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Kampot is a small beach town in the Kampot provice. Unlike the heavy partying style of Sihanoukville, Kep is the place for you to relax and unwind on the beach. It is a calm & peaceful place for quiet relaxation.
Kampot is an enchanting colonial town on the bank of Kampot river and a river cruise to see the sun set behind the Elephant Mountains is an spectacle of colour that is worth seeing. The most popular ride is the one from Kampot to the Tek Chou rapids. Boats leave every day at 15.00 pm from the pier about 100 meters from the post office, but it is recommended to book in advance to ensure you get a sit. It is possible to go on river boat any time of the day if you arrange it before hand. The cost of a return river cruise is US$10 per boat.
Another site worth visiting is the Bokor Hill Station in Preah Monivong national Prak at about 37 kilometers from Kampot. Bokor was a popular French resort for the elite in the 1920s but that has been abandoned, and today, the ruinous state of the hotel, casino, church, royal residence and other buldings has acquired an eerie effect and is becoming popular with visitors. For a cool down on the hot weather of Kampot head towards the Tek Chou rapids about 8 kilometers from Kampot. This place is a popular picnic area amonts locals.
Kampot pepper is famously known as one of the best peppers in the world. The inhabitants of this region have been producing pepper for centuries and their expertise and the specific climate of the region (tropical climate with regular rain falls) are the perfect combination that make such a high quality product. A visit to the pepper farms of Kampot will not only reveal the secrets of growing this spice but you will also have the opportunity to purchase pepper of the best quality. We recommend this activity within the sun, sea and sand tour of southeastern Cambodia.
The cave complex of Phnom Chhnork is renowned for its impressive formations of stalagmites and stalagtites and the beautiful 7th century brick temple located inside the main chamber of the cave. The stalagmies and stalagtites are growing into the temple ruins creating an impressive visual effect. Located a mere 8 kilometers from Kampot, the beautiful surroundings of the green Cambodian countryside and the rice fields make it a Cambodian tourist attraction not to be missed.
Pepper is not the only product of Kampot. Over a thousand hectares of land in Kampot are used as salt fields, and you can find them on the road from Kampot to Kep. Salt production in Cambodia is limited to the dry season months. The pools are filled with ocean water and the water is allowed to evaporate leaving salt crystals. The process is repeated several times and the salt is then collected and delivered to a salt factory where it is cleaned and iodine is added.
Traditional music school is a non governmental humanitarian organziation founded in 1993 by the London born violinist Catherine Geach. The aim of the school is to provide an education for the future to orphaned or abandoned children and abouve all to assist them in overcoming the post traumatic stress through the use of art, music and dance. If you are interested in supporting this local NGO you can contact them before your arrival in Kampot and arrange to attend a music-rehearsal or a music lesson given in the school.
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