A few days on Bamboo Island, off Sihanoukville's coast, comes highly recommended. The boat ride takes about half an hour and once there you will find that only about 30 people live on the island. On its north-facing crescent beach Bamboo Island has three bungalow resorts, two restaurants and two bars and is very, very laid Read More...
- Location: Off Sihanoukville's coast
- How to get there: A ferry departs from Ochheuteal Beach at 10:00 and departs from the island at 16:00 the traverse takes roughly 45 minutes.
Golden Lions Roundabout
This is pretty much one of those places you’ve got to see just for the laughs, just to say you’ve seen it and so you can share the pics on Instagram. The somewhat iconic statue of a lion and lioness standing side-by-side (though, with the lion standing and the lioness prone, it looks decidedly different from certain angles!) boasts scary faces, completely unrealistic proportions and a garishly yellow-gold paintjob. Located at the northern end of Serendipity Beach, near to the ferry terminal, it is impossible to miss and nearly impossible not to at least smile at.
Every provincial capital in Cambodia has a monument to celebrate the country’s independence from France on 9th November 1953, as well as the defeat of the Khmer Rouge on 7th January 1979. While Sihanoukville’s is not as grand as the one in Phnom Penh, it is still an interesting and attractive place. The modest and peaceful Independence Park also contains a statue of Harihara – a fused representation of the Hindu deities Vishnu and Shiva – as well as a miniature copy of Preah Vihear Temple, the historical and controversial temple on the Thai-Cambodian Border.
- Opening Hours: All day
- Location: Sihanoukville Independence Park, Ekareach Street, Sihanoukville
Kbal Chhay Waterfalls
This tiered waterfall with a 14-metre drop is actually one of the major sources of fresh water for the city of Sihanoukville, as evidenced by the large reservoir nearby. It's a picturesque spot and a popular place with locals taking a day out. You can follow their lead by enjoying a picnic next to local families before cooling off with a splash in the cool waters. It's much more dramatic when visited in the rainy season as the waters slow down a lot during the dry season. Getting to the falls can be a little tricky as the tarmac roads stop about 7 km from Sihanoukville, leaving you with a 9-km drive along a dusty dirt track.
- Opening Hours: Daily 07:30 – 17:00
- Location: 16 km northeast of Sihanoukville
- Price Range: US$1 National Park entrance fee
Koh Kong Bridge
The 1.9 kilometres Koh Kong Bridge was officially declared open on 4th April 2002 by Prime Minister Hun Sen. This magnificent 8 million dollar masterpiece of technology links Koh Kong with Thailand's south-west promoting tourism, investment and trade, as well as reducing travelling-time to Phnom Penh. However, this new wide laterite highway built by the Thai Army, requires 4 tricky ferry crossings and is not recommenced during the rainy-season.
If you like the beaches of Sihanoukville, you’ll love Koh Rong and the surrounding islands. Just 26 km west of the city, they are pretty much the archetype of the desert island idyll, with pristine beaches, clear blue seas, vibrant coral reefs, jungle-covered hills and very little else. They are almost completely unspoilt, with none of Read More...
Branding itself as a “bizarre bazaar”, this Saturday night market promises to be far from what you would typically expect. It specialises in unique wares, great live music, a wide selection of food and drinks and a great space to just relax and socialise. It isn’t especially big, numbering only about 20 stalls, but it is certainly lively and fun, especially after about 22:00, when it starts to get really busy. The market is particularly popular with “alternative” folks and backpackers, with the stalls stocking crystals, essential oils and jewellery.
Phnom Meas Viewpoint
Phnom Meas is a popular getaway spot for weekending locals. The mountaintop setting is home to park-like restaurants, a small guesthouse, gardens and fantastic views across Sihanoukville. It’s a family-friendly place, with lots of opportunity to play and explore, with swings and seesaws in the park. Phnom Meas is not currently widely known to the mass tourism market, so you’re likely to be sharing the view only with Cambodians. It also means that getting there requires a short drive along dirt tracks.
- Location: off Mittapheap Street, Sihanoukville
Sihanoukville is not exactly southeast Asia's answer to Las Vegas but it does offer a few venues for those who enjoy to throw the dice and play footsie with Lady Luck. Presently there are four hotels offer gamblers their favourite games: blackjack, roulette, baccarat, gaming machines, and poker.
Sihanoukville's (and Cambodia's) longest-running casino is the Holiday Palace Casino (in which you could stay during our five days Cambodia Paradise Beach Tour Package), across from Victory Beach while the aptly-named Fortune Casino (formerly the Golden Palace Casino) has undergone a complete renovation and is the largest gaming venue in town. Meanwhile, the new kid on the block is Kampong Som City. Another gaming venue in which to try your luck is the Sokha Vegas in the Sokha Resort, Sihanoukville's premier seaside resort.
Splash Party Water Park
Splash Party is a floating obstacle course, just off Otres 1 Beach. Featuring slides, ladders, trampolines, rope swings and a blob jump, it provides a lot of family-friendly fun. The modest entrance fee gets you a life jacket, if you want/need one. As you will probably fall off a lot and the course is pretty exhausting, they are highly recommended, especially since the sea is fairly deep under the park. There are attendants around the floats to keep an eye on things and help out as required.
Wat Leu Temple
Situated on a hill 1.5 km northwest of Sihanoukville, Wat Leu is perhaps not as dramatic a structure as Siem Reap’s ancient temples, but is nonetheless worth a visit. Its striking, colourful main building resembles a pagoda in style, and is surrounded by interesting artefacts, including a three-headed carved white elephant and a huge black statue of the Lord Buddha. The hilltop location is also quiet and peaceful, and offers spectacular views across the city, particularly at sunset.