Cambodia’s first seaside resort was, from the early 1900's until the 1960's, a thriving town for the rich French elite. Following independence from France, Kep became the most exclusive and prestigious beach town in Cambodia. Many large and luxurious villas lined the beach front. These villas are still in evidence today but are in a pitiful state of disrepair although with a little imagination you can easily imagine them at their peak.
The town is still rich in ambience and busy with Cambodians who, at weekends, come in increasing numbers for the renowned local crab and a seaside break. There are a couple of decent places to stay in town that have opened recently.