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- How to get to Kep   
- History of Kep  
- Cambodias Climate - Kep Weather Chart  
- Transportation in Kep, motorbike rental, Tuk Tuk
- Money/ATM and Telecom & Postal service
- Health,  Doctor, Pharmacie, Miscellaneous

How to get to Kep?
From/To Phnom Penh, Airport to Kep
160km

From PP to Kep:
The Phnom Penh airport doesn't have any long haul connections, but plenty of regional ones (connecting BKK, SIN, KUL, SGN, RGN, etc) and with it's location to the west, departing from the airport  towards Kep saves you about 30min, compared to when leaving from the city center.
Information about Cambodian Visa.

A private a/c taxi sets you back $40 - $50 and does the trip in 2.5h.

Travelling by your own car you first take the recently completed NR 3 (exellent condition) and after about 60km, after Angasom, your turn left on to NR 33 for another 80km (road is in good condtion).
However, the best and fastest way to go to Kep is by taking the newly built NR 41(, which is connecting Kampot to Udong. On the Chinese built road iThere is hardly any traffic on this Chinese financed road - you'll probaly see more cows than cars.
To rent a car you might try Lyna Car Rental

Buses  run 2-3 times a day - 7am, 9am, 1pm and 2pm (times might vary) operated by several bus companies: Sorya, Vibol. Price $5-$7.
A popular choice is travelling by Giant-Ibis to Kampot and to take a Tuk-Tuk further to Kep.
Minivans operated by Rith Travel, Champa-Mekong, Anny Travel or the latest addition by Cambodia Post Office, leaving around 7am and 1pm.
Buses are going first to Kep and then continue to Kampot, so make sure you get off at the Kep beach. Price $6-$8.

At the Psa Dem Kor Market are share taxis available driving to Kampot and Kep for $10/back seat.
Buy bus/minivan tickets online via BookmeBus.com

Kep to Phnom Penh:

Buses run at 7.30am, 8.30am, 12.30am and 1pm.
Minvans leave twice a day, around 7-8am and 1-2pm.
Share taxis depart only from Kampot near the Total gas station.

Train Service:
Since 2016 the Royal Railway connects Phnom Penh with Sihanoukville (SHV) with stops along the way in Kratie and Kampot. The Australian operated train service is air conditioned and snacks & drinks are available. Only operated on weekends.
The trip takes 5h to Kampot (6.5h to SHV) and costs $6 ($7 to SHV), kids up to 10 years ride for free! It is possible to transport your car (to SHV only) for $14. Transportation of your motorbike to Kratie, Kampot or SHV is $5 ($6 to SHV).

PP-Kampot-SHV: Fridays dep 3.00pm, Sat/Sun dep 7.00am

SHV-Kampot-PP: Sat/Sun dep from Kampot 8.30am (no service on Fridays)
For bookings please call 078 888 582 or visit their website.

Please check the kep-cambodia.com for more information about bus schedules.


From Sihanoukville, Airport to Kep
130km

The biggest beach town of Cambodia - Sihanoukville aka Kompong Som lies 130km north-west of Kep and does have a small airport with daily flights from/to Siem Reap and Phnom Penh with Cambodian Angkor Air.
A comfortable taxi is $35-40 and takes 2-3h.

The minivan service takes about 3h and costs $7-$9.

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From/To Phu Quoc, Vietnam to Kep The beautiful ex-Cambodian, now Vietnamese Island Phuo Quoc (PQ) (Cambodian name 'Koh Troll') lies directly in front of Kep. The tourist center is on the west-coast (sunset), with Dong Dong as the main town and Long Beach with most hotels.

At the moment there is no direct boat service between PQ and Kep (although the authorities have been promising to establish a link since years) and therefore you first take a ferry to Ha Tien or Rach Gia and from there a bus to Kep.

There are several companies which sell you a combi ticket (boat and minivan) for around $30. The trip takes about 5-6h.

When travelling the other way round, first please don't forget to get a Vietnamese visa, either in PP or in Sihanoukville, which can be obtained in Kep via taxi (24h, $75 1 month single entry, $110 1 month multiple entries, only visa prices). Several European countries don't  need a visa anymore!
The 'Ha Tien Economic Zone Visa' which was valid for 2 weeks doesn't exist anymore!

There is plenty more information on the Visitphuquoc.info site.

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From Koh Kong/Trat to Kep
270km
The Koh Kong/Trat (Thailand) border-crossing is very popular for tourists, coming from Koh Chang, Bangkok or Pattaya. It is possible to buy a bus ticket all the way to Kep, starting from either BKK, Trat, Koh Chang or Pattaya.

The Cambodian Immigration police issues tourist visas on arrival, one month for 1'200 Thai Baht (=$40, normal price is $30)!!! If you got your photograph ready, you might get it a little bit cheaper, insisting you know the official price is $30, but don't count on it. The best way to avoid this official scam is to do an electronic visa beforehand. The 'extreme round up' has been like this for years!

When travelling from Kep to Thailand (Koh Chang, Bangkok etc) the bus/minivan is leaving early morning and takes you to Bangkok in 15h, to Koh Chang 10h. A soft pillow and a big book is recommended! :-)

Thailand issues visas on arrival for most countries. When arriving overland you get a 2 weeks visa, when arriving by plane, you get a 4 week visa - money, money, money makes the world go round - specially in Thailand! :-)

Busses from Koh Kong drive normally directly to Sihanoukville, so when travelling to Kep you need to change to another van in Veal Renh (trun off to Kampot, Kep). Wait for the connection bus/minibus next to the elephant monument. Veal Renh to Kep is 70km on a good road.

A taxi Koh Kong to Kep is around $120 - $140.

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(all times and costs indicated are without guarantee and are for indication purposes only - updated September 2016)

History of Kep

The City Kep was established by the French in 1908 and was the In-Place for the rich Khmers and French, who built over 300 French style villas. (today these are ruins, mainly because the Vietnamese guttet them when they withdrew back to their homeland but also from the poor Kep residents in need of building material).

With the socialist Khmer rouge (info on Wiki) taking power, Kep became quickly abandoned and was forgotten during the last 40 years. Even after the 1993 Paris peace agreement, Kep didn't count many residents and almost zero tourists, since the Khmer Rouge enjoyed the mild clima they occupied Kep until very late in the 1990ies.

Since a few years Kep is experiencing a slow renaissance offering bungalows but also normal hotel-rooms in a range of over 100 guest houses and hotels, which are popular with domestic tourists (foreigners and Khmers) and a growing number of international tourists.

Kep serves some of the best Cambodian sea food (Crab with green pepper is probably the most popular dish) and offers a fantastic combination of a National Park, the ocean with its offshore islands and the Kep beach. Taking a boat for the day to the nearby Rabbit island is a popular experience as well as a walk around the beautiful Kep National Park with a diverse  wildlife and lovely viewpoints (if you are lucky you see the amazing Hornbills).
Kep city is growing steadily, but is still a sleepy town, with not more than 10'000 people living there.

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Cambodias Climate
(© by Wikipedia)

Cambodia's climate, like that of the rest of Southeast Asia, is dominated by monsoons, which are known as tropical wet and dry because of the distinctly marked seasonal differences.

Cambodia has a temperature range from 21 to 35 °C (69.8 to 95 °F) and experiences tropical monsoons. Southwest monsoons blow inland bringing moisture-laden winds from the Gulf of Thailand and Indian Ocean from May to October. The northeast monsoon ushers in the dry season, which lasts from November to March. 

Cambodia has two distinct seasons. The rainy season, which runs from May to October, can see temperatures drop to 22 °C (71.6 °F) and is generally accompanied with high humidity. The dry season lasts from November to April when temperatures can rise up to 40 °C (104 °F) around April. Disastrous flooding occurred in 2001 and again in 2002, with some degree of flooding almost every year.

Kep's Climate

The best time to visit Cambodia in general is during the dry months lasting from November until April/May. The other 6 months are affected by monsoon rain, which isn't as wet as you might think. There are still some long periods without rain and plenty of sunshine, or it is just raining for a couple of hours and the sun comes back but of course there are periods with heavy rain for a few days.

The distinctive topography of Kep with its Kep National Park on a 160m high hill, form a special micro climate, which is different from the rest of Cambodia.

Kep doesn't get as hot during the dry months and gets much cooler during the winter months than the rest of the country, so the climate is quite pleasant and mild.

There are many online weather stations, but we think that Windguru's weather chart is very accurate. See for yourself.
Kep's weather on Windguru

But of course you should have a choice, so here are two more weather sites:

Meo Weather
World Weather Online

And then there is of course Kep's webcam @ Kep Lodge, which gives you a visual impression of our current weather!

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Kep's Weather Chart - in Grad Celcius

Month Temperature °C Average Rainfall (mm)
Average Absolute Daily Monthly
max min max min
January
30.7
23
38.8
14.8
0.9
28.3
February
31.3
23.5
37.6
13.4
0.9
25.2
March
32.1
24.7
35.8
15.7
1.6
50.3
April
32.6
25.4
39
21.6
4.2
124.8
May
31.5
25.7
37
20
6.7
207.3
June
30.5
25.6
37.4
17.7
8.4
252.7
July
29.9
25.2
38
15.4
11
341.4
August
29.6
25.2
38.6
16.5
12.2
377.2
September
29.5
25
32.7
21.7
10.7
320.6
October
30.4
24.3
38.3
14.4
9.4
290.4
November
30.8
24.2
35.7
19.9
4.6
138.2
December
30.5
23.4
35.4
17.2
1.8
54.5

Kep's Weather Chart - In Farenheit

Month Temperature °F Average Rainfall (mm)
Average Absolute Daily Monthly
max min max min
January
87.3
73.4
101.8
58.6
0.9
28.3
February
88.3
74.3
99.7
56.1
0.9
25.2
March
89.8
76.5
96.4
60.3
1.6
50.3
April
90.7
77.7
102.2
70.9
4.2
124.8
May
88.7
78.3
98.6
68.0
6.7
207.3
June
86.9
78.1
99.3
63.9
8.4
252.7
July
85.8
77.4
100.4
59.7
11
341.4
August
85.3
77.4
101.5
61.7
12.2
377.2
September
85.1
77.0
90.9
71.1
10.7
320.6
October
86.7
75.7
100.9
57.9
9.4
290.4
November
87.4
75.6
96.3
67.8
4.6
138.2
December
86.9
74.1
95.7
63.0
1.8
54.5


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Transportation
Once arrived in Kep you need a transportation, since Kep is very spread out having 3 centres: the Crab Market, the beach and then the official center with Kep City.

Many guest houses offer bicyles (free or for rent) to explore Kep in a healthy way. Another possibility is renting your own motorbike for $7-$8/day, which is a fun way to get around and meet the locals. With the moto you can also do some fun excursions to the caves, Pepper Plantation etc. More on our page Activities.

If you prefer to have a driver, then there are plenty of Tuk Tuk's waiting to offer their services (you might have already met some of them at the bus stop near the beach). The Tuk Tuk is a very convinient way of travelling, it fits 4-5 persons, you are protected against the sun and the rain and have fresh air. A Tuk Tuk to Kampot and back is around $20, a trip from your guest house to the Crab market around $2-$3. A very good and experienced Tuk Tuk driver with excellent english skills is Mr Chen, Tel 017 577 382 or Mr Samnang, Tel 010 73 55 81.

There are still some motodubs (motorbike taxis) which is a good alternative if you are travelling alone. A very experienced motodub is Mr Wut who speaks very good english and french, Tel 012 548 273.

A private taxi gives you the comfort of air conditioning and protects you from the dust. The trip to Kampot and back sets up back $25. An experienced, english speaking driver with a Toyota Camry is Mr Putee, Tel 088 432 00 34 or Mr Bro, Tel 012 752 034. also from Kep, who speaks English and drives a comfortable Lexus (charges the same prices as a Camry Taxi).
 

Money and Telecom
There are now several ATMs by ABA Bank, (at the Beach, Crab Market and Pier) and an ACLEDA Bank with ATM at the Damnak Changeur with Western Union. Further there is a Credit Mutuel Kampuchea (CMK) branch after Kep City which offers normal banking services.

There are some money changers at Kep City, the White Horse and at the Damank Changeur Markets (showcase with money inside). Better rates and more currencies than with the bank.

Telecom and Post

You can buy your own Cambodian sim card for less than 1 US$.  If your phone is locked then there are new Mobile Phones for less than $20! There are about 7 different operators, with SMART and Metfone being the two biggest. SEATEL offers unlimited 4G internet for $5/month! Available at the phone shops in Kep City, White Horse and Damnak Changeur.

There used to be 'public phone lenders', but nowadays with so cheap mobile phones, they don't exist anymore. If you don't have a Cambodian Sim and like to make a call, almost everybody will borrow yoyu his/her phone for 1000-2000 Riel, depending on how long you call.

For calls back home, Skype is the way to go. WiFi is available in almost every hotel and few do have public computer with headsets, which is a good and cheap option to call internationally. Another place is the Inernet Cafe @ Don Bosco with a 2Mb connection.

If you want to send your postcards or a parcel then you want to visit the Kep Kep Post Office (Tel: 011 787 129) opposite of the pier (going to Rabbit Island). It provides basic services like selling stamps and you can send parcels overseas (not cheap, not very reliable :-O). They are open from Mo-Fr from 9am - 5pm, with a 2h lunch break (please be aware of the many public holidays, during which it is closed). As a resident of Kep you can get a P.O Box for your post.

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Health, Doctor, Pharmacy and miscellaneous
Most of the western run Hotels provide a basic first aid kid for scratches or headaches.

If you have a more serious problem than a small motorbike accident and are in need of a Doctor you have the choice of going to visit the local doctor at the Kep Provincial Health Hospital or then drive to Kampot.

In Kampot there are two places recommended for foreigners.
The Sonja Kill Hospital (operated by HOPE International) located on the road to Sihanoukville, it is a big hospital with foreign (or foreign educated) doctors and qualified hospital staff. They do have and an Ambulance and you can buy your medicine at their pharmacy.
The second choice is in Kampot town, called Bokor Clinic, with reasonable local doctors, ultrasound machine, X-Rays and and also an Ambulance (should you need to be transportet do Phnom Penh - about $250 !).

For a serious medical treatment there is only Phnom Penh or then Thailand or Vietnam. In Phnom Penh there is the Thai operated, very expensive Rattanak Hospital, in the Toul Kork commune with all modern equipment and qualified doctors, also with a Pharmacy. The SOS Clinic is American run and quite good and expensive. The Naga Clinic comes recommended with the very qualified french Dr Garin as main doctor. The Calmette is a public hospital and only an option if you are not insured.

For pharmaceutical needs there is since Sep '14 a new Pharmacy at the Beach in Kep, next to the ATM (Pharmalink, Tel: 033 500 4777, email: infokep@pharmalkink.com.kh) with an educated Pharmasist (English, French and Khmer spoken). They do carry a wide spectrum of quality drugs, creams, etc. Opening hours are from 8am - 8pm.

A qualified Doctor in Kep is Dr Christian SIODMAK MD PhD, and can be consulted by appointment only. His phone number is 096 48 36 814 or email christian.siodmak@gmail.com. Consultation fee is $25.
From 8pm to 8am, nightshift, emergencies are managed by Kep Referral Hospital 24h/24h  (036 6545 777) or then the Sonja Kill Hospital in Kampot (012 820 838).

A good Pharmacie in Kampot is on the road to PP (NR 3), 20m before the Kampot Market, on the left side. Big selection of quality medicines (from France, Germany, etc) and they do speak English. Another bigger pharmacy is one the road to the new bridge on the right hand side.

We do also have a Computer/Phone Support (PC/Mac - IPhone/Smartphone) which can help you with any problems you might encounter during your stay in Kep. Created by a barang with Khmer prices!

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