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KAMPOT

Kampot  is a province located in the Southwest of Cambodia. It borders the provinces of Koh Kong and Kampong Speu to the north, Takeo to the east, Sihanoukville to the west and Kep as well as a 80-kilometer long coastline on the Gulf of Thailand to the south, Its capital is Kampot town and sits near the base of the abundant green Elephant Mountains and the famous Bokor Hill Station.
Bokor Hill Station, and countryside tours are the most popular day tours out of Kampot. The Kampot area also offers several other attractions including pre-Angkorian ruins and caves, jungle trekking, bicycling tours, river cruises, island trips, fishing trips, isolated beaches, pepper plantations, bamboo train rides and some beautiful rural countryside.
 
Durian  Roundabout  of  Kampot
 
 
Area: 4,873 sq.km
 
Population: 627,884 people
 
Topography: The province is divided into two parts:
 
+ The East of the province consists of the typical plain area for Cambodia, covering rice fields and other agricultural plantations.
+ The Western part of the province shows up with the well known Bokor National Park, being a part of the grant Elephant Mountains, which is rich in lush forests and a huge range of wildlife. The two highest points in the province are the Bokor Hill Station with an altitude of 1,027m above sea level and further north another hilltop wth an elevation of 1,050m above sea level.
 
Administrative divisions: 8 districts divided into 92 communes with a total of 477 villages.
 
Climate: Cambodia can be visited year round. The average temperature is about 270C; the minimum temperature is about 160C. December and January are the coolest months, whereas the hottest is April. Kampot itself is one of the cooler regions of the country, due to its situation next to the sea and high rainy mountains, it’s cooler and fresher.
 
General information about Kampot climate:
 
- Cool season: November- March (20-26c)
- Hot season: March- May (29c -34c)
- Rainy season: May - October (22-30c, with humidity up to 90%.)
 
 
Sights of interest
 

Kampot is a third largest coastal province in Cambodia and best well-known for Kampot Pepper, one of the finest pepper in the world, this settle town offers many historical and natural wonders to discover.

Kampot town shows some of Indochina's best preserved colonial era shophouses creating a lovely old world feel. This small silence Kampot town is a common gateway to Preah Monivong Bokor National Park, the renowned whole-year round cool climate mountain and its self history.

The stunning panoramic views from the mountain tops are greatly appreciated by visitors. Limestone caves, durian farms, pepper farms, salt farms and bird sanctuary are also worthwhile stops in Kampot. At the present, this coastal province is one among the potential eco-tourism provinces in Cambodia with its famous Bokor Mountain waiting for visitors to explore and experience.

 
The Colonial Railway Stationthe rail line through Kampot is under construction. For the present the old station still stands in all its original aspect. It is a rather long concrete building with tin roof that is not corrugated, yet the building is somehow unique in its own style. The Station is sign posted and approx. 1.5 kilometres out of town.
 
Kampot old railway station
 
 
Bokor Hill is located 42 km from the provincial town. It was erected by French colonists in 1922 during the reign of King Sisowath. Bokor was a resort location for affluent French colonists who needed a change of atmosphere. Still remain a complex of architectural works from French period including hotels, casino, Catholic church, palaces... being built in early 1920.
 
Bokor  Hill  Station
 
The Bokor Hill is 1,080 meters high, and promises good weather and magnificent views. Big trees casting shadows over the water and rocks shaped as animal figures hold particular interest for tourists. The mountain overlooks Kampot Town, Kep Beach, Preah Sihanouk Province and blue sea water.
7 km away from the mountain, sits a swimming spot at Popork Vil Waterfall. Tourists can swim and bathe here for pleasure.
 
 
                            Ruins of the church at Bokor Hill                                                       Old casino at Bokor 
 

French colonial architectures. Beside the elegant French colonial buildings on top of Bokor Mountain many charming colonial-style buildings of all sizes along the riverfront streets of Kampot is a must visit. Though suffering a bit the ravages of time, the architecture of Kampot is pleasantly provincial, a mix of red tile-roofed shophouses and old French colonial government buildings. Kampot has been an active settlement for centuries but the location and layout of the modern town was established during the French colonial period in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of the buildings along and near the river were constructed during this period. The south end of town harbors several European-style buildings including the governor‘s mansion and the old prison. Most of the other colonial era buildings employ the classic 2-sotrey “Chinese shop house” design, many displaying European elements. 

 

French colonial architectures 

 

Phnom Chhnork caves. Phnom Chhnork is the most spectacular cave complex in the Kampot area. Limestone mountains dot the landscape around Kampot and between Kampot and Kep and limestone caves are not a rare sight in this area. But what makes Phnom Chhnork unique is that the main cave contains the remains of a brick temple that dates back to the Funan Kingdom in the 7th century. The brick structure is in excellent condition due to the protection of the cave. The stalactites and stalagmites are growing into the temple offering an impressive visual effect. Look for the rock and stalactite formations at the entrance of the main cave in the shape of elephan's or calf's heads.
There is a second cave at about 300 meters from the main chamber in the same limestone rock. There formations here are not as impressive as in the other one but the cave is deep and climbing and crawling over rocks is required. There is a small shrine in the interior if this cave. Phnom Chhnork is easily reached with just a short walk away from the Wat Ang Sdok, where the entrance point is located.
 
  
Phnom  Chhnok  caves
 
 
Teuk Chhou Rapids, 8 km from the center, referred to as waterfalls by locals, Teuk Chhou is in fact a series on sparkling natural rapids with crystal clear water which is always cool and fresh.
 
  
Teuk  Chhou  Rapids
 
 

Beaches & islands. Kampot beaches feature sandy beach with thousands of mangrove and coconut trees growing nearby, making the site ideal for visitors looking for a pleasant place to relax. Kampot Sea is typically good for snorkeling and scuba diving. The islands in Kampot are still in an unspoiled state.

 

Kampot pepper. Kampot is renowned for its excellent pepper which has more than a century long history and is one of the highest quality peppers in the world. The fresh climate and soil type of Kampot as well as the experience from several generations of pepper farmers make this pepper unique and much sought-after by gourmets worldwide. The specificities of the Kampot pepper come from the mildness of their spice, the freshness and complexity of their aromas and their exceptional lingering taste.
Despite pepper cultivation being adversely affected by events in Cambodia’s recent history, small farmers in the region are using their traditional skills and knowledge to once again make Kampot pepper a valuable product. Best time to visit pepper farms is the time before the harvest in March until April.

 

Kampot  pepper

 

Kampot seasonal fruits. If you travel from Phnom Penh to Kampot, you will be greeted with a giant statue of a durian. It is no coincidence as the province is supposed to grow the most delicious durians anywhere in the region. 
Like other potential provinces, beside durian, Kampot produces many preferred seasonal fruits such as coconut, mango, rambutan, and mangosteen. Durian and coconut are the main agriculture products in Kampot.

          

                    Durian                                                              Rambutan                                                        Coconut                                     

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