This attractive, if somewhat bland, riverside town at the foot of the Elephant Mountain range, not far from the sea, is known for its French colonial architectural remnants—and for salt and pepper. In the dry season, laborers can be seen along the highway to Kep, working long hours in the salt fields; pepper plantations are scattered around the province. Kampot is the departure point for trips to the seaside resort of Kep and Bokor Hill Station. The coastal road from Sihanoukville to Kampot is somewhat rough, but has spectacular views. Several limestone caves speckle the landscape from Kampot to Kep to the Vietnam border. Plan at least a morning or afternoon excursion to see the cave at Phnom Chhnork.
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