Tuesday, November 12th 2019

TPR Travel Tip – Savour fresh crabs in Kep, Cambodia

Kep is a coastal tourist town(if not a village) located southwest of Royal city of Phnom Penh of kingdom of Cambodia. I had never heard of it before i was heading to South East Asia for the first time. I was meeting my brother and we were travelling around Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia together.

Seaside in Kep Cambodia, Travel Photo Report

Seaside in Kep Cambodia


Kep, Cambodia, Travel Photo Report, TPR Travel Tip

Kep is quite small but one can enjoy a variety of activities and visit some attractions around it. The seaside is not great, at least not within the city limits. We have not visited famous Rabbits islands. We rented a scooter and explored the area around. There are some nice temples and caves in the vicinity.

Kep, Cambodia, TPR Travel Tip

Temples around Kep, Cambodia

Kep, Cambodia, TPR Travel Tip

Kep, Cambodia, TPR Travel TipKep, Cambodia, TPR Travel Tip

But what brought us there were famous Kep crabs.

Grilled squid in Kep, Cambodia, TPR Travel Tip, Travel Photo Report
Grilled squid in Kep

Kep is very famous for its crab and sea food. The road opposite the main beach is lined with picnic platforms.

One of the most popular activities among both locals and foreigners is having a picnic tasting freshly caught and cooked sea food. People rent mats or an empty platform.

Platforms are equipped with hammocks in which we spent several evenings. Besides crabs you can eat grilled squid dipping them into lime juice thick with salt & pepper.


Kep, Cambodia, TPR Travel Tip, Travel Photo Report Kep, Cambodia, TPR Travel Tip, Travel Photo ReportBut the best is to visit the local market which is about 2-3km from the Kep beach. Here you can buy freshly caught crabs, shrimp and fish on weight. If you pay just a little extra you can ask the ladies to cook them for you.



This was the reason we came to Kep in the first place. We indulged ourselves without limits.

The prices surprized me:

1kg of crabs = 8USD;

1kg of shrimp = 6USD.

Kep, Cambodia, TPR Travel Tip, Travel Photo Report
Freshly caught crabs


Kep, Cambodia, TPR Travel Tip, Travel Photo Report

Freshly caught crabs in Kep


Crabs on Kep market, Cambodia, TPR Travel Tip, Travel Photo Report

Shrimp on Kep market

While waiting for your food to be cooked and packed you can have a glass of freshly made /so much not recommended by Lonely Planet/ sugar cane juice.

Once chilled beer is bought, and everything is packed you are ready to to “saddle up” and go to one of the view points on the seaside or hills. There you can enjoy both the delicious food and the amazing views.

Kep, Cambodia, TPR Travel Tip, Travel Photo Report

Fishermen boats in Kep


Kep, Cambodia, TPR Travel Tip, Travel Photo Report

Sunset in Kep, Cambodia

While we did not really enjoy the sea side Kep is definitely worth visiting, especially if you are heading from the Mekongg Delta or Phu Quoc island to Cambodia. Kep ois convenietnly located right at the border.

I recommend to stay here for a couple of day before you head to busy Phnom Pehn or Angkor Wat. Once you are there you will remember the peaceful atmosphere and slow pace of life. And of course, great and very affordable crabs, shrimp and squid.

Other things-to-do and place-to-go in & around Kep are:

– Visit the former King Sihanouk’s mansion on top of the hill, abandoned nowadays, but full of monkeys that hang around the villa

– Explore caves in Kompong Trach nearby

– Spend a relaxing day on the beach of Rabbit Island (Koh Tonsay)

– Rent fishing boats to catch fish and crab in hidden bays

– Kampot, lovely riverside town with old colonial buildings and nice riverside coffee shops, famous for its Kampot black pepper

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5 Comments on “TPR Travel Tip – Savour fresh crabs in Kep, Cambodia”

  1. great stories, i’ll be glad to find new on this site, good luck in new adventures

    1. Thank you, i will be updating regularly on the way ;-) Stay tuned!

  2. Really nice story, Alex. Thanks :)

    1. Thank you, Pavel! Really nice crabs they were… ;-)

  3. Hi! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok. I’m definitely enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.

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