Sihanoukville is also known as Kompong Som, one of the four coastal provinces in Cambodia. The province was named in honor of former King Norodom Sihanouk. Because Sihanoukville is a coastal province, the main attractions of the province are beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear ocean. Moreover, there are a number of islands that are known as ‘paradises on earth’. Even though in the last few years, there has been a rapid development in the town, a lot of big buildings have been constructed, there are still places that remain untouched and those are great for your city getaway.
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Sihanoukville province is located in the South-west of Cambodia, bordering to Kampot province, Koh Kong province, Kampong Speu province, and fronting the Gulf of Thailand. The provincial capital of Sihanoukville province is known as Sihanoukville city or Krong Kampong Som. Sihanoukville province has only two urban centers, which are Sihanoukville city and Veal Rinh.
Compared to Kep province, which is a calm, sleepy, and peaceful province, Sihanoukville province is a combination of a developing province, a little crowded yet still has some places remaining untouched. You can see there are a majority of big buildings in the city , yet there are still a number of beaches being unspoiled. The city is quite busy but not overwhelming. And it gets a little crowded during holidays and weekends.
Weather / Climate
Cambodia is a tropical country, so it is warm and humid all year round. The weather in Cambodia is divided into two seasons, which are dry season (November to April) and the rainy season (May to October). The best time to visit Sihanoukville is dry season, as you are able to get out and sunbathe. If you go to Sihanoukville in the months of July, August, and September, there will be a lot of rain and those are not ideal months for traveling to islands.
In here, you will not only see Cambodians, but you will see a lot of ex-pats too. Sihanoukville is a popular province for westerners. In the last few years, there are a lot of Chinese in Sihanoukville as well.
There are many high-end luxurious hotels in Sihanoukville province as well as hostels, guesthouses, and bungalows. So you have a lot of accommodation options which you can choose from according to your budget.
If you are looking for a hotel with a classy setting, Ren Resort is the one for you. Ren Resort is a beachfront hotel with a tranquil atmosphere. This hotel features a 30 meters outdoor swimming pool, which makes it a perfect place for relaxation. All rooms at Ren Resort come with either a garden, pool or beach view. Ren Restaurant is a restaurant by the beach, where you can enjoy your meal with a stunning beach view.
- Location: 243 Marina Road, Otres 2, Sihanoukville, Cambodia
- Price: 50USD – 100USD
- Contact info: +855 31 4555 333
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- Website: www.ren-resort.com
Onederz Hostel Sihanoukville
Onederz is a budget hotel, popular among backpackers. Onederz Hostel, which was previously known as One Stop Hostel, offers shared dormitory rooms, a shared lounge, and a shared kitchen. It is a good accommodation for solo travelers, especially backpackers, and you can make a whole lot of new friends when you are staying at Onederze Hostel.
- Location: Golden Lion Traffic Circle, Sihanoukville, Cambodia
- Price: 9USD – 10USD
- Contact info: +855 34 933 433
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- Website: www.onederz.com
Places to eat
When you go to Sihanoukville province, you need to eat seafood. You can literally find fresh seafood dishes in any local restaurants in Sihanoukville. However, if you are not a big fan of seafood, there are many restaurants offering western dishes as well.
Apollo’s Restaurant is a Cambodian style restaurant offering seafood and BBQ. The seafood is fresh and cooked perfectly. Moreover, the price is reasonable too.
- Location: 14, MITHONA Street, Occheuteal Beach, Sihanoukville, Cambodia
- Open: daily from 10:00 am to midnight
- Phone: N/a
The Secret Garden Bar and Restaurant
The Secret Garden Bar and Restaurant is one of the most recommended restaurants in Sihanoukville. The restaurant is situated right in front of a beautiful beach featuring a classy setting. The Secret Garden offers both Khmer and Western dishes, and you should give its ‘honey ginger chicken’ and ‘red Khmer curry’ a try.
- Location: The Secret Garden at Otres Beach, Marina Road, Otres 2 Beach, Sihanoukville, Cambodia
- Open: daily from 7:30 am to 9:30 pm
- Phone: +855 97 649 5131
Jin is knowns as the best pizza place in Sihanoukville. There is a wide selection of pizza, pasta, burgers, and salads offered at Jin. Moreover, the homemade gnocchi and beetroot pasta are highly recommended.
- Location: Jin Resort, Marina Road, Otres Village, Sihanoukville, Cambodia
- Open: Daily from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm and from 4:30 pm to 10:30 pm
- Phone: +855 96 858 1059
Five Men Fresh Beer
After a day at a beach, you should end your day by grabbing a few glasses of fresh beer. Five Men, Fresh Beer is a beer hall in Sihanoukville that makes beer on-site. However, this place often closes before midnight.
- Location: 19 Mithona Street, Independence Beach, Sihanoukville, Cambodia
- Open: Daily from 7:00 am to 11:30 pm
- Phone: +855 12 913 346
Most of Sihanoukville beaches are almost completely unspoiled, even though there are developments in the city. Otres beach is the most popular beach among westerners. Moreover, there are some beaches that you can lay down on the white sand, sunbathe, swim in the clear blue sea and enjoy a sunset, including Long Beach, Sokha Beach, and Independence Beach.
Koh Rong Sanloem
Koh or islands in Cambodia are mostly undeveloped and still remain in their natural forms. They are known as “paradises on Earth”. Koh Rong Sanloem is one of the most popular islands in Sihanoukville. Koh Rong Sanloem does not only have white sand beaches and clear blue sea, but the marine life around Koh Rong Sanloem is also very diverse and offers many diving spots. There is accommodation in Koh Rong Sanloem, including small bungalows to modern big villas.
Casinos have become Sihanoukville’s main attractions in the last few years. There is a lot of variety available in terms of venues, and most of the casinos open 24 hours a day. There are many types of games available in the casinos , including roulette, baccarat, blackjack, poker, and gaming machines.
Kbal Chhay Waterfalls
Kbal Chhay is located around 7 kilometers from Sihanoukville, and you need to travel another 9 kilometers from the national road to the site. Kbal Chhay is a tiered waterfall with a 14-meter drop. It is a popular place for a picnic. The water is shallow and slow in the dry season, and it is much more dramatic during the rainy season. There are a lot of local vendors at Kbal Chhay Waterfalls offering delicious Khmer food, so do not have to prepare food by yourself.
- Location: 286 Ekareach Street, Sihanoukville, Cambodia
- Open: Daily from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Phnom Meas Viewpoint (Golden Mountain)
Phnom Meas is more like a high hill, and it is a popular getaway spot for locals. There are park-like restaurants, several guesthouses on the top of the mountain. More importantly, you can get a great view of Sihanoukville from the top of Phnom Meas without sharing the view with a whole big crowd of people.
- Location: Mittapheap Street, Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Phsar Leu Market (Upper Market)
Phsar Leu (Upper Market) in Sihanoukville is the biggest traditional market in the province. The market is located in the heart of the Sihanoukville city, just 2 kilometers from Ochheuteal Beach. Phsar Leu offers a wide variety of products, including clothing, fruits, jewelry, seafood, local souvenirs, and local food, just to name a few.
- Location: 7 Makara Street, Downtown Sihanoukville, Cambodia
- Open: Daily from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sihanoukville province is currently a rapidly developing province due to Chinese investment in the city. However, it is still a good place to relax because of the natural and beautiful beaches and remote islands. Moreover, the beaches and the islands in Sihanoukville are not as crowded and overwhelming like any other beaches and islands in Southeast Asia. You can spend some time walking on the beach, traveling to islands, watching the sunset, sunbathing, scuba diving, visit the traditional market, and visiting casinos. Going to beaches or islands are never a bad idea to get away from the city.
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