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Sihanoukville
Travel Guide

Sihanoukville which includes tropical scenes, landscape views and a beach

Watch the sunset from a beach bar or play castaway on the untouched islands near this Cambodian town that has a laid-back atmosphere, despite its growing popularity.

Sihanoukville is without a doubt one of the rising stars of Southeast Asia’s beach tourism scene. Experience the magic of this popular seaside town and its nearby islands, which despite the hype, have managed to maintain their laid-back atmosphere and low prices.

After the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979, Sihanoukville played a key role in the economic recovery of Cambodia, first as a port city and now as a beach destination. Sihanoukville’s main claim to fame is its impressive array of beaches. Since the town is still relatively uncrowded, you’ll have no trouble finding your own patch of white sand and some shade cast by coconut palms. Occheuteal Beach is especially popular with budget travellers. Nearby Otres Beach charms with its gorgeous landscape and its more relaxed atmosphere.

Look for monkeys in Sihanoukville’s frenetic downtown. The monkeys often gather by the Independence Hotel in the hopes of scoring a snack from passers-by. Head out of town for a moment’s tranquility at Wat Leu, a Buddhist temple featuring graceful architecture and unbeatable panoramic views of the area.

The town’s proximity to pristine tropical islands is one of its greatest assets. Hop on a boat for a day-trip to a dreamy island paradise, or go full castaway and stay overnight in a bungalow. Watch the sun set with a cocktail at Koh Rong Samloem or take a memorable jungle trek at the stunning Koh Ta Kiev. True nature lovers will love Koh Thmei, the most untouched of the islands, which is home to more than 100 bird species and offers occasional views of migrating dolphins from the beach.

Sihanoukville is a 3-4 hour bus or taxi journey from the Cambodian capital, Phnom Phen. Alternatively, fly in direct to Sihanoukville’s tiny international airport. Since the town is fairly spread out, getting around is best done by taxi, motorcycle taxi or bicycle. Sihanoukville is generally safe, but theft of unattended valuables can be a problem.

Where to stay in Sihanoukville

Song Saa Private Island
Song Saa Private Island
5 out of 5
Song Saa, Koh Rong Archipelago, Near Sihanoukville, Koh Ouen, Koh Kong
The price is Rs59,184 per night from 25 Jun to 25 Jun
Nestled on the beach, this Koh Ouen resort is 30.5 mi (49.2 km) from Coconut Beach.
5/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
"Amazing place. Staffs are extremely nice and helpful. I still think it's a bit expensive but the good thing about this is that less people go, so more privacy, special, and excluded."

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2019

Song Saa Private Island
WM Hotel
WM Hotel
3.5 out of 5
St. 2 thnou,Dangler 4, Mittapheap, Sihanoukville
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Located in Mittakpheap, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Golden Lions Roundabout and Ochheuteal Beach. Sokha Beach is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) away.
3/5 (3 reviews)
Avoid Sihanoukville if you can
"The room in general was okay in regards to comfort and cleanliness. However the walls are paper thin, the English of the staff is poor, breakfast was inedible and a few minutes after getting to our room we had a member of staff at our door who was forceful to come in saying we hadn't yet paid, but ..."

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2020

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Bensley Collection - Shinta Mani Wild - All inclusive
Bensley Collection - Shinta Mani Wild - All inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Unnamed Road, Kampong Seila, Sihanoukville
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Situated in Kampong Seila, this all-inclusive resort is 11.3 mi (18.1 km) from Kirirom Lake and 17.5 mi (28.1 km) from Phnom Pichnil Pagoda.
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
"Everything was perfect... attention to details... perfect drinks and food choices... and our butler was just like an Angel!"

Reviewed on 31 Oct 2019

Bensley Collection - Shinta Mani Wild - All inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
OUR HOUSE BUNGALOW
OUR HOUSE BUNGALOW
3 out of 5
Kampot Province, Kampot, Kampot Province
The price is Rs2,664 per night from 14 Jun to 14 Jun
Situated in Kampot, this villa is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Kampot Salt Fields and 10.6 mi (17 km) from La Plantation. Crab Market and Kep Beach are also within 16 ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Great stay!
"Lovely people running the place, all very friendly and helpful!"

Reviewed on 8 Apr 2020

OUR HOUSE BUNGALOW
Cupido Beach SPA Resort
Cupido Beach SPA Resort
3 out of 5
Nestled on the beach, this Koh Rong Sanloem villa is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mphey Bay and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Clear Water Bay. Sokha Beach and Ochheuteal Beach ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
"Unique stay amongst goats, chickens and a horse. Domenico is a good host!"

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2020

Cupido Beach SPA Resort
4k Camp Koh Rong
4k Camp Koh Rong
2 out of 5
4K Beach Ko Rong, Koh Rong, Sihanoukville
Situated on a lake, this campsite is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Long Set Beach and within 3 miles (5 km) of Koh Toch Beach and Sok San Beach. Coconut Beach is 2.9 ...
4k Camp Koh Rong
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