, guesthouses, river activities. Just heaps more going on. My favourite place in Cambodia.

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Posted by rubic on 27/10/2009 at 10:49

Posted from within Vietnam.

I do agree with Somtam, I liked Kep City with its beautiful islands. In my ten day trip to cambodia last year. I spent 7 days to explore Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and the rest was in kep. I had a wonderful time for relaxing in beach.

If you do not have much time, Kep is an ideal destination. next time I will lead my trip to the tranquil and pristine beach of Koh Kong.

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