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Kampot Province

This is a charming province commonly visited as a gateway to the Bokor National Park, the beaches of Kep, the beautiful rapids of Toek Chhou and other attractions of southwestern Cambodia. The province has a relaxed atmosphere; it possesses a quaint, welcoming small town ambiance that is soothing to the soul.

The Bokor National Park is popular for its cool mountain climate and remains a year-round favourite amongst locals and foreigners alike.  The scenery from the top is captivating especially in the morning hours when one can literally touch the clouds and take in fresh mountain air.

Other attractions include the Popokvil Waterfall where the water charges incessantly to provide a pool at its base for a cool dip. A short distance across the track, the Toek Chhou Rapids offers yet another popular tourist attraction.

Places of Interest:

Phnom Bokor
Phnom Bokor is about 12 kilometers west of Kampot provincial town. The mountain was first discovered by a group of foreigners in 1917 and later organized by a Frenchman named Roulouse on April 13, 1922 during the reign of King Sisowath. During colonial times, Phnom Bokor was a place of leisure for the French colonists looking for an alternative to the coastal plain.

The mountain is 1075 meters high and the temperature at the top is often quite cool. Because the road is poor, the 30 kilometers trip from the base to the top of the mountain can take up to two hours and sometimes longer, depending on the mode of transportation. Those who make the trip, however, will find a lush forest, large rocks shaped like animals and sailing junks, as well as a spectacular panoramic view of the Kampot countryside, of Sihanoukville and of the bright blue sea.

During then-prince Norodom Sihanouk’s Sangkum Reastr Niyum regime, many public buildings were built here, and Phnom Bokor became a small town, Borei Bokor. Today, most of those buildings are dilapidated and no longer in use. The mountain also features a three-stage waterfall and a Popok Vil, which are about 7 kilometers from Borei Bokor.

Teuk Chhu
Teuk Chhu is located in Snomprampi village, Makprang commune, Kampot district, about 8 kilometers north of Kampot provincial town. Its main attraction is a stream that flows from Phnom Damrei via Phnom Kamchay. The cool, clear water flows over large rocks year round. This is a good place for swimming or bathing.

There are many kinds of delicious fruit available, including durian, mangosteen, rambutan, Mak Prang, pineapple, grapefruit, custard apple and coconut. Only the durian, however, is available year round. Not far from Teuk Chhu is a zoo and plantation organized by His Excellency Nhim Vanda. The zoo raises animals, while the plantation grows a variety of fruit trees, including durian, rambutan and other fruits.

Phnom Kampong Trach
Phnom Kampong Trach is locatec south Damnak Kamtuot commune, Kampong Trach district, about 38 kilometers east of Kampot provincial town. It is a rocky mountain with few plants. The site includes a cave at the foot of the mountain, as well a number of small mountain wells that local people of Cambodian, Chinese and Vietnamese descent use for worship.

One of mountain wells is 30 meters in diameter, and its soil is seven different colors. Several smaller wells have artistic stones that look like animals and other objects. From this large well, there is a cave way to Viel Sre Muoy Roy and Thma Dos wells, which were used by  filmmakers in the 1970s.

There is a Chinese-Vietnames pagoda at foot of the mountain, and a Khmer pagoda in front of the entrance to the cave. The monk at the pagoda and the monastery committee are working together to preserved the cave.

Prek Ampil
Prek Ampil is located on the coast in Koh Toch commune, Kampot district, about 18 kilometers west of the provincial town. Prek Ampil features a white sand beach with thousands of mangrove and coconut trees growing nearby, making the site ideal for visitors looking for a pleasant place to relax. In addition, there is an array of fresh seafood such as crab, cuttlefish, lobster and snails, as well abundant coconut juice. The water off of Prek Ampil is rich in corals, a natural attraction that could attract tourists who enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving.

With the exception of Teuk Chhu, none of the sites listed above have been developed for tourism, although efforts have been made to stop further destruction at the sites. Today, locals and some foreigners visit the sites to do research.

Handicrafts
Most of the handicrafts made of sea shells and corals that are popular with tourists are made in Kampot province

Shell Handicrafts
This handicraft is sold along the beaches and is very popular with tourists.

Corals
Corals are also popular with visitors. The coral is washed until it  is white, and sold along the beach to local and foreign visitors. Because coral is rapidly disappearing from the sea and oceans, however, environmentalists discourage tourists from buying these souvenirs.

Salt Products
Salt products are among the items Cambodia produces for export. Cambodia can produce enough salt for use inside the country and also for export. Most of the products are made in Kampot district nearby the sea.