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Trip from Phnom Penh to Kep and Kampot!

Editor’s note: Below is the traveller’s journal of Hugo on his trip to Kep and Kampot in Cambodia. All content and images are from the contributor.


My friends and I, are living in Phnom Penh and wanted to leave the capital city for some days to go on visiting southern Cambodia, especially Kep and Kampot. We booked bus tickets through BookMeBus, easy booking and we got very good prices compared to the other travelers we met over there.

kep and kampotOnce we arrived in Kampot, the first thing we did was to rent a scooter to get ourselves outside of the city in order to find a great hostel to stay. We crossed the new bridge and went up north, following the River. After 5 minutes driving we arrived in an incredible hostel, with terrace above the river! Amazing! We booked there for a night and we get back to our scooter to discover the countryside around. We got lost but we finally arrived to the seaside where we stayed for a few hours.

Kampot city is not the most beautiful place in this part of the country but I highly recommend to book a room/dorm in one of those hostel on the river side and from there take the time to visit the countryside.

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The day after we did the road from Kampot to Kep . Once we got there we booked a room in a dorm at Kepmandou hostel and started discovering the surroundings. I recommend this hostel, it’s clean, cheap and people are nice. Furthermore, they have maps of the countryside around in which they wrote down all the amazing places to discover motorcycling!

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From there, we were hanging around during two days, getting lost on rice fields, we went to a lake way north from Kep and we got so lost that we ended at the Vietnamese border! Kep countryside is really great, diversify and easy to go all over! I also really recommend to go to the crab market in Kep where you can eat really well and for every price range.

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This region is really nice for those who wants to travel on their own and visit countryside, rice field and having a boat trip on Mekong. For those who prefers to enjoy beaches, I would more recommend Sihanouk and the islands around. There is one beach in Kep, which is alright but really crowded during weekends and holidays. We stayed 4 days in this region, which is great but not enough if you really want to make the most of this place. I would recommend you to stay about a week.

After this trip around Kep and Kampot, we had to get back to our Phnom Penh, we booked bus through BookMeBus and we got back as easily as we arrived.

I hope that I helped you and that you will go on discovering all over Cambodia!

See you around!

Hugo

Travel through Cambodia with Virak Buntham buses

Virak Buntham buses is known as the first bus operator to offer night buses in Cambodia. It boasts of having comfortable and quality service to all its travelers. With its many routes, travelers can journey to any place of their choice and simply rest while on the way.

virak buntham buses

What do you get when travelling with Virak Buntham buses?

In case you wish to travel on board Virak Buntham buses, you are often provided with the following perks:

  • complimentary WiFi
  • complimentary water
  • comfortable accommodations

Other important information are as follows:

  • Passengers should be at the terminal 15 minutes before departure.
  • Tickets are VOID if passengers do not arrive on time.
  • Children over 5 years of age require tickets.
  • Passengers availing Pick Up services should be ready at the hotel or guesthouse’s lobby an hour before departure.
  • Passengers MUST present printed Online Tickets for inspection at the terminal prior to boarding.
  • Smoking inside the bus is prohibited.
  • Pets, weapons, illegal products and substances, and hazardous materials are not allowed on the bus.
  • Strong smelling food items (i.e., durian, prohok) are not allowed on board the bus.

Route updates

To avoid confusion regarding certain routes from Siem Reap, here are some updates that might be helpful when booking bus tickets with Virak Buntham buses:

  • Siem Reap to Bangkok/Pattaya route departs at 4:00 AM and uses the sleeping bus. It is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred to VIP Van (15 seats) at the border.
  • Siem Reap to Bangkok route departs at 8:00 AM and uses a 41-seat bus. It is a direct bus. The bus will stop at three different locations namely Kao San, Train Station, and Pharum Kao (airport).
  • Siem Reap to Sihanoukville route:
    • Departs at 10:30 PM and uses a luxury bus. It is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred to VIP Van (11 seats) in Phnom Penh.
    • Departs at 11:00 PM uses a Sleeping bus, but it is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred to other bus in Phnom Penh.
    • Departs at 12:00 AM uses a Hotel bus, but it is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred to VIP Van (11 seats) in Phnom Penh.
  • Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh route departs at 7:00PM, 10:30PM, 11:00PM and 12:00PM, but is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred bus in Phnom Penh.
  • Siem Reap to Koh Kong route:
    • Departs at 7:00PM and uses a sleeping bus. It is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred bus in Sihanoukville.
    • Departs at 11:00PM and uses a sleeping bus. It is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred to VIP Van (11 seats) in Phnom Penh.
  • Siem Reap to Mondulkiri route departs at 12:00PM and uses a sleeping bus. It is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred to VIP Van (11 seats) in Phnom Penh.
  • Siem Reap to Kampot, Kep, and Ha Tien routes depart at 7:00 PM and uses a sleeping bus. It is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred to Van (15 seats) in Sihanoukville.
  • Siem Reap to Phu Quoc Island route departs at 7:00PM and uses a sleeping bus. It is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred to Van (15 seats) in Sihanoukville on to the ferry.

These are not the only routes available for Virak Buntham buses. You may check out more information from this page on our website.

Paddle boarding in Kampot

One of the things that make Cambodia amazing is that locals and expats alike never run out of things to try out or discover. Take for example, paddle boarding in Kampot, spelunking in Kampong Trach, or riding the banana boat at Sihanoukville. You may not have heard of it at first, but then somebody somewhere is already trying things out.

So, with the weekend coming up, fancy heading out to Kampot and trying something new?

Paddle boarding in Kampot

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One of the things you can try during the weekend is paddle boarding in Kampot. Currently, stand up paddle boarding (also known as SUP) is a growing sport that is not only recognized in Cambodia but also the rest of the world. One of the companies offering a unique paddle boarding experience is Supasia, which is based in Kampot.

What do you get to do?

paddle boarding in kampot

There are a couple of things you can do during your trip:

  1. Try your hand at stand up paddle boarding – the company offers lessons for those who are interested.
  2. Take a tour via paddle boarding – after learning how to paddle board, the next thing to definitely do is to go on a tour. You get to see many waterways, mangrove forests, and even paddle next to the Irrawaddy Dolphins! A definite MUST.
  3. Relax by doing SUP yoga – if you are a yogi and want to try something new, paddle board fitness and yoga just might be something you want to try out.

What to wear?

Guests can pretty much wear anything they prefer, although the company suggests wearing swimwear and a hat. Bikinis, however, are discouraged since the area is still relatively culturally sensitive. No need to bring life jackets and waterproof camera cases though as these are readily provided.

How to get to Kampot?

Now the big question of getting to Kampot. Well, if you are in Phnom Penh, there are buses that go from Phnom Penh to Kampot at varying hours during the day. If you are in Siem Reap, there are also Siem Reap to Kampot routes available, as well as Sihanoukville to Kampot. For other routes, you can check out the BookMeBus system and book your bus tickets as soon as possible.

This is something you definitely do not want to miss out on!