A role model for East African resorts lies in Cambodia

Famed for its scenic river surrounded by lush greenery, the sleepy town of Kampot – in the province bearing the same name – is home to a hidden getaway that is environmentally sustainable and offers guests a greener vacation with a smaller carbon footprint.

Situated alongside the Kampot River and nestled in the foothills of the Elephant Mountains, Amber Kampot is a premium resort. The eco-friendly Amber Kampot resort claims that its more than one hectare grounds is free of all plastic rubbish and is cleaned-up regularly to keep it that way and Taihei Yamada – founder of Amber International Holdings – would like to see all of Kampot and its area resorts, guesthouses and hotels follow suit to create a sustainable hospitality industry there.

“We want Kampot to become a well-known international destination where the natural environment is part of what attracts people to Amber Kampot and other resorts,” Yamada tells The Post.

Yamada believes that Kampot could become a leader in sustainable tourism by planting more trees, cleaning up the city and building a solar energy grid to compliment things it has now like its colonial buildings, great seafood and durian and its proximity to the river and to Bokor Mountain.

Read more: Phnom Penh Post