Located on the coast of the Gulf of Thailand, close to the Vietnamese border, Kep is a sleepy beach resort that was once the Cambodian equivalent of the French Riviera, where the ex-pats of the 60’s and 70’s came to escape Phnom Penh and party in their exclusive colonial villas. The conflicts of the late 1970’s however put pay to this glitzy seaside playground and the area was left strewn with the shells of hundreds of decaying villas.
As memories fade of the recent turmoil, Kep and its surrounding area has started to find its feet once more and looks set to become the enticing destination it once was.
Only 20 minutes away by boat is the beautiful Koh Tonsay or Rabbit Island as it is more commonly referred to, with its beautiful beaches and calm clear waters. The Kampot pepper plantations also make a fascinating excursion, as does the seafront road of Kep Beach, lined with seafood vendors. And no visit to Kep would be complete without sampling some of the local crab dishes.
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