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SihanoukvilleCambodia

Watch the sunset from a beach bar or play castaway on the untouched islands near this Cambodian town that has a laid-back atmosphere, despite its growing popularity.

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.

Where to stay in Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville featuring a coastal town, a beach and general coastal views

Sihanoukville City Centre

1.5/5(3 area reviews)

Unique features of Sihanoukville City Centre include the beaches and bars. Make a stop by Sokha Beach or Independence Beach while you're exploring the area.

Sihanoukville City Centre
Sihanoukville featuring a coastal town, a beach and general coastal views

Mittakpheap

2/5(53 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Mittakpheap, Ochheuteal Beach and Sokha Beach are top sights worth seeing.

Mittakpheap
Sihanoukville showing a sandy beach and a sunset

Prey Nob

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

You might make a stop by Ream National Park while you're exploring Prey Nob.

Prey Nob

Top Hotels in Sihanoukville

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Villa Nataya Sihanoukville
Holiday Villa Nataya Sihanoukville
3.5 out of 5
#502, Street Serendipity Beach, Phoum 4, Sangkat 4, Sihanoukville
The price is NT$1,291 per night

Located in Mittakpheap, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ochheuteal Beach and Sokha Beach. Golden Lions Roundabout and Phsar Leu Market are also within ...

3.5/5Good! (154 reviews)

"I like the bathroom, it’s a good size and the bedroom is clean but it’s some mosquitoes. I got some bits."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/22

Holiday Villa Nataya Sihanoukville
Song Saa Private Island
Song Saa Private Island
5 out of 5
Song Saa, Koh Rong Archipelago, Near Sihanoukville, Koh Ouen, Koh Kong

Within easy reach of Lonely Beach, this Koh Ouen resort is set on its own private white sand beach. Area attractions also include Sok San Beach and Coconut ...

5/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)

"Amazing place. Staffs are extremely nice and helpful. I still think it's a bit expensive but the good thing about this is that less people go, so more privacy, special, and excluded."…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/21

Song Saa Private Island
Bensley Collection - Shinta Mani Wild - All inclusive
Bensley Collection - Shinta Mani Wild - All inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Unnamed Road, Kampong Seila, Sihanoukville

Situated in Kampong Seila, this property is 11.3 mi (18.1 km) from Kirirom Lake and 16.4 mi (26.5 km) from Phnom Pichnil Pagoda.

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"Everything was perfect... attention to details... perfect drinks and food choices... and our butler was just like an Angel!"…"

Reviewed on 2019/10/31

Bensley Collection - Shinta Mani Wild - All inclusive

Popular places to visit in Sihanoukville

Lazy Beach
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Lazy Beach

4.5/5(15 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Lazy Beach, a popular beach in Koh Rong Sanloem. Stroll along the seaside or visit the monuments while you're in the area.

Otres Beach
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Otres Beach

2.5/5(32 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Otres Beach, a popular beach in Sihanoukville. Stroll along the seaside in this relaxing area, or check out its lively bars.

Sokha Beach
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Sokha Beach

3.5/5(6 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Sokha Beach, a popular beach in Sihanoukville. Stroll along the seaside in this relaxing area, or check out its lively bars.

Ochheuteal Beach
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Ochheuteal Beach

3/5(9 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Ochheuteal Beach, a popular beach in Sihanoukville. Amble around this relaxing area's seaside and enjoy its lively bars.

Koh Rong Sanloem Lighthouse
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Koh Rong Sanloem Lighthouse

4/5(4 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Koh Rong Sanloem with a stop at Koh Rong Sanloem Lighthouse. While you're in the area, stroll along the beaches.

Independence Beach
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Independence Beach

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Why not spend a carefree afternoon at Independence Beach during your travels in Sihanoukville? You can enjoy the bars while in the area.

Reviews of Sihanoukville

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Verified traveler

Mar 25, 2020

The town has a great deal of potential when the building work and infastructure is completed.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Jan 29, 2020

The presence of Chinese is obvious as all the writing on the buildings is in Chinese. I wanted a Cambodian experience, not Chinese.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Aug 28, 2019

Sihanoukville is an absolute dump. Roads are broken and non existent. The whole place is a Chinese construction site. Complete opposite to the rest of Cambodia.

1/5 - Terrible

VKJ

Aug 17, 2019

Gross. Disgusting place that has been taken over by Chinese. New casinos everywhere and infrastructure can’t handle the rapid growth. Streets are filthy and flooded. Roads are a mess. Traffic is intense. This is not the town it used to be.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Jul 13, 2019

I think me and my family they don’t want to go back to Sihanoukville again . May be go back at Seam Reap .

2/5 - Disappointing

mi

Jul 9, 2019

should go to Koh Rong

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