Sihanoukville, also known as Kampong Som (or Kompong Soam), is a port city (the only deep-water port in Cambodia) in southern Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand. The city is located 185 kilometres southwest of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. It is named after then-King Norodom Sihanouk. Sihanoukville is surrounded by palm-fringed white-sand beaches and pristine tropical islands. It is a perfect tropical gateway suitable for snorkelling, scuba diving or just sunbathing and swimming.
The most popular beaches are Ochheuteal, Serendipity, Sokha, Independence and Victory.
Ochheuteal and Seredipity beaches
Ochheuteal beach is a long and narrow strip of beach lined with Casuarina trees, grass umbrellas, rental chairs and little drink huts. At the northern end is Serendipity beach offering guesthouse rooms and hotels right on the beach with full-moon parties. However, the beach is not very suitable for swimming due to some boulders on it.
Long and (the most) beautiful white-sand beach privately owned by the first luxury beach hotel in Cambodia, Sokha Beach Resort. If you are not staying in the resort, guards may or may not stop you from going on the beach.
Independence and Victory beaches
Independence beach is located next to Sokha beach. It offers a good strech of clean sand. About 800 metres off the coast is the nice tiny island of Koh Pos. Victory beach offers, apart from white sand and blue sea, good spot to enjoy the scenes of sunset.
There are more then a dozen islands off the coast of Sihanoukville for tourists to hop around. Trips and packages to these islands are offered by many travel agents, guesthouses, hotels, restaurants and cafes. To Sihanoukville you can easily get from Siem Reap or Phnom Penh both by bus or taxi. There will be regular flights between Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville from July 2013.