Kampot Province

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A riverside in Kampot
A riverside in Kampot
Map of Cambodia highlighting Kampot
Map of Cambodia highlighting Kampot
Coordinates: 10°36′N 104°10′E / 10.600°N 104.167°E / 10.600; 104.167Coordinates: 10°36′N 104°10′E / 10.600°N 104.167°E / 10.600; 104.167
Country  Cambodia
Capital Kampot
 • Governor Khoy Khun Huor (CPP)
 • Total 4,873 km2 (1,881 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 17th
Population (2008)[1]
 • Total 627,884
 • Rank Ranked 12th
 • Density 130/km2 (330/sq mi)
 • Density rank Ranked 9th
Time zone Cambodia (UTC+7)
Dialing code +855
ISO 3166 code KH-7
Districts 8
Communes 92
Villages 477

Kampot (Khmer: ខេត្តកំពត IPA: [kɑmpɔːt]) is a (south west province) province (khaet) of Cambodia. It borders the provinces of Koh Kong and Kampong Speu to the north, Takeo and Kep and Vietnam to the east and Sihanoukville to the west. To its south it has a coastline of around 45 km on the Gulf of Thailand. It is rich in low arable lands and has abundant natural resources. Its capital is Kampot town.

Kampot Province had a population of 627,884[2] in 2010 and consist of eight districts divided into 92 communes with a total of 477 villages.[3] Touk Meas City is located in Kampot Province.


Under 19th century French colonial administration Kampot became a regional administrative center with the status of a state border district as a result of the delimitation of the Kingdom of Cambodia. The Circonscription Résidentielle de Kampot contained the arrondissements of Kampot, Kompong-Som, Trang and Kong-Pisey.[4][5]

In 1889 French colonial census reports a multi-ethnic community: Kampot town consisted of "Cambodian Kampot" on the Prek-Kampot River and "Chinese Kampot" on the right riverbank of the west branch of the Prek-Thom River. Nearby was also a Vietnamese village, called Tien-Thanh and another Vietnamese village on Traeuy Koh Island. A Malay also existed on Traeuy Koh Island. Additional villages of mixed ethnicity are listed.[6]



  • Kampot Black Pepper is a specialized product, protected by GI law, totaling 13 ha and a harvesting area of 10.50 ha located in Domnak Kantoul, Kang Tboung Commune, Kompong Trach District.
  • Durian, another specialized product totaling 537 ha and yielding 10,657 tons located in Makbrang Commune, Tek Chhou district.
  • Rubber, plantation area: 20 ha
  • Cambodia Sea-Salt: produced from natural sea water in a four-stage production process, cultivation area is 4,475.94 hectares, yields are approximately 140,000 tons per year.

Forestry & Mining[edit]

  • Forestry area: 227,154 ha
  • 48 Mineral production and mining areas


  • Historical/cultural areas: 4 places
  • Wildlife sanctuaries and protected areas: 1 Wildlife protection area: 217 ha[7]


The province is subdivided into 8 districts.

View of the coast near Kampot from Bokor mountain


  1. ^ "General Population Census of Cambodia 2008 - Provisional population totals" (PDF). National Institute of Statistics, Ministry of Planning. 3 September 2008. 
  2. ^ Kampot Data Book 2009 (PDF). National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development (NCDD). October 2009. p. 15. 
  3. ^ General Population Census of Cambodia, 1998: Village Gazetteer. National Institute of Statistics. February 2000. pp. xviii. 
  4. ^ "Kampot of the Belle Époque: From the Outlet of Cambodia to a Colonial Resort - After colonization by the French..." (PDF). Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ "The History of the Vinh Te Canal". UNREPRESENTED NATIONS AND PEOPLES ORGANIZATION. January 27, 2004. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Kampot of the Belle Époque: From the Outlet of Cambodia to a Colonial Resort - When the French installed the Résidence,..." (PDF). Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Kampot Province". Cambodia Advisor. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 

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