Find Your Undiscovered Tropical Paradise in Sihanoukville
In the South-West of Cambodia you’ll find the city of Sihanoukville, although it may be unlike any city you’ve seen before. The coastal town is lined with near-continual beaches, and also includes a number of islands.
Still largely undiscovered by tourists, Sihanoukville is a land for adventurers who wish to avoid modern shopping malls, grand architecture and brash nightlife. The Cambodian city is popular with backpackers who are looking to just chill out or get their adventure fix with four wheel driving, horse riding, jet skiing, dirt biking and diving. The few city sights worth a look are Wat Leu temple, Wat Krom temple and the odd Golden Lion statue on one of the street’s roundabouts.
While the city itself doesn’t offer much to the tourist, Sihanoukville’s main attractions are its beaches and islands, which offer unlimited opportunities for hiking, snorkelling, diving and exploring by boat, bike or motorcycle.
Beaches worth visiting are Otres beach, a quiet 4.6km stretch of white sand, the busier and more commercial Ochheuteal beach, the small and pretty Sokha beach and the lovely Serendipity beach. If you’re looking for a meal, you can’t go past Sihanoukville’s seafood. Being a coastal town, there’s daily fresh specimens of crab, prawns, fish and more.
As for islands, Koh Rong is the most popular with its creeks, lagoons and lush forest. Nearby Koh Rong Sanloem is a smaller island offering glimpses of fantastic marine life for divers. Other good snorkel and dive spots can be found off the uninhabited islands of Koh Kaong Kang (Mangrove Island) and Koh Koun. Sihanoukville truly is an undiscovered tropical paradise.