Essential travel guide to Sihanoukville, Cambodia

by Minh Tâm
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Cambodia is well-known as a ultimate travel destination for intrepid backpackers, which fascinates tourists by ancient temples, beautiful resorts and impeccable local meals. Sihanoukville is one of the most favourite places of interest that is becoming a must-visit tourist hub in this South East Asian countries. 

I. The best time to visit Sihanoukville

Thanks to its proximity to sea waters, Sihanoukville witnesses tropical weather with two seasons: a wet season and a dry season. The best time to visit Sihanoukville is in the middle of the dry season between November & February. With the temperatures under 30*C during the days, this is a great time to explore the beaches and enjoy the refreshing sea breeze.

II. Things To Do In Sihanoukville

Things to do in Sihanoukville vary from immersing in thrilling water sports and beach hopping to enjoying its pristine white-sand beaches and azure water and exciting nightlife at the beach bars or gamble away at night. To experience a gorgeous and rejuvenating vacation, here is our top 10 best things to do in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.

1. Kbal Chhay Waterfalls: Get relaxed by natural’s beauty

Kbal Chhay Waterfall is a waterfall approximately 7 km from the city of Sihanoukville in south-west Cambodia and then a further 9 km along a red dust track. It can easily take a fun trip on a bike or a tuk-tuk. The best time to visit these cascading falls is during the rainy season between July and October when the gushing froth presents an absolute pretty picture. It is recommended to take in some incredible mountain views, and even stop by a local village where you can purchase homemade snacks and local beer. Lunch is also included to keep your energy going.

Timing: 7.30AM – 5.00PM

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2. Otres Beach: Spend some fun hours cooling off

The main reason to visit Sihanoukville is the beaches. Otres is a three kilometer crescent of white sand facing southwest, but Otres is further from town and more thinly touristed, offering a more relaxed atmosphere, especially at the far end. With five major beaches along its shore, the place has established itself as the country’s premier beach resort town and beach-hopping is undoubtedly amongst the best things to do in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. The endless stretches of powdered white sands and azure waters of the Gulf of Thailand make a pretty picture and great spots for a laidback holiday by the beach.

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3. Phsar Leu Market: Take a day as a local citizen

The Phsar Leu Market is the biggest traditional market in Sihanoukville. It offers a great chance for tourist to discover the interesting culture and lifestyle of locals. This market features sections, which provide fruits, clothing, seafood, tailors, jewellery, barbers and Khmer food, the building of this market is a well -known landmark in town. You can find some local souvenirs in this market and also expect reasonable prices and an abundant selection, but possibly subpar hygienic conditions.

Timing: 5.00 AM – 7.00 PM

4. Wat Leu Pagoda: Sightsee to the serene temple

Wat Leu is located on the Sihanoukville Mountain is only 6 kilometers from the provincial town, it is considered as one of the 5 main wats in the picturesque port city, which lies on a hill where you have a magnificent view of Sihanoukville and the sea that surrounds the peninsula. This temple is also ideal for photography. The tranquility and sacredness of the place attracts the travelers as well as those who are in search of peace. It is surrounded by a beautifully landscaped forestoffers wonderful views of the town and islands nearby. It opens daily and free of admission.

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5. Koh Rong Island: Discover the significance

Koh Rong is the largest Cambodian Island, while Koh Rong Samloen is the second one. Koh Rong is one of the 23 islands that are part of Ream National Park, Cambodia and it is one of the islands in the air supposedly there is a lot of snorkeling crystal blue waters, white sand beaches, swimming, fishing, scuba diving or simply take a walk through this beautiful island. It can be great for the whole family to enjoy a day. Plus, you will find no tastier and fresh of fish on the earth but there. It will truly make you never want to leave.

6. Ream National Park: Interact closely to nature

Located just 11 miles from downtown Sihanoukville, the capital of this region, this is one of the most spectacular locations on earth to visit, because up until recently this was a land that was virtually untouched. You will find a wide variety of ecosystems within the Ream National Park. This includes rivers, estuaries, beaches, coral reefs, forests, rain forests, mangroves, and open water. This array of ecosystems makes it a prime location to find a large number of different species of plants and animals, one of the largest such arrays outside of the tropical rainforests of South America.

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7. Holiday Palace Casino: Gamble away at night

If gambling is your thing, you will be delighted to find Holiday Palace Casino in Sihanoukville in the centre of town, behind Independence Hotel. It is now the longest running casino. You cannot miss its giant colorful lights and decoration that truly stand out compared to others. It consists of a formal casino and a few restaurant and coffee shop, it also can have great lotteries and giveaway on special occasions.

III. Food explores in Sihanoukville

After adventures, you can reach to many food stalls and restaurants along the beaches. Although the local share a lot of dishes with neighboring Vietnam, Thailand, India,… Cambodian food is about contrasts. A single dish is a mixture of magic from sweet and slight bitterness. Must try menu includes: 

  • Fish amok: Fish curry baked as soufflé on a banana leave
  • Khmer curry: Coconut-milk-based curry topped with beef/ chicken/fish, vegetables and kroeung
  • Nom banh chok: Rice noodles with a fish-based green curry gravy topping
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And all the noodles no matter of kind would be remarkably special here.
Sihanoukville is also offered varied cuisines in settings, styles and price ranges that are as enticing as the flavors, due to an increasing number of foreign travelers. Therefore there will be no problem to find European food in the city. 

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