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Sihanoukville is the premier beach destination of Cambodia and a perfect place to relax after a few days exploring the temples of Angkor. The mainland has become a little saturated with backpackers and budget hotels in recent years, however this is the perfect gateway to the island of Koh Rong. These islands offer exquisite white sandy beaches with options to cater to all visitors. Stretching out for miles, the majority of hotels and villas are found on the the main islands, but there are a few hidden gems on the small islands located nearby. Ranging from smaller boutique properties up to the large all inclusive resorts. 

 A visit to the coast is a perfect way to culminate your trip to Cambodia, relax in a tranquil environment and rejuvenate in the sun. Allow at least 5-7 days to maximize your time here.



The private Island of Song Saa is an incredible prestige resort in its own piece of paradise, located just 35 minutes via boat from Sihanoukville this is the ultimate way to relax whilst in Cambodia. 

Sihnoukville has a wide variety of hotels to choose from, with a selection of our favorites listed below. However, we have visited a large range, suitable for all budgets, so if you don't see something you like on our website, or you're not sure which is best for you, please don't hesitate to give us a call on 01993 899 430, or email inspire@oxfordprivatetravel.com, we would be delighted to craft your own tailor-made trip. 


With the pristine ocean on your doorstep the majority of the activities are centered around the water. Scuba diving is incredible with amazing viability and exotic marine life, the underwater world offers some of the best adventures in the country. If you prefer to snorkel there are amazing opportunities either via boat trips or simply off the shore. 

There are ample opportunities to explore the islands off the mainland where you can either overnight or just explore on a day trip. One of our popular excursions takes you to the island of Koh Rong Samioeum which was the first protected beach in Cambodia, following that experience the islands of Bamboo, Chalus and Ta Kiev all of which show off scintillating beaches and untold luxury. 

If your a wildlife enthusiast then take a trip to Ream National Park where you'll find an abundance of rare birds and animals indigenous to the region. 


Sihnoukville is a glorious place to sit back and take in the sunshine, making it perfect for all types of travelers, whether on a honeymoon, traveling solo, as a family or part of a group. 

The island hopping and luxury resorts portray a honeymoon destination, however there are also fantastic options for families and groups as well. 


The beaches are warm all year round, however there are several seasons that can influence the best time to visit. The peak season runs from November through till May, which is known as the dry season. The best time to experience Sihnoukville is November - February where you can enjoy the beach in comfortable temperatures, clear blue skies and lower humidity, from March till May this the temperatures start to reach 33-35°C and the humidity rises which can make it less comfortable when combining with the temples.  

The other half of the year from June - October sees the rainy season come to the forefront. 

November - May: Peak time, lovely temperature perfect for the beach.

June - October: Rainy season begins, the low season has some great promotions to take advantage of. Our top tip is to explore in the morning as rain usually hits in the afternoon. 


A passport with at least six months validity is necessary. A visa is required for most nationalities and is available upon arrival at both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap international airports. A tourist visa costs USD  30 and a business visa costs 35 USD, it’s subject to change by government. Two passport photographs should be submitted with the visa application form. 


Top tips

  • Take the ferry over to the islands of the Koh Rong Archipelo to experience the best of the Cambodian beaches.
  • Island hop between various islands to experience the all the area has to offer. 
  • Fly into Sihanoukville from Phnom Penh rather than drive to reduce time travelling on bumpy roads.
  • Allow for 5-7 nights to appreciate the tranquil atmosphere and unwind.  
  • Local currency: Cambodian Riel
  • Accepted currency: USD
  • Accepted credit cards: Visa and MasterCard 
  • Timezone: GMT +7 hrs

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