A former French colonial town on the sea-front near the border with Vietnam. In its heydey, this was home to holiday villas for the elite, which fell into disrepair. The last few years have seen a steady revival of the town, with properties being bought up by the wealthy and the aim appears to be a more upmarket revival. What was once a 1km pebbly beach is now covered with sand imported from Sihanoukville, a new promenade and a pier have also been built. Kep still retains its sleepy beach town feel, hustle and bustle free. Besides the main beach there are 13 nearby islands offering snorkelling and diving opportunities. The main island to visit is Rabbit Island (Koh Tonsay) which has nicer sand beaches that Kep and has some basic accommodation options. Kep is most famous for its crab meat, with plenty of restaurants, seafood stalls and a crab market to sample it. You can visit Kep on a day trip from Kampot. Although as the main appeal here is to relax, eat crab meat and kick back watching the sunset with a cold beverage, you need to stay at least one night to really appreciate it.
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