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Sihanoukville Travel Guide

Sihanoukville Guide:

With its beaches and casinos, Sihanoukville is primarily a tourist attraction, albeit one with an industrial deep water port. Because of the tourist industry the town of some 250,000 people has a more lighthearted flavour to it than Phnom Penh

Situated on the eastern part of the Gulf of Thailand, Sihanoukville is a peninsula and has several beaches and small, offshore islands. It was founded in 1964 and is much more urban and modern than other Cambodian cities. .

Considering the modest amount of visitors Sihanoukville has that town features more than ample hotels, restaurants and bars. With its five beaches and three islands to relax on, Sihanoukville provides a peaceful counterpoint to Thailand's sometimes crowded beaches. Sihanoukville's Cambodian name is Kampong Som.

Everything you Need to Know about Sihanoukville

SihanoukVilleis located on the coast of Cambodia, about halfway between Thailand and Vietnam, on the Bay of Thailand. It's locally know as Kampong Som. A spread out tourist town for both foreigners and local people from all over the country. Three sides of the town are bordered by tropical beaches and islands. Filled with empty beaches, crowded beaches, seafood, restaurants, bars, Buddhist Temples, casinos, hotels, and more beaches. At several hundred places, English is spoken; and many French speakers are here as well. About 20 other languages are spoken at various guesthouses and restaurants

Getting to Sihanoukville:

From Thailand, just fly from Bangkok to Phnom Penh, about a 45 minute flight. Then take 3 to 4 hour ride by taxi or bus to Sihanoukville. Or take a 4 hour bus or car from Koh Kong island to Sihanoukville, starting just across the border near TRAT, Thailand. 

From Vietnam, just fly from Saigon or Hanoi to Phnom Penh and then by bus or taxi. Or take a bus, boat, or car across the Cambodia/Vietnam border to Phnom Penh, and then a 4 hour ride by bus or taxi to get here. Also, from the Kep, Cambodia / Vietnam border, you're just 3 hours from SihanoukVille. Flights will be arriving soon at the new airport, but not yet. Leaving Sihanoukville so soon??? Check out Ana's Travel to and from Sihanoukville page.

Layout of Sihanoukville:

When you arrive in SihanoukVille, your first stop is usually the downtown bus station at the Old New Market, coming from Phnom Penh or Koh Kong, .......or the Port coming from a cruise ship. From downtown, in the East, South, and West, there are beaches and more beaches. To the North, are small mountains going back to Phnom Penh, Kampot, Kep, and Koh Kong.


SihanoukVille Cambodia Beach Resorts

SihanoukVille, Cambodia. South-East Asia's Premier beach destination.

Cambodian beaches, islands, seafood, culture and hospitality. It's all here.

SihanoukVille, named after King Sihamoni's Father, King Sihanouk, has grown from a sleepy Cambodian seaside town, into Cambodia's second biggest city.

While still in it's infancy, SihanoukVille now features a handful of world class luxury beach resorts, island resorts and hotels. It's also South-East Asia's newest cruise destination.

Winter, from the beginning of November until the end of February, is the best time of year here. Not too hot, and perfect weather most days. March 'till the end of June is a bit cloudy, hot, with some rain. July 'till the end of October.... rain.

The airport isn't running, and the golf courses haven't come yet, however, it's a great time to visit SihanoukVille. The town still hasn't been spoiled by rampant tourism, and the islands are just opening up to visitors. The town is growing very fast, so now is the perfect time to come visit SihanoukVille!

Considering the moderate number of visitors to Sihanoukville, the town offers a surprising number and variety of restaurants and bars. 

Fresh seafood, especially crab, prawns and ocean fish, has always been one of the town's biggest draws, but there is also a wide variety of places offering foreign cuisines - Australian, French, Indian, German, Sri Lankan, British, Italian, pizza places, a couple of western bakeries and even a espresso coffee shop.

And these days Sihanoukville offers a pretty good night life as well with a wide variety of bars staying open well into the wee hours, especially on Weather Station Hill, in the downtown area, and the beach bars on Ochheuteal, ‘Serendipity’ and Victory Beaches

Otres beach

Otres is located at the far end of Ocheteaul. This beach is about 15 minutes outside of downtown, and you can walk here from Ocheteaul Beach in 15 minutes. This is the only beach without electricity, and is very peaceful. There are several grass beach shacks here. Sparsely filled with pine trees, and no other signs of civilization, this is one of the quietest beaches. You can also rent canoes, kayaks, and sailboats here.

Ocheteaul beach

Ocheteaul is the main tourist beach in town. Filled with beach stands, and just across the street from a plethora of hotels.

Serendipity beach

Serendipity is at the near end of Ocheteaul. This is the most Western public beach in town. A handful of bungalows on the beach and hillside, with plenty of dining and shopping options.

Ocheteaul Beach on the East side of town, about a 5 minute motorcycle ride from downtown. This beach runs about 2 kilometers from Serendipity Beach to Otres Beach. Ocheteaul is filled with beach stands and chairs. Seafood, burgers, pizza, and booze. Most places serve Khmer style food, but many now offer Western dishes. Across the street from the beach, there's an assortment of restaurants and hotels.

Serendipity Beach The tourist beach on the East Side. No beach stands here, just Western style bars and restaurants. One of the few places with rooms right on the beach. Many new internet shops, clothing, MP3 downloads, tour services and boat departures to the islands. Serendipity has turned into the shopping section of town.

Victory Beach

At the bottom of "The Hill", near the port, Victory beach has quickly become the tourist beach on the West side of town. An easy walk from Victory Hill, with plenty of seafood, boating activities, guesthouses, and a full service casino. Some quiet beach in the middle, and some restaurants towards the port. Also, featuring a pier for island boat trips.

Independence Beach

A kilometer or two of nothing but beach. Mostly closed down now except in front of Seabreeze Guesthouse and a private beach at the Independence Hotel complex.

Sokha Beach

Sokha beach is a private beach, 1.5 kilometers long, for the guest of the Sokha Resort hotel. Well groomed beaches, not too many people, and for a fee (if you're not a hotel guest), a beautiful swimming pool, fitness center, and lobby lounge. At the near end of Sokha are a few hillside and cliffside bungalows.

Hawaii Beach

Hawaii beach is filled with pine trees, shading the beach area. Many small boats are available for rent to the islands


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