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48 Hours in Kep & Kampot

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The coastal region of Cambodia is giving Angkor Wat a run for the money. Its vibe is often touted as "the Thailand of 20 years ago," and the bohemian beaches and small cities, seafood markets and scuba outfitters do much to confirm the glowing reputation. Kampot is famed for peppercorns and beloved for the examples of French Colonial architecture that largely survived the war. Kep—ramshackle, smaller, and more laid-back—is most known for the bustling daily seafood market and for its position as the jumping-off point for ferries to Rabbit Island.
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Krong Kaeb, Cambodia
In Cambodia, where landmines are still active, hiking is often not an option, but little Kep National Park (it's only 20 square miles of beautiful jungle), offers visitors a chance to move freely. There's a trek to see the Little...
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If you're a fan of Robinson Crusoe and idyllic Southeast Asian islands with palm trees growing right next to the shore and thatched huts selling grilled fish, and lazy afternoon hammock naps, then Rabbit Island will seem like paradise....
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Krong Kampot, Cambodia
KAMA, the Kampot Arts & Music Association, is a nonprofit that works with local and international artists in music, painting, sculpture, drawing, and a multitude of other mediums. Through regular presentations and events, the association's aim...
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Chamcar Bei Village (Phnom Vor), Pongteuk Commune, Damnak Chang Eur District, Phnom Vor, Cambodia
At the Vine Retreat, an eco B&B on a farm two and a half hours from Kep, guests can harvest the peppercorns the chef uses to prepare traditional Cambodian dishes like lak lok (grilled beef with onions and peppers, topped with a fried egg). From...