Sihanoukville( ក្រុងព្រះសីហនុ ), also known as Kampong Som , or Kampong Saom , is a port city in southern Cambodia, overlooking the Gulf of Siam . The city was founded in 1964 and soon became the most important seaport of Cambodia and this place is perfect if you are looking for relaxation and quiet.
When I was in Cambodia I didn’t know that in southern Cambodia nature reigns supreme, and that there are many more or less remote locations that are worth visiting. However, if your time is short my advice is to leave for an island near Sihanoukville. Koh Rong could be the right place for you. Not too far from land (about 2 hours by ferry, $20 each for roundtrip). The island is a paradise with some desert and semi-desert beaches. You can sleep in bungalows often equipped with a hammock and sea views. Perfect for relaxing and perfect for snorkeling! Most visitors stay in guesthouses and bungalows situated along the beach at Koh Tuich Village (Tui Beach). There are isolated resorts on other beaches and private beaches as well. The atmosphere at Koh Tuich is very relaxed and beach-focused during the daytime, followed by beach restaurants and partying when the sun sets. Perfect for young people but also for families that want some relaxing days. Travelers that are looking for more peace or isolation should not stay around Tui Beach, just go a little bit forward onto other beaches.
There are no roads on the island yet so the only way to get around is on foot. The walking man of Koh Rong (an Israeli man named Gil) has marked trails that lead from the beach closest to Monkey Island and Paradise Bungalows to other beaches, but most of the island is still thick jungle. Bungalow prices range from $10 to $70 per night, depending on which accommodation you choose.
Tiplr Safety Tip: The only thing you need to worry about is theft! Here locals know that you probably have expensive things in your possession like laptops, iphones, and cameras. So just be careful and make sure you don’t leave anything on the beach and especially don’t leave your door open! I got all my stuff stolen because I didn’t pay attention!
Featured Photo Credit: Peazapata // Additional Photos: Author’s Own