More and more visitors are discovering the sleepy riverside town of Kampot, a charming place with a relaxed atmosphere and a fine, if run-down French architectural legacy. Eclipsed as a port when Sihanoukville was founded in 1959, Kampot makes an excellent base for exploring Bokor National Park and the verdant coast east towards Vietnam, including Kep and a number of superb cave-temples.
Kampot is a province in southwest Cambodia, edging onto the Gulf of Thailand. In the west, the vast jungle of Preah Monivong (aka Bokor) National Park in the misty Elephant Mountains is home to Bokor Hill Station, a 1920s French ghost town. On the banks of the Teuk Chhou River, the province’s sleepy capital, Kampot, is known for its French colonial architecture.