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Sihanoukville Attractions

Sihanoukville comes as one of the best beachside destinations in Asia yet to be explored. Not only so the city bears a short but amazing history of existence featuring both peace and turmoil which make this place all the more significant. It is indeed heartening to see the city bounce back to life after a prolonged period of political turmoil, and that too with no signs of the gory past remaining. Sihanoukville as it exists today offers numerous tourist attractions that are sure to leave you flabbergasted. Look out for the must visit Sihanoukville Tourist Attractions to be able to plan your trip before hand.

Deum Chhrey Beach

Deum Chhrey Beach, Preah Sihanouk is located in front of City Hall. Few tourists swim here because there is a big restaurant nearby. It is popular with tourists who like to walk along the beach, however, because there is a picturesque park filled with statues, making site popular with photographers.

Independence Beach

Independence Beach, Sihanoukville gets its name from the deserted hulk of the 7 -storey Independence Hotel at the north end. Locals call this beach 'otel bram-pil chann (hotel 7-stories). It is labeled '7-Chann Beach' on the in-town street sign. Independence is more than a kilometer long, but the sandy area is much narrower making the beach best when the tide is low. The beach is wider and more tourists toward the northwest end near a small fresh water lake (which is the source of the town's fresh water and is rumored to contain crocodiles). At the other end is the beach's only hotel, Sea Breeze. Grass umbrellas and drink vendors only hotel, Sea Breeze. Grass umbrellas and drink vendors now line the beach from end to end but it is still much less frequented than other beaches. The road up to the old Independence Hotel is often frequented by a small troop of Rhesus monkeys but is currently closed while the hotel is undergoing renovation.

Kbal Chhay Waterfall

Kbal Chhay waterfall, Preah Sihanouk is located in Khan Prey Nup, about 16 kilometers north of the downtown Sihanoukville. To reach the site from Sihanoukville, take National Road 4 toward Phnom Penh. About 7 kilometers out side of town, there is a sign announcing the site. Turn left and go 9 kilometers along a trail. The water at Kbal Chhay comes from many sources along the mountain range, although only three of these sources are visible. The waterfall, which is 14 meters high, is at the point where those three sources joint.

Koh Pors

Koh Pors in Sihanoukville is an island about 1 kilometer from Lomhe Kay beach, off the coast of Sihanoukville. The beach is flat and very quiet. It is attrachs few visitors, because it is undeveloped. Those tourists who do visit the island travel in groups and bring their own food. Most of traveler in Sihanoukville they like to visit the natural and alot of amazing thing at Koh Pors.

Koh Rong Island

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville is a Cambodian Island in the Gulf of Thailand, at about 40km off the coast of Sihanoukville. Actually, the island is deserted, undeveloped and untouched. It's a secret island. But it will be soon one of the famous touristic destination of Cambodia. The island is certainly the most beautiful island of the Kompong Som Region. A snowdrift bay, covered by a crystal clear and turquoise water, stretches on several kilometers. At the center, a jungle with thousands of coconut palms and waterfalls invade the island. Paradise found on Koh Rong.

Ochheuteal Beach

Ochheuteal Beach, known as UNTAC Beach in the early 1990s and it is now the most popular in Sihanoukville, offering the full spectrum of beach venues from upscale hotels and dining to laid-back budget beach bars and bungalows.

It may be difficult to pronounce, but the name certainly hasn't put people off the longest and most popular beach in Sihanoukville. Many actually know Ochheuteal beach as Serendipity, which actually refers to the western patch of sand.

Otres Beach

Otres Beach is the next beach south of Ochheuteal Beach and resembles Ochheuteal in many ways - a three kilometer crescent of near white sand facing the southwest. But Otres is far less developed and touristed than Ochheuteal, offering a more leisurely, relaxed atmosphere, and caught the eye of Forbes this year, listed amongst the Top 22 Beaches in Asia. Though much of the beach was recently closed for a development project, more than a kilometer remains open and retains the same laid back feel. There are no hotels, spas or large restaurants on Otres, just a string of beach-shack bars, restaurants and bungalows stretching along the sand from the intersection to the new development project.

Phnom Leu

Phnom Leu is a nature and cultural site. There is a pagoda on the mountaintop, which offer visitors a panoramic view of the beaches and Sihanoukville international port. Most visitors are local people who visit the site during national festivals.

Prampi Chaon Beach

Sihanoukville province is a small southern province of Cambodia. The capital sits on a peninsula with beaches and tropical islands around. Sihanoukville (also known as Kampong Som or Kampong Saom) was founded in 1964 to be the only deep-water port in whole Cambodia. It is gradually being redeveloped as a tourist attraction, but despite the promise of massive Malaysian investment - a casino is planned for Naga Island - tourist numbers are still fairly low. Also its nice with sand beaches and several paradise islands have made it popular as a tourist destination.

Prampi Chaon Beach is short and narrow, and the waves are bigger that at other beaches, making it popular with locals, who favor it most after Sokha Beach.

Prek Treng Beach

About 7km northeast of the ferry port is casuarina-lined Prek Treng Beach, also known as Hun Sen Beach. Largely deserted (for now), it is marked by a number of Khmer-style open pavilions.

The Prek Treng Beach a few kilometers north of town is a long, narrow crescent of sand, a bit rocky in parts, offering comparatively warm shallow waters. Due to Prek Treng’s distance from town and complete lack of services (no guesthouses, restaurants, beach chairs, etc.,) the beach is usually deserted. There is a nearby development project promising a busy future for Prek Treng, but at the moment you can have the beach pretty much to yourself. Just remember to bring drinks and snacks as there are very rarely beach vendors available. To get there follow Hun Sen Beach Drive north a few kilometers past the port area. The beach is on the left just past the first bridge and before you reach the oil port.

Ream Beach

The untouched beach of Ream is located in the Ream National Park. Take Route 4 to the Airport road 18km north of town. Turn right, go 9km to the ocean. The beach to the right is long and narrow and frequented more by fishermen than tourists. Behind the beach is a mangrove swamp, which attracts a wide variety of tropical birds. The beaches to the left nearer the Naval Base now have a few vendors selling drinks and renting tubes. There is a small $5 per night guesthouse run by the National Park. Check at the park HQ opposite the entrance to the airport.

Sokha Beach

Sokha Beach adjoins O'Cheuteal Beach. It is also long though the water is deeper than here. The beach was once more crowded than O'Cheuteal Beach, because Cambodians prefer it to the other beaches. However, Oknha Sok Kung's Sokha Hotel Company recently took over operations at the beach. The company is building up the area in hope of attracting more tourists to Sihanoukville.

Sihanoukville's Sokha Beach wins our vote for the nicest beach in Sihanoukville, with its radiant stretch of fine white sand and shallow waters ideal for floating and lazy days.

Wat Krom

Wat Krom is Located at a distance of 3 kilometers from the provincial town, Wat Krom, Sihanoukville is one of the popular Tourist Attractions in Sihanoukville. The city of Sihanoukville is a port city on the Gulf of Thailand in southern Cambodia and Wat Krom, Sihanoukville is just 5 minutes from the Sihanoukville city. Explore the historical sites of Wat Krom in Sihanoukville which has a unique and beautiful architecture. Aka Wat Krom means 'lower wat' and lying on a small hill on Santipheap St. overlooking the ocean, Wat Krom in Sihanoukville is dedicated to Ya-Mao, a local deity.

Victory Beach

The Victory Beach is located in front of Koh Pors (Snake Island). It offers a number of services, including comfortable restrooms, fresh water and good transportation service to Koh Pors. Thus, many local and international visitors go to this beach. There are many well organized kiosks along the beach, the waves are not big, and invironment is clean.

Wat Leu

Wat Leu, Sihanoukville is one of the 5 main wats in the picturesque port city of Sihanoukville. These Wats, or Buddhist temples, are scattered around Sihanoukville in Cambodia. Although Sihanoukville is an important port city and is known for its natural treasures but the wats made it one of the most Tourists Attractions in Sihanoukville. Wat Leu, Sihanoukville located on the Sihanoukville Mountain is only 6 kilometers from the provincial town.

Sihanoukville, also known as Kampong Som, is about a 3 hour bus ride towards south west from the capital Phnom Penh. You can also get there by boat from Koh Kong. Because of its hilltop location Wat Leu, is commonly known as "Upper Wat". Wat Leu is surrounded by a beautifully landscaped forest. The hilltop Wat Leu in Sihanoukvill offers wonderful views of the town and islands nearby.

Bamboo Island

Relaxing on the beach is not the only thing to do at Bamboo island by any means. For swimmers, or even non-swimmers, the pristine crystal clear water is warm and shallow near the soft sand beaches of Bamboo island, perfect for swimming, or just playing in the water. There are footpaths running throughout the island, so you can explore the jungle covered interior. There is a volleyball net on the beach, and there is no better place for beach volleyball than Bamboo island.

Experienced snorkelers say that the snorkeling at Bamboo island is as good as anywhere in the world. Snorkeling gear is available for rental at the island, and snorkeling tours to the best spots are offered by the Bamboo Island Ferry.

The Bamboo Island ferry departs Coasters on Ochheuteal beach at about 10 am. Be sure to come to Coasters early, because breakfast is included with the ferry service. It leaves Bamboo island for the return trip around 4 pm. You can come to Bamboo island as a day trip, or you can stay the night.

Beach Diving & Snorkeling

Diving is one of the main Sihanoukville attractions as most of the diving activities of the country are concentrated in this coastal town. Most of the diving sites are located on the islands off the shore in the Gulf of Thailand, at a distance of around 2 hours from the mainland, and day diving or snorkling trips are offered from town by the several dive centers. The diving is comparable to that of the Thai islands, but much less developed, and local operators are still discovering new sites.

What is the diving like?

The diving season in Cambodia runs from late October to the end of June. The best diving sites are located off-shore, in the islands of the Gulf of Thailand and the water temperature is warm, ranging from 27 to 31 degrees centigrade. Visibiliy varies according to the season or the diving sites, but is normally within the 10-25 meters range and the soft currents around the islands make drift diving possible. The waters around the islands are quite shallow, around 15 meters.

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