As a long term traveler, I am keen to finding little towns and cities I could potentially call home for a few months. Although I haven’t yet officially declared a new town my home, I found all that I needed in a small little town in southern Cambodia called Kampot.
Kampot is just far enough out of reach from the typical tourist trek through Cambodia to still have that ‘hidden gem‘ charm.
Upon getting off the bus, you may feel two things:
–Peace with the “This is what I’ve been looking for” feeling
-Anxiety, “What am I going to do here?!”
It’s a tiny town that, on the surface, doesn’t seem to have much going on. And maybe that’s why you’re looking for. Many expats and digital nomads end up calling Kampot their home.
With a little investigation you will find that there is much more than meets the eye to this lazy river town.
First off, the nature in this part of the world is stunning.
Day after day, you can find a new and wondrous place to explore. Whether it’s kayaking through the mangrove, relaxing on the beach, playing volleyball and/or enjoying cocktails at tucked away 5 star river resort, or rock climbing, snorkeling, boat tours, hiking, chasing waterfalls, touring the local pepper fields, spending the afternoon at infinity pool with spectacular views, or a 2 day trip to Rabbit Island… you are sure to find something you’ll like, the list goes on and on.
As Ivan, the owner of Nomad Working Space says,
“There is enough to do in and around Kampot to fill 2 weeks with action-packed adventure!”
The night-life in this little town is surprising active as well, that is… if you know where to look. You may find flyers at local restaurants and pubs, or posted on telephone polls around the town. And the night life you will find, will not be your typical tourist beach party, which, in my opinion, is a good thing (but you can find that too if that’s what you’re looking for 😉 )
In my opinion, if you’re looking to mingle with other travelers, stay at a hostel or well known hotel. Hostels are great places to meet other travelers, as everyone is staying there for the same reasons: Cheap accommodation and new friends!
I came to Kampot not knowing how long I’d say, but I booked 2 nights in advance, and I ended up staying 2 weeks! And this is actually quiet common in Kampot.
I stayed at Nomad Working Space while I was there, and for me, it was perfect.
It was just far enough out of town to have that peaceful Kampot feeling, yet close enough to get to town in 5 minutes. Nomad is loaded with friendly pets of all kinds (including a monkey!), and attracts all types of travelers from the lone wolf to the traveling family; you are sure to meet someone you like that, if not everyone!! Ivan, the owner,
is really great at connecting people and setting an easy going, family vibe. He also knows where things are happening in town at any given moment and would be happy to bring you to the action.
What I loved best at Nomad, was the atmosphere. With all the common areas set outside; you can feel your soul being set free by spending so much time outdoors. Downstairs you can seek shelter from the elements, yet, still feel the wind blow as your playing pool with your friends. Upstairs is a bit more loungey; the colors and arrangement of the furniture is sure to set the mood; making you feel comfortable and relaxed as you stare off into another Cambodian sunset while enjoying a brew from the on-site bar.
Life at Nomad is ideal.
But if that’s not what you’re looking for, there are many other options; including some party hostels in town like Mad Monkey Backpacker Hostel. I went here a couple times for a drink. There is always a party, not to mention, a swimming pool!
Not looking to stay a hostel? Maybe a private bungalow along the riverside is more your style. If I had stayed longer; I would have totally tried this out! It looks so amazingly peaceful. Try Booking.com to find the perfect place for you 🙂
Kampot is breathtakingly gorgeous, and overall the perfect place to take a break for a week or 2. Who knows, you may end up staying for longer then expected.
~After all, we all do~