The city is commonly known for its pepper plantations and salt fields. Many building in Kampot date from the colonial period which also includes the governor’s mansion. The city of Cambodia has a slow life that some tourists may not be in favor of but it has seen most tourist making their way to the city with a small population that most cities. The slow life is ideal as it provides less traffic and hence it makes it easy to get around on foot and get to see how magnificent the place is. The place is tranquil and peaceful which gives it a good feeling for a romantic getaway filled with rock climbing, river tours and expeditions into the jungle. There are a lot of places to visit in Kampot such as visiting the Kampot river, dirt bike adventure and also the La Plantation Farm just to mention a few.
When in Kampot, make sure you don’t miss a chance to visit the Kampot river. The Kampot river is the most magnificent site in the city as it is the center of beauty and is intertwined through the lush jungle and mangroves. The water is clean enough to take a swim in and while at the river you can get a glimpse of the sunset views. The best way to enjoy the view of the river is having a ride on the water jet tour boats as this will make one get a chance at seeing the beauty of Kampot while being a part of it. Another place not to miss a chance to visit is the La Plantation Pepper Farm. As some may know, Kampot is the number one when it comes to the exportation of black pepper. Some tourists may be interested in this part of Kampot as it’s the best way to try some of the spices of the city. Kampot offers a tour through the black pepper farms seeing the various pepper plantations in the forests while sampling the spicy products that are offered in Kampot. The spices are grown traditionally and harvested by hand. La Plantation has also been able to sustain livelihoods in the rural area and also play a part in schools around the city.
The Kampot Provincial Museum is also another best part of the city that is not supposed to be missed when you visit Kampot. This started off as the governor’s mansion during the colonial era and was later turned into the Kampot museum. The museum is filled with a history of the Kampot area and includes artifacts, old photographs and maps. The Kampot area has a rich history and the museum is dedicated to restoring the memory to Cambodians and also to help the tourists to learn more about the region. Most of the history from the colonial era in the region can be traced back to the museum which gives a clear picture of what went down. The museum was also recently renovated to give it life and to also give the residents and tourists time to learn more about the cultural heritage of the region.
Some tourists may also be interested in visiting the Phnom Sorsia which is a Buddhist hill complex in the city. The cave is filled with Buddhist cultural features. This is considered a holy hill and there are steps set which reach both the top of the mountain and the Whit Elephant Cave. The cave also has a concealed pool that has warm water which is accessed through a hole. One of the best areas to also explore is the Old Market also known as Phsar Kronat. The market was built in the late 1930s and was later abandoned. It has since been reopened and is set near the Kampot river which holds both a traditional market and the lifestyle shops. The market has shops for vintage collections, souvenirs and clothing.