10 Extremely Cool Sights in Kampot, Cambodia

I usually plant myself whereever I travel for long periods of time. As such, I’ve been in the small town of Kampot, Cambodia for many, many days now. If you’ve ever been to Kampot, you’ll realize that if you stick around for even a few hours it’s inevitable that you’ll get to know this little place pretty well. Located in rural Cambodia three hours down a dirt road south of the capital of Phnom Penh, Kampot doesn’t sound like it stands a chance to be anything other than a forgettable country town. I’d personally never heard of it until I started looking into traveling to Cambodia.

Kampot actually attracts many, many travelers. I’m almost never the only Westerner on the street. There’s really nothing to do here except enjoy the charm of being out in the middle of nowhere in Cambodia. But out in the middle of nowhere in Cambodia is pretty incredibly cool. And extremely photogenic. Here’s a peek.

Rural Cambodia - a dirt road in the small town of Kampot

Out in the middle of nowhere - Kampot, Cambodia


Khmer food in Kampot, Cambodia - breakfast consisting of meat atop rice, with sauces

My first breakfast

Woman with a basket attached to her bike poses for her photo in Kampot, Cambodia

The Khmer people are usually happy to let me take their photo...

Man sitting on a truck full of dead chickens in Kampot, Cambodia

...although one man sitting on a truck full of hundreds of dead chickens retaliated by taking a photo of me

Two Khmer girls post by a wagon in Kampot, Cambodia

Even little children in Kampot are willing to pose for photos

A typical street in Kampot, Cambodia with its colonial French architecture

Known for its French Colonial architecture, only a handful of Kampot's colorfully cute little buildings stand taller than two stories

All of the streets in Kampot look alike, so it is fortunate that decorative roundabouts exist to help you find your way

All roads in Kampot look alike, so it's helpful to have decorative roundabouts so you don't get lost

Two Buddist Monks in Kampot, Cambodia make the rounds every morning asking people for food

Buddist monks make their rounds every morning, gathering their daily food

Chicken on a bed in Kampot, Cambodia

Chickens and their baby chicks run all over. Their presence makes eggs and chicken popular on menus

Sunset over Kampot River in southern Cambodia

Every night people gather at the Kampot River to watch the sunset

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  1. kevin says:

    Great Pictures! I’ll be in Kampot next Sunday. I know what you mean- Kampot is just big enough that you don’t go mad, but not so big it takes longer than 3 minutes to drive out of town. It’s a great place.


  2. Sabina Lohr says:

    Thanks, Kevin. I’m really liking it. Kampot is peaceful and quite fascinating.

  3. Joe Le Merou says:

    Nice !
    Looks as peaceful and friendly as small quiet towns in Laos !
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  4. Sabina, I loved Kampot so much! What a wonderful little town. I really hope it stays just the way it is.

    I’m actually contemplating going back to Sihanoukville to work. Maybe we’ll have a chance to meet up! I’m currently in Hoi An and will be in Nha Trang tomorrow morning.
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  5. Rob says:

    It’s a bit difficult to say without higher res pictures… but it kinda of looks like you caught some doggy romance in that first picture…

  6. neha says:

    Love the last 3 photos!

  7. Steve says:

    What a wonderful place to be in; it looks really charming. Cambodia really is one of my favorite travel destinations so I’m jealous that you’re there right now and I’m not. These are some really great photos.
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  8. Simon Oliver says:

    I love the picture of the guy sitting on the chicken filled truck taking a photo of you as you are doing the same to him.

  9. Sabina Lohr says:

    Hi Joe – Kampot was so quiet. Everyone who travels through seems to love it, and I understand why.

  10. Sabina Lohr says:

    Hi Kate – I just loved it to. I took a day trip to Otres Beach in Sihanoukville. I could have handled staying there, actually.

  11. Sabina Lohr says:

    Rob, it does look like that. But I’m pretty sure the dogs were just playing. I remember taking that photo, and it seems they just ran toward each other and then ran off :)

  12. Sabina Lohr says:

    Thanks, Neha. I could have put up ten more photos, easily. There is very cool stuff in Kampot.

  13. Sabina Lohr says:

    Hi Steve – it is a very cool country. I’m actually looking forward to leaving, though.

  14. Sabina Lohr says:

    Hi, Simon – We have the same taste. I think that is one of the coolest photos I’ve ever taken, actually. Thanks! :)

  15. Nancie says:

    Staying in one place for an extended period of time can be so much more satisfying then constantly hopping all over the place. I’ve not been to Kampot, but looks it’s worthy of a visit. I love the photo of the older lady with the bicycle.

    The first time I went to Siem Reap I stayed for 7 or 8 days. When I mentioned this to someone they were shocked that I would stay there for that long. Actually I would have stayed longer if I had had the time. I was never bored.

    Thanks for tweeting Travel Photo Thursday. Post a photo sometime when you have a chance.

  16. Sabina Lohr says:

    Hi Nancie – I’m in Siem Reap right now – for one week. I hated it at first, but it turns out I’m in a bad part of town. I found an area just ten minutes away by tuk-tuk that’s clean, interesting and even has great ice cream!

  17. Looks interesting…pretty similar to a South Indian town. I can completely imagine why so many people visit this place…it looks peaceful and laid back…
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  18. Sabina says:

    Oh, it really is sooo laid back. No traffic, almost no noise, just one incredibly cool rural Cambodian sight after the other. I think if you ever travel to Cambodia, this is the don’t-miss spot – not Angkor Wat.

  19. nacio cronin says:

    I have to say that while I found the people delightul, I thought Kampot was dirty and a waste of time. There is no there there. The attraction seems to be a few delapidated and not very old French colonial shop fronts and flats, none of which exude much charm in my opinion. The deluded westerners there are for the most part sort of bland latter day hippies and grimey backpackers looking for something that is… not there. I read a very positive article about Kampot and that’s why I went there, but I would never go back, either there or to sleazy Sihanoukville.

    Having said that, the amok at the inn in Kampot was just heavenly!

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