Traveling to South East Asia is a surrealistic adventure full with unexpected encounters. The Asian continent is surrounded with beautiful countries like Laos, Japan, South Korea, Burma, Vietnam or Cambodia. In our case, Cambodia is our next destination and our next wonder to discover.
When we talk about this treasure, we think about the incredible temple of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap where you watch the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises in the world. But to truly enjoy Cambodia, our expedition has brought us in the smallest and youngest city of Combodia: Sihanoukville.
Sihanoukville is the Cambodian Peninsula, which is ringed with many offshore islands. Sihanoukville is home to many backpackers and expats looking for weekend breaks. But you will also find students spending their summer in this part of the country.
The city is full with international bars and restaurants. Wi-Fi is everywhere to be found. Even on the streets! Unfortunately, as any other Asian country or city, Sihanoukville is full with beggars, streets kids and vendors, but this shouldn’t stop you to enjoy your vacation and even give some language lesson to the locals.
In our opinion, Sihanoukville is the best spot in Cambodia to enjoy the rest of the country. The city is near the borders of Thailand and the most breathtaking islands in the area. Travelers can choose to stay on the mainland or book one of the bungalows on the beaches.
Most beaches in Sihanoukville are in walking distance and the most popular one is Ochheuteal beach.
This beach is definitely not the one we will advise you because the beach is too crowded, loud music and beggars are everywhere to be found. If you are looking for a peaceful beach with less people, then we recommend Otres and Sohka beach. Both beaches are more attractive in the low season where resort owners offer free accommodations to travelers.
We have decided to stay on Otres beach and from there take the time to visit the islands and other activities Sihanoukville has to offer.
Otres Beach in Sihanoukville
The beach is in the South of the city where you can find Otres 1 and 2.
This stunning beach has managed to keep its identity despite the developments of hotels or resorts. Sailing and boating are strongly encouraged in the area.
The best way to visit it is during the low season where you can quietly enjoy the white sandy beach and the relaxing vibe. The whitish sand is soft and delicate when you touch it. While staying here, you can visit Ream National Park, where the wildlife, mangroves and mountain waterfalls have been untouched.
In the park, you can see 200 different birds, kind cobras or even pythons on hiking trails. A day trip is enough to visit the park and the beaches of Koh Thmei and Koh Ses. Rent a motorbike and go visit the area.
Cambodia is blessed with beautiful and pristine islands where there are no roads, electricity, or even a cash machine to pay.
The best way to enjoy the islands is to stay away from the typical luxury resorts on the different islands. Pack a bag and go explore the different islands Cambodia has to offer.
From Koh Rong to Koh Totang, the world is yours. Our advice will be to have a day trip to the islands and if you can, spend two to three days on the island before heading to the mainland. Most islands are still rustic and the boats come once a week to deliver groceries.
But when you are sitting on the pier watching the sunset or the sunrise, you will realize how lucky you are to witness such of beauty. There are plenty of activities to be found here: snorkeling, diving and trekking in the jungle.
We travel the world to discover the unknown parts of the world and even if Cambodia is getting popular among travelers, this country still has a lot to offer. From the unbelievable temples to untouched islands, Cambodia is worth a visit.
This is the moment to visit before it become the next Thailand. Enjoy the nature, the food and the smiles of the Kmer.