A small 19th century former French colonial town famous for its Kampot pepper production. The main appeal is to stay at one of the several riverside guesthouses within the lush green vegetation that lines the river, soak up the relaxed sleepy atmosphere of the place, and enjoy a beautiful riverside sunset with a cold beverage. It's a good base to explore the surrounding countryside and see a slice of Cambodian rural life. There’s also opportunity to do climbing, kitesurfing and paddleboading (SUP) nearby.
It’s a pretty quiet little town, if you’re looking for nightlife Kampot isn’t the place.
The main town area with its crumbling colonial architecture gives the place some character. There is also a picturesque decommissioned bridge over the river which the locals still walk over, tread carefully if you choose to! You can also explore nearby Bokor National Park and the superb countryside, caves and temples in the surrounding area. As Kampot has gained popularity with tourists and expats, various bars and restaurants have popped up. This has not dented the charm of the place; it simply gives a more eating, drinking & shopping options.
If you’re hear to just relax and soak up the atmosphere, a couple of days will probably do you. If you’re looking to get involved in some of the adventure sports available you’ll probably stay longer.