Southwest - Sihanoukville, Water & Coasts

Discover Coastal Treasures in Southwestern Cambodia

Wonderful Long Beach in Koh Rong
Wonderful Long Beach in Koh Rong (credit)

Graced by a long, winding coastline framed with swaying palms and soft sands Southwest Cambodia 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 restaurants, the choices are endless. 

On the mainland, transformed into a new Macau, with lavish casinos and luxury resorts, Sihanoukville can appeal to urban beach lovers. For a more relaxed experience, move away from the city to Otres Beach where more modest hotels and quiet long stretch of sweet sands invite sun worshippers to unwind, and offer a beach alternative to holidaymakers who don’t have time to go to the islands.

Sunset in Cambodia at the seaside (shutterstock)

Those seeking out sheer island bliss have their pick of beautiful islands that are a short ferry ride from Sihanoukville. Koh Rong Island has anything and everything you could need, including 7 kilometers of white sands on Long Beach as well as family-oriented and romantic beaches farther off the beaten path. Its smaller, more laid-back sister island, Koh Rong Samloem, offers a variety of resorts and affordable bungalows on beautiful Saracen Bay. Discover tranquil beaches and upscale resorts on Koh Russey (Bamboo Island), while the privately owned Song Saa is a true luxury haven.

Along the coast you’ll find the fishing village of Kep and a little further inland, the riverside city of Kampot. Discover deep French influences in these charming waterfront destinations. Cambodia’s stunning southwest region is an idyllic destination where coastal treasures meet balmy waters and authentic local flavour just waiting to be explored.