The town centre has a smattering of sleeping options, ranging from basic guesthouses through to charming boutique hotels. There are also accommodations dotted along Kampot River out of town, surrounded by nature and boasting stunning views that stretch across the river and onto rolling hills. Many of the river-based guesthouses offer kayaking and boat trips through the mangroves, paddle-boarding and platforms for diving into the water.
Kampot is famous for its pepper, which is used in some of the top kitchens across the globe. Renowned for its fiery kick, the pepper has achieved geographical indicator status and is grown in farms throughout the area, where the soil is rich and fertile. Many of the farms in the area have thrown their doors open to guests and offer tours of their operations and the chance to learn more about pepper production. La Plantation is a top choice.
If the kids are a little older, then a day trip up Bokor Mountain is a must. The best way is to hire motorbikes – you won’t be allowed in without a helmet so make sure you get them for the whole family when hiring the bike – and enjoy the smooth ride up the mountain. Alternatively, you can hire a private car for the day and enjoy the views as you make your way to the peak. Along the way, there are waterfalls, religious statues and crumbling relics from colonial French times, when the hill station was a retreat for the country’s occupying elite.