Whether you travel by train or by bus from Kampot to Kep the journey time is the same, around 30 minutes. The disadvantage of travel by train from Kampot to Kep is that Kep Railway is in Sangkat Prey Thum, 12 km by road to the north of Kep Beach.
Train Times from Kampot to Kep
There is currently 1 train service a day from Kampot to Kep.
Bus Times from Kampot to Kep
There are currently 8 bus services a day from Kampot to Ho Chi Minh City available to book online.
Buy Tickets from Kampot to Ho Chi Minh City
Use the Search Box below to buy your tickets from Kampot to Kep.
Kampot Bus Stop
Vibol Express services from Kampot to Kep depart from the Vibol Express Kampot Office, 10 Street 710, Krong Kampot, Cambodia.
Kep Bus Stop
Vibol Express services from Kampot to Kep terminate at the Vibol Express Kep Office which is close to Kep Beach.
About Travel to Kep
Kep is a small coastal town located just over 20 km by road to the larger town of Kampot. The primary industries for Kep’s population of around 35,000 are fruit farming and the cultivation of some of the world’s best pepper. Tourism is important to the local economy but not to the same degree as Cambodia’s other major coastal resort town, Sihanoukville.
History of Kep Town
Kep Town was established in 1908 by the French colonial authorities as a beach side holiday destination for European settlers and officials of the French military and colonial government. The town’s popularity with Cambodia’s elite grew after Cambodia attained its independence. During the 1960s Kep became the most fashionable coastal vacation location in Cambodia, and over 100 villas were built for the country’s rich and powerful, including the king.
When the Khmer Rouge came to power this changed. The country’s new rulers seized most of the assets of the wealthier people in Cambodia, and nearly all of these holiday villas have been abandoned for decades. The villas are not open to the public but nonetheless they are one of Cambodia’s strangest tourist attractions, and there are lots of them to see.
Modern Day Kep Town
The part of Kep Town near the coast has experienced a renaissance in its tourist industry over the last decade or so as the disposable incomes of Cambodian people have grown to allow them more leisure time. Most of the holiday makers in Kep are Cambodian tourists, for whom Kep is a more accessible holiday destination than Sihanoukville.
Kep Town four main attractions for visitors, and they are enough to make the town worth visiting for at least a day or two:
- Kep Beach: Kep Beach is only 1 kilometre long, and at times dirty from the rubbish that the tides bring, but it’s a beach nonetheless. Kep Beach gets very busy during the weekend and public holidays. It’s somewhere people like to go in the early evening for the cool breezes, to eat from numerous food stalls, and spend time together with family and friends. Angkol Beach, 13 km by road to the east, is a better beach.
- Crab Market: Located right in the centre of Kep, Crab Market is a cluster of restaurants and stalls selling a variety of different foods, including crab. The most famous crab dish, pepper crab, is made with excellent local pepper and it’s a dish that is on nearly every restaurant menu in the market.
- Kep National Park: Kep has Cambodia’s smallest national park, covering an area of just over 11 square kilometres. The park is located just to the north of the coastal area of Kep Town and it’s easy to walk there from the beach. The park has 8 km of walking trails across an area with 3 small hills. Highlights of the walk include Sunset Rock Viewpoint and a wide range of plants, trees, insects, reptiles and amphibians.
- Rabbit Island: Local boat services to Rabbit Island depart from the main pier in Kep Town and take around 30 minutes to reach the island. A return ticket costs around $10 USD. Rabbit Island is small and underdeveloped with several fairly good beaches. The island only has electric for a few hours in the evening and the accommodation is all very basic consisting of wooden bungalows cooled for short periods by fan when the electric is running. None of the resorts offer WiFi, so to connect to the internet you need to rely on a mobile phone with a local SIM card.