If you are spending time in Kampot or are sick of eating crab in Kep or are itching to see Kep and are ready to see sleepy Kampot, don’t worry, you can choose one among several options to go back and forth between Kep and Kampot. Depending on which type of transport you choose, the only 25km (15 miles) trip takes from 30 minutes to 1 hour. None of these requires reservation in advance and all can be booked while in Kep or Kampot. Visit Kep through Indochina holidays
Going through the Cambodian countryside and several Cham Muslim villages, the trip by tuk tuk between Kampot and Kep currently takes about 35 to 45 minutes. It is now a much more comfortable journey than it was a year ago as the road is now fully sealed. Due to the added wear and tear on vehicles, the journey cost between $12 and $15 when the road was being redone, before that, it was between $8 and $10. Even though, these days, negotiations often start at US$15 or even US $20, the majority of drivers will happily accept with $10 or $12 for two people. As most tuk tuk drivers turn around and go back after dropping you off, anyway, return trips are usually about the same if you are looking to do a day trip. For a couple of extra bucks, they can be happy to wait for you for a few hours. Tours in Cambodia
It is possible to catch a tuk tuk just on the road or at any of the bus stations in Kampot. In Kep, you can pick one up at the Crab Market or have your guesthouse call one for you.
It is possible to have a motorbike for between $3 and $6 one-way. Rent a moto in Kampot or Kep for between $4 and $7 per day if you are happy to drive yourself.
If you want a smoother journey between Kep and Kampot, traveling by taxi is the best choice. Like most taxis in Cambodia, you can expect an old model Toyota Camry that has capacity of four passengers (but only if you have few large suitcases). It will cost $20 for a private taxi trip, but, to get to that price, you will need to negotiate. For a few dollars more, you can book a private taxi online beforehand. This trip takes you about 30 minutes.
Boat – The Crab Shuttle
The Crab Shuttle is a daily boat (weather permitting) suitable for a more scenic way to get from Kampot to Kep. The 2-hour trip will cost US$9.50 per person for a one-way ticket. A return trip costs US$13.50 per person. Children under 6 travel for free. More than just transport, the Crab Shuttle, which has an experienced English speaking host, is where you can buy and enjoy drinks on board while enjoying the scenic cruise. For your piece of mind, the boat is fully equipped with life vests and an additional emergency engine. Via the Crab Shuttle Facebook page, you can directly book tickets. The boat times mean it is possible for tourists to spend their whole day in Kep and head back to Kampot before dinnertime.
Leaving at 9:30 AM from Kampot to Kep, the boat arrives at the Rabbit Island Pier after 2 hours, at around 11:30 AM. The returning trip from Kep to Kampot starts at 3:30 PM. In this direction, in order to catch the stunning sunset on the river, they travel a bit slower. At around 6 PM, the boat arrives in Kampot.
- Telephone number: 088 829 6644
- Facebook page: facebook.com/crabshuttle
There are several companies running express vans between Kep and Kampot, and you can book all at any local travel agencies, hotels or guesthouses. Even though the times listed below are current as of writing, the schedules change often—sometimes on a daily basis. It is best to check before you go.
Rith Travel, which is also known as Kep Tours and Travel running express vans twice a day from Kampot to Kep at 10 AM and 2 PM, is the most reliable of the bunch. They have express vans running from Kep to Kampot at 7:30 AM., 11 AM, and 3 PM. The 45-minute trip takes costs $4. You can purchase tickets online in advance.
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