Arriving in Kampot a little later than planned due to the chaotic nature of Cambodian buses and the encroaching festive season we were a little flustered! Christmas Eve was upon us and our dream of a Christmas Day spent on the beach seemed to be fading away into a haze of last minute scrambling rather than the laid back chilled out day we envisioned! Arriving tired and not entirely jovial from the cramped ride over from Phnom Penh we were greeted with the infectious energy and character of the owner of Blue Buddha, Jess. Straight away we knew we would have fun here and our Christmas would be saved in this beautiful city and one of the best Kampot hotels!
Kampot hotels: Laid back, fun and welcoming
Often we stay in hostels rather than hotels, it’s not just the price either what draws us to them but the warm and welcoming atmosphere that many hotels just fail to capture. Often it is in the hostels in which you meet those people who you remember and share experiences with fun loving fellow travellers, whereas hotels can often feel bland and cold. But being Christmas Eve we opted for a little bit of luxury and instead found the perfect mixture between hotel comforts and hostel atmosphere. Jess the owner and her amazing staff were some of the most funny, energetic and welcoming people we’ve ever met, they really made our stay more than just about having a roof over our heads but really added that extra something to our stay in what is one of the top Kampot hotels!
A clean, comfortable and relaxing place to stay
Blue Buddha offers a clean, contemporary and relaxing vibe with its simple layout and design. This means that after a hard day exploring the nearby mountain, beaches, rivers or wandering the beautiful streets of crumbling colonial Kampot you have the perfect escape! The beds here are some of the most comfortable we’ve ever stayed in, sinking into the crisp white sheets in our spacious room after that hellish bus ride was heaven, it’s a wonder we even bothered with the beach!! You can really see why this is one of the top rated Kampot hotels.
A helpful hand from the friendly staff so we could enjoy Kampot to the fullest!
Kampot itself might be a small place, but there is actually a confusingly endless amount of amazing things to do here, from adventure to relaxation it’s here! But what we really loved about Blue Buddha was the knowledge of the staff here and their willingness to go the extra mile to make sure every activity you could ever want to do can be organised, just another reason for us that this place tops the Kampot hotels bill!
Whether that means they simply book you on a tour or even flicking through the phone book or searching the internet for as long as it takes to get you where you want! These guys also know their stuff too, if you want to do some Stand Up Paddle boarding as we did, or watch the sunset from one of the salt flats…they will tell you the best spots to do it! Only have a few days here, no worries, they can advise you on exactly how to make the most of your time in this wonderful place! Choosing one of the best Kampot hotels really does add that extra level of service to your stay!
A town we fell in love with
Kampot is one of those places that is kind of hard to describe, it’s busy with travellers but somehow the tourists seem to have skipped over this place. An ex-pat paradise it also retains an authentic feeling of unspoilt charm and unique beauty… it also seems to have everything you could ever want.
Mountains, outdoor activities, culture, beaches, remote islands, a national park, amazing rivers, stunning architecture and a thriving cafe culture…check, check and double check! Kampot is a kind of infectious place with an atmosphere and vibe all of its own and staying in the wonderful surroundings of Blue Buddha just meant that for us we could really make the most of a place that truly stole our hearts!
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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Blue Buddha Hotel. As always, all opinions are our own!