Kampot is famous for its pepper. Apparently before the Khmer Rouge, the pepper could be found in every fine-dining restaurant in Paris. It's turned in to a sleepy town. There is tourism but it's quiet, relaxed and never in your face. You can definitely make your own fun and have a drunken night out if you want to. I ended up staying a week and was sad to leave, so I returned two years later and stayed for two weeks. Some people might say there's not much to do but it's the type of place that I love and reminded me a lot of Pai in northern Thailand.
- Scooter ride up Bokor Hill.
- See the pepper fields at La Plantation and do a cooking class at Khmer Root Cafe.
- Drive to Kep for a crab lunch and visit the crab market.
The Magic Sponge
Probably the most popular hostel in town, so it is usually booked up. It has free mini golf which is a good way to start an evening. They also have a TV room with a selection of DVDs. I shared a massive twin room with a fan ($6 each) but it got uncomfortably warm in the night. The American owner is friendly but can be full-on at times.
Great little guesthouse with a pool. We had a room with a little seating area by the pool. Great location and cheap too. I think we paid $15 for a twin room.
Borey Vattanac Guest House
Basic rooms but cheap.
NY NY Hotel
Directly opposite the Magic Sponge with lovely A/C and really nice large rooms for $15. I only moved out because there was building works that woke me up at 7am.
This Khmer-run place has a perfect location and nice A/C rooms for $15. Helpful staff too.
Nightlife, bars & cafés
Happy hour cocktails at sunset are great here. The food is decent too but quite expensive. Their ice creams are great too and loads of choices.
Rusty Keyhole Two
A small bar with a pool table and cheap beer.
Great little French wine bar. The house red is actually decent and it goes well with their cheese platter. I had many evenings sat here.
Sights & Activities
Pretty good market that's used by locals so it's not touristy. There are some great options for real Cambodian food for a cheap lunch.
Ecran Movie House
Private cinema with about 2000 films to choose from. A large bed, A/C, big widescreen TV and good sound system. Great way to have a relaxing night.