Eating at the crab market – a row of wooden waterfront restaurants by a wet fish market – is a quintessential Kep experience. Fresh crabs fried with Kampot pepper are a taste sensation.

Crabs are kept alive in pens tethered a few metres off the pebbly beach. You can dine at one of the restaurants or buy crab for around 35,000r a kilo and have your guesthouse prepare it. There are lots of great places to choose from at the crab market, so keep an eye on where the Khmer crowd are eating.