Always take the express bus if traveling by public transport -- it only took 2.5 hours via Kampot and 20 minutes by motodup / tuktuk.
Regular bus will take you forever! Be ready with your allergy pills the place is so good to enjoy sea foods - crab especially, shrimps/prawn, fishes and squids (very sweet). There are also lots of fruits to choose from which you can take with you when sightseeing. Don't forget to visit one of the 200 Kampot pepper farms - I recommend Sotheya's Farm, very accommodating to tourist and for serious gardener!
Kep is a great place to visit for family fun or rest and relaxation. Great seafood and place to enjoy hanging out with family and friends.
Practically, whatever your price range --- you're in, in Kep. As "sleepy" as you want it to be and as raucous as you like it; however, it is a few hours from Siem Reap and Sihanoukville so "wild" is relative.
Great beaches at what I'll call city-center. Many interesting and inexpensive restaurants at the crab market (go for the Crab Amok) and a fair number of curious French villas, now burned out, but since the 90's owned by "a guy" who, according to the Lonely Planet, bought up the property in hopes of turning it later on, though when, remains mysterious. I'd go to Kep for holiday, no problem, no second thoughts; just do it and have a great time.
It is a nice, quiet city for over night stay or for a couple of nights to enjoy the seafood and nature.
Kep struck me as a very strange town. My least favourite place in Cambodia.... There appear to be 2 Keps.
The West end with the beach and crab market is full of Westerners, the only locals being staff. The East end appears to be 100% local, we went to the market and had delicious street food and really enjoyed watching the cook make fresh rice paper for the nems over a wood fire. In between the 2 Keps is - a National park (fun if you do a hard trek with ropes, but be ready to sweat! Pleasant but somewhat dull if you walk the main road). - statues, some colonial, some kitch. - miles of empty huts and hammocks and "parkland" on the riverfront - crumbling villas and grounds deserted by the French in the 50s - cattle grazing on "parkland" and in abandoned grounds We had some nice swims and great sunsets, but overall Kep feels like a place trying to live up to a very distant former glory. And that is what I find most interesting about the place!
Lovely quiet place to relax and do little if you want, or a lot more with the national park, rabbit island, beech and crab market to visit.
Keep is a very small town. The main beach area is kept clean the rest of the town is full of rubbish.
Fish and crab markets are worth a visit. Get a bike and go exploring. Not really much to do in town except rest. Villagers friendly. Kep was one of the most expensive places we stayed at, although Cambodia generally was more expensive than we anticipated.
If you are looking to get away from the sometimes hectic life travelers experience in busy cities, you can't do much better than Kep.
There is not a lot to do here and that is exactly what I loved about it. A stroll down the beach at sunset, a great seafood dinner in the many restaurants near the crab market, or a dip in the sea are what Kep is known for. The locals are extremely friendly and helpful and really go out of their way to make visitors feel welcome. There is not much nightlife or shopping here, so if that's what you want, I would recommend somewhere else. But for relaxing, clearing your mind, and enjoying some peace and quiet, there are not many venues in SE Asian that are better than Kep.
Kep was is a derelict town with nothing to offer from what i saw.. I was harrassed and looked at very inappropriately to the point where tuk tuk drivers were yelling to each other as they went past and turning around to look at me.
. It was extremely uncomfortable i was lucky i was with my dad.. I currently live in Phnom Penh and have never encountered feeling this unsafe and uncomfortable. I couldnt bring myself to swim at the beach and i had to cover myself to get into a hotel pool.. even eating lunch i was uncomfortable.. I was suitably dressed for most of cambodia in shorts to my knees and a t-shirt.. I would never recommend goingto kep to anyone there is nothing nice there the markets are horrible food markets of fermented fish etc.
If you are looking for quiet place where you both can be enjoy some origin beach and maoutain trees..
Kep is small and there isnt much to do there at all, but it is beautiful and you must eat lunch at the crab market!!! it is soooooo good!!!
Forget about coming here for beaches. There is very little to do here. Only recommend this place if you stay somewhere nice and you want to spend a few days relaxing.
I visit an organic pepper farm. Even it was after the harvest season, it has been very interesting. I also had the chance to ask questions to rice farmers on the way to there.
It has been an awesome morning!
There is very little to do in Kep. It is solely for peace, tranquility and isolation. Definitely NOT the centre of the universe!!
Kep is a peaceful place, perfect for PP expats, to relax. Highly recommended the Sailing Club anytime, but it is great for dining at sunset overlooking the ocean and Bokor mountain.
Surrounding by nature, romantic landscape,fresh sea food and delicious crab, very very nice landscape.
National Park is nice. Mountains are cooler. Nice to see run down colonial buildings. Excellent sea food.
Kep is a small former French beach resort town. There is little in the way of night life or large shops and it attracts older couples.
But it is probably one of the cleanist and most relaxing places to stay in Cambodia. The old french villa's that are being overtaken by the forest are amazing. I would recommend a stay before they are demolished. The crab market is a lovely place to eat right on the ocean and the sailing club is a must for dinner. Located 20min from Kampot it makes a good base to stay and relax for a few days.
Kep is a very quiet relaxed town, a nice retreat after Phonm Penh. You only need a few nights here as there isnt much to see in the town and there is absolutely nothing to do after 9:00pm.
You could even visit Kep for a day from Kampot. The town of Kep is filled with French expats and we felt out of place and kind of looked down upon because we dont speak french.
A quiet little town with a great future as for tourism, it seems ready for crowds. We are lucky to know the town as it is now, not so fancy touristic center.
Small seaside resort town right on the beach, other than seafood restaurants and proximity to beach not much else to do.
If you are looking for a quiet relaxing spot Kep is ideal.
Small city/large town spread out on the foreshore road. there is about 900m of sandy beach with 8 to 10 seafood restaurants on the beach at one end.
We stayed at Vanna Hill resort and wished we had have known about the LedZep cafe and the national park less than 300m away from us. There is a running club based at this cafe with good maps of fire and rainforest tracks to walk and run on. If we return to Kep i will try to meet up with the local Kep Running Club members for a run. they look to be 2.4 to 17 Km runs.
The local authorities are attempting to develop the area however the idea is to build 4 lane highways in the town for no apparent reason.
This will ruin the quaintness of the area. The roads leading to the city are 2 lane and currently in repair. It just makes no sense to ruin the quaintness of the place with wide roads and little else
Lovely small town where you can get a sense of history, take in some natural sights, enjoy the local friendly people and also have time to relax.
The national park is worth a look too.
I didn't have a lot of time but the best parts of Kep for me are Rabbit Island which is a very rustic beach.
the other area I really enjoyed is the Crab Market. The food was GREAT.
September and October are the not so hot - not so cool months where you can enjoy fantastic Kep. Your children can learn how to protect environment and how to develop and build a good generation of nature friendly city.
For couples, Kep is enough romantic and wild for too.
Under developed, unspoilt, local holiday spot. Fantastic local seafood available from the cafes in the Crab Market area.
No raging party activity and no night life to speak of. Very peaceful place and beautiful scenery. Variety of accommodation available but some very up market boutique places emerging from the ruins of country villas both colonial era and 1960s. Please visit and appreciate it for what it is - no changes require here.
Kep is a great place for seafood lovers to kick back and relax with nearby secluded beaches and islands You can always get a feed of fresh seafood particularly crab or prawns from the locals and usually a cold beer bonus!! The crab in green pepper sauce at the crab market is one of the most magnificent things I have ever tasted Kimly restaurant probably the best We hired a couple of tuk tuks that tuk us everywhere I was quite amazed at where they got to including getting obviously lost but all great fun Very friendly guys
You can fly to Sihanoukville airport. To get to Kep takes about 1 hour 30 minutes along a very pretty coastal road (NH3 and NH33).
From Kep to Phnom Penh is about 2 hours 30 minutes (depending on traffic). Kep is very quiet during the week (Mon-Fri)
Kep is a vey laid back beach town which is worth a visit for a couple of days. Get a good deal in one of the hotels with pool (eg Vanna or Kep Lodge) or try one of the lovely guesthouses.
Then relax and only lave your hammock/sun lounger to go to the crab market and indulge in crab with green pepper. For a bit of exploring visit the Kep National Park or take a tuk tuk ride to the nearby (around 40 minutes away) pepper plantations. The beach is not a beauty but ok for a few days. Take a trip to Rabbit Island for the better beach experience.