Kep’s Southern Rural Charm and Natural Beauty
Originally founded as a seaside retreat for the French and Cambodian elite in 1908, Kep is the kingdom’s smallest and least populous province. Located in the very south of Cambodia, for over a century Kep’s natural beauty and seafood fare has been drawing in travelers seeking a secret beach escape.
Despite its reputation as a relaxing destination, there are a variety of exciting activities on offer in Kep, such as Khiri Travel’s active day of exploration – including a fantastic hike through the beautiful pristine wilderness of Kep National Park.
On this adventure, after an early breakfast guests depart with a local guide for a hike that takes you deep into the beautiful well-preserved sanctuary of Kep National Park. Made up of remote jungle, the national park is teeming with birds, monkeys, reptiles and all sorts of other amazing wildlife.
The 7-km walk along well-maintained trails leads to a stunning secret lake nestled in the mountains. After taking a quick break, continue on the trail to meet up with a private driver, who will transfer you to the local crab market for a delicious and well-earned lunch.
Afterwards, continue on your hike until you arrive at the Kep coast where the ruins of several French villas are still on display. Constructed between 1953 and 1970, Kep’s modernist villas blend elements of the Modern Movement with traditional Khmer architecture, promoted by King Sihanouk – known as New Khmer Architecture.
Last but not least, pay a visit to a local temple in Kep town that offers commanding views of the surrounding area and ocean. At this point, guests may have the opportunity to receive a monk’s blessing for a safe onward journey, before returning to your hotel, or getting dropped off at the nearby Sailing Club for sunset cocktails!
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