This is a provincial capital nestled in the coastal mountains with stunning scenery, colonial architecture and whitewater rapids.
Some attractions downtown, besides the riverfront, are the central market, small caveswith Buddhist shrines, and the football stadium. Towards the ocean on the East side is theport of Kampot and many Cham Muslim communities and schools. Across the river is Kampot’s Wat or Buddhist Temple which is open to tourists. Past the Wat are Kampot’ssalt fields, and further out of town are Kampot’s famous Black Pepper (red and green too!) and Durian farms. Along the riverfront, mostly North of downtown’s bridges, are several guesthouses and restaurants, right on the river.
Across the River (West Side) the first big road to the right from either bridge, takes you to the Kampot Zoo (about 20 minute ride and $5 entrance fee), lions, tigers and bears (and maybe some monkeys), and the Kampot River rapids, Teuk Chhou, an informal park for eating, drinking, sleeping, and playing in the water. Take your own motorcycle or get a motorcycle taxi or Tuk Tuk for about $5-7 round trip.
Canoeing, Kayaking, and guided river tours are possible on the river.
Kampot is also known worldwide for its Pepper Plantations (black, green, red and white table pepper) and locally for Durianfarms (a giant, pointy fruit, weighing up to 12 kilograms). The Pepper from Kampot is the only food product in Cambodia exported worldwide, and will soon have the Origin Specific label “Kampot Pepper”. Pepper farm tours are a popular activity here.