Up in the hills of Kep National Park lies the tranquil and iconic Samathi Pagoda, which offers a great sea view over the coastal town of Kep.
Samathi Pagoda is a Buddhist temple built at an altitude of 800 metres above sea level in Kep province. It is well maintained and full of impressive statues and artistic paintings. The scenic viewpoint on top of the hill can simply take your breath away!
The pagoda is located about 7.5 kilometres south of Kep town and was built on a hill in Kep National Park. It is also about 110 kilometres east of Sihanoukville International Airport.
Opening Days and Hours
Samathi Pagoda is open daily. Visitors can access the pagoda by taking the main trail in Kep National Park, which opens from 09:00 to 17:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Admission to this attraction is free.
How to Get There
You can take a short 10 to 15 minute tuk-tuk or motorcycle ride from Kep to reach the site. This will take you to the entrance of the pagoda. From here, you will have to walk uphill on a steep stairway, which leads up to the pagoda.
The attraction is suitable for families with children, solo travelers, backpackers, groups of friends, young couples, and nature lovers looking for a spectacular view. Buddhist visitors can spend some quiet time to pray and meditate in the pagoda too.
Time to Spend
Visitors usually spend half a day getting to the pagoda and enjoy a relaxing time in this area.
Kep town offers a number of dining options and food choices. It is also particularly famous for fresh seafood straight from the sea.
- Kep Crab Market: This market is about 6 kilometres away and around a 15 to 18-minute drive from the pagoda.
- Kep Beach: The beach is about 5 kilometres away and merely a 15-minute drive from the pagoda.
- Kep National Park: You can take the opportunity to explore the national park, as Samanthi Pagoda is located within its grounds.
Many lodging options are available just a short distance away in Kep town. The choice greatly varies from affordable guesthouses to luxury hotels or resorts, which suit different budgets and requirements of visitors.
Good to Know
A good pair of shoes appropriate for walking on jungle trails is recommended. Bring along water, snacks, and mosquito/insect repellent too.