Kampot is a relaxing riverside town known for producing some of the world’s best black pepper, and being the gateway to Cambodia’s Bokor National Park.
The city’s main attraction is its charming riverfront promenade that frames stunning views of the Kampot River that flows past town. The French colonial architecture left over from the rule of Indochina in the late 19th century is well intact, and as the city’s fortunes have continued to rise with pepper exports, several of the more promenade buildings have been restored in recent years. The Central Market building, a grand colonial structure, is well worth a visit. The open air market outside is a great place to pick up a refreshing fruit smoothie made from local ingredients.
There are more than a handful of Buddhist temples strung throughout the town, but Treuy Koh Wat is the city’s loveliest shrine.
Though there is no longer rail service between Kampot and Phnom Penh, the old colonial train station is intact and makes for an interesting side trip.
Best Time to Visit Kampot:
For the best weather, visit Kampot between December and May during Cambodia’s dry, temperate season. High temperatures begin to blanket the land in June, and the rising mercury brings increased chances of rain that continue through November. The short, powerful showers that come in the early mornings and afternoons provide cooling relief during these hotter months.
How to get to Kampot:
Kampot is on the southern road from Phnom Penh leading towards Sihanoukville. Travelers enjoying one of our luxury tours of Cambodia reach the town of Kampot in a private vehicle while heading towards the southern beaches.
Kampot is a great stop to make on the road south to the beaches of Sihanoukville.
Western-style clothing is fine to wear while exploring the town, but if you’re planning to visit any of the numerous Buddhist shrines or temples in the area, it’s best to dress conservatively while on holy ground. Some areas of the temples may require you to remove your shoes before entering.