What to do and see in Kampot, Cambodia: The Best Places and Tips

August 20, 2017 Darleen Reid

Discover the best top things to do in Kampot, Cambodia including La Plantation, Bokor National Park, Phnom Chhngok Cave Temple, Farm Link, Bokor Hill Station, Wat Sampov Pram.
Restaurants in Kampot

1. La Plantation

Secret Lake, Pepper Road | Bosjheng village, Kon Sat commune, Kampot 13250, Cambodia +855 17 842 505
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 754 reviews

La Plantation

La Plantation is a social and sustainable family project, the perfect combination of traditional farming and modern processing. At La Plantation, we produce Black, Red, White Kampot pepper and the exclusive Fresh Salted Kampot Pepper, Red Long Pepper, Turmeric, Bird Chili and local fruits. Grown traditionally and harvested by hand, our spices are processed with high standards in quality and hygiene and are certified organic by Ecocert. Presentation, tasting and free guided tour in English, French, Khmer and Chinese. You will understand why Kampot Pepper has been elected #1 best pepper in the world. La Plantation has also a social dimension by improving the living conditions of many people in this rural area and by taking care of the primary school. You can enjoy our spices in our two restaurants (Khmer and French), or join a Khmer cooking class. You can also experience a tour in the rural countryside up to Secret Lake in a cart pulled by water buffaloes. Take your time for the visit.

Reviewed By Polya92 - Toronto, Canada

We scootered to La plantation from Kampot, which was really fun! However, beware of doing so when it’s rainy/after it has rained - the last part is a dirt road and I imagine it could get very unpleasant when it’s wet.
We were greeted at La Plantation by one of the guides who took us through the process of how the pepper is made and differentiated between the different kinds. This was followed by a tasting of all peppers and then a walk around the pepper plantation itself.
It was all very informative and friendly and we even bought some pepper to take home with us which seemed reasonably priced!
I’d highly recommend a visit to La Plantation, as it’s just a fun day out.

2. Bokor National Park

Elephant Mountains | Kampot, Kampot 07000, Cambodia
Excellent
40%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 565 reviews

Bokor National Park

Reviewed By Triantiwontigongolope

If you like modern ruins then this is a great place to visit. Check out the King's old residence, the church and palace. There is also a very nice waterfall near the bottom. You can visit everything in a day. Definitiely not a typical national park as there is a lot of development on it but worth a visit nonetheless.

3. Phnom Chhngok Cave Temple

Off to road to Kep, Kampot 07000, Cambodia
Excellent
25%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 258 reviews

Phnom Chhngok Cave Temple

Reviewed By Disardo

Two ways to get here from Kampot. You can turn off just after the big concrete bring on the way out of town towards Kep or you can take the Phnom Phen road which is what I did.
Really nice drive out and travel along a dirt track through many little rural settlements. Plenty of places to stop for a drink and photos.
Arrived at a junction with a sign saying "Caves, the easy way". Should be reworded as "Go this way, it's easy money for us!". I park up.and was told it would be 50cents. A tip, pay there and then. A 'guide' wanted $3 but I managed to get him for $2. Other reviews refer to them as boys but they are actually a group of lower 20 something guys.
Went to the caves BUT it will cost you another $1 for admission. If you drive across the bridge from the "Easy way" sign you can actually avoid these guys and park right by the caves for $1 which includes parking.
You now have to walk up 230 uneven, leaf covered steps. They were damp and very slippery even though there had been no rain for 24hrs.
Once in the cave the guide will point out the 2 elephants, the eagle, and the turtle. He will also tell you about the 1,350 year old shrine. If you have good shoes then you can opt to take the alternative way out through the rocks. I declined as caves as they are are always damp and slippery.
And that's it.... all done in 20 minutes. Walked back to my bike and handed over 5,000 for parking expecting 3,000 back as change. The checky sod gave me 2,500 back saying the 500 was a tip. If that's how they want to treat people then they are worth every bad review the place gets!!!!
Chose to take the other way back via the Kep road. Now, as I said it had not rain for 24hrs. The road or rather track was awful. Mud and puddles with hidden pot holes and some very deep. Should have gone back the way I came.
In all I would have been very happy to have just done the round trip without seeing the caves. It cost me a total of $5 to see something that was as interesting as 2 bricks.
So, my advice is, if you want a nice ride then do the round trip BUT miss out the caves. Just look for 2 brinks in Kampot and enjoy, saving $5 in the process.
2 stars gives ONLY for the rural scenery.

Tooy Khang Cheun Village, Angdong Khmer Area, Kampot, Cambodia +855 33 690 2354
Excellent
59%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 68 reviews

Farm Link

Since 2006, FARMLINK collects and processes the crop from over 100 local farmers. Visitors are welcome for a free guided tour of our Workshop located in Kampot. Discover all the secrets behind the Kampot Pepper refining process as well as other local culinary wonders. Visitors also get the chance to taste Kampot Pepper

Reviewed By AdventurousRetirees - Lone Tree, Colorado

This is a great way to learn and really appreciate Kampot peppers. The guide explains and gives you tastes of the white, red and black peppers. We were surprised at how good they taste, so different from the pepper we are used to. We saw the grading process, a room of people sorting huge trays, so quickly and efficiently, with tweezers to pull out the lesser grade peppers. You also see some pepper plants and trays of peppers drying outside. Without having to travel far and spend a lot of time, you will learn interesting things about Kampot peppers. Also, no ticket required, the tour is free.

5. Bokor Hill Station

Kampot, Cambodia +855 96 255 5586
Excellent
32%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
10%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 651 reviews

Bokor Hill Station

Reviewed By zimon2018 - Koh Tao, Thailand

Still definitely worth while to pay a visit to this strange area. The Catholic church and some smaller buildings are still in their abandoned state, which is intriguing and a quite special experience.
Unfortunately the (so I've been told) most iconic building, the casino, is being revamped at the moment. The eerie outlook is gone since the building has been painted and Gardens + parking lot are being build.
This place is slowly turning into a bleak, emotionless and cold Chinese entertainment park. Such a shame...

6. Wat Sampov Pram

Bokor Mountain, Kampot 07000, Cambodia +855 96 255 5586
Excellent
47%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 45 reviews

Wat Sampov Pram

Reviewed By highburychampion - Melbourne, Australia

There is a mix of the new and old here. Like many other places on Bokor, it is quite surreal and strange.
There is still a lot of unfinished construction here which undoubtedly will ruin it further.
Quite a jumble of buildings and statues really.
Some nice views from there top.

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