Cambodia

Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s premier beach resort, occupies a headland jutting out into a bay dotted with beach-fringed tropical islands. Whilst you wouldn’t class Sihanoukville as a tropical paradise, it’s still easy to find a stretch of palm-tree-shaded white sands to yourself if you venture a little out of town. Just 4 hours by road from Phnom Penh, while away a couple of days here exploring undeveloped islands, relaxing on the beach and soaking up the laidback atmosphere.

What to see

Beaches

Beaches

Whilst Sihanoukville is a popular resort, the beaches here are nowhere near as developed as, say, Thailand – you’ll always be able to find a spot for your towel somewhere. Ochheuteal Beach is the longest but also the busiest stretch with plenty of bars and restaurants lining the front. Serendipity Beach, connected with Ochheuteal, is known as the party beach and is particularly popular with backpackers. Otres Beach, separated from the others by a headland, is generally a more relaxed place to kick back and also offers a whole range of watersports including windsurfing, paddle boarding and sea kayaking.

Islands

Islands

Sihanoukville’s sprinkling of islands offer opportunities for both sunny day trips and idyllic overnight stays. Leisurely cruises amongst these beautiful islands can include swimming, snorkelling and relaxing on beautiful beaches – the perfect way to explore and enjoy the beautiful turquoise water closer to Sihanoukville. Further afield Koh Rong, 2 hours 30 minutes from the mainland, boast white sand beaches and jungle trekking, close neighbour Koh Rong Sanloem is the place for utter relaxation whilst Koh Tang is a mecca for divers. There is no better way to round off your Southeast Asia adventure than a stay on one of these paradise islands.

Ream National Park

Ream National Park

Located just 18 kilometres from Sihanoukville, Ream National Park that covers an area consisting of a range of habitats and ecosystems including forest, mangrove, beach and marine. Within these animals such as rhesus monkeys, dolphins, dugongs and mouse-deer make their homes. You can explore the mangroves by boat, trek through the forest and spot birds, such as the grey-headed fish eagle, over the Prek Toeuk Sap Estuary.

Where to stay

Moonlight Resort

This award-winning, eco-resort sits on a tropical beach of the paradise island of Koh Rong Samloem. The accommodation oozes harmony - beautifully-designed domes, each with a king sized bed placed under a skylight for night sky views, are all within sight of the beach or the sea.

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White Beach Hotel

Set just back from Ochheuteal Beach, the White Beach Hotel offers comfort and harmony by the sea. Offering traditional style with all the modern comforts and amenities, the hotel is also conveniently located for Sihanoukville's centre. Enjoy the restaurant, gardens and outdoor pool.

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Sokha Beach Resort

An oasis of relaxation just 2 minutes from downtown Sihanoukville, the Sokha Beach Resort exudes the spirit of Khmer hospitality. Sat on a stretch of private beach amongst landscaped gardens, choose from a range of spacious and elegant accommodation that will become your own relaxing haven - you only need to move between here, the beach, the pool and the spa.

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Song Saa Private Island

A luxury eco-friendly resort with an all-inclusive concept, Song Saa Private Island offers accommodation in private villas crafted from stone, driftwood and thatch and set in the jungle, on the beach or over the water. All offer luxurious, contemporary comfort. The hotel occupies two pristine islands in the untouched Koh Rong Archipelago, and at its heart you'll find a world-class restaurant and lounge.

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