Kampot is a province in southwest Cambodia, edging onto the Gulf of Thailand. In the west, the jungle of PreahMonivong (aka Bokor) National Park in the misty Elephant Mountains is home to Bokor Hill Station, a 1920s French ghost town. On the banks of the TeukChhou River, the province's sleepy capital, Kampot, is known for its French colonial architecture.
Kampot is famous for its pepper, and tours to local pepper plantations – as well as salt fields – run from Kampot town. Bicycle hire is available for exploring the countryside, where limestone caves with unusual rock formations and Buddhist shrines can be found amid the deep green rice paddies. Just east of Kampot town is Phnom Chhnork, a Hindu brick cave temple built amid stalactites and cared for by monks. Nearby is the scenic riverside picnic area of TeukChhou rapids.