Kampot – top things to do and see

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Here are some exciting activities to consider during your stay that will give you a taste of the laid-back Cambodian lifestyle of Kampot.

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Ride the crab shuttle

A great way to admire the picturesque scenery of the unspoiled coastline of Cambodia is to ride the Crab Shuttle that runs regularly between Kampot and Kep. After getting on the boat in the early morning, travelers can bathe themselves under the sun and enjoy the soothing sea breezes of the Thai Gulf. Occasionally, they may eve spot schools of flying fish as they glide across the waters. A wide range of authentic Cambodian lunch options are available to satisfy foodies’ tastebuds. Meanwhile, a stint on a local beach is a fine way to finish the journey.

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Phnom Bokor National Park

The 140,000 hectares that make up this national park feature breathtaking natural vistas and an amazing array of wildlife. The wildlife ranges from foxes to tigers, snakes and one of the biggest herds of elephant in Cambodia. There are also waterfalls, exotic flora and hiking trails to explore between the jungles. These are all interspersed with some curious remnants of French colonialism.

Phnom Chhngok Cave Temple

Cambodia is a Buddhist country packed with temples with distinctive features. In Kampot, the Phnom Chhngok Cave Temple, the only cave temple in Cambodia, is a real must-see. Built in the the Funan style, this complex hidden in a cave has a history of more than 1,300 years. Visitors are greeted by elephant-shaped stalactites, not to mention breathtaking views of the hills around Kampot.

Phnom Chhngok Cave Temple (via Best deals for Halong Bay Cruises)

Unwind in a spa

After spending days exploring the city and climbing the surrounding mountains, travelers should be sure to hit a traditional Cambodian spa to unwind. Treatments offered across the city include pedicures, steam facials, back massages, hand and foot massages and manicures. Cambodian therapists are known for their ability to relieve muscle aches and pains.

Stand-up paddle boarding

This energetic water sport originated in Hawaii but quickly crossed to the waterways around Kampot, where it’s now a popular pastime. Amiable and professional guides offer travelers an introduction to the sport. It is said to be one of the best ways to explore the rural side of Cambodia and the floating villages on the riversides around town.

Popokvil Waterfall

Popokvil Waterfall (via Vietravel)

A visit to Popokvil Waterfall is a precious opportunity to regain connection with nature and interact with local Cambodians. The spectacular waterfall dropping from the top of the Bokor Mountain inspires travelers to relax. It’s also popular with meditating monks and picnicking folk outside Kampot. Apart from the magnificent waterfall, another reason to visit the attraction is the delicious authentic Khmer food on offer from the huts.

Kite surfing

Kite surfing offers a way to view the untouched nature and pristine coastline of Cambodia. Adrenaline-pumping and fun in the extreme, this activity is perfect for action junkies. It’s also great for casual sightseers on account of the relatively calm waters and tranquil spots around Kampot town.

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