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Our top recommendations for Kampot riverside bungalows and hotels in Kampot, Cambodia!
The laid-back riverside town of Kampot, Cambodia is one of our favorite weekend getaways from Phnom Penh. Located only 2-3 hours outside of the bustling capital city, Kampot is a beautiful breath of fresh air and green when you need a break from city life. There are lots of great Kampot riverside bungalows and hotels in Kampot where you can relax and enjoy your stay even more!
When we lived in Phnom Penh, we went to Kampot at least once every couple of months. We have stayed in many different types of accommodation in Kampot, both in Kampot city and along the Kampot River.
We’ve also enjoyed some fun nights out at some of the backpacker party hostels in Kampot, though personally, we find them too noisy to sleep at.
Below we’ve shared our favorite Kampot bungalows and hotels in Kampot. We hope you love your stay in this beautiful, laid-back place in Cambodia!
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Riverside Bungalows in Kampot
1. Samon Village: Basic Accommodation, Excellent Location
Website: Samon Village
Cost: $10-$25 per night
Location: On the river, 5-10 minute tuk-tuk ride to town.
Amenities: Free WiFi, motorbike, bicycle, and kayak rentals are available.
This budget-friendly option is located right on the Kampot river, lending it a calm and relaxing atmosphere. Modeled after a traditional Cambodian village, the bungalows at Samon Village are basic with no hot water and coconut shells with holes serving as showerheads. Cambodia is already hot so, to be honest, you probably won’t miss the hot water.
The rustic bungalows are charming if you’re not too fussy about amenities. The restaurant is right on the Kampot river and serves delicious home-cooked Cambodian food, international options, great coffee, and an excellent smoothie and cocktail menu.
2. Eden Eco Village: An Environmentally-Friendly Stay Along the River
Website: Eden Eco Village
Cost: $15-$23 per night
Location: On the river, 20-25 minute tuk-tuk ride to town.
Amenities: Free WiFi, free bicycles to use, kayak rentals, yoga classes, compost toilets.
Eden Eco Village offers a truly local experience and a chance to get off the beaten path in Kampot. Eden Eco Village is located in a Cham fishing village, an area many travelers don’t usually see when they come to Kampot.
The bungalows at Eden Eco Village were built using renewable building materials. Solar power is used throughout the property for lights and fans. Compost is recycled. There are even composting toilets! The fertilizer is used for the on-site mango orchard and other organic farming.
The bungalows are simple yet beautiful. Green palm trees and fruit trees on the grounds sway in the gentle breezes blow in from the water. All bungalows on the property overlook the river, some on the water’s edge and others on stilts, with patio doors opening up to the river.
The food is healthy and delicious and there is a creative cocktail menu. Most food at the restaurant is grown on the property and the rest is sourced locally from 50km away or less.
Eden Eco Village encourages guests to support local businesses in the community and suggests different itineraries to follow independently using the provided free bicycles.
Eden Eco Village is a comfortable and gorgeous place to stay in Kampot. It is the perfect place to enjoy the Kampot river, relax, and immerse yourself in Cambodian village life.
Check out: Kampot Tours and Experiences
3. Champa Lodge: Traditional Luxury
Website: Champa Lodge
Cost: $25-$70 per night
Location: On the river, 15-20 minute tuk-tuk ride from town.
Amenities: Free WiFi, kayak, bicycle, and boat rentals are available.
Champa Lodge is a unique and peaceful place to stay in Kampot to soak in the laid-back vibes. There are three traditional Cambodian stilt homes on the spacious property and only five rooms in total.
Champa Lodge is located on the Kampot river, about 20 minutes outside of Kampot city. The property is near a Cham fishing village, farming communities, Buddhist Wats, and Cham Mosques.
Cambodian and international dishes are served in the restaurant, and most produce used is grown in the organic garden on site. There is also a large selection of Belgian Beers as the co-owner is Belgian.
4. Meraki Kampot: Fun, Friendly Vibes on the Kampot River
Website: Meraki Kampot
Cost: $4-$30 per night
Location: About 20 minutes from Kampot city center, right on Kampot river.
Amenities: Free WiFi, kayak and bicycle rentals are available.
Meraki is great if you’re looking for a fun and easy-going atmosphere. It is run by John who is a super friendly and well-connected Kampothead (Kampot expat) who knows a lot about what’s going on in Kampot and is always happy to share.
The grounds at Meraki are pretty big, with lots of trees, flowers, grass, and plenty of hammocks. You can rent kayaks or just hang out on the deck over the Kampot river. The sunsets from Meraki are stunning.
Meraki often hosts community garden parties where lots of expats and travelers come together to enjoy music, dancing, games, and more. They also occasionally host workshops and yoga classes among other activities. Meraki is a great place for any type of traveler, from couples to families to solo travelers.
5. Les Manguiers Kampot: Family Friendly Jungle Getaway
Website: Les Manguiers
Cost: $11.50-$85 per night
Location: On the river, a 15-minute tuk-tuk ride from town.
Amenities: Free WiFi, free bicycles to use, kayak, and motorbike rentals are available.
French-owned Les Manguiers is a beautiful escape into nature. There are a variety of bungalow options to choose from, and even a house to rent for large groups.
Les Manguiers is a great place for families. There is a ping pong table, games, and a kids area. Breakfast is included, and trust us, you won’t want to miss it! Lunch and dinner are also served.
Book directly by email or phone through the Les Manguiers website.
In Kampot City
6. La Java Bleue: Boutique and in Town
Website: La Java Bleue
Cost: $30-$45 per night
Location: In town, 5 minutes walk from the river
Amenities: Free WiFi, motorbike and bicycle rentals are available nearby
Situated in the old French Quarter of downtown Kampot, La Java Bleue is a beautiful boutique hotel in Kampot within walking distance of Kampot’s most popular restaurants, bars, and shopping, and only a five-minute walk from the riverside. Rooms are stylish and comfortable, and a restaurant and bar are located on-site.
7. Good Morning Kampot Guesthouse: Everything You Need in a Convenient Location
Website: Good Morning Kampot Guesthouse
Cost: $12-$60 per night
Location: In town right across from the Kampot river
Amenities: Free WiFi, rooftop bar, motorbike and bicycle rentals available nearby.
Good Morning Kampot is in an excellent location right on the Kampot river in the center of Kampot city. It is just a 1-minute walk from the Kampot Fish Market and only a few minutes walk from the other excellent restaurants around town. It is also walking distance from the Giant Ibis Kampot office and several of the other bus companies in town.
The rooms at Good Morning Kampot are simple. We booked into a double room with air conditioning and hot water. Everything worked great, and even though the room was a bit basic, the location more than made up for it.
Good Morning Kampot is one of the tallest buildings in the area, and there are great views from the rooftop bar to look out over the river and the city, especially at sunset.
There are several evening river cruise boats just across the street from Good Morning Kampot.
We definitely recommend going on a river cruise during your stay to watch the sunset as you cruise down the river with a local Cambodia beer in hand, then see the fireflies dance along the riverbank when the sun goes down.
Best Hostels in Kampot
If you’re on a tight budget and looking for a party vibe, there are several Kampot hostels that will suit you.
As we mentioned earlier, these places can get pretty rowdy at night so we personally haven’t stayed in them since we value our sleep.
Even if you don’t stay at these hostels, they can be fun places to hang out at night since there isn’t a whole lot of nightlife going on in Kampot.
Here is a Kampot map showing the location of these bungalows and hotels in Kampot:
(Double click the ‘View larger map’ icon on the top right of the map to view details.)
Getting to/from Kampot
You can reach Kampot from most major cities in Cambodia. You can also take a minibus or hire a private taxi. If you have a group of 3-4 people, hiring a private taxi is usually not much more expensive than taking a bus.
Kep is close to Kampot and makes for a great day trip. You could also add on a couple of nights in Kep before or after your time in Kampot. Getting from Kampot to Kep takes about 30-45 minutes from Kampot by taxi or 1 hour by tuk-tuk.
Update: When we went to Kampot in March 2019 the roads were pretty torn up as we got closer to the city, making for a bumpy ride. It also added about 30 minutes to the journey since the bus driver had to slow down. It was well worth it once we got there!