Kampot town scenery photos
Better than city map and thousand words are photos. Look at the Kampot scenery and street view photos and decide for yourself if you like this quiet town.
Kampot is very quiet, most of the time so quiet that you can hear the birds singing amidst all road traffic. Most of the traffic is by bicycle, some by moderate speed and quiet driving motorcycles. Only few cars. Hence with the wide roads Kampot appears near empty.
The town still has almost more damaged or abandoned houses from war and post war times than maintained houses. Hence many of the street views look abandoned or damaged. At times the scenery appears rather triste and damaged. Just like millions of Cambodian hearts and souls still are damaged from past decades of atrocities of war and post war trauma.
Kampot has more than a dozen nice guest houses and hotels. Most of theses guest houses are all within easy walking distance from the center. The center by my definition is about 1km radius from river near bridge. Most of all restaurants, delicious Khmer restaurants as well as a few foreign restaurants are all in this center area.
Kampot town serves as a starting point for sunset trips up and down river, excursions by Tuk Tuk or cycle tours, day excursions to Kep or excursions to the Bokor Hill Station. From Kampot you can travel directly to Vietnam, to Kompong Som / Sihanouk Ville and also to Phnom Penh. To all these destinations you have either private taxi, mini bus, or bus on a daily basis.
The town itself is along a river some 5km away from the ocean and some 24 km from Kep.
Guest houses are clean, quiet and very affordable. Fan room start around 5-6 US$ per day and air con around 15-18 US$ per day including warm water, cable TV. People in Kampot are very quiet and friendly. Only a few speak limited English. Learn to speak Khmer or communicate with love and use your heart instead of words. Food is very delicious and fresh and somewhat influenced by nearby Vietnam as well. Hence you find Khmer cuisine and Vietnamese cuisine and a mix of both as well. There is no entertainment and nightlife and most of the town closes later in evening, latest around midnight your guest house may most likely close the gate.
Internet in Kampot is extremely slow, usually if you have anywhere from 10 - 100 Kbps you can be happy. There are many Internet cafes, restaurants with free WI-FI for guests or guest houses with wifi. The ISP and speed usually are all the same.
Mobile phone network is available, NO 3G however. I use Camshin as my favorite mobile phone provider.
The entire Kampot photo series will include several pages with lots of photos about:
- Kampot views and scenery - this page
- Kampot streets
- Kampot nature
- Kampot river side
- Kampot sunset boat trip upriver to the waterfalls / rapids
- Sunset boat trip downriver to the ocean
- Salt fields of Kampot
- Pepper plantation
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