Relaxing Sihanoukville awaits: its beaches, island views, bars and more!

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.

Known for

Beaches, Islands and Seafood

Top hotels in Sihanoukville

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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White Beach Bungalows
2.5 out of 5
Koh Tui Village, Koh Rong, Koh Kong
£18
per night
25 Sep-26 Sep
4.3/5Excellent! (52 reviews)

"Staid here for a weekend. The place is right on the beach and has super helpful and friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2019

White Beach Bungalows
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Independence Hotel Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
Street 2 Thnou, Sangkat 3, Sihanoukville
£84
per night
23 Sep-24 Sep
3.9/5Good! (235 reviews)

"The resort is nice, but for the price I'd like to see better service. Always had to ask 3 times in restaurants and reception on just the basics.... a fork, tuk tuk, a beer..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Apr 2019

Independence Hotel Resort & Spa
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Sara Resort
3.5 out of 5
Saracen Bay, Koh Rong Sanloem, Koh Kong
£26
per night
24 Sep-25 Sep
4.4/5Wonderful! (91 reviews)

"Great views really nice rooms beautiful island fantastic breakfast free kayaks couldnt fault it"…"

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2019

Sara Resort

Top activities in Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville’s Nearby Islands
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Sihanoukville’s Nearby Islands

£122

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

£72

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.

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

£69

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

£69

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.

Snorkeling & Fishing in Fingernail Island or Gam Ghi island
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Snorkeling & Fishing in Fingernail Island or Gam Ghi island

£24

What to Expect Our tour will take you to the great nature beauty of Phu Quoc Island. You will have an opportunity to visit 2 most beautiful islands – Finger Island or Gam Ghi Island and May Rut Island. Enjoy lunch and relaxed atmosphere with us. Book

Sunset & Nights Squid Fishing
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Sunset & Nights Squid Fishing

£16

We start cruising slowly into the sunset along with other fishermen boats for an exciting night! As the sun disappears, the boat will anchor at the best spot, where you will catch squid and our crew will show you a secret technique.

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