Explore the most marvelous beaches in Sihanoukville – the “Maldives” of Cambodia

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Sihanouville is considered as the “Maldives” of Cambodia with exotic beaches, pristine islands and luxury beach resorts. There are a lot of beautiful beaches in Sihanoukville you can visit, each beach has ít own beauty and unique features.

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Overview

Built in the late 1950s as a port city, Sihanoukville now is more commonly known as a tourist destination because there are more and more locals and foreigners coming here to relax and enjoy their holiday. The fine white sand, tropical warm water of the Gulf of Thailand and fresh air make the city become ideal attraction to avoid the heat of the summer in Cambodia.

Sihanoukville is now commonly known as a tourist destination than a port city (via Oceanlink Travel)

Sihanoukville at night is the most beautiful time with sparkling lights of restaurants, hotels, bars,… Visiting this city, you can go to the small bars to drink beer, cocktail or sit on the rattan chairs, swings on the beach to enjoy seafood and set off fireworks. Most of leisure activities are mainly offered in city center, especially on the Serendipity Beach. Sitting on the Serendipity Beach while drinking beers and watching the fireworks is the most interesting experience you should try.

Exotic beaches in Sihanoukville

Occheuteal Beach: is the most popular and crowded beach in this city. The restaurants, bars and guesthouses are built along the beach. Located in the center city, it is the most famous site to enjoy nightlife of many travelers. The price of food and drink in here is not too expensive that suitable for all visitors.

Serendipity Beach (via Hindi Ako Si Kat – WordPress.com)

Serendipity Beach: is only beach in Sihanoukville offering beach and hillside bungalows. The beach is becoming more and more popular, especially with backpackers.

Otres Beach: not far from the Occheuteal Beach is Otres Beach which featured with many small fishing villages, fine white sand and clear water. The beach is the best place for sunbathing and swimming.

Sokha Beach: this beach belongs to Sokha Beach Resort – the first 5-star luxury beach resort in Cambodia. This is only beach where offers wooden bungalows overlooking the sea and the guesthouses built in the sand. Couples and families often go to the resort to enjoy their summer holiday, however, you can still come here to relax and hold BBQ parties on this private beach even without staying at the resort.

Independence Beach (via Cambodia Travel)

Independence Beach: Situated right next to Sokha Beach, Independence Beach was named after an old hotel in here. The famous Independence Hotel is located to the north of the beach. Both Sokha and Independence are private beaches which feature the most luxurious resort in the coastal city of Sihanoukville.

Victory Beach: Located near the wharf and station, quite far from the city center, Vitory Beach is considered as the best place to see the sunset in Cambodia. Along the beach is a range of bars and motels overlooking the sea. This is also the popular address of backpackers who are interested in exploring a pristine place.

Islands near Sihanoukville

Koh Russei Island (via kohrussei.net)

Koh Russei: Also known as Bamboo Island, Koh Russei is a small island, just a few kilometers far away from the Otres Beach. The island is covered by the beautiful beach and a mysterious forest. Koh Russei is a favorite destination of a lot of backpackers because of the affordable price of services.

Koh Rong Island: With picturesque beaches, Koh Rong truly is a romantic tropical paradise and one of the most beautiful islands in the Gulf of Thailand. On Koh Rong, you can participate in many exciting activities such as snorkeling to see coral reefs, trekking through the forest, fishing, volleyball or just reading book on the beach.

Koh Rong Saloem Island (via Lonely Planet)

Koh Rong Saloem: is smaller but more beautiful and pristine than Koh Rong Island. Cambodian often call this island by a humorous name “Lazy Island” because once you set foot on the island, you will not want to do anything except relax and take part in some sport activities like kayaking, swimming,…

Koh Tang: is a great place for snorkeling to watch colorful coral reefs.

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