Lazy river town Kampot feels a world away from Phnom Penh, and therein lies its charm.
Kampot has a quiet, small-town vibe and is becoming increasingly popular with both tourists and expats. The picturesque town center is peppered with quaint French colonial buildings and crumbling shophouses, as well as an array of surprisingly first-rate restaurants and bars. It might be a small town, but you’ll still be able to eat like a king, with restaurants operated by expats from Thailand, France, Portugal, the US, and Italy serving excellent examples of their home-country cuisine. At night you can enjoy live music, movie screenings, pub quizzes and more than enough places to enjoy a sundowner by the river. Whether you’re just here for the weekend or staying for a while, Kampot will lure you in with its charm.
We’ve got everything you need to know about Kampot, from hotels and activities to laundry and grocery shopping.
Kampot Expat City Guide
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You might be surprised to hear that Kampot has a booming culinary scene. These are our favorite restaurants.
Kampot might be a laid-back town, but there are still lots of things to do and see.
We have a guide to the best shopping in town including books, clothing, pepper, and souvenirs.
In the transportation section, we cover how to get to and from Kampot, rent bicycles or motos in town, plus our favorite tuk tuk drivers and countryside tours.
Find out about local hospitals, doctors and clinics, ophthalmologists, and dental care in our medical care section.
Expat essentials covers the basics you’ll need to know as a Kampot expat:
Want to connect with other expats in Kampot? Here’s where to find them online and off.
Not too long ago, getting from Phnom Penh to Kampot by bus was a complete headache. Buses detoured to stop in Kep on their way to Kampot, making the trip closer to five hours long. Now, though, there are direct … Continue reading
The Sunday roast, an English staple, has found a home away from home here with the many expats in Kampot. Not one, not two, but three different restaurants fire up their ovens to bring that warm, comforting goodness every weekend. … Continue reading
Kampot’s nightlife differs from the other major Cambodian cities due to its smaller size and the laid-back nature of the town. Visitors generally care more about chilling out along the riverside or chatting with people in the numerous bars, rather … Continue reading