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Cambodia’s beautiful beaches and soft sunsets are just the beginning to what makes Sihanoukville so incredible. I have explored some amazing restaurants, hotel accommodations, upbeat night life, fantastic massages and snorkeling around the island to allow you to take your visit to the next level. My guide to traveling Sihanoukville will make your life painless because I already did the research for you. So just hop on a flight and enjoy the adventure.
Before we land on Sihanouk I’d like to discuss some highlights to it’s neighboring town 100km east. This spot is more popular with locals that come from Phnom Penh for a weekend trip so you’ll only need one extra day here.
A $5 per night room at the Semana Guesthouse will get you a clean and simple bed located near the Durian Roundabout. It’s all about location being in the town center, 750 m from the market and 2-3 blocks from the river view is perfection.
The only worth wild journey to take in Kampot is to Explore Preah Monivong Bokor National Park. It is one of the most exciting mountains I have ever climbed in Cambodia and the view had me smiling and crying in the same breath. There are many attractions to see up top but here are the absolute must when you visit.
1. Bokor Hill Station – A collection of French colonial buildings constructed as a temperate mountain luxury resort and retreat for colonial residents.
2. Popokvil Waterfall– An ideal place to swim on hot days as well as to take pictures.
1. Local market – Plenty of fruit options like oranges, watermelon, bananas but my love was for their rambutans and mangos.
2. OM – Specializes in local Khmer dishes like potato and pumpkin curry with rice.
3. Rikitikitavi – Perfect combination of delicious sweet and spicy Khmer curry and a beautiful view from the roof top.
For $10 a night I stayed at the Jasmine Hotel which gave me a simple room with a bed perfect for short term visits. I was just 100 meters from the beach and a 5 minute bike ride to the town circle, 2 Golden Lions. If you plan to stay here for a month there are plenty of options for $50-$100 a month so check out the Sihanoukville Properties Facebook group, Sihanoukville Realestate or Asian Property World. If you visit early February the rooms will book up fast and prices go up $5+ a night. This will last only last a few days for the Chinese New Year.
1. Koh Rong Island – You can easily spend a week here in High Point Rope Park, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, mountain Biking, visiting the lighthouse or just do some Jungle Trekking. For more pricing and availability go to the ferry pier. You can also message the long term Koh Rong Community on Facebook for specific events or questions.
2. Kbal Chhay Waterfalls – Beautiful place to bring a packed lunch to cool off and relax.
3. Ream National Park – There is not much to see here but a private beach, possible monkeys and the West Line Boat Tour. I only went through this park in search of the Big Tree but I’d recommend seeking out a boat tour to view the beautiful wildlife at the ferry pier unless you want to get lost like I did.
7. The Beaches – The goal is to be laying down and watching the sunset every single night.
I did run a bit randomly throughout the town however the only place I’d recommend is a morning run from Ochheuteal Beach to Serendipity beach for a total of 6km. There will be plenty of Strava segments up and down the hill all over town so you can spend a day cycling to break a few records.
The best massage I have ever gotten in my entire life was at Seeing Hands Massage 3 . When you walk in the owner will ask if you’d like one or two hours and where feel any pain. You’ll have to change your clothes and lock up your belongings. Be clear on where it hurts and if you’d like a soft or strong massage.
The cover of this guide is a picture of myself with Chantrea and his two kids. We originally met during my break just 50km from the beach when they stopped their motor bike to speak with me. After a half hour we exchanged numbers and later in the week he invited me to sleep at his apartment. A simple room with a bed, kitchen, toilet and hammock he said whats mine is yours. We spoke a lot about living healthy for his new born and the impact of alcohol had in his life. Just like my family in Phnom Penh I saw a full heart filled with kindness and joy. I cycled towards Siam Reap a few days later but on the way he called me to remind me that I’ll always have a place to stay.
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