While this beach town doesn't have much to compare with
Thailand's pristine coast, it does make a great getaway from the
dusty or muddy (depending on season) rest of Cambodia.
Sihanoukville is the country's only deep water port, making much of
the city industrial and unattractive to tourists. But there are
several secluded tourist beaches with all the requisite trappings:
dishevelled beach bars, guesthouses and hawkers. As there isn't
much to do in town, it is worth the extra money to stay in the
quaint beachside guesthouses. Nightly beach barbecues prepare great
food and offer cheap beer. The government is said to have plans to
develop the area for larger resorts which will surely ruin its
laid-back beach charm in years to come. Regular daily buses provide
a three to four hour journey to and from Phnom Phen, along
Cambodia's best road. There is also a ferry connecting to Koh Kong,
the Cambodian/Thailand border.
Address: 115 miles (185km) southwest of Phnom Penh