Why to do a stopover in kep on your way to silhanoukville

The small fishing village Kep is not as famous as it’s big neighbors Sihanoukville or Kampot and mostly just a day trip destination. It definitely has potential for a couple of relaxed days before you head to Sihanoukville for the party though. You can get there buy bus from Phnom Penh for 6-8$ depending on the type of bus you choose. If you go to the office of your bus company of choice it’s a little bit cheaper then at the hostels. A lot of them are based around the night market by the river. Be prepared for random stopovers even on the air con buses as they pick up people on the way until the bus is full.

Kep
Kep

Kep itself is split in three blocks that stretch along the main road. First there’s the harbor and most of the cheaper guesthouses, a few km down the road you have the beach with some restaurants and hotels and then there is the crab market with more expensive resorts. The beach is not crowded at all and pimped with white sand from Sihanoukville. If you get hungry you can get some really nice fried noodles from the little stalls on wheels for 1.50 $. On the next day explore the hiking trail of Kep national park.

 

 

Kep national park
Kep national park
Kep national park
Kep national park

It’s well maintained and you just need to pay a little entrance fee. Once off the main road you can climb the rope trail up a empty waterfall, enjoy sunset and horse stone with amazing views and visit a butterfly farm. You can easily spend one day there but it’s advisable to start in the morning so that you reach the woods by the time the sun gets to hot. On day three you can then take a boat to rabbit island.

Rabbit island
Rabbit island

All hotels will have different prices and even at the harbor it varies, hut it shouldn’t be more then $6 for the return trip. The island is not big and the main attraction is the white beach facing the mainland with some bungalows and restaurants. However if you walk a little counterclockwise you will find two more beaches which are not the best for swimming but you can sunbathe practically in private as well as snorkel in the shallow water. Don’t try to do the full circle as there’s no path going completely around it and you will end up on someone’s property chased by protective dogs. The boats leave at 9 am and go back for 4 pm but if you want you can stay the night in one of the bungalows.

Kep
Beach in Kep

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