Coastal Cambodia combines the French colonial heritage, traditional seaside towns and unspoiled, tropical islands. The beaches here are divine. Exactly as one would imagine;  crescents of white-powdered sand, decorated with hammocks and palm tree swings topped up with picturesque fishing villages on stilts and technicolour sunsets.

The relative inaccessibility of much of the southwest (thanks to heavy forest cover), lack of roads and reasonable prices only add to the country`s charms.

KohThmei Island, Kampot

Koh Thmei Island, Kampot


The town of Sihanoukville is a gateway to most of the destinations stretching along the Cambodian coastline. This fairly new tourist destination blossoms with hospitality and fabulous white beaches.

The central Serendipity Beach offers plenty of seaside restaurants and bars and its vivid ambience attracts both, locals and foreigners, who come to adore the sunsets while chattering over a glass of the local beer. For more relaxed and calm atmosphere you can visit the next door, well-groomed Sokha Beach, and Independence Beach, or the quiet Otres Beach on the other side.

Further away, Victory Beach and Hawaii Beach are quite vibrant and provide lovely beach taverns, also.


Sihanoukville, The Serendipity Beach



  • BEACHESSerendipity is the main beach with restaurants and bars, well-groomed Sokha Beach and Independence Beach, quiet Otres Beach good for walking,  Victory & Hawaii Beach are rather visited by locals (rent a scooter and explore the coast independently)
  • Water activities – kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, jet-ski, fishing, yachting, swimming, snorkelling and diving (tours can be booked at the harbour in Serendipity or Otres)
  • Other attractions are Otres Beach Saturday night market, Buddy Land Waterpark, Ream National Park (marvellous mangroves)
  • Koh Russei & Koh Rong Islands –  idyllic offshore islands with no roads and pristine nature, snorkelling & diving, ideal for chill-out


Koh Rong Island is popular with backpackers and budget travellers. Koh Rong Sanloem is much liked by honeymooners and couples – with no roads, no internet and hidden beaches it is a perfect romantic getaway.


Koh Rong Island


Heading south of Sihanoukville, you will pass the Elephant Mountains, craggy limestone formations that project starkly from the plains, before arrival in the provincial town of Kampot. The agricultural region of Cambodia features farms and plantations, charming French colonial architecture, and it is mainly known for durian – the most pungent fruit in the world. Have a bite, and love it or hate it!

Further down the coast, you will find another colonial seaside town Kep. Only a few kilometres from the border with Vietnam, visitors can enjoy the unique character of this sleepy fisherman place, famous for seafood, colourful markets, and lazy beaches.


The idyllic Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc is just a stone`s throw away from Kep. Cross the border to get to the town of Ha Tien and catch the ferry to Phu Quoc – another blissful tropical paradise.

Kep, fishermen village

Kep, fishermen village


  • Kampot – there is some nice sightseeing in the town (French colonial buildings, Buddhist temples, old prison), Markets (old market & night market), and the orphanage school is definitely worth of seeing as well
  • Greater Kampot – Secret Lake is nice for a picnic, visit the fishing village of Cham, one of the nearby pepper farms and the local salt fields are quite remarkable
  • Bokor National Park – an old and pretty colonial hill station 2 hrs from Kamot, has with a cool climate and French character, there is some good hiking, waterfalls, tea plantations (recent development has brought many hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions),
  • Kep – Kep Beach & Angkaul Beach are both perfect spots for a lazy day, Crab Market is a vibrant place where to eat, organic pepper plantation in the Phnom Voar mountains, Kompong Trach limestone caves (good swimming inside), salt fields
  • Kep National Park – beautiful jungle area with wildlife, monkeys and walking tracks
  • Rabbit Island – Koh Tonsay is the backpackers and beach hub  with fisherman huts, seaside bamboo bungalows, and nice beach taverns (catch a daily ferry from Kep)

Workers carrying salt from fields to factory


The Northern coastline of Cambodia, at the Thai border, represents the ultimate “the call of the wild”. This remote area is home to the Botum Sakor National Park is a vast coastal reserve filled with mangroves,  elephants, leopards, crocodiles, gibbons and sun bears.

The area is ideal for hikers, bikers, and adventurers. Independent travellers and adventure seekers will find their heaven in one of the least developed parts of Cambodia – Koh Kong. The park is characteristic of the dense rainforest, tropical beaches, and isolated fisherman villages. Although it is still the least men-touched territory in the country illegal logging and poaching have impacted the area whose future is uncertain…

Botum-Sakor National Park

Botum-Sakor National Park


The best time to visit the islands between November and January when during the dry season, however, a shower or two will not make much difference.


Fly to Phnom Penh and take either a local or a shuttle bus to Sihanoukville (4-hour trip).

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Eva Bodova

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