Cambodia’s premier beach town, sporting miles of white sandy beaches, uninhabited islands and warm clear tropical waters. Originally founded as a port town half a century ago, but these days it’s very much a beach town and tourist destination. The main town area sits on a beach lined peninsula jutting into the Gulf of Thailand. The pace of life in this provincial town is very relaxed and unhurried. The beaches offer umbrellas, thatched roofed bars, restaurants and a range of hotels.
Sihanoukville is a place to unwind by the beach, enjoy the fresh seafood, party at the bars, take an island excursion or experience a scuba trip.
From the turn of the century through the 1960’s, Kep was Cambodia’s ‘premier beach town’, drawing weekend holiday-makers to its picturesque shore and sporting luxurious ocean side villas of Cambodia’s privileged class. Nowadays, the old villas are ruins and Kep is known more for its oceanfront seafood stalls than for its beaches, which are short and stony but offer picturesque slivers of sand. Rabbit Island offers day trippers a beautiful remote beach and is only a short boat ride away. For the moment at least Kep has a ‘real out of the way’ feel to it and is surrounded by mountains of jungle. No trip to Kep is complete without sampling the exquisite fresh locally caught crab.
Set with picture perfection near the base of the Elephant Mountains on the Kampong Bay River. Classic French colonial, Cambodian and Chinese architecture as well as very few tourists all serve to lend Kampot a quaint, welcoming, small town ambiance. Visitors come to Kampot for a taste of provincial Cambodia, the relaxed atmosphere, and to use the town as a stepping stone to the nearby beaches and islands of Kep, the Bokor Hill Station and south-eastern Cambodia.
The Koh Kong province is only just being discovered as a destination in itself, largely unexplored and offering a wealth of eco-tourism, adventure and beach hopping possibilities, with Koh Kong town being the most convenient base from which to explore the province.
The town sits on the Kah Bpow River about 10 km from the Thai border.
Points of Interest
• Kirirom National Park