The town has a very French flavour about it, but I was slightly disappointed to read that many of the buildings which look quite old are, in fact, relatively modern, although there are, clearly, quite a few older "French" style dwellings, shops etc.
It is built on the grid system, so very easy to find your way around. Although it's obviously a market town, it is relaxed and peaceful, rather than noisy and busy.
Historic French colonial former port Laid back,very friendly,great food, good base to explore the area from None of the greedy hassle that ruined Sihanokville All its short of are some beaches, but if you're going to Cambodia don't miss this place
Kampot is not a very big town but it is still worth a look if you are out and about after the sun goes down I do recommend that you have a torch handy as there is no street lights apart from that the people are friendly and welcoming
Try the ribs at Rusty Keyhole but be very hungry before you go. Senor Pacos is worth a trip. Go up river by boat and stop off at Champ and Greenhouse for cold beers and see the fireflies on return
The best word to describe Kampot is laidback. Sleepy, relaxing, fresh air, peace and quiet. It's not the most picturesque place you'll ever see, but it most certainly isn't ugly.
Initial imppressions were that the town was slightly run down and lifeless. But once you adapt then you start to see its charm. Yes the ex-colonial buildings could do with a touch of paint, but you can still appreciate them. And the peaceful streets and friendly locals only add to the atmosphere. If you are after exciting nightlife or huge amounts to see and do then you’ve come to the wrong place. But if you are after a few days relaxing away from it all, with some nice excursions (such as a walk or some kayaking) and a good cocktail by the river, then come and enjoy. Personally I think a few days to a week would be enough. There are other laid back places with slightly more to do. But still well worth a visit, and only a few hours from Phnom Penh.
Good City to hang out in! Lots of good restaurants available, lots of outdoor activities possible, lots of relaxation possible! Also good to visit Kep which is nearby.
The river is good to watch & there is a promenade beside it. The market is an endless source of interest, selling just about anything & a fine choice of fresh seafood.
Kampot is a peaceful quaint charm small town with French colonial building. The timeless countryside that surrounds it is carpeted by a wide range of emerald color.
Shop at the old rickety market (not at the fancy Central "revitalised "market). You can get different grades of Kampot pepper there for $8 to $30 a kilogram.
Take a Khmer friend with you and you get the real stuff. Everywhere else (but the actual farm) you get ripped off.
We took a tuk tuk out to the nearby cave temple and were greeted by children wanting to guide us and practice their English which was a positive experience.
We also rented bikes as this was an easy place to bike around. Kampot is a small, quiet place without a lot to do which helped us take time to relax.
Don't have a health problem here I needed to see a doctor so went to new hospital outpatients and the nursing staff not only wouldn't help me but were rude.
Could see I was in extreme pain . Could have been a language issue but we were polite and respectful but got no help. Might have been because of brutal murder of a french female tourist that same week and they were sick of western interference.
A tranquil riverine town with a nice placid river & riverfront. One could easily rent a good motorcycle & go for a bit of adventure in the countryside.
However the roads are pretty bad with big potholes that could be muddy & dusty depending on the weather. Lots of varieties of food & fruits, & rather tasty. Some stretches of road to Kep are still very bad, which I hope will be fully paved in the coming year. On the other hand the road to Bokor mountains are excellent.
Kampot was much quieter than Sihanoukville, where we live. I find the quiet streets, and lack of Tuk-Tuks, motos and cars to be a pleasant diversion.
When we needed to travel to town, a tuk-tuk was called for us by the hotel. The river front area is a pleasant place to walk in the evening. This must be a fairly safe city, as I did not see any police at all while there!
Such a beautiful are to relax in after you have been through the hustle and bustle that is Cambodia. Lovely food, lovely people, lovely sights
Very nice relaxing and laid back town in Cambodia. It is worth a visit to chill out and visit some significant locations in Cambodian history.
Ever stumbled on a small unassuming restaurant that blows you away with its food ... Check out the Honeymoon restaurant and its French owner .
Nice pepper farm to visit with private tour if you have lunch there, caves nearby to visit. Good trips to other hotels for lunch or dinner.
Kep is not far away for fresh seafood and crab.
The town has a lovely green location with the river and Bokor Mountains to admire. River trips are enjoyable and visit the pepper fields.
I recommend breakfast at Sisters 2,and sunset Margaritas or a full English at Bokor lodge.There is a good book exchange and do visit Little Kampot pillows,lovely. Travel onward from Kampot is easy,I recommend Giant Ibis or Anny travels. L
Kampot is a charming riverfront town with beautiful views of the mountains. It is a comfortable relaxing place to spend a few days.
Kampot is a great place to witness Cambodia, as it is, not just the big city of Phnom Penh or the tourist attraction of Siem Riep.
For a $10 all-day tuck-tuck ride you can witness the everyday life of Cambodia. The scenery is breath-taking, the people are amazingly friendly and (at least as a Westerner) you feel like you have gone back in time. Maybe except everyone has a cell phone and a motorbike.
Walking or staying at a bar along the river to watch the sunset is quite fun. Get another full day to visit Kep and Rabbit island.
That's pretty much for this little area if you don't go for Sihanouk.
Peaceful and relaxing little city with some splendid views. Drinking beer by the lake was simple fantastic! Highly recommend.
Great, relaxing city. Easy to get around by tuk tuk or just walking. Nice place to unwind. Try some crab with kampot pepper!
I didnt have time to stop by, just to pass by. I didn't see much activity beside a lots of food vendor on street.
Had a fantastic time in Kampot. Visit a water hole which is over the new bridge take right and follow this road.
Kampot is a scenic destinations with a beautiful river. The surrounding mountains provide a beautiful backdrop.
The people were very nice. The food was great and inexpensive.
Far from see. Close Kep seems better future in tourist industry. Two main attractions:pepper and durian.
Programs: river sunset cruise, Bokor mountain. Motorbycicle is a must!