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Kep, a province on Cambodia's southern coast, is a former resort town known throughout Cambodia for its relaxed, sun-dappled beaches and mouth-wateringly fresh crabs. In recent years, the province has undergone a revival, with many foreign and domestic visitors making the trip to indulge in its luxurious beachside resorts, tropical islands, and toothsome seafood.
During Cambodia's golden years before 1970, this lush coastal region was a seaside playground for affluent. Although Kep's beaches may not be in the same league as those in Preah Sihanouk, travelers seek out its tranquil atmosphere and unadulterated coasts.
A small section of the beach doubles as a regular crab-trading depot and the Crab Market (Psar Kdam) on the water’s edge serves as a popular tourist destination. Fishermen bring in baskets of crabs by the boatload, and waterfront restaurants cook them fresh, usually boiled with a few fragrant sticks of famed Kampot pepper. Fish, squid and prawns are also on offer, often cooking slowly over coals at the front of all the restaurants.
For a relaxing day trip, visitors often travel to a nearby island such as Rabbit Island (Koh Thonsáy), which is only a short boat ride off Kep's coast. Here, you'll find beautiful seaside views, bamboo platforms and basic bungalows, and plenty of rustic charm. A boat back during the evening sunset is not to be missed.
Those looking to take a break from beachside lounging may wish to visit some of the local limestone caves, some of which contain holy shrines.
Veal Lumher is a lovely little site tucked away in Kep Village of Kep Commune. Veal Lumher refers to the Koh Puor or the Puor Island. It has become as one of the most favorite destinations for the tourists who are looking for spending a few days far away from the crowds of more 'touristy' places. Arriving here is easy and convenient. If you are traveling from the provincial town, a 0.5 km journey will take you to the Veal Lumher in Kep City. A maximum of 3 minutes' ride and you will find yourself at one of the most beautiful corners in the land of Cambodia.
The Teuk Chhou Zoo is a private zoo in Kep. It is located 2.5 km away from the provincial town. The zoo is located in Thmei Village in the Prey Thom Commune, and is home to a variety of animal and plant species.
The Teuk Chhou Zoo features different animals including tigers, elephants, monkeys of different species, snakes, deer, sun bears, otters and many more. This is a wonderful place to spend a fun filled afternoon with your family; children especially love the experience. The ticket for entry includes a small charge for those who want to drive their cars through the zoo. Entry also includes access to the national park. Once inside, visitors can even take a cool dip in the crystal clear waters of the Teuk Chhou River.
Phnom Sar Sear is a fabulous natural and cultural resort situated at a distance of 14 km. from the provincial town of Kampot.
Phnom Sar Sear consists of three small mountains spread across a total land area of approximately 1.5 square kilometers. The mountain rises to a height of around 40 meters. Tourists can visit the mountain caves here. Among the caves, the cave of Phnom Ach Pro Chiev and particularly, the cave of Phnom Dam Rey Sar, are the most well known ones. Here, you will find a great architecture of Viel Sre inside.
On the mountaintop of Phnom Sar Sear, you will find a colorful stupa built in 1964 by the princess Rasmey Sou Phoan. The stupa is a holy worshipping place where it is believed the cremated ash of the Buddha are kept. On the mountaintop are sweeping views of rice fields, forests, local villages, islands and the vast sea. The mountain is also a worshipping place for people who come here to pray.
Koh Ton Say is natural resort located in southeastern Kep town. The resort has two beaches suitable for swimming.