Kampot is a city in southwest Cambodia and is the capital of Kampot province. The city is regarded as one of the most important seaports in Cambodia, while the province has a coastline of approximately 94 km.
Unlike most Cambodian provincial capitals, the centre of Kampot is composed of many 19th-century French colonial architecture buildings and it has a laid back feel, as the riverside city is less developed than its bigger counterparts in Phnom Penh in Sihanoukville. The Old Town of Kampot was also listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2017.
The Praek Tuek Chhu River, makes Kamot a perfect riverside setting, in the shadow of the nearby Bokor Mountain, and it offers a pleasant and fresh environment with sunset boat cruises a popular activity. Although there is a good resident population, it is a popular domestic tourist destination and seasonal hotspot.
The region is also famous for producing high-quality Kampot pepper, which is regarded and exported worldwide. It is also known for its Kampot fish sauce and durian, which are believed to be among the best in the world.
Although Kampot is quiet and chic and very popular for weekend visits from residents of the bigger cities, it is also earmarked for changes as new development and better infrastructure is slowly transforming the sleepy river town.
Close to Kampot, there are also a number of natural key tourist attractions, including waterfalls, river rapids and mangroves and caving so it's an ideal eco-tourism hub.
With more international property developers investigating opportunities, a new seaport under construction, and a tourism blueprint in development, the future of Kampot is bright.