Kep Province is on the southeast coast of Cambodia, near the Vietnam border. Kep is surrounded by Kampot Province, and it was part of Kampot until it was made a province in 2008.
Kep was a seaside playground in French colonial times, and remains of old villas can be found along the coast and in the town. The government plan to turn Kep into a seaside destination again, with an artificial beach and the development of Rabbit Island.
Here is a list of projects that are planned or under construction in Kep Province.
[Map of Kep Province.]
Kep Beach Expansion
The Kep Beach expansion is a land reclamation project that will create a 2.7 KM long beach and parkland area.
Kep Beach Expansion News
Gov’t approves proposed new public beach resort development in Kep – [14/08/21]
“The Cambodian government has officially approved a project to transform a 2.7-kilometre-long section of muddy beach from the Crab Market to a mangrove forest zone in Phum Thmey village in Kep province into a public beach resort.”
Kep-Koh Tonsay Tourism Port
Kep-Koh Tonsay Tourism Port open – [19/01/22]
“With a surface area of nearly 5,000sqm, the pier is 68m wide and stretches out 306m into Chhak Kep bay towards the province’s most well-known island of Koh Tonsay. It is reportedly able to accommodate vessels of up to 300-passenger capacity.”
Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island)
Rabbit Island resort investment project starts construction in Kep province – [29/09/21]
“Rabbit Island development investment, the $130 million worth multiple resort project located in Koh Tonsay island, 4 km offshore of Kep province, has moved into construction activities, as the company started to transport construction materials to the island.”
Ground breaks on project over most of Koh Tonsay – [27/09/21]
“Try Pheap Koh Tunsay Resorts Co Ltd’s 144ha development on Koh Tonsay island broke ground on September 27, accompanied by a Krong Peali Buddhist blessing ceremony.”
Another Cambodian island to be developed – [03/10/22]
“The Investment Committee of Cambodia of the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) on September 30 decided to issue an investment project registration certificate to the Duke Try Pheap Company for the Koh Tbal Development Project to develop into a natural tourist area.”
Tycoon’s company receives 1,247 hectares along Kep coastal waters for satellite city development – [05/09/23]
“A company linked to tycoon Khun Sear, TP Moral Group, received 1,247 hectares of coastal waters in Kep province to develop a new satellite city and “special tourism zone” according to a March 6 sub-decree signed by former Prime Minister Hun Sen and publicized in the Royal Gazette on Monday.”
Linking Kep to Vietnam’s Phu Quoc Island – [07/06/22]
The old Kep is dead. Long live new Kep? – [28/05/22]
Kep province’s coastal areas set for major change – [22/03/22]
Kampot, Kep Coasts Cluttered With Sandfilling Plans, Developments – [18/09/21]
“Between official documents, residents’ accounts and visible evidence of filling, reporters have found five seafilling projects on the Kampot coast — some of them spanning hundreds of hectares. Affected fishers have been told there could be twice as many in all.”
Over 200 development projects included in Kep development master plan – [15/01/21]
“Over 200 development projects and four major tourism development destinations have been included in the draft of Kep Tourism Master Plan, according to the Ministry of Tourism on 14 January.
The purpose of the master plan is to transform Kep into a “high-end luxury tourism destination”, and also to help boost Kep’s tourism potential after the COVID-19 crisis.”
Cambodia’s Kep province set to become regional tourism hub – [06/05/20]
The Cambodian Ministry of Tourism is working to transform its southern province of Kep into a tourism hub that meets regional and international standards.
Kep in Cambodia: beach retreat favoured by country’s kings and French colonial elite is undergoing a revival – [29/05/18]
“In the first of three instalments looking at Cambodia’s rising destinations, we visit the coastal resort of Kep, which is looking to reclaim its rightful title as the St Tropez of Southeast Asia.”
Cambodia, in and around Kep, open but undeveloped – [04/03/12]
Decree creates three new provinces – [31/12/08]
“King Norodom Sihamoni signed a royal decree on December 22 that would change the municipalities of Kep, Sihanoukville and Pailin into provinces and re-demarcate the boundaries between the provinces of Battambang and Pursat, and Sihanoukville and Koh Kong.”