Kep is Cambodia’s smallest coastal province which is situated 164 kilometers in the southwest of Phnom Penh, 25 kilometers from Kampot provincial town, and just a few kilometers from the border with Vietnam. A journey to Kep province from Phnom Penh can be taken for about 3 hours through the National Road #3 and diverged to the National Road #31 at Koos and from Kampot provincial town for approximately 30 minutes through the National Road #31.
Being a seaside playground for the affluent before 1970s and having undergone hard times during the war times, the province has recently appeared to be experiencing a revival with remarkable development, namely the construction and renovation of public roads and buildings and the openings of private-owned mid-range and luxurious hotels, guesthouses, and bungalows – all of which are ready to accommodate all classes of visitors to the province.
Even though its beaches are not as white as those in Preah Sihanouk province, Kep is best known for its tranquil atmosphere and cheap, toothsome seafood, particularly mouthwateringly fresh crabs – the icon of the province. Tourists – both local and foreign – who like calmness and wish to escape from crowded beaches may find Kep the most relaxing and closest coastal destination in the country.