I love Kep. If I were to pick any place here in Cambodia to stay indefinitely, my hands down pick would be Kep. In fact, I have a minor obsession with it, I think we go there almost every month now. It’s easily accessible from Phnom Penh, road is good and takes just about 3-4 hours leisurely driving.
Sure, there are more noted and more popular beaches here in Cambodia but for a lot of reason we prefer having weekends in Kep. We love the quiet, relaxed vibe. It’s not very touristy, has great dining and picnic options. And as my daughter points out, there are plenty of delicious crabs. Truth is, I love this place coz it makes me breathe, the instant we get there I feel like I automatically relax.
The one downside to Kep town is that it doesn’t offer much beach swimming areas. One of the best places to go to is Koh Tunsay (Rabbit Island) where you can enjoy white sand beaches and shallow waters really ideal for swimming. It’s more or less 5 km from Kep and can easily be reached by a boat ride lasting about 20-30 mins.
And here’s some snaps from the last time we went and spent the whole day there.
We booked the boat through out hotel and we paid around $8 per pax for 2-way trip. That also includes a tuk-tuk pickup from the hotel to the boat dock.
All boats we saw were open boats so I was so thankful I had a lot of sunblock with me and a hat for the kiddo. We were also given life vests which was a plus. It was a short, uneventful ride and we were dropped near the beach.
There is not much in terms of facilities but there are a couple of basic guesthouses and mini restaurants. There are plenty of hammocks and shade so its easy to find a place to ‘park’ yourself.
We also had lunch there and ordered seafood from one of the guesthouses. All simply cooked but very very delicious!
grilled squid and shrimp with pepper/lemon sauce
At sundown, the boats are back to take us back to Kep..
Kiddo and I both loved this place as this reminded us of some quiet beaches back home in the Philippines. Beaches with no five star amenities but just tranquil vibe and lots of space to snorkel, swim and have fun.