Knai Bang Chatt

Location: Cambodia's Beaches | Cambodia

A seaside vacation destination for the French and Khmer elite in the sixties, Kep is reliving its former glory thanks to the lure of the boutique hotel Knai Bang Chatt. Comprising lovingly-restored modernist villas, this intimate hotel shows a laidback, stylish side to Cambodia for some downtime from the temple and museum-hopping of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.

Perfect forAn off-the-beaten-track stay right on the doorstep of the Kep National Park.
In the knowKnai Bang Chatt is only a stone's throw away from Kep National Park, with guided morning walks available so that you can take in the beauty of the area, with its many natural gems. The hotel has an eco-friendly ethos with a percentage of the revenue going towards local families in need.

Recommended for...

  • Boutique Hotel
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Off the Beaten Track
  • Walking & Trekking

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

The Knai Bang Chatt is located in the seaside town of Kep, on the untouched south-west coast.

Rooms at Knai Bang Chatt

Divided between three renovated art deco style villas, the 18 individually-decorated rooms and suites are minimalist cool, in which muslin-draped elevated teak beds look out over the ocean from the full-length doors leading onto your terrace. Warm earth tones, ceramics and weathered wood furnishings give a decidedly rustic feel to the spacious bedrooms, designed to create a sense of home while the historical artefacts help you to fully immerse yourself in the local culture.

Food & Drink

Possibly the finest restaurant in the town, the menu at The Strand changes daily, depending on what’s in season, and incorporating local herbs and spices for a traditional Khmer flavour. The Sailing Club is a fittingly nautical style navy-and-white open dining room overlooking the sea, serving seafood and international dishes.


Unwind with spa treatments which are inspired by Khmer and Asian techniques, while there are also daily yoga and meditation sessions.

The Sailing Club offers offers beginner and intermediate courses if you wish to try your hand at Hobie Cat sailing. You can also rent kayaks, surfboards and bikes at the Discovery Centre.

Activities at Knai Bang Chatt

Pay a visit to Rabbit Island, known for having some of the best beaches in Cambodia, where you can snorkel in its shallow waters and pass an afternoon lazing in a hammock on its palm-fringed beaches. Kep is also famous for its crabs: take a stroll through the market where vendors can steam some up for you or do some people-watching at one of the seafood restaurants that line the shore nearby - and you can also enjoy a traditional fishing trip or a sunset cruise.

Around Kep, visit pepper farms, explore Buddhist shrines in the hidden caves of the limestone mountains in the jungle, or go off the beaten track on a 'moto' (motorised scooter) and see farmers at work in the heart of the Cambodian countryside. 

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Hotel location

Knai Bang Chatt is a three-hour drive from Phnom Penh International Airport.

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