‘Beach town’, ‘port community’, ‘budding tourist destination’ all describe Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s premier beach town. Sihanoukville’s white-sand beaches and the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand combine with a laid-back, beachy vibe to provide a little tropical getaway. Sihanoukville is a place to relax on the beach, enjoy fresh seafood from the ocean, take a snorkeling or diving trip, and generally slow down, kick back, and relax.
Sihanoukville has a different look than most Cambodian cities. Built as a port city in the late 1950s, the city is much newer, more urban and cosmopolitan than most provincial cities in Cambodia. Today, Sihanoukville is both a seaside town and a port city, catering to weekend beachgoers from Phnom Penh, as well as a growing number of foreign visitors. Still, the pace of life in Sihanoukville is very relaxed. Cows occasionally roam the main road, foreign faces outside the city draw smiles and curious stars, and most beaches offer only umbrellas, thatched-roof restaurants, and a growing number of restaurants, bungalows, and hotels. .
Sihanoukville has a more than wide range of accommodation, including a 5-star resort on Sokha Beach, several mid-range places downtown and on the beaches, a few “exclusive” three-star hotels, and dozens of excellent vacation homes. guests, especially at Ochheuteal Beach. Considering the moderate number of visitors to Sihanoukville, the city offers a surprising number and variety of restaurants and bars. Fresh seafood, especially crab, prawns and ocean fish, has always been one of the city’s biggest draws, but there are also a wide variety of places offering foreign cuisine: Australian, French, Indian, German, Sri Lankan, British, Italian, pizza. places, a couple of western bakeries and even an espresso cafe. And these days, Sihanoukville also offers some pretty good nightlife with a wide variety of bars that stay open until the wee hours of the morning, especially on Weather Station Hill in the center of town, and the beach bars in Ochheuteal, ‘Serendipity ‘ and Victory Beaches. .
Although there are no regular flights to Sihanoukville, it is still quite easy to get there. Most people travel from Phnom Penh by bus or taxi (3-4 hours). From the Thai border crossing at Koh Kong, ferry (4 hours) or taxi (6 hours) to Sihanoukville.
So come to this great secluded vacation town and have fun without hurting your wallet!