It’s really all about the river at – you guessed it – the riverside town of Kampot. The small town boasts lashings of calm, but the surrounding countryside is alive with rolling hills hugged by tropical green, stretching paddies and winding rivers flanked by mangroves. Whether you want to stay in town or further out on the river, we’ve got accommodation in Kampot covered for you.
Sabay Beach, Kampot
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Sabay Beach, Kampot
One of the latest additions to Kampot River is Sabay Beach, and what a beauty it is. Set out of town, the tranquil surroundings afford stunning views onto the river and rural Kampot stretching to the rugged horizon. Three-storey tree houses dot the grounds, which are made up of the area’s natural forest. A bar and restaurant is onsite, as is a small man made beach. Kayaks and paddle boards are also available to hire.
Also nestled along the river, Champa Lodge offers a true slice of calm, and some of the best sunsets around. Boasting a handful of beautifully renovated traditional stilted houses, overlooking a bend in the river, guests can cool off in the water, enjoy a beer at the bar or a stroll through the countryside.
As well as being home to some mighty fine wood-fired pizza, this hotel is located in town, within walking distance of all the centre’s sleepy action. While there is no pool, there are shaded tropical gardens to relax in, and the rooms are well decorated in a contemporary Khmer style.
The best thing about Kampot is its stunning countryside, and escaping to the river is the best thing to do upon arrival. Greenhouse is a stalwart on the riverside scene and boasts great food served in an equally delicious setting overlooking Kampot River. Accommodation comes in the form of a few wooden bungalows that dot the sprawling grounds.
Another new addition to Kampot, this 18-room boutique hotel is housed in a French colonial building in the centre of town. It has a rooftop terrace, garden, restaurant and bar with a clean modern feel running throughout. Each room comes with a balcony.
Still on the river but a little closer to town than the others, Naga House is a cheaper alternative for those wanting to enjoy the river’s tranquil setting. Accommodation comes in the form of basic bungalows and a dorm, with a bar serving food and drinks. Naga’s atmosphere is laid back, and it tends to attract the backpacking crowd, so things can get a little lively on weekends, especially when it hosts live music and DJs.