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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.

Top Hotels in Sihanoukville

BS Hill Residence-Sihanouk Ville City
BS Hill Residence-Sihanouk Ville City
3 out of 5
388 Mittapheap St, Sihanoukville, Sihanoukville
The price is CA $19 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

Located in Mittakpheap, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Phsar Leu Market, Ochheuteal Beach and Sokha Beach. Golden Lions Roundabout is 2 mi (3.2 km) ...

BS Hill Residence-Sihanouk Ville City
Sara Resort
Sara Resort
3.5 out of 5
Saracen Bay, Koh Rong Sanloem, Koh Kong
The price is CA $26 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

Nestled on the beach, this Koh Rong Sanloem hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Saracen Bay Beach and Lazy Beach. Sunset Beach Pier is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) away.

4.4/5Excellent! (117 reviews)

"Good location on a nice stretch of beach and near to the pier that the Buvasee ferry serves. The breakfast was excellent and other food very good and reasonably priced. The deluxe bedroom was not big and has no air circulation so one is dependent on Aircon. There is a generator, however. Sitting ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 30, 2020

Sara Resort
Song Saa Private Island
Song Saa Private Island
5 out of 5
Song Saa, Koh Rong Archipelago, Near Sihanoukville, Koh Ouen, Koh Kong
The price is CA $1,134 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

Nestled on the beach, this Koh Ouen resort is 30.5 mi (49.2 km) from Coconut Beach.

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 Nov. 21, 2019

Song Saa Private Island
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Sihanoukville

Ocean View Family Suite
Ocean View Family Suite
The price is CA $225 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

Situated in Koh Rong, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sok San Beach and 30.5 mi (49.2 km) from Coconut Beach.

Ocean View Family Suite
Cupido Beach SPA Resort
Cupido Beach SPA Resort
3 out of 5

Nestled on the beach, this Koh Rong Sanloem villa is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mphey Bay and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Clear Water Bay. Sokha Beach and Ochheuteal Beach ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"Unique stay amongst goats, chickens and a horse. Domenico is a good host!"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 22, 2020

Cupido Beach SPA Resort
Otres River Apartments - Otres Beach
Otres River Apartments - Otres Beach

Located in Mittakpheap, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Otres Beach and within 6 miles (10 km) of Ochheuteal Beach and Sokha Beach. Golden Lions ...

Otres River Apartments - Otres Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Sihanoukville

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1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

Feb 16, 2019

Completely destroyed by Chinese constructions. They build 26 casinos in a year and planned to open 70 !! Construction everywhere, ugly buildings and dirty road. They just destroyed the beauty of Sihanoukville. Not worth staying if you don’t have to

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Dec 30, 2018

Heavy construction, bad roads, garbage everywhere. People were friendly, found some nice restaurants ( Manoha near serendipity pier was the best). Expect power outages (most places have generators). Not real high on the need to see list

2/5 - Disappointing

Guy

Nov 3, 2018

Under construction. Most decent small guest houses, hotels, hostels, beach restaurants are closed. All will be hotels and casinos

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Koh Ta Kiev