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Kep is a seaside town in Cambodia with numerous fresh fish restaurants and a fine beach. On weekends, this fisherman's town is a favourite among the inhabitants of Phnom Penh. Kep is a calmer, more peaceful alternative to Sihanoukville.
Kep is a great home base for visits to deserted islands off the coast and for bike and hiking trips through the forested hills. There is a trail over Kep's mountain mountain bikes, scooters and jeeps for rent to explore the area or you could simply go for a walk through the woods. If you want to see most beautiful beaches in Cambodia, don't miss the islands Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island) or Koh Poh (Coral Island). Koh Tonsay has three white beaches; however Koh Poh is even more beautiful. The coral surrounding this island makes for fascinating underwater explorations.
From Kampot catch a moto for just US$4.
Many guesthouses have their own restaurants, but it's well worth a visit to the shacks along the seafront. Here you find some of the freshest seafood in Cambodia.
|Le Bout Du Monde||Preah Thom||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Spring Valley Resort||Phum Thmey, Khum Prey Thom||HOSTEL||-|
|Vanna Hill Resort||Phum Thmey Sangkat Prey Thom||HOTEL||-|
|Q Bungalows||33A Thmey Village Thom Commune Kep||HOTEL||-|
|Nature's Garden Resort||Nibbana Street 500m on left side||HOTEL||-|
Internet bars are starting to appear in most major towns in Cambodia. Connection speeds vary as does the quality of the computers. The best places to go online definately are Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and outside of these centers it's generally also more expensive. In general prices are not much more than US1-2 an hour. Remember to take off your shoes when you enter as a sign of respect and to watch out for small shrines that are on the ground.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country code of Cambodia is 855. To call out of Cambodia, dial 001 followed by the country code and telephone number of the other party. Many of the internet bars also have international calling options and you can also arrange calls at post offices. Services are usually run by the governmental telecommunication network Camintel. You can find telephone cards in many shops, starting from serveral US dollars to around US$50. Samart, Mobitel and Shinawrata are the main mobile phone providers, with Mobitel offering the best and most widespread services, although calling from outside towns (countryside) is still tricky.
Cambodia's national postal service offers a wide range of services, though in general things go slowly and are not always very reliable. That said, things have been getting better over the years, and you can expect for your postcard or letter to finally arrive after 5-10, depending from where you send it (avoid small towns) and to where you send it. Prices are around 2000-2,500 Riel to countries in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, and it's slightly more expensive sending it from more remote places in the provinces. Post offices in Cambodia generally are open from around 8:00am to 5:00pm, with some regional variations. Sendings parcels is only possible from the capital Phnom Penh and it's very expensive as well. You might be better to send it from Thailand, or otherwise check private companies like DHL, TNT or UPS, which are more reliable and might even be cheaper!
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