While the nearby resort town of Sihanoukville has long since woken up to tourism, Kampot, Cambodia, still slumbers. This enchanting town is set against the backdrop of the Elephant Mountains and offers an interesting mix of Chinese and French colonial architecture that gives it a special character. It is located 91 mi/148 km from Phnom Penh.

There are some nice riverside cafes and restaurants to enjoy the unhurried atmosphere of this pleasant town. Kampot is easy to explore on foot or by bicycle. A main attraction is the nearby Bokor Hill Station, the remains of a hotel and residences built by the French in the 1920s. This fascinating site not only offers a glimpse of history, it also enjoys spectacular views of coastline. Guided trips to Bokor Hill Station can be arranged in Kampot as can treks and cycle tours. The quiet nearby beach resort of Kep is also worth a visit.

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