Kampot Pepper

Kampot pepper (Khmer: ម្រេចកំពត, mrech Kampot; French: poivre de Kampot) is a highly regarded black pepper cultivar grown in Cambodia’s Kampot Province. Historically known as Indochinese pepper during the French protectorate era, it derives its modern name from its cultivation region.

Certified as a geographical indication (GI) product in Cambodia since 2010 and in the European Union since 2016, this status ensures that only pepper from Kampot and Kep provinces can be labeled “Kampot Pepper,” preserving its quality and authenticity.

There are two primary varieties:

  1. Small Leaf Variety (កំចាយ, kamchay)
  2. Big Leaf Variety (lampong or belantoeung)

In 2016, Cambodia produced 11,819 tonnes of black pepper, with Kampot contributing significantly, although most production came from Tbong Khmum. Vietnam, in comparison, is the largest global producer with 155,000 tons in 2014.

The rise in market prices for pepper has led to new plantations in Cambodia, raising concerns about deforestation due to large-scale farming.

Kampot pepper’s distinctive flavor and high quality make it a prized ingredient worldwide. Its rich history, spanning centuries of cultivation, along with strict GI standards, ensure its status as a symbol of Cambodian agricultural excellence and heritage.

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Sunset at Kep Beach

Nestled along Cambodia’s southern coast, Kep Beach is a hidden gem that offers an unparalleled experience for sunset enthusiasts. As the day begins to wane, Kep Beach transforms into a serene haven where the vibrant hues of the setting sun paint the sky and sea in a mesmerizing display.

Imagine strolling along the soft sandy shore, the gentle waves lapping at your feet as the sky transitions from the warm glow of daylight to a palette of oranges, pinks, and purples. The calm waters of the Gulf of Thailand mirror the kaleidoscope of colors, creating a breathtaking vista that feels almost surreal.

As you find your perfect spot on the beach, the sun slowly descends towards the horizon, casting a golden path across the water. The silhouette of the distant islands adds to the enchanting scene, providing a picturesque backdrop for this natural spectacle. The tranquil atmosphere is occasionally punctuated by the laughter of children playing in the distance and the soft murmur of conversations from nearby beachgoers, all captivated by the beauty unfolding before them.

Whether you’re a photographer looking to capture the perfect shot, a couple seeking a romantic moment, or a solo traveler in search of peace and reflection, the sunset at Kep Beach offers something for everyone. The experience is enhanced by the simplicity of the surroundings—no towering buildings or bustling crowds, just the pure, unspoiled beauty of nature.

As the sun finally dips below the horizon, the sky’s colors deepen and the first stars begin to twinkle, marking the end of another beautiful day in Kep. The gentle transition from day to night leaves a lingering sense of tranquility and a lasting impression, making sunset at Kep Beach an unforgettable highlight of any visit to this charming coastal town.

Welcome to Sokchea Kampot Hotel, where luxury meets tranquility in the heart of Kampot.

Immerse yourself in the serene ambiance of our hotel, where every detail is designed to provide you with a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Relax and unwind in our well-appointed rooms, meticulously designed to offer the utmost comfort and convenience for our guests. Take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains from your private balcony, and let the tranquil ambiance of Kampot wash over you.

Rest easy knowing that modern amenities such as air conditioning, a safety deposit box, and a flat-screen TV are readily available in every room, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

Stay connected throughout your visit with complimentary WiFi available throughout the property. Whether you’re catching up on emails or sharing your Kampot adventures with loved ones, our reliable internet service ensures you’re always connected.

Conveniently located near popular attractions such as the Kampot Provincial Museum and Kampot Train Station, our hotel makes it easy for you to explore the rich history and culture of Kampot. For those seeking outdoor adventures, the picturesque Teuk Chhou Rapids are just a short drive away, offering a refreshing escape into nature.

Whether you’re here for business or pleasure, Sokchea Kampot Hotel offers the perfect blend of luxury, comfort, and convenience for your stay in Kampot. We look forward to welcoming you and ensuring you have an unforgettable experience with us.

Kampot, a charming riverside town in southern Cambodia, offers a blend of natural beauty, historical sites, and cultural experiences. Here are some things to do in Kampot:

  1. Explore Bokor National Park: Take a trip to Bokor Mountain, where you can explore the national park’s lush rainforest, visit the old French hill station, and see the abandoned buildings, including the Bokor Palace Hotel.
  2. Cruise along the Kampot River: Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise along the scenic Kampot River. You can take a sunset cruise or opt for a daytime excursion, which often includes stops at riverside villages and opportunities for swimming or kayaking.
  3. Visit Kampot Pepper Farms: Kampot is renowned for its high-quality pepper. Visit one of the local pepper farms to learn about the cultivation process and sample some of the world-famous Kampot pepper.
  4. Explore Kampot Town: Wander around Kampot’s picturesque streets lined with colonial-era buildings, boutique shops, and art galleries. Don’t miss the Old Market, where you can sample local snacks and shop for souvenirs.
  5. Take a Kampot Pepper Farm Tour: Go on a guided tour of one of the pepper farms in the area to learn about the cultivation process of Kampot pepper, which is renowned for its unique flavor and aroma.
  6. Visit Salt Fields: Take a trip to the nearby salt fields, where you can observe the traditional method of salt production and learn about the importance of salt in Cambodian cuisine and culture.
  7. Explore Kep: Kep, famous for its seafood and relaxed atmosphere, is just a short drive away from Kampot. Visit the Kep Crab Market, relax on the beach, or hike up to Kep National Park for panoramic views of the coastline.
  8. Try Water Sports: Rent a kayak or paddleboard and explore the serene waters of the Kampot River. You can also try your hand at windsurfing or kiteboarding if you’re feeling adventurous.
  9. Visit Phnom Chhnork Cave: Explore the ancient Phnom Chhnork Cave, which features a Hindu temple dating back to the 7th century. The cave is located a short drive from Kampot and offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
  10. Sample Local Cuisine: Don’t leave Kampot without trying some of the local delicacies, such as fish amok, crab with Kampot pepper, or grilled squid. There are plenty of restaurants and street food stalls where you can taste authentic Cambodian dishes.

Also called Ancestor’s’ Day, Pchum Ben is, according to legend, a time where spirits of deceased relatives and ancestors walk the earth. Running for 15 days, usually towards the end of September or October, the fifteenth day of the tenth month of the Khmer Calendar marks one of the most traditional and colourful festivals in Cambodia with people dressing up in traditional clothing to visit their local pagodas with food and offerings and pay respect to their ancestors.

Pchum Ben can also be translated to ‘gathering together to make offerings’, and that’s exactly what families do when they visit the pagodas.

Enjoy your wonderful family reunion!

Khmer New Year, also known as “Choul Chnam Thmey,” meaning entering the new year, is a national holiday hosted by Cambodians annually. It is the season when Cambodians have free time from harvesting rice and other agricultural commodities. The event is Cambodia’s largest event and lasts three days, on the 13th, 14th, or 15th of April (in a specific year, it could be on the 14th to 16th of April).

Cambodian New Year is celebrated just like other Asian New Year Festivals that blend history with religious practices, emphasizing and commemorating the seniors and ancestors. While there are merriments with traditional meals and beverages, the three days are packed with Buddhist compliance centered on performing gratitude, sending offerings to deceased family members, and contributing to those in need. The following preparations are exclusively made for the Khmer New Year.

We are thrilled to introduce Sokchea Angkor Hotel, our sister property located in the enchanting city of Siem Reap. Just as Sokchea Kampot Hotel strives to provide exceptional hospitality and comfort in Kampot, Sokchea Angkor Hotel offers the same level of excellence in the heart of Siem Reap.

Retreat to our elegant rooms and suites, meticulously designed to offer the utmost comfort and relaxation for our guests. Experience the perfect blend of modern amenities and traditional Khmer charm in every corner of our hotel. Conveniently situated in close proximity to the majestic temples of Angkor, Sokchea Angkor Hotel provides easy access to this UNESCO World Heritage Site about 7 kilometers away, allowing you to explore its ancient wonders at your leisure.

At Sokchea Angkor Hotel, our dedicated team is committed to providing personalized service and ensuring that every aspect of your stay exceeds your expectations. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be greeted with genuine Cambodian hospitality and warmth.

Our onsite restaurant, where you can savor an array of delectable Khmer and international dishes prepared by our talented chefs. Whether you’re craving traditional flavors or international favorites, our restaurant offers something for every taste.

Unwind by the poolside oasis, pamper yourself with a rejuvenating spa treatment, or embark on guided tours to explore the cultural and natural wonders of Siem Reap and its surrounding areas.

Whether you’re visiting Siem Reap to marvel at the temples of Angkor or to immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant culture and nightlife, Sokchea Angkor Hotel provides the perfect home away from home for your Cambodian adventure. Contact us now to reserve your room and embark on an unforgettable journey in Siem Reap!