Bathed by the blue waters of the Gulf of Thailand, the coastal region stretches from the pepper plantations of Kampot and Kep to the heavenly islands scattered off Sihanoukville.
Renowned for its shimmering coastline and palm-fringed beaches, Sihanoukville also encompasses great expanses of jungles, waterfalls and the forested peaks of the Cardamom Mountains and Dâmrei Mountains.
Beyond the sandy beaches of Sihanoukville is the lovely Kbal Chhay waterfall. Gaze at several tiers of falls flowing over rocks and splash alongside locals swimming in the cool, rushing waters.
With the sea framing the long coastline and expansive landscapes, Cambodia’s southwest Sihanoukville region has endless opportunities for culinary experiences.
The market is a natural first stop to get a feel for the lifestyle. Wander the bustling lanes of Phsar Leu Market and meet the vendors displaying overflowing bins of fresh tropical fruits and vegetables, newly caught seafood and an array of jewellery, clothing and other local goods. Delicious noum kong Cambodian doughnuts are served piping hot out of the fryer, and bánh xèo crepes are formed on a griddle before being stuffed with savoury fillings.
Once a quiet beach destination, Sihanoukville and its surrounding areas have been transformed by international investors who ushered in lavish casinos and luxury resorts, as well as cruise ships pulling into the active port. Tracing the region’s cultural heritage means seeking out temples and shrines, and meeting locals who can share their traditions.
Graced by a long, winding coastline framed with swaying palms and soft, white sands, Cambodia’s southwestern coast is a beach-lover’s paradise. Just off the coast, heavenly islands dot the turquoise seas — creating spaces for all types of travellers in search of a sunny escape. From secluded areas featuring high-end luxury resorts to lively strips laden with beach bars and nightclubs, the choices are endless.