Places of Interest in Sihanoukville
Avoid walking alone in isolated areas. Attacks have been reported at the South end of Ochheuteal Beach and at the rocky point connecting Sokha and Serendipity beaches. Do not bring any unnecessary valuables to the beach in order to minimize the chance of theft.
Please do NOT buy from children or adults using children to beg. This encourages children to stay on the beach and not attend school. The children might tell you that they do not have money to go to school and ask you for a donation or to pay their annual school fee. There have been reports of children and school directors working together to get several tourists paying the school fee for just 1 child. Profits of this 'scam' are apparently equally divided between child and director.
So ... think before giving money.
If you are concerned about a child, please call the 24h Child Safe Hotline (012 478 100). There are social workers who can assess the situation and find solutions.
In case of suspected sexual abuse of children, please contact APLE (Action Pour Les Enfants) at info(at)aplecambodia.org or call 023 996 351 or 012 584 194
Called China Beach by the locals because it is located inside a Chinese mega-development area (Sun & Moon Gulf). This is a very pristine small stretch of beach with gazebos and a single restaurant. Drive 23km on Nat Road 4 direction PP and turn right at Ream National Park entrance road (where Sihanoukville airport is). After taking this right turn, take the first road to the left. You will be given a free visitors pass to enter the development area. Follow the brand new road for about 8km until you arrive at China Beach.
A popular weekend hangout for Khmer families, this beach between Independence and Victory has a few beach sjacks and is quiet on weekdays. It is now also the site of the new bridge that connects up to Koh Pos (Snake Island).
This beach lays behind Sihanoukville port, along the road to Stung Hav. Hun Sen beach is more or less vacant with long stretches of empty beach. No shacks or restaurants available but there are a few structures providing shade where you could enjoy your pick-nick without ending up with beach sand in your sandwich. If you'd take a moto / tuk tuk there, ensure that the driver comes back to pick you up or waits.
This beach was cleared for development in 2008 but there is a small patch near Holiday Palace Hotel that is open to the public with a few vendors. There is a sandy area closer to the Independence Hotel, which is open to the public too. The beach is quiet, shallow and great for swimming.
Sihanoukville's most popular beach hosts a plethora of bars and restaurants offering fresh seafood, BBQ, happy hours, ... This is where the holiday crowd gathers. Some bars stay open late and have DJ's spinning fine tunes, fire jugglers and more.
Several activities are on offer such as a water fun park, jet-skis (please respect the others and stay far away from the swimming areas eventhough not demarcated!), diving, snorkeling, ...
Many hawkers on the beach will try to sell you fruits, bracelets, paintings, massage, books. The beach gets very busy during weekends and holidays. The southern end has been cleared for development and is generally quiet. At the far northern end (Serendipity beach), accommodation is available. Take care of your belongings when on the beach.
A beautiful long stretch of white sand beach with views on several islands. The first part of the beach houses many bars and guesthouses, then there is an empty stretch followed by more guesthouses at the far end of the beach.
Otres beach started to gain popularity with backpackers since 2007 and is surely worth a visit.
Less sellers and beggars than Ochheuteal here. Since May 2012 the road over Queen's Hill is closed for public so you have to drive around it now.
Located between Independence and Ochheuteal beaches, Sokha Beach is reserved for guests of the Sokha Beach Resort.
There is a small stretch open to the public where locals gather in the evenings. Non-guests of the resort can use the private beach and swimming pool for $10 for a whole day.
Located at the northern end of town, Victory Beach has a handful of businesses serving up cold drinks and meals. It is more quiet than other areas with calm, shallow waters for swimming. Some of the most beautiful sunsets can be seen from this beach.
Serving divers in Sihanoukville since 2001, EcoSea Dive Center is the first Cambodian dive center to offer both PADI and SSI courses.
EcoSea offers training and certification courses for all levels of divers, from beginners to dive masters, at the lowest prices anywhere.
Training is available in several languages, currently including English, Danish, Dutch, French and Japanese.
Located 23km from Sihanoukville, Ream has beaches that are quiet with nice views of the surrounding islands. The first beach has several Khmer shacks serving up fresh seafood and cold drinks. The shacks can also arrange a boat trip to Ream island. Passed this area, there are two quiet beaches lined with coconut trees that are good places to spend a few hours but there are no beach shacks to get food/drinks. Further on, passed the oil storage facility in the center of the park, is a beautiful beach that was the filming location for renowned French-Khmer director Rithy Panh's 2008 film 'Un barrage contre le pacifique'. Some accommodation is available in Ream NP.
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The Kbal Chhay Waterfalls, approximately 16km (9km on national road #4, turn left and 7km more on gravel track) from downtown Sihanoukville, is a great spot to unwind and revitalize while catching the fresh water of the 14m high fall right on your back. The waterfalls were discovered in 1960 and developed into a freshwater source for Sihanoukville in 1998. A short ride from town and a great to spend your day lazing around.
There are several food/bbq/fruit/snack/drink vendors with reasonable prices so you do not necessarily need to bring a package lunch. This lush area gets very busy with friendly locals during weekends and holidays.