Discover Kampot - Sihanoukville
Kampot City sits along the eastern portion of the Kampong Bay River and is quite near the foot of the Elephant Mountains. It's the stark opposite of Sihanoukville. Kampot City is an old, provincial capital and has colonial period architecture, and quiet lanes. While being historic and distinguished, it retains its small-town charms. If you want a truly authentic provincial Cambodia experience, you can't get any better than a visit to the Kampot and Elephant Mountains--Trip Guru highly recommends that you pay a visit.
In Cambodia, it's common for every city and small town to have at least one large market, as it's the heart of their trade. In the Kampot Center, you may find one such market, where it's the perfect place to observe the local people in their element; buying fish, vegetables, meat and other densely packed products to be able to provide a living for their families. It's a completely honest picture of the country that you won't be able to find anywhere else. One precious souvenir from this market is Kampot's famous pepper, with its unique flavor profile.
Another sight to behold is the Phnom Bokor National Park, on the other hand is densely forested and within the untouched woods there have been discoveries of 30 unique plants. The Elephant Mountains got its name from the elephants that live there, but there are tigers, leopards, civets, wild cows, gibbons and other species who make these mountains their home. At the very pinnacle of the mountain is the Bokor Hill Station, where hauntingly picturesque, moss-covered buildings have made their mark, looming over dense fog.
To get to Kampot from Sihanoukville, you can take a bus that will bring you north using the National Highway No. 4 to Veal Renh, which is 40km away. Afterwards, you will turn east on National Highway No. 3 to Kampot. Both highways are in good condition. The entire trip from Sihanoukvillle to Kampot takes around 1 or 2 hours, depending on traffic. The country has a largely tropical climate, but December and January are the coolest months of the year, whereas the heat is around April. Kampot tends to be one of the cooler regions fo the country, because it's next to the sea and has its high rainy mountains to ensure that its visitors remain cool and comfortable.