Pepper plant at Sothy's Pepper Farm near Kep, Cambodia.

© chrisontour84/Shutterstock

Sothy's Pepper Farm

Top choice in Kep

One of the friendliest farms to visit, Sothy is passionate about his product and will gladly elaborate on the history and process behind the 'champagne of pepper'. Short tours are free and there's a wonderful gift shop on the premises if you want to bring a few packs of the good stuff back home. It's about 17km northeast of central Kep. There's also an excellent restaurant, albeit pepper ripens faster than the service!

Sothy's green credentials are legit as he shuns chemical fertilisers (as do all of the certified farms) and uses solar and wind power.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Kep attractions

1. La Plantation

4.63 MILES

This sprawling organic pepper farm offers free guided walks in French, English and Khmer, explaining how several varieties of pepper are grown, harvested…

2. Phnom Sorsia

4.88 MILES

Phnom Sorsia is home to several natural caves. From the parking area, a stairway leads up the hillside to a gaudy modern temple. From there, steps lead…

3. Wat Samathi

5.17 MILES

Sitting atop a hill overlooking Kep, this tranquil wat has gorgeous views over the coast. You can take the off-shooting 'Samathi Path' from the main Kep…

4. Kep Butterfly Garden

5.63 MILES

This small and beautifully kept flower-filled garden is home to myriad butterflies. You can cycle or motorbike here – drive about 300m past the Rabbit…

5. Wat Samot Raingsey


This very modest Buddhist temple sits at the beginning of a trailhead into Kep National Park that leads past some small pagodas, a nunnery and onto the…

6. Kep National Park

6.42 MILES

The interior of Kep peninsula is occupied by Kep National Park, where an 8km circuit, navigable by foot, mountain bike, or motorbike, begins behind…

7. Coconut Beach

6.49 MILES

This 'beach' has dining platforms and food shacks, but not really any sand as such. It begins a few hundred metres southeast of Kep Beach, just past the…

8. Giant Crab Statue

6.84 MILES

This oversized statue of a crab, sitting just offshore, proudly shows off what Kep is most famed for.