It’s easy to see why Kampot, in Cambodia’s deep south-west, is an increasingly popular destination for travelers. Set on a river at the foot of the Elephant Mountains, this delightful town and former French Indochina administrative center emits a laid-back ambiance, while its sleepy boulevards reveal charming colonial-era architecture.
Kampot makes an ideal base for Bokor Mountain tours, within Bokor National Park. At the summit of Bokor Mountain, the abandoned 1920s French hill station and its derelict buildings are an eerily beautiful sight amid the rolling mists. Kampot is best known however for its celebrated peppercorns, ranked the world’s finest with a superior taste. Take a Kampot pepper tour at one of numerous plantations outside town and learn all about the centuries-old cultivation process.