“Coastal city”, “seaport cluster” and “new tourist destination” are the phrases used to describe Sihanoukville – the most famous coastal city of Cambodia. The stunning beaches with white sandy, warm water combined with fresh atmosphere make Sihanoukville becoming an ideal destination for tourist to relax and avoid the heat in the summer. Referring to this city, people often mention the beautiful islands such as Koh Rong, Koh Rong Saloem or Rabbit Island but it offers more than that. Here are some attractions in this city you can visit while traveling here.
Kbal Chhay Falls
Kbal Chhay Falls includes many waterfalls flowing to the Prek Tuk Sap River. In the dry season (November to June), the falls are quite dry but in the rainy season, it is so majestic. It takes about 30 minutes from city center by car.
Prey Nup Mangrove Forest
Prey Nup Mangrove Forest recently has offered both day tour and overnight tour, providing a great opportunity to learn about bird species and natural environment. You can book tours to visit the forest at The Golden Sunset Restaurant at Otres Beach, phone number: 012-812087.
With the height of 132 meters, from the top of the mountain, you can admire the panoramic view of Sihanoukville city, from the islands, Otres Beach to Sihanouk port. You also can follow Route 4 about 2,5km north of town, go through the temple and climb the stone steps to enjoy the sunset. It is an amazing experience you should not miss.
Fishing port (Kampong Pier Nup Lok)
The Fishing Port is located about 2km from the north of the main port at Hun Sen beach. Tourists can take a photo or visit the wooden wharfs and the surrounding villages. Fishing boats often get out of the port on evenings before sunset; this is a very beautiful scene, especially viewed from the Victory Beach.
The Golden Lions Monument (Vimean Tao Meas)
This is a prominent monument of Sihanioukville placed in the middle of the traffic circle between Sokha Beach and Ochheuteal Beach. It was built in 1996. The surrounding areas are restaurants and karaoke bars and the gardens surrounding the monument are the popular gathering place of local people, especially teenagers.
The Square consists an Open Hall, Independent Monument (Vimean Ekareach), a small shrine, and a park. The square was built in 1985 to honor the independence in Cambodia. Celebrations are held on January 7th every year.
The monument is located near the Victory Beach, built in 1985 as a symbol of the friendship between Cambodia and Vietnam. Visitors can find such monuments in most of main cities in Cambodia.
Wat Chotynien (Wat Leu or Upper Wat)
Wat Chotynien overlooks city from the top of Mount Sihanoukville. You can see the paintings describe the life of the Buddha. At the rear are the portraits of the founder, Prince Junot and Lok Om (left), who was the leader of the Buddhist community in the area until his death in 1999. In front is the Lok Om statue, erected in 1996.
Wat Utynieng (Wat Krom meaning Lower Temple)
Situated on a small hill on Santipheap Road, overlooking the sea, this temple has a building dedicated Ya-Mao – a local deity.
St. Michael’s Church
The church was built in 1962 and from 1975 to 1979, it was used as a jail. The highlights of this church are the “ship’s sail” brick latticework at the front and the boat shaped latticework on the sides. St. Michael’s Church was designed by Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann, who also designed the Independent Monument and Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh. This church is located right at the corner of Boray Kamakor and Kampuchea-Soviet Mittapheap, at the foot of Sihanoukville.
Built in 1955 – 1960, from the Victory Beach, you can see the old wharf rising off the coast about 300m.
The brewery is about 3km from the north of Angkor which produces Angkor beer, Bayon beer, and Pepsi products. The Cambrew Brewery was built in 1966 and was operated by the state from 1967 to 1975. The factory was invested and re-manufactured in 1991.
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