Sihanoukville: An Introduction
In years-gone-by travellers have passed through Cambodia, stopping to visiting the famous Angkor Temples, navigate the Tonlé Sap Great Lake and explore the vibrant city of Phnom Penh, without giving much of a thought to the rich bounty that lies on the country's south coast.
These days things have changed and the entire coastline is experiencing something of a metamorphose. Sihanoukville is the best known of the coastal towns and certainly home to some of Cambodia's finest beaches...four to be precise. The beaches of Independence, Serendipity, Otres and Ocheateal are each located in separate bay's, with most visitors enjoying at least two or three during their stay.
Just a three and a half-hour drive from Phnom Penh; as well as being within easy reach of several National Parks, the port now known as Sihanouk City has another claim to fame - it's the home of the great Angkor Beer! Popular with holiday makers and backpackers alike, with plenty of room for all, there are a range of restaurants and hotels to suit all budgets. There are a number of islands that can be visited either on day trips or for longer visits, staying in basic accommodation.
Sihanoukville is close to the Ream National Park, where rangers can guide you through mangrove forests and take you by boat along the park’s river in search of wildlife or just to enjoy nature that is pristine and untamed. There is also the nearby Kbal Chhay Waterfall, perfect for an afternoon picnic and a cool swim
For a truly memorable stay in Sihanoukville, be sure to stay away from the backpacker crowds to enjoy space and tranquility and for us that leaves only one choice - the Sokha Beach Resort. Having said that an evening drink on Ocheateal Beach always promises a fun experience.