The untouched beauty with white sandy beaches and slow rhythms of fishing villages blesses Sihanoukville as one of the best getaways in Cambodia. Note in your guidebook 7 exotic things to do in Sihanoukville before your trip:
Cambodia never ranks first on travellers’ bucket list as it is always overlapped by the famous beaches of the neighbors of Thailand and Vietnam. However, thanks to its pretty islands with idyllic white-sand beaches, delicious seafood and year-round tropical climate, Sihanoukville is a perfect choice for a beach vacation. In Sihanoukville, each of the beaches has its own distinctive beauty that draws your deep attention.
If you want to have an intimate holiday with your partner, Independence Beach is always the perfect match. Stretched longer than one-kilometer with low tide and narrow sand, it is one of the quietest beaches with sensational views and beautiful resorts. And for those who are golf enthusiasts, Ochheuteal Beach with a wide range of mid-range hotels and restaurants with both Khmer and Western-style is definitely worth a visit. What can be more enjoyable than playing golf with natural wind and fresh air while admiring the alluring beach view?
Listed on the top 22 Beaches in Asia, Otres Beach catches the eyes of travelers at first sight. Whereas, Ream Beach and Sokha Beach are just like a picture of mountains, waterfalls as well as wildlife.
Known to be “the Maldives of Cambodia”, Song Saa private island is just a 30-minute speedboat ride from the coastal town of Sihanoukville away. Boasting private sandy beaches, breathtaking sunset views and amazing tropical reefs, Song Saa promises every guest a heavenly beach vacation. 24 luxurious villas are built with natural materials, each has a private infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Besides peaceful yoga, mediation sessions, relaxing spa massage treatments, The Song Saa Private Island also offers various water sports activities like sailing, snorkeling and kayaking.
Your visit to Sihanoukville will be incomplete without a discovery tour to the mangroves of Ream National Park. Located 11 miles away from Sihanoukville city, the national park is aimed to protect distinct plant and animal species that are in danger of extinction. Among other natural values such as coastal forests, fresh-water wetlands and seagrass beds, salt-water mangroves are definitely a must, if you don’t have enough time to explore the whole park. Visitors can enjoy an invigorating boat trip through coastal mangroves whilst spotting various types of wildlife and birds.
You can either choose to walk ...
... or to take a boat trip to discover the mangroves.
Cruising to Koh Rong Island which is located 16 miles west off Sihanoukville is a must-try for all visitors. Koh Rong is a picture postcard perfect island with its dense lush jungles, waterfalls, sandy coves dotted with coconut palms and colorful coral reefs. During the daylight, you can sunbathe, swim, unwind at the pristine beaches of this island. And when the sunlight is off, you can head to the Police beach to have some fun at vibrant beach parties there.
Food is actually one of the best ways to experience Cambodia culture. By that way, take a cooking class to learn how to cook some of the fabulous Cambodian dishes! A chef will take you to the market where he explains to you about different kinds of Cambodian vegetables, herbs, spices, and other ingredients. Later in the kitchen, he will teach you the art of Khmer cuisine. Not only the unique taste of each dish that you do by yourself but also the valuable knowledge about Cambodia culture through the food is actually the success of this cooking class.
Some might choose a motorbike to discover Sihanoukville, but if you want to have a true feeling of Sihanoukville cycling is obviously a great choice. Every hidden corner of Sihanoukville will welcome you by its own untouched beauty through each slope of your bike.
After a day full of activities, how about filling your empty stomach with mouthwatering dishes of fresh seafood? Along the beaches, you can easily find many restaurants selling fresh seafood. Some must-try dishes that we highly recommend include: Fish amok (Fish curry baked as soufflé on a banana leave), Nom banh chok (Rice noodles with a fish-based green curry gravy topping), and Khmer curry (Coconut-milk-based curry topped with beef/ chicken/fish, vegetables and kroeung).
Fish amok (Photo by sharonang from Pixabay)