Phnom Bokor is about 12 kilometers west of kampot provincial town. The mountain was first discovered by a group of foreigners in 1917 and later organized by a Frenchman named roulouse on april 13, 1922, during the reign of king sisowath. During colonial times, phnom bokor was a place of leisure for the French colonists looking for an alternative to the coastal plain.
The mountain is 1075 meter high and the temperature at the top is often quite cool. Because the road is poor, the 30 kilometers trip from the base to the mountain can take up to two hours and sometimes longer, depending on the mode of transportation. Those who make the trip, how ever, will find a lush forest, large rocks shaped like animals and sailing junks, as well as a spectacular panoramic view of the kampot countryside, of sihanoukville and of the bright blue sea.
During the prince norodom sihanouk’s sangkum reastrniyum regime, many public buildings were built here, and phnom bokor became a small town, borei bokor. Today, most of those buildings are dilapidated and no longer in use. The mountain also features a three-stage waterfall and a popok which are about 7 kilometers from borei bokor.
Teuk Chhu is located in snomprapi village, makprang commune, kampot district about 8 kilometers north of kampot Provincial town.
Its main attraction is a stream that flows from phnom damrei via phnom kamchay. The is a good place for swimming or bathing.
There are many kinds of delicious fruit available, including durian, mangosteen, rambutan, mak prang, pineapple, grapefruit, custard apple and coconut. Only the durian, however, is available year round. Not far from teuk chhu is a zoo and plantation organized by his excellency nhim vanda. The zooraises animals, while the plantation grows a variesty of fruit trees, including during durian, rambutan and other fruits.
Phnom Kampong Trach
Phnom Kampong trach is located south damnak kantuot commune, kampong trach district, about 38 kilometer east of kampot provincial town. It is a rocky mountain with few plants the site includes a cave at the foot of the mountain, as well a number of small mountain wells that local people of Cambodia, Chinese and Vietnamese descent use for worship.One of mountain wells is 30 meters in diameter, and its soil is seven different colors. Several smaller wells have artistic stones that look like animal and others objects. From this large well, there is a cave way to viel sre mouy roy and thma dos wells, which were used by firmmaker in the 1970s.
There is a Chinese-vietnamese pagoda at foot of the mountain, and a khmer pagoda in front of the entrance to the cave. The monk at the pagoda and the monastery committee are working together to preserve the cave.
Prek Ampil is located on the coast in koh toch commune, kampot district, about 18 kilometers west of the provincial town. Prek Ampil features a white sand beach with thousands of mangrove and coconut trees growing nearby, making the site ideal for visitor looking for a pleasant place to relax. In addition, there is an array of freah seafood such as crab cuttlefish, lobster and snails, as well abundant coconut juice. The waters off of prek ampil are rich in corals, a natural attraction that could attract tourist who enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving.
With the exception of teuk chhun, none of the sites listed above have been developed for tourism, although efforts have been make to stop further destruction at the sites. To day, locals and some foreigners visit the sites to do research.
Most of the handicrafts made of sea shells and corals that are popular with tourists are make in kampot province.
This handicraft is sold along the beaches and is very popular with tourists.
Corals are also popular with visitors. The coral is washed until it is white, and sold along the beach to local and foreign visitors. Because coral is rapidly disappearing from the sea and oceans, however, environmentalists discourage tourists from buying these souvenirs.
Salt product are among the items Cambodia produces for export. Cambodia can produce enough salt for use inside the country and also for export. Most of the products are make in kampot district nearby the sea.