Developed as Cambodia's sole deepwater port in 1964, Sihanoukville - the former Kampong Som - has become a jealously guarded secret of savvy travelers. This still pristine resort on the Gulf of Thailand boasts beautiful beaches and crystalline waters. Offshore islands offer excellent dive sites and some of the world's finest big game fishing. Sihanoukville is also renowned for its excellent cuisine featuring superb seafood.
Sihanoukville is located on a peninsula some 155 miles southwest of Phnom Penh.
More about Sihanoukville, Cambodia Points of Interest
Wat Krom & Wat Leu
Two of Sihanoukville's temples include Wat Krom or "lower wat," which lies on a small hill on Santipheap St. overlooking the ocean. Wat Leu or "upper wat" overlooks town from the top of its mountain.
Sihanoukville the picturesque town off the Gulf of Thailand offers idyllic white-sand beaches with upscale resort hotels where you can snorkel, scuba dive and enjoy fresh seafood.
Ream National Park
This park is home to more than 150 species of birds, monkeys, mangroves, tropical jungles, and a marine habitat. Also in the park is Wat Ream, a temple with a huge reclining Buddha.
The villages throughout Cambodia are rich with culture and traditions. Homes have peaked roofs with wood or thatched structures. People earn a living as famers, fishermen, weavers and crafters.
Psar Lu Market
Located near the city of Siem Reap, gateway to Angkor Wat, this street market is very popular and attracts large crowds. The vendors sell all kinds of things from local crafts to souvenirs.
Available ony with the Overland Excursions. The ruins of Angkor built by the Khmer civilization represent one of humankind's most astonishing architectural achievements with more than 100 stone temples dating between 802 and 1220 A.D. Depending on your ship's itinerary options for visiting this site may begin or end in Sihanoukville.
The capital and largest city of Cambodia, was decimated during the Khmer Rouge. Today, it has an emerging tourist economy with new hotels and restaurants, and a new wealthy class fueling growth.
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Sihanoukville Panoramic Ride by Tuk Tuk
1 hours | Sihanoukville | KOS-290
Travel like a local on a four-wheeled, motorized vehicle called a tuk tuk and soak up the sights during a one-hour tour of Sihanoukville's most familiar spots. From the pier you'll travel past some of the city's most popular beaches including, Sokha, Independence Beach, and Ochheuteal Beach. Then, ride into the center of town for a look at the Golden Lions. Erected in 1996, the iconic monument features a male and female lion and stands proudly in the city's traffic circle. Next, a photo stop awaits at Wat Krom temple. Take a walk around the temple and you'll see a small chapel dedicated to Ya-Mao, a local deity. At the end of your get acquainted tour you'll return to your ship.
Kayaking at Ream National Park & Sihanoukville Beach
5 hours | Sihanoukville | KOS-580
Kayak at a leisurely pace along the mangrove river. Visit a small village located behind the Independence Beach, with the traditional wooden houses and surrounded by tropical trees, vegetable, and medicine plants. Finally, enjoy Sihanoukville Beach which is by far the most popular and touristic beach in town. Beach is long, sandy and comparatively narrow, with 'Serendipity Beach' at the arcing northern end, and a small cluster of beach restaurants at the pleasantly quiet far end. Most of the hotels, guesthouses and restaurants are on and around the northern half of the beach. Here, you can enjoy swimming on the white sandy beach, Motor Sport, Banana Boat, explore the beach or just relax.
Your excursion begins at the pier where you'll board your air-conditioned motorcoach for the drive to Wat Krom, the Buddhist temple at the base of Sihanouk Mountain. Its name is a literal description of its location as "Wat" means temple and "Krom" means "lower." Explore the temple, which features excellent views of the sea and a small chapel dedicated to Ya-Mao, a local deity. Continue past Victory Hill and Independence Square where you'll stop for a photo opportunity at the War Memorial, commemorating Cambodia's war dead. Next, stop at Sihanoukville's marketplace, Psar Lu Market where you will have time to browse the many stalls. Next stop will be at a typical Khmer village and you'll see a typical house and meet a family. Finally, a stop at Sihanoukville Beach where you will have approx 1 hour to explore.
Your adventure starts when you meet your driver and guide at the port, for the picturesque drive to Ream National Park, which was established in 1991, and is home to 155 species of birds, as well as macaques, anteaters, egrets, storks, kingfishers, herons and cranes. Enjoy an hour cruise along the Prek Teuk Sap estuary and mangroves, before docking Prey Trabaek village, take a hike to the village of Prey Trabaek, then drive to Koh sam Pouch beach which boasts a gorgeous white sandy beach. Snack on a picnic lunch, sunbathe and maybe enjoy a swim in the sea before heading up Meditation Mountain, a serene place of worship that offers fabulous views. Many of the rocks have been carved into the image of the Buddha, and medicinal plants are also grown here. Travel back to the ship through more gorgeous countryside, having fallen in love with enchanting Cambodia.
Enjoy some relaxing fun in the sun and a beach barbecue at the elegant Sokha Beach Resort. Then see the temples of Mt. Sihanouk, explore a bustling marketplace, Psar Lu Market, with its colorful displays of fish and shellfish, poultry, palm sugar, tropical fruits, flowers and crafts, and visit a village school and its kindergarteners. (You may want to bring some small gifts to share with the children.) At beautiful Sihanoukville Beach Resort, enjoy the town's most popular beach resort with approximately three hours of beach time. Swim, beachcomb or simply relax on the fine white sands of its private beach. Afterwards, enjoy a private barbeque lunch on the beach before re-boarding your motorcoach for the return route to the port and your cruise ship.