Visit and Discover Sihanoukville
To the south-west of Phnom Penh steep rise from the plains and green mountains of Cardamom and Elephant as a natural barrier to protect from the only access to the sea of Cambodia. This short stretch of coast is accessible by land only in places that have elected the city ‘port of Sihanoukville as a natural basis of a tempting mix of crystal clear water, pristine islands, fascinating glimpses of colonial and tropical forests.
The Ream National Parkm, also known as Preah Sihanoukville Park, located just 18 km east of Sihanoukville, is one of the most accessible national parks of Cambodia and excellent place which to explore one of the unspoiled of the entire region. These include 210 km square protected mangrove forests, beaches and sandy coves, coral reefs, remote tropical islands and a rich variety of flora and fauna.
Visit Sihanoukville, the islands and beaches of the province of Sihanoukville are now a popular tourist destination with a number of visitors steadily increasing. This sudden growth of international tourism has also affected the development and expansion of urban centers, providing more services to tourists without affecting other large, poorly understood, that still allow adventures and excursions in the name of a virgin nature and a crystalline sea.
An eclectic and lively nightlife is another of the main reasons that make Sihanoukville the biggest tourist center of the coast. Also known as Kampong Som, Sihanoukville is the third largest city of Cambodia, it began as a seaport in the country today tourism is its largest economy. Beach Resort and Casino open 24/7, exotic beachfront bars and clubs, charming restaurants and luxury hotels are the prelude to the nightlife of Sihanoukville and its many beaches. The heart of this nightlife is located in Victory Hill, the pretty local Serendipity Beach and the downtown city. Beach parties are organized on weekends during almost the whole year, especially in Serendipity Beach and the beautiful Ochheuteal Beach. Even the gastromia, will entice you. The many restaurants offering local specialties and traditional have been joined in recent years excellent dining expression of international cuisine. For those who wish also to deepen the dining experience of this spicy ground, do not miss the many traditional Khmer cooking classes.
A stay in Sihanoukville has all those qualities that help make a trip an unforgettable experience. The only risk you can take in deciding to spend a few more days than expected in Sihanoukville, is to be found only in some of the beaches that dot the coastline less developed and more remote tropical islands of Cambodia.
Things to do and see in Sihanoukville
Independence Beach is a quiet and pleasant strip of sand while Otres Beach seems to stretch as far as the eye in its strip of white sand. About 2 km south of the city, in the most spectacular beaches of Serendipity and Ochheuteal you will enjoy a golden sand accompognata from glamorous restaurants and lively bars.
The Ream National Park for adventurous hiking and boat trips through mangrove swamps and deserted beaches.
There is something special in this charming small fishermen ‘village that encourages visitors to linger. Kampot is a charming and relaxing view of the French colonial past. Delicate and graceful buildings overlook along the river bank and the atmosphere of magic and tranquility make Kompot the ideal base to explore the caves of Bokor National Park.
One of the most beautiful protected areas throughout Cambodia, Bokor National Park. You can visit hidden waterfalls with lush jungles, deep caves, contemplate a spectacular view of the Gulf of Thailand and share the same habitat of tigers and elephants.
Devastated during the civil war and looted during the famine of 1979-80, the village of Kep remained deserted until a few years ago. Founded in 1908 by the elite French, Kep was a resort town until the sixties. Only recently this lovely town has been able to rediscover the charm and serenity that marked the past century.
Useful tips to visit Sihanoukville
The conservative nature of the Khmer, combined with a considerable concern to keep your skin protected from the sun damage mean need for shade, everywhere. Consequently, the most popular beaches have a plethora of umbrellas and chairs for rent although priced purely symbolic, as it will not be unusual to see both men and women bathing in the sea fully clothed. Many local guardaranno amazement foreigners in skimpy costumes in the hot sun. For women, bikinis are acceptable but going topless is a resounding no that could be seen as an insult to local customs.
The tours offered were designed and created for tourists and travelers who wish to enjoy the authenticity of a journey in respect of local traditions and the best facilities.
When go to Sihanoukville
The climate is warm throughout the year. As in the rest of Cambodia, there are three main seasons: the cool season from November to January, the hot from February to May and the rainy season from June to October. Generally, August is the wettest month that nevertheless makes lush forests and verdant panoramas. Precisely because of this climate favorele and tropical most of the year, our staff feel like suggesting a trip to Sihanoukville during all seasons of the year.
Situated in a quiet district, Don Bosco Hotel School is just 2 km away from Occheuteal and Otres beaches, as well as downtown Sihanoukville.
Modern rooms are fitted with tiled flooring and air conditioning. Some rooms have a private balcony. En suite bathrooms come with a shower or spa bathtub.
Work-out at the fitness centre or sunbathe by the pool set within a tropical garden. Guests can rent a bicycle to explore, or arrange day trips at the tour desk. The hotel also offers free private parking.
Local, International and Italian cuisines are served at the hotel’s restaurant. Try their famous home made Italian ice cream and Italian coffee and espresso. Room service is also available.
EXPERIENCE WORLD-CLASS SERVICE AT SOKHA BEACH RESORT
With a private beachfront and 2 outdoor pools, the tropical Sokha Beach Resort in Sihanoukville is a 5-minute drive from Sihanouk Town. A pampering spa and 10 dining options are available.
Fitted with wooden flooring, air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a flat-screen cable TV, minibar and personal safe. En suite bathrooms come with separate shower cubicles and bathtubs.
Sokha Beach Resort is a 3-hour, 30-minute drive to Phnom Penh International Airport. From there, it is a 25-minute flight to Siem Reap.
Royal Jasmine Spa provides relaxing massage in private treatment rooms, while a hot tub and steam bath offers relaxation. Health conscious guests can exercise at the gym or play water sports by the beach.
Dining options include international cuisine and tapas at The Deck, Japanese food at Lemongrass, Asian dishes at Turmeric and buffet spreads at The Lotus Restaurant. Drinks can be enjoyed at any of the resort’s 5 bars.
Located on a private beach in Sihanoukville, this 4-star hotel offers a peaceful retreat with its tropical gardens and sea-facing accommodation. It houses an outdoor pool and a fitness centre. Spacious rooms at Independence Hotel offer either a rainforest or ocean view and include a cable TV and modern bathroom with a hairdryer. Tea/coffee making facilities and a minibar are included. Wi-Fi access and room service are available.
Independence is about a 30-minute drive from Ream National Park and Kbal Chhay Waterfalls. Sihanoukville International Airport is approximately a 20-minute drive away.
The Coral Restaurant serves á la carte meals and a buffet spread of international dishes. The Sunset Terrace offers fresh seafood while the History Bar & Lounge features a variety of beverages and snacks.
Guests can use the business centre or make travel arrangements at the tour desk. Other facilities at Independence include water sports and the Jouvence Spa.
Beach Club Resort is located in Sihanoukville, a 5-minute stroll from Ochheuteal Beach. The resort offers an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi throughout its premises. Free parking is also provided.
Tastefully furnished, air-conditioned rooms at Beach Club are equipped with a TV with cable channels and a minibar. A personal safe and hot water showers are also available.
Guests can enjoy a relaxing massage at the spa or play a game of billiards. The resort also provides laundry services and a tour desk.
Beach Club Resort offers hot meals at their restaurant, while refreshing drinks are served at the poolside and cocktail bars. Room service is possible.
Situated within a 3-minute walk to Ochheuteal Beach, Orchidee Guesthouse features an outdoor pool, a business centre and comfortable rooms with city or garden views. It provides complimentary parking and free Wi-Fi access throughout the property.
The guesthouse is within a 10-minute drive to CT Bus Station and Phsar Leu. Sihanoukville International Ferry Dock is a 30-minute drive away, while the famous Kbal Chhay Waterfall is an hour’s drive away. Airport transfer and shuttle services can be arranged at additional charges.
Fitted with tiled flooring, air-conditioned rooms are furnished with a wardrobe, a fridge and a TV with cable channels. The en-suite bathroom comes equipped with slippers, hot/cold shower and free toiletries.
Orchidee Guesthouse operates a 24-hour front desk that can assist with luggage storage and laundry services. Guests may enjoy activities such as diving and snorkelling on site, or approach the tour desk for sightseeing and travel arrangements.
The Orchid Restaurant serves delectable Khmer and Western à la carte dishes between 06:00 to 22:00 daily, while the bar offers a variety of cocktails. Room service option is also available.