There are a number of blind massage services in Kampot, with prices varying from $5-$15 per hour. Some are run by NGO’s and offer a relaxing end to a days tours and adventures. Manicures, pedicures and facials are also on offer and pricing is again very reasonable compared to those in Europe and the US. Many offer training and education for their staff as a means to support themselves long term, if you really enjoy massage, please offer a small tip, a little goes a long way.
BREAKFAST AT THE MARKET
Breakfast in Kampot’s Central Market, downtown, is a treat. Treat yourself to eggs, noodles, soup and so many other great food options. Between 8am and 10am it’s the busiest place in town. Sit, eat and watch the world go by, the hustle and bustle coming to you. After breakfast you can wander through the stalls selling clothes, jewelry, household goods, pretty much everything you can buy in town is located in the market, and on the surrounding streets. It’s a great place for photography too.
THE FRENCH COLONIAL BUILDINGS
Kampot is home to some wonderful examples of French colonial buildings from the late 19th and early 20th century. Since the town is relatively small its easy to just walk around the streets and along the riverside to see them for yourselves. My particular favourites are the old workers houses on the riverside, the Governors Mansion and the Red Cross building. There is a mixture of classical and modern architecture, in need of varying degrees of restoration.
COCKTAILS AT RIKITIKITAVI
A wonderful bar and restaurant the only one I believe is that has balcony overlooking the riverfront with the mountains in the distance. The bar serves happy hour cocktails between 5pm and 7pm giving you an opportunity to watch the sun go down in style. They also a wide selection of wines and spirits including some single malt whiskies. The service is excellent. For those with an appetite, they serve a selection of Khmer and Western dishes and portions are generous. – www.rikitikitavi-kampot.com
SUNSET TRIP ON THE RIVER
One of the great ways to spend the early evening is to take a boat out on the river and watch the sunset. At certain times of the year the sunset can be quite spectacular turning the reflection on the water to shades of red or purple. If you’re lucky you may see the fireflies shining in the darkness, quite a unique experience. Prices start from around $6 per person in a simple boat, but you can hire a boat to yourselves for $20-$30.
In reviewing the best of Kampot, I couldn’t really leave out KAMA, my own bar and restaurant. KAMA is a professional not-for-profit arts organization whose mission is to develop and present locally produced music and art. KAMA’s live music venue “The Sun Ra Space Bar” features great food, cocktails, quality wines, groovy art and original live music. We are open 6PM-midnight, Wed-Sun.
There are several Buddhist temples or Wats in Kampot, the main one being on the opposite side of the river to town. You should cross the bridge or take a boat, its about a five minute tuk-tuk ride from the centre of town. Please remember to be respectful within the Wat, do not touch the Monks, and dress appropriately. The monks are happy for you to take photographs and may often speak to you in order to practice their English.