|Map - Kep Area, Cambodia
From the turn of the century through the 1960s Kep was Cambodia's premier beach town, drawing holiday-makers to its breezy shores and nearby Bokor Hill Station. Back in the day luxurious villas of the privileged class dotted the seaside. A few still remain, now ruined vestiges of an earlier era. These days Kep is known more for its oceanfront crab shacks and relaxed tropical atmosphere. A single short but picturesque sliver of sand, Kep Beach, sits at the southern tip of the peninsula where several the guesthouses and restaurants are clustered. Though probably on the cusp of significant development, Kep still has a rustic feel to it - jungled mountains, quiet beaches, crab shacks and a gradually growing number of hotels and restaurants. Kep is a place to relax and dine by the seaside and use as a base to visit Rabbit Island (Koh Tunsay,) to explore the national park, to see the nearby caves and rural countryside.