Beach lovers should not miss a trip to Sihanoukville when visiting Cambodia. The beautiful land caters everything you need: cheap accommodation, fresh seafood, and good drinks. There are five beaches that really stand out, and match up to anything its more popular neighbors have to offer. From most Sihanoukville beaches, you can take trips to the islands, and rent boats for snorkeling and fishing.
1. Ochheuteal Beach and Serendipity Beach
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Serendipity and Occheuteal are the most popular beaches in Sihanoukville with both tourists and expats alike. Ochheuteal is a beautiful long sandy beach with many hotels, restaurants, tourist agency, animate Western streets, and coastal food shops. This area also offers several types of entertainment at affordable prices like a movie theater, bars, and fashion shops.
2. Otres beach
Otres Beach, about 20 minutes from Serendipity, is divided into two different areas: Otres 1 and Otres 2. Otres Beach is the perfect place to kick back and unwinds in Sihanoukville. It features lots of small fishing village and peaceful landscape, which attracts tourists to come and relax.
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The deep blue seawater and white sandy beach here are the perfect for those who love swimming and sunbathing. If you are looking for more activities, at the end of Otres, there is a company that offers rental equipment such as kayaks, windsurf boards, paddle boards, and surf boards.
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3 . Sokha beach
Sokha beach belongs to luxury Sokha Beach Resort that is the very first 5 star Resort in Cambodia. This resort is the only place has wooden houses and rooms along the beach that offer great positions to contemplate ocean. Sokha beach is the ideal place for families and couples to have the most relaxed experience.
4. Independence Beach
Independence Beach is next to Sokha beach. It was named after an old hotel located in the North of Independence Beach where boasts a clean white sandy beach.
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Many tourists choose this place to relax and enjoy the sunshine. Watching and immerse into the peaceful nature are the best things that you can do at the Independence Beach. You can literally lie down for sunbathing on the clean seaside and feel the cool sea breeze. The Beach is also ideal for a nice picnic with friends, family and loved ones. You can find several small restaurants and food corners in the area of the Independence Beach where to serve the best seafood.
5. Victoria Beach
Victoria beach is in the North of Sihanoukville which is near wharf and bus station and quite far from the city center. This place is known as a gorgeous place for enjoying sunset in Sihanoukville. There are many bars and hotels along the hillside that from there you can take the whole beautiful view of the ocean. This is also a favorite place of backpackers those who love exploring and wild beauty.
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The best time to visit Sihanoukville is between the beginning of November and the end of February as the weather is cooler but sunny.
Some neighboring islands of Sihanoukville
There are more than 10 islands in the open sea of Sihanoukville for tourists to explore. These 5 islands below are the high recommendations for its wild beauty and great tourist services
Koh Russei or Bamboo island is a small island near Otres beach. This island is surrounded by pink beaches, golden sands, and mysterious jungle. The island attracts lots of backpackers because of its pristine beauty and affordable prices of tourist services.
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With white sandy beaches together with deep blue seawater, Koh Rong is considered as a poetic paradise and one of the most beautiful islands of Thailand Bay. Tourist services here have just developed since a few years ago. Therefore, Koh Rong still remains its wild features. There have not been traffic system and the popular means of transport here is boats.
Koh Rong Saloem Island is in the south of Sihanoukville and it is smaller than Koh Rong island. Tourists come to this island for its peaceful and wild features. Cambodians call this place “lazy island” because once you get here, you won’t want to do nothing but relax on the beaches. It will be a big mistake if you skip scuba diving to admire the gorgeous coral reefs here.
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It takes you few hours to travel from Sihanoukville to Koh Tang Island. Though the tourist services have developed for years, the island still remains wild features. In the summer, the sea looks extremely stunning and scuba diving is a must-try activity to explore beautiful coral reefs as well as the diversity of marine species.
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Koh Pos Island or Snake Island is near the mainland. Due to the Russian investors, this place is known as a luxury resort area in Sihanoukville. Koh Pos Island connects to the mainland by a bridge.
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