Surrounded by white-sand beaches, tropical islands and Ream national park it’s not hard to see why Sihanoukville is Cambodia’s most popular beach destination. Visitor numbers are rising each year, even more so now daily domestic flights are increasing in frequency at Sihanoukville airport.
The best beaches in Sihanoukville are on the long stretch of southwest coast, Serendipity, Ochheuteal, Otres I and II all have shallow waters with stunning islands as scenery. Independence and Victory beaches to the north are smaller and in ‘up market’ areas but get stunning sunset views.
Party atmosphere builds up from sunset in the many beach bars lining Serendipity and Occheuteal beaches, the cheap drinks accompany loud dance music till 3am most nights. The increase of tourists attracts more beggars even children who unlike the disabled should not be given anything to encourage them. A tuk-tuk ride further down at Otres beaches I and II a mellow vibe is found thanks to less people, noise, and hassle offering a chilled night enjoyable by all.
Shared taxis to Sihanoukville can be arranged from most Cambodian cities including Koh Kong, Phnom Penh and Kep, prices vary but a taxi fare split between four should be the same if not cheaper than individual bus fare.
Private company bus tickets can be purchased throughout Cambodia from guesthouses, travel shops and bus company offices. Larger V.I.P. buses are safe and comfortable with sleeper buses also available.
Bus package tickets are available from as far as Bangkok and HCMC, these packages include travel to a Cambodian border usually via overloaded mini bus and the onward travel to Sihanoukville; shop around as prices vary greatly for the exact same ticket. Still with all the faults it is the cheapest and most convenient transport from neighbouring countries, but disregard this when traveling the opposite direction to Thailand or Vietnam as the individual stages are much easier to sort as you go.
Arriving via bus passengers discover the bus depot is a long walk from just about everywhere, knowing this tuk tuk drivers tout inflated prices, getting to Serendipity road or Tola 23 can be haggled down to around $4usd, Otres I and II will start at $6usd.
Motorcycle Taxi (Motodop)
Other attractions & sights
Kbal Chhay Waterfall
Remarkable around rainy season from town and back by tuk tuk costs $8usd, up a long red dust track a collection of cascade waterfalls fed by the Prek Toeuk Sap, great scenic place to mix with locals who frequent the falls.
Located on Otres I Beach you can paddleboard, windsurf, kayak, skimboard and surf though there is rarely a swell, Hurricane give lessons an hour learning to windsurf costs $20usd or you can crack on yourself renting a paddleboard for $8usd.
Stray Dog Adventures
The go to guys for thrilling and unique on and off road adventures in Cambodia, offering guided tours for all skill levels, from beginners to advanced riders. Stray Dog puts safety first taking customers on breathtaking experiences to beautiful remote areas. Tours can be seen as pricey but
you do get what you pay for, day rental is also available on the 250cc dirt bikes at $25usd for a more DIY adventure. Other activities include 4X4 tours, trekking and camping in Ream national park.
Ultimate Flyboard Experience
On Otres beach at the Queenco Resort extreme water sport enthusiasts can fly up to 9 meters in the air or dive headfirst through the water. Fly board flight sessions start at $55usd for 15 minutes, $105usd gets a whole hour but for this long riders will need to be fit. Advanced booking is advised – call: +855 (0) 888 30 11 50.
Half way down Otres II beach catamarans and sea kayaks can be rented, Otres Nautica even offers lessons to those new to sailing. Flexible rentals start at one hour but can be had for a few days of island hopping. A three person catamaran for 24 hours costs $60usd, six person costs $120usd and two person kayaks are just $8usd for a half day. Great experience when the weathers calm, a passport is required for deposit.
There are a few diving companies who offer training and certification as well as advanced dives. Scuba Nation is a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre with highly qualified and experienced instructors. Well established with dives to suit all levels they also boast a liveaboard dive boat.
Food & drink
Catering for every nationality there are an amazing amount of cuisines on offer throughout town produced to impressive standards considering. On top of the many restaurants and food stalls in town, bars along the beaches have laid back nightly barbecues too, meats on offer include steak and fresh fish grilled right there on the beach. When it comes to food and drink $5usd stretches far in Sihanoukville.
Thirsty? Sihanoukville is home to Cambodia’s largest brewery supplying most the nation’s beer. Restaurants and bars all over the city offer Angkor or Anchor beers (confusingly similar names) on draught for as little as $0.25usd during happy hours, not a beer fan? Opt for $2usd cocktails instead, prices are slightly higher around Victory beach thanks to the red light bars in the area.
Plenty to choose from and prices are very competitive as accommodation is already fairly ample yet new hotels and beach huts are still appearing every month. Dorm beds can be fetched for $5usd and under, stay at resorts in town for $30usd a night or starting at $10usd a beach hut / bungalow on Otres is perfect for getting away from it all. Surrounding islands have options for accommodation check out our island section for more info
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CT Clinic – 24hr for emergencies
CT Clinic, 47 Boray Kamakor St, City Centre; Phone: 934222
Sufficient basic clinic that is open 24/7 and has a trustworthy in-house pharmacy, if you have a problem they can’t handle you can be evacuated to Phnom Penh where reasonable health care can be found.
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