All beaches are in the
south and Sihanoukville has
the best infrastructure
around. The main
6 Sihanoukville sand
are, starting from the
Victoria, Independence, Hawaii, Sokha,
Since there is almost no water sport tourism
except around Sihanoukville there are plenty of
untouched waterfronts. Even at Sihanoukville the
premier waterfront destination it is possible to
find total seclusion when traveling the extra
mile. Actually itís not even a mile, itís a 5
minutes drive from Ochheuteal Beach to Otres
waterfront and that's totally off the tourist
radar. Because of the mad Khmer Rouge fast
patches of land have not been touched since long
time of fear to step onto a mine, on the other
hand this kept poachers and other scum away and
nature had time to rebuild.
and Cambodia guest houses are behind the
waterfront, from budget level to the luxury
level. Many excellent houses have a guesthouse
classification but are much better than a normal
guesthouse, that has something to do with the
tax system where guesthouses pay less tax than
hotels and some of them pass this to the
clients. This Cambodia beach area is fast
becoming a great holiday destination since the
cost performance relation is almost perfect,
where in the world you can get a excellent hotel
near the water for between $ 20,- and 30,- per
Sihanoukville is beach town,
and biggest harbor, plenty of foreigner made
this place their home and that is a good idea,
it brings some money, activity and expertise.
There are also negative factors but the positive
sides are overwhelming. The sand strips around
this harbor town are getting already a bit busy
and overcrowded. Ochheuteal is becoming a bit
in Phuket but it's a much more relaxed environ
and less commercialized.
waterfront seen from east at the end of Ochheuteal
hotels are plenty but
this resort at Sokha waterfront is the best in whole area. Koh Kong
Beach at Paklong is a pristine waterfront totally undeveloped, even
thousands of small shells are laying around, clearly indication
no tourist was here before because they take them as souveniers.
Kampot Waterfront seen from Bokor National Park Mountain this
are also all pristine places.
Ochheuteal Beach is the number one in Cambodia with all the
amenities people needs.
Luckily the tourist
here is not pray of Tuk Tuk mafia, Jet Ski scam and other
gangsters who come to the tourist places of Thailand from all over
the country to harass the foreigners under the protection of
local "influential people".
& Ochheuteal are the most busy sand strips during
the day and night. During daytime its sunbathing and swimming,
during nighttime its restaurants and bars.
Every couple of
meters is a BBQ grilling fresh seafood, beef and pork. Behind
the houses and beside the road to downtown are some open air
discos scammed with tourists.
If you like
more action with plenty of
nightlife try Phuket nightlife
but keep in mind what's written in the previous sentence.
probably the premier resort in this area, with a kilometer
long sandy front and very clean. Interestingly this resort looks
very similar to the former Regent Cha Am Resort south of Bangkok at Hua Hin
hotels, resorts and guesthouses are plenty but at high
season filled up quickly since many people
from Phnom Penh come to
the south for a couple of days whenever possible. The road from
the capital to the harbor town is quite good now
(2012), means it's a 3 hour drive, maybe with some stops along
is to the
west of Sihanoukville but there are no developments on
the waterfront around Koh Kong, from the city it takes
at least a 20 minutes motorbike ride to reach a nice
sand strip as seen at
Kampot and Kep
are east of
Sihanoukville, that area is also rather little developed
but this is exactly why many travelers choose it for
staying a while, its pristine but it functions good,
means no problem with electricity, internet, hotels,
resorts, restaurants etc. the
waterfront picture was taken from Bokor Mountain
In particular at weekends and holidays
Phnom Penh come down to the south to have
some fun at a Cambodia beach.
It's somehow similar to Thailand were many Bankokians drive down the motorway to Hua Hin at holidays and
weekends. Room prices at Hua Hin double at that times, luckily
until now the Cambodians haven't adapt to this grid driven
mentality to such an extend,
islands with pristine white sandy strips,
currently the waterfront at the islands are mainly the
destination for some small ships on a snorkeling and
scuba diving tour.
Fringed with coniferous trees and
some palms here and there plus the warm blue waters of
South China Sea, a Cambodia beach somehow is a
setting of a paradise on earth foe the sun seeker of
Europe US and elsewhere.
there are all the bars, discos, restaurants, grills and
barbecues plus cheap Sihanoukville guest house and
hotels. Tourism is probably the most important part of
the Cambodian economy, even it is on small scale
compared to other ASEAN nations, but its growing
The majority of tourists are drawn by the monuments
of Angkor Cambodia but there is definitely more tourist
relevant potential beside the temples which are not only
at Angkor, in almost every part of Cambodia great
temples can be visited, there are no much interesting
temples at Sihanoukville.
Probably one of the best news is that
prices are moderate, accommodations good, food is
tasteful, people are nice and for the guys there is also
some nightlife available if wanted with cute Cambodia
beach at Serendipity
& Ochheuteal are the two most busy waterfronts in
Sihanoukville beach from Otres in the east to Victory at
the west end.
National Park is a excellent day trip
destination, tours are available, the trip is worth the
money by any means.
is a bit east of of the two above and rather
more pristine, there are not many people around,
its the right place to have a quiet day.
Many Cambodia guesthouses have hotel level but run as
guesthouses since the taxation is lower. In general
almost all hotels and guesthouses are quite new which
assures a good standard. There are some smaller
guesthouses at Sihanoukville downtown which are not good
at all, be careful when booking through internet since
it's easy to get a negative surprise.
excellent guesthouse with new and modern rooms, 60
channel satellite TV plus internet, barbecue etc. is
Sontepheap Guest House, Tel. 011 762978 / 016
rooms are with attached bathroom, shower etc. prices
start at around $ 20,- per night. The walk to the
seafront is 5 minutes since hotels and guesthouses are
at the roads behind Ochheuteal waterfront road.
needed is available and more, including reliable
electricity, internet, and western restaurants as well
as Asian and European prepared
with the western travelers tastes in mind including
Khmer seafood, Thai, Vietnamese, French, Italian,
German, Russian, Indian, Sri Lankan and more coming soon.
For travel with a slim budget, want to have fun in an
exotic country with very friendly and civilized people
who speak also quite some English Cambodia is an ideal
choice, probably the best option in south east Asia for
this parameters. If you like a Cambodia companion
its also no big deal to find
one, but better do this in Phnom Penh at one of the bars
Sisowath Quay because there are not many
suitable ladies here in
the south of Cambodia, the gay scene is rather
coastline of the south, in the country all beaches are
in the south bordering the South China Sea.
waterfront (Ochheuteal) they just copy what's going
on in Thailand one of this is massage and here we have
Cambodia beach massage and some more skin treatment.
like it, the locals earn money, so what. I had a good
massage of this type at
Kampot the other day, at that
massage shop all ladies employed were blind and they did
a good job.
I was really physically down after trekking
up the mountain at Bokor National Park and they did some
real relaxation, its sometimes amazing what they can do.
massage is good and costs almost nothing so get
a bit social let them work on you and they earn some
money. For a tourist its a bit for them living for a
continuously offered but be very careful, take only some
banana you can open or maybe a coconut which you open
with a clean knife, other stuff will lead to tummy
Food Vendor at
Ochheuteal trying to make some
money, the problem which they don't understand is the
knife to cut the pineapple is dirty stuff, nobody who
see this cutting tools will buy this fruits.
vendors try to make a living with all kind of
actually useless things, they are covered up to the brim
to avoid the burning sun, no person in Cambodia wants to
get too dark, dark means low social status.
this area is also an ideal
playground, guesthouses, food and drinks are
rather cheap, its even a bit less than in
Thailand. Since there are quite a lot of western
owned business around they function as a good
equalizing instrument for getting cheated to
The environ around is sometimes very basic since most roads are not good at all which is not a good
thing and shows a very unprofessional approach form the
city administration, even the tuk tuk drivers wont go to Otres which is just behind
Ochheuteal because the road is real bad.
so many poor people there why not giving them
some money and have them cleaned the
stretches of sand, they look gorgeous when
maintained at least a little, for location use the map
at right side.
More infrastructure development
could bring a great trip at the
South China Sea also the hinterland of
Sihanoukville and Koh Kong is very
promising with lush forests, often
bamboo with some exotic wildlife, is
still here since many areas were not accessible
during the Khmer Rouge Regime and after
because of the mines. Visiting the
countries seaside is not such a
memorable trip as a trip to Angkor but
lots could be done.
A very good negative example is Otres
behind Ochheuteal. Ochheuteal is the
second best developed waterfront behind Sokha but Otres
which somehow looks better than
Beach Life is not sophisticated, have a sunburn, go
swimming and enjoy the simple life.
waterfront is rather rudimentary but it has its charm,
its simple, pure, cheap and no amenities. What you get
is a pristine stretch of sand and some good time.
Here is Otres waterfront simple and pure its not far
so if the
Tuk Tuk don't want to go there just walk or
rent a motor bike.
a real mess, not even a tuk tuk drives there because of
the bad road. Since the countries future
is definitely linked to tourism itís a
puzzle why they donít do something,
because that needs
low investment with a real
leverage after. Plenty of beautiful
places are around with exotic beauty and
serenity which many tourist are after.
Exotic adventures plus breathtaking
scenery up in the hills is also
available at Bokor National Park
especially now (2012) the road has been
greatly improved although many tourists
trek up through the bamboo jungle.
Waterfront areas such as at Koh Kong
which are totally non developed and usually only
reachable via dirt roads are typical. A
Koh Kong Beach
is close to the road coming in from the border.
Jungle and great river cruises are available,
the small town Koh Kong could be a good
alternative to Sihanoukville.
Water sport activities and
adventures, one of the most interesting
is dirt ,
beach at Koh Kong could be just the right
getaway this this is really remote but there are no
accommodations around, only some hotels in the city and
some Bungalow cluster on the creeks.
biking, there are motor bike tours out
of Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. Some
water sports are available, if you have
enough of the water go shopping or have
something to eat
food is fresh, its prepared on the grill
in front of you, sit down on a chair in
the sand and enjoy the sunset over the
The waters of the
South China Sea, fine
sand and a relaxed atmosphere create a
perfect Cambodia beach life. With warm tropical
water around the islands further out is
also a ideal place for scuba diving and
snorkeling, such watch the underwater
world teeming with
and corals, there is lots to do get it
National Park at Kep is worth a day trip it gives a peep
into Cambodia as it was during colonial times.
more or less the same.
Kep is another another
seafront town east of Sihanoukville and more
known because of the
Bokor National Park
which is in the vicinity.
dollar cash that's the way to go, no need to
change money the US$ is actually the primary
currency and it needs to take enough small cash
with you, if its necessary there are plenty
of banks for money change, they also do "Western
Union with cash in $".
Taxis vans, minibuses and regular buses are available at
the city and at the waterfront. Also for travel to Phnom Penh and Koh
Kong, there is also a ship connection to the Thai
Cambodian border border. Some cruise
ship operators from
call at Sihanoukville.
Islands of in the
Gulf of Thailand are
mostly uninhabited; sometimes having fishing villages with
a few dozen people only.
Islands such as Koh Tang, have only 7
residents and would take the better part of a
day to hike around, so if you are looking for
that island to play
Robinson, or maybe Tom Hanks in Cast Away it
could be done, but it gets boring after a while
even when the Cambodia beach has all positive
Popular Sihanoukville waterfront is the combination
people like, its sun, food, disco and girls, all
for very affordable prices, this is one destination with great future, it just will take
some more time.
very developed yet which is positive and
negative. Don't expect a similar
infrastructure like in neighboring Thailand. The country is just starting to
developed a good infrastructure with hotels of
various comfort level slowly emerge, more.