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Visit Sihanoukville

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

Sihanoukville City Centre, Sihanoukville, Cambodia
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Sihanoukville City Centre

1/5(1 area review)

Unique features of Sihanoukville City Centre include the beaches and bars. Make a stop by Sokha Beach or Victory Beach while you're exploring the area.

Sihanoukville City Centre
Mittakpheap, Sihanoukville, Cambodia
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Mittakpheap

2/5(19 area reviews)

While visiting Mittakpheap, you might make a stop by sights like Ochheuteal Beach and Sokha Beach.

Mittakpheap
Sihanoukville which includes a coastal town, general coastal views and a luxury hotel or resort

Prey Nob

You might make a stop by Ream National Park while you're exploring Prey Nob.

Prey Nob

Top hotels in Sihanoukville

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Tree House Bungalows Resort
Tree House Bungalows Resort
2 out of 5
Koh Touch, Koh Rong Island, Koh Rong, Koh Kong

Nestled on the beach, this Koh Rong hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Koh Toch Beach and Long Set Beach. Sok San Beach and Coconut Beach are also within 6 ...

3.3/5 (32 reviews)

"Great location. The staff was great. Viola and the young waiter (forgot his name) took great care of us ffor the 4 days we were there. Only downside was the amount of construction taking place."…"

Reviewed on 5 Dec 2019

Tree House Bungalows Resort
Sok San Beach Resort
Sok San Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
Sok San Village, Koh Rong, Koh Kong
£56
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

Nestled on the beach, this Koh Rong resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sok San Beach.

3.9/5Good! (126 reviews)

"Absolutely stunning beach, purest white sand with beautiful blue sea. Accommodation is good, although a little dated. Food is very good although very expensive which is quite frustrating because prices are inflated 3x as much as normal. Also paying for the speed boat to the island is totally uncalled ..."…"

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2019

Sok San Beach Resort
Scarlet Sails Resort
Scarlet Sails Resort
3.5 out of 5
4K Beach, Koh Rong,, Koh Rong, Preah Sihanouk
£52
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

Situated on the beach, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Long Set Beach and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Coconut Beach.

Scarlet Sails Resort

Popular things to do in Sihanoukville

Otres Beach
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Otres Beach

3.5/5(11 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Otres Beach, a popular beach in Sihanoukville. Amble around this relaxing area's seaside and enjoy its lively bars.

Lazy Beach
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Lazy Beach

3/5(5 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Lazy Beach, a popular beach in Koh Rong Sanloem. Stroll along the seaside or visit the monuments while you're in the area.

Ochheuteal Beach
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Ochheuteal Beach

3/5(4 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Ochheuteal Beach, a popular beach in Sihanoukville. Amble around this relaxing area's seaside and enjoy its lively bars.

Sokha Beach
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Sokha Beach

2/5(2 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Sokha Beach, a popular beach in Sihanoukville. Stroll along the seaside in this relaxing area or visit its lively bars.

Independence Beach
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Independence Beach

2.5/5(5 reviews)

Why not spend a care-free afternoon at Independence Beach during your travels in Sihanoukville? Amble around this relaxing area's seaside and enjoy its lively bars.

Koh Rong Sanloem Lighthouse
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Koh Rong Sanloem Lighthouse

Enjoy a stop at Koh Rong Sanloem Lighthouse, a landmark worth seeing in Koh Rong Sanloem. While you're in the area, stroll along the beaches.

Top activities in Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville’s Nearby Islands
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Sihanoukville’s Nearby Islands

£116

Sihanoukville is often described as the gateway to Cambodia’s best islands. On this tour, your guide shows you hidden lagoons and white-sand beaches on three of Sihanoukville’s offshore islands. In the morning, our guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby at around 9.

Sihanouk Ville at a Glance-Shore Excursions
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Sihanouk Ville at a Glance-Shore Excursions

£69

We will start at the port if you arrive by cruise or your hotel in Sihanouk Ville and head off to Tumnuk Rolok Fishing Port. Watch fishermen do their day to day activities. They head towards the open sea at night and return to the port early in the morning with their catch.

Shore Excursion: Beauty of Sihanoukville
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Shore Excursion: Beauty of Sihanoukville

£61

We pick up from port if you arrive by cruise or from your hotel in Sihanouk Ville and head off to Tumnuk Rolok Fishing Port to watch fishermen do their day to day activities in this thriving fish port and admire the Kbal Chhay Waterfall cascading through natural rock formations and then visit the Phsar Leu Central Market, where you’ll get a glimpse of local daily lifestyle and culture.

Full Day Explore Ream National Park - Sihanoukville
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Full Day Explore Ream National Park - Sihanoukville

£66

Take the opportunity to meet the people and wildlife living in the Ream National Park on this tour. Board a local wooden boat at Sihanoukville Port before cruising down the Ream River.

Private Kirirom National Park Tour
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Private Kirirom National Park Tour

£66

Spend a peaceful day enjoying the natural beauty of the Cambodian countryside with a private tour to Kirirom National Park. Walk through lush jungle trails, discover cascading streams and waterfalls, and gaze at amazing cliff-top vistas from picture-perfect lookouts.

Kampong Trach Mountain Exploration
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Kampong Trach Mountain Exploration

£37

Stop 1: The Visit to the Salt Farm We begin the first stop at the beautiful looking, salt field. It is the best way to learn the interesting mix of Cambodia’s salt product. Your guide is ready to tell you the many relevant information of the only located salt area in Cambodia.

Reviews of Sihanoukville

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1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Oct 29, 2019

We were in this village for a one night stop over before a flight and we couldn’t wait to leave! It was DIRTY!! We never wish to return!

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Aug 14, 2019

I wouldn’t return to Sihanoukville even in better weather conditions. Lots of building, but no infrastructure. I really felt for the local people having to cope with heavy flooding and have to praise the taxi driver for getting us to our hotel.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

May 31, 2019

Do not come here. Go to the Islands.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Mar 31, 2019

Chinese casinos going up everywhere...feel so very sad for Cambodian people being forced from their meagre houses to make way for huge...and I mean monsterousy huge...developments!!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 25, 2019

Lots of building going on, big hotels with lots of tourists, not as quiet as we would have hoped

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