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Choice re Kep and phu quoc

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Choice re Kep and phu quoc

We are spending some time in PP and Siem R in December. We want to take a week around xmas new year to chill on a beach. We loved phu quoc a few years ago and tempted to go back but also thinking we should try Kep instead as hearing/ reading good things about it. Anyone who has been to both who can advise? We'll be flying back via Bangkok on 3 Jan.

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1. Re: Choice re Kep and phu quoc

kep/kampot are the emerging upscale areas of cambodia. recommend the Veranda resort (www.veranda-resort.com) from $38 the veranda is on the hillside overlooking the crab markets. tuk tuk to Veranda from bus terminus is $2 per person includes luggage..

Kampot is a half hours tuk tuk from kep and great accommodation can be had at Rikiitikitavi (www.rikitikitavi-kampot.com) at $45 .the riki is on the riverfront and the sunset river cruie starts opposite. cheaper basic acc (also with a/c) can be found at the "little garden"-also on the riverfront- from $18

there is now a daily mini bus to phu Quoc from kampot/kep and thru bus/boat/mini bus to your acc on phu quoc can be arranged by your hotel.In phu quoc recommend you try the new bungalows at the Paris beach resort (www.phuquocparisbeach.com) $50

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Kep is not a beach town - yes it's on the coast but sadly no beach. Neat little town though, not much to do (which is why many of us like it) Kampot has more 'to do' - we loved Mea Culpa ($20/night) - lovey Irish host Ben makes great pizza.

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Verandas resort at kep is good to chill out

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As mentioned Kep is on the coast but not much of a beach. Rabbit Island is a good day out though. Check out Veranda Resort or Kep Lodge and Kampot is a wonderful laid back little town along a River, check out the Rikitikiavi or Mea Culpha.

Both towns are great options and popular places book out early, so please book a head for the High Season.

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Hi Island!

Not been to either so will be rubbish on the advice bit, but did have the same question as you - we have decided on Kep as it looks laid back and relaxing plus a lot of the accommodation on Phu Quoc is fully booked, which kind of forced our hand - we will hang out a Veranda Resort then head up to Jasmine Valley for a different perspective on the place. Hoping we have made the right choice, sure we have - as they both look amazing!

Have a great time and we might pass you at BKK airport as we fly home the same day - we will be the exhausted ones with the hyper children :) !

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Great choice!

We tried phu quoc 2 years ago and loved it. (stayed at mai house)

In December we start out Cambodia adventure. While looking for some where to relax over Christmas we decided on jasmine valley, it looks like paradise + Fun.

ROLL ON DECEMBER B-)

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7. Re: Choice re Kep and phu quoc

I've been to both and liked both locations equally, but for different reasons.

It sounds like you are looking for a beach and for that, Phu Quoc is definitely the much better beach option. Kep and nearby Kampot are very peaceful, laid back communities and definitely worth some days. We rented a motorbike for cruising between Kep and Kampot to take in the sights. It was great!

If you can swing it, I'd try to take in both. Four days in Phu Quoc and three days in Kampot/Kep is exactly what we experienced and it was great!

When we stayed on Phu Quoc we spent two days on the much busier/commercialized (Duong Dong) beach area and two really peaceful days on the Northwest side of the island, which was a nice mix.

Cheers!

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8. Re: Choice re Kep and phu quoc

Would love to know how you liked Kep as want to try it this march. Is there really no beach there. Could you not swim on the sea. Also fancy trying the Eco lodge in the hill. Thanks for any tips

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9. Re: Choice re Kep and phu quoc

Would love to know how you liked Kep as want to try it this march. Is there really no beach there. Could you not swim on the sea. Also fancy trying the Eco lodge in the hill. Thanks for any tips

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10. Re: Choice re Kep and phu quoc

There is a beach and you can swim there if you want, it is shallow and muddy, not many tourists or visitors swim there, but the locals do.

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