Cambodia: Historical Coastal Resort Town Kep and Kampot

Cambodia: Historical Coastal Resort Town Kep and Kampot

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Kep Cambodia King's Residence 2
The Cambodian King’s Resort Residence, Kep, Cambodia

Kep History

The resort town of Kep in Cambodia was once South East Asia’s premier beach destination from the early 1900’s up till the 1960’s. Originally named La Perle de la Côte d’Agathe it was also home to the Cambodian King’s resort residence.  Kep is also located next to the coastal town of Kampot – where the world famous pepper originates.

Its interesting to see the ebb and flow of human development. What was once possibly the region’s foremost beach resort destination has not only been eclipsed by places like Penang, Hua Hin, Ko Samui and Phuket but has also totally disappeared from main stream travel itineraries.


Location of Kep Cambodia


The Kep – Phu Quoc – Kampot Connection

Perhaps what’s even more interesting is how Kep is located just 30 km from the closest point on Phu Quoc island in Vietnam. With the Vietnamese central government intent to directly administer and develop Phu Quoc into an international tourism destination how will that impact Kep over the long term? The Phu Quoc international airport is scheduled to open at the end of 2012 while there are plans for an submarine power cable to service the island.

Can Kep potentially move up the resort development curve faster on the back of it’s past history? Can Kep take advantage of the global culinary branding of Kampot pepper which its sister town is so well known for?


kep town map
Kep Town, Cambodia



Kep Cambodia Resort Development King's Residence 1
King’s Resort Residence, Kep, Cambodia



Kep Villa
Abandoned Resort Villa, Kep, Cambodia



Kep Cambodia Villa
Abandoned Resort Villa, Kep, Cambodia



Abandoned Resort Villa, Kep, Cambodia



Villa Romonea
Villa Romonea – a restored beach front villa, Kep Cambodia



Washington Post: Cambodia’s up and coming seaside towns

Cambodia’s coastline uncovered: Asia’s best ‘Kep’ secret

The official site of Kep City

Kep: Cambodia’s other ruins

Kep, Cambodia: Asia meets France by the seaside

Villa Romonea: A Restored Kep Villa


Location Map

Photos: Spring Valley Rito, jitenshaman

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