Cambodia has an interesting culture, many attractions, and tourist attractions that attract millions of visitors every year. Not only has the modern and brilliant capital Phnom Penh or the mysterious Siem Reap with historical ruins, but the “country of pagodas” also has a Sihanoukville which is likened to “Cambodia’s own Maldives”. The following article will help you learn a bit about Tour Sihanoukville Cambodia if you want to come here to travel and explore.
1. About Sihanoukville
Sihanoukville is a port city in southern Cambodia, named after former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk. It has the only deep-water port in Cambodia and owns beautiful beaches surrounding the city such as Victory Beach, Lamherkay Beach, Koh Pos Beach, Independence Beach, Sokha Beach, Serendipity Beach, Ochheuteal Beach and Otres Beach.
The central area of Sihanoukville has Ochheuteal beach and Serendipity beach with many motels, hotels, bars, cinemas, etc. Especially, there is a lively Western neighborhood at night with delicious BBQ restaurants. leading along the coast.
Surrounding Sihanoukville is more than a dozen islands. The island has bustling fishing villages, the island has beautiful coral reefs. When traveling to Sihanoukville, you will experience taking a boat to the beach, diving to see the coral or spending the night on the ship. Thanks to the beautiful nature, diverse tourism and entertainment services, Sihanoukville is a name that often appears in Cambodia tours.
2. Best time to choose Tour Sihanoukville Cambodia
Cambodia is characterized by two seasons, rainy and sunny, in which the rainy season lasts from May to October and the dry season from November to April next year. The best time to travel to Sihanoukville is October and November, at this time the weather is cool, suitable for swimming, participating in attractive games on the beach.
The remaining months of the dry season are also great for making your trip. But if you travel in the rainy season, the risk that you have to spend most of your time in a hotel room is very high, so it is not suitable to travel in the rainy season.
Visitors can rent helicopters to fly in and out of town or fly out to neighboring islands off the coast. If you are interested in the sky, you should try this type of vehicle when traveling to Sihanoukville.
3.2. Tuk Tuk
Like many other provinces in Cambodia, the popular means of transport in Sihanoukville is still a Tuk Tuk. Tourists can easily catch a Tuk Tuk anywhere on the road. Most trips in the inner city only take 2-5 minutes and cost about 1 USD. Walking along the coast in Sihanoukville at night is an interesting experience for visitors to do during their Cambodia trip.
3.3. Motorbike taxi
A motorcycle is a very convenient and fast means of transportation in Sihanoukville. Therefore, visitors will see many locals driving motorbike taxis everywhere. A vehicle can only carry one person. The price of a motorbike taxi is similar to that of a Tuk Tuk. And tourists should negotiate the price before getting in the car.
Standing on the beaches or hills in the town, visitors can see the many islands scattered in the distance. And boats are the main means of transportation in Sihanoukville for tourists to access. Most motels or hotels have arrangements for day trips, overnight trips, scuba diving, swimming… on the island
3.5. Rent a car or motorbike
If you want to rent a motorcycle in Sihanoukville, you need a valid Cambodian driver’s license. Also, when traveling on the road, always wear a helmet and do not turn on your headlights during the day. Please note that you must lock your car carefully when stopping at attractions.
4. What to visit
4.1. Otres Beach
Peaceful Otres Beach in Sihanoukville. Otres Beach has many small fishing villages located along the coast, creating a peaceful scene that attracts tourists who love a peaceful and gentle life. The beach has fine white sand, blue sea water, and much rare wild beauty. There are many small fishing villages located close to the sea, if you are interested you can visit to learn about the life of fishermen. This beach in the near future promises to become a high-class resort, currently there are not many motels for tourists.
4.2. Sokha Beach
As Sihanoukville’s private beach, Sokha is quiet, suitable for those who want to relax without spending thousands of dollars to go to the Maldives. Sokha beach is surrounded by a large resort comparable to Maldives paradise, visitors can come here to admire the unspoiled beauty, buy drinks from the resort’s outdoor bar and enjoy the wonderful space.
4.3. Independence Port
Independence Port is said to be the most beautiful sunset spot in Sihanoukville. Independence Harbor has a larger protrusion to the sea than in other areas. From here you will have the feeling of getting closer to the fiery sun that is slowly setting in the distance.
4.4. Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem Island
These are two paradise islands in Sihanoukville, with white sand beaches, clear blue sea that can see the bottom. Both beaches have natural and unspoiled beauty, so they are different from other islands in Cambodia, both possessing beautiful unspoiled seascapes with clear blue water and smooth white sand. You can experience a night on the island because there are many beautiful resorts here.
Visitors coming here will enjoy the sunset, swimming or diving to see the colorful corals,… extremely interesting.
4.5. Wat Krom
If Sihanoukville does not attract attention for its temples and traditional culture, Wat Krom, a beautiful Khmer Buddhist temple with a view overlooking the sea will make you admire it.
5. What to eat
Very easy for you to find and enjoy the fresh seafood of the port city of Sihanoukville. Along the coasts, there are street vendors or small seafood restaurants with affordable prices and impeccable quality: grilled lobster, steamed crabs, steamed crabs, grilled snails, steamed squid,… all kinds. In the evening, you can enjoy a seafood BBQ party right on the beach.
5.2. Steamed Fish Amok
Amok steamed fish is one of the dishes with typical Cambodian flavor. With a simple appearance, but the processing is extremely elaborate and delicate. The main ingredients to make this dish are snakehead fish, catfish or fruit fish. It is the unique spices of Cambodia that make up the appeal of this dish.
5.3. Bai sach chrouk
Bai sach chrouk looks quite similar to Vietnamese broken rice, which is a Cambodian breakfast dish consisting of pork rice. In the morning, Cambodians often choose Bai sach chrouk which is both cheap, delicious and full of stomach to have energy for a new working day. The fragrant soft white rice grains served with deliciously marinated soft and sweet grilled meat will surely make you eat forever. If you have the opportunity to come to Sihanoukville, you definitely cannot miss this dish.
5.4. Nom banh chok
When traveling to Sihanoukville, you should immediately try curry noodles – a specialty containing the national spirit of Cambodia! This dish is sold on street vendors. The special thing that makes this dish attractive is the broth. The Khmer have viewed and used Bank Chok fish sauce as a common condiment in dishes, especially broth in vermicelli dishes. Bank Chok sauce is an extremely “quintessential” combination of many different ingredients such as freshwater fish, salt, sugar, pepper, garlic, and chili along with a little cold rice mixed in a certain ratio that makes it perfect. and has created a “unique” spice of the whole world in general and the Khmer people in particular.
5.5. Stir-fried red tree ants with beef
A dish that challenges the courage of tourists you can try when coming to Cambodia is red tree ants stir-fried with beef. The main ingredient of this dish is red tree ants. The ants about 2cm long are stir-fried with beef and spices. The sour and sour taste of red ants seeps into the beef, giving the dish a unique and unforgettable taste.
6. Tour Sihanoukville Cambodia notes
- Buy a sim card at the airport, a phone store to easily surf the internet anytime and anywhere, some of the best sim carriers like metfone, smart, cell card, Qb and Traveler SIMs
- Passport is valid.
- Clothing and travel essentials such as sunscreen, hats, power banks, waterproof items for phones and backpacks, clothes that cover shoulders and knees if visiting temples, flat shoes or convenient sports shoes for hiking visit temples and sandals for walking on the beach, anti-theft locks for suitcases.
- For passports, important documents, cash and personal possessions of great value, you should always carry them with you and not leave them in your hotel room in case of theft.
- You do not have to change from USD to Riel because you can buy anything with USD currency, so bring many USD
- You can also withdraw USD cash by credit card (VISA, MASTER) at ANZ Royal Bank ATMs in Cambodia. The withdrawal fee is about 3%-4%.
- Cambodian currency is called Riel, 1 USD = 4,000 Riel, 1,000 Rie = 5,500 VND.
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