Preah Sihanouk, Cambodia

Beyond The Beach: Explore the Real Charm of Sihanoukville

If you plan to visit Cambodia’s coastal province of Preah Sihanouk, there’s a wide range of experiences and activities to enjoy. Check out our guide below for authentic experiences and explore the best Sihanoukville has to offer.

Go island hopping

Sihanoukville is home to some of Cambodia’s finest beaches, making it a popular destination for city dwellers and families. Serendipity Beach, Otres Beach, and Sokha Beach are the top choices for many visitors. Simply relax in the pristine environment of quiet and cozy surroundings with long stretches of white sand and azure blue water.

Stretching white-sand beach in Preah Sihanouk
(Photo by Overseas Marketing & Promotion Department, Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia)

Sihanoukville is also widely known as the gateway to serene islands such as Koh Rong, Koh Rong Samleom, and Koh Ta Kiev. For those looking to do more than relaxing on the beach with a good book, a full-day excursion to one of these islands can be arranged, providing access to great water sports like snorkeling, scuba diving, or paddling. Visitors can also observe the daily life of local fishing communities while visiting these tropical paradises. When the sun goes down, the islands can transform into party destinations, particularly with the high-energy full-moon island parties. Nightlife on the islands can be both fun and private.

Escape to nature

Sihanoukville is not only an ideal destination for travelers looking to indulge in thrilling water sports and beach-hopping. It also draws visitors to its fascinating natural landscapes. After a day on the sand, it’s time for some adventure! Travel by bike or tuk-tuk to the magnificent Kbal Chhay Waterfall, which is easily accessible from the city center. Rest under the falls for a vigorous back massage and cool off in the freshwater streams. Once you dry off, there are traditional Khmer bamboo huts to offer some shade. Locals and tourists alike enjoy picnicking at these multi-tiered waterfalls. Don’t forget to bring a mat and enjoy delicious fresh food from the numerous hawker stalls nearby.

Tourists on a boat trip in the Ream National Park
(Photo by Overseas Marketing & Promotion Department, Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia)

Ream National Park is another enchanting nearby natural destination. This national park is a great option for those seeking a full-day or half-day escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Visitors can take a boat tour of the mangroves or explore the trails on a bike to admire the biodiversity and natural wonders spread across more than 210 square kilometers, surrounded by a cluster of rainforests, winding creeks, and sandy beaches. Reconnecting with nature is the most rejuvenating experience in Sihanoukville.

Immerse in local culture and cuisine

The variety of cultural activities that Sihanoukville offers will astound you. Wat Leu (or the Upper Wat), located amidst a tranquil forest on a hilltop, offers the serenity of a religious site and an opportunity to appreciate its architectural significance. It is a perfect location for capturing breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape at sunrise and sunset. As you descend the mountain, Wat Krom, or the Lower Wat, is also worth a look.

If you are looking for nightlife entertainment, Ochheuteal, Otres, and Sokha are not to be missed. These areas offer fun vibes and a relaxed atmosphere, making them must-visits in Sihanoukville, especially on weekends. At sundown, tourists can enjoy a variety of cool restaurants, cafes, and bars along with live music.

Savor the delights of Cambodian cuisine
(Photo by Overseas Marketing & Promotion Department, Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia)

Sihanoukville’s diverse community has also turned the coastal town into a savory food paradise. There are numerous options to sample authentic local cuisine, particularly fresh seafood. Aside from enjoying tasty cuisine at restaurants, visitors can learn about Cambodian cuisine through cooking classes offered by vocational schools in Sihanoukville. Participants will be introduced to Khmer recipes, ingredients, and cooking techniques while also preparing their own meals.

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