Once in Cambodia, you should never miss the chance to visit Sihanoukville (or Krong Preah Seihanu), which is the very popular destination for beach and ecological holidays in this country. This province was named to honor King after a Prince of Cambodia Kingdom. The province honors the name of King Norodom Sihanouk, who was the promoter of the independence of Cambodia in 1953. It means “The City of Sihanouk” or “Sihanouk City”. It is 230 kilometers from Phnom Penh capital city to Sihanoukville. The main economic activities of Sihanoukville are tourism, aquaculture, agriculture, mining, textiles and logistics. This is a crowded commercial and international port in the northwestern region. This province is rather small with two main urban centers: the Sihanoukville city itself and the Prey Nob District. There are many ways for you to get there such as flights from Siem Riep or Phnom Penh, buses, trains and even boats.
The main attraction of Sihanoukville is its stunning beaches stretching along the west contour of the city. Some favorite spots are Victory Beach, Lamherkay Beach, Koh Pos Beach, Independence Beach, Sokha Beach, Serendipity Beach, Ochheuteal Beach and Otres Beach. The most popular beaches are Ochheuteal, Sokha, Independence and Victory. Occheuteal beach has extremely long shore side which is lined with casuarina trees, grass umbrellas. Located in west of Occheuteal beach, Sokha beach is privately owned by Sokha Beach Hotel, the first five-star luxury beach hotel in Cambodia. It is amazing to enjoy many facilities with a wide white sandy beach. Independence beach is located next to Sokha Beach on its west. This beach offers a good stretch of clean sand. Victory beach is situated at the furthest north of the peninsula of Sihanoukville. It is best for backpacker and with budget visitors. You can have chance to visit the deep sea port when traveling to the northern end of this beach.
Cambodia Sihanoukville Beach
There is a wide range of activities for you to join once at Sihanoukville. You can take water taxis to the nearby islands for diving, snorkeling, and game fishing. Some best spots for snorkeling are Koh Ta Kiev, Koh Ru and Bamboo Island. It is also so romantic and fascinating to enjoy the sunset on the white sand next to the blue sea. You can either take part in an ecotour to Ream National Park which is situated 13kilometers from the city center of Sihanoukville. This is a great place to view Cambodia’s wildlife like the sandy beaches, mangrove forests, monkeys and dolphins. You will be relaxed peacefully in the nature when being taken around the park by a boat local people. Do not forget to buy specially – made clothing and souvenir at the downtown and around the Victory Hill and Ocheteaul area as well. Sihanoukville is also the ideal site to try Cambodia dishes and enjoy traditional art performance. Let’s come to have fun at Sihanoukville and take other tours to nearby destinations in Vietnam, Laos.