Located on the southwest peninsula facing the Gulf of Thailand, Sihanoukville was originally founded as a port town half a century ago. Today this provincial town is Cambodia's premier beach destination with miles of powdered white sand beaches, picturesque islands and warm tropical waters which can be visited year round. The nearby islands teeming with coral and colorful range of tropical fish offer excellent opportunities for snorkeling and diving. If you are a seafood lover, you will especially enjoy the local specialties of fresh caught crab and shrimp.
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Sihanoukville town sits in the centre of a small peninsula that juts into the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Several fine, near-white sand beaches easily accessible from the town line the shore around the peninsula. The main beaches are lined with little thatch roofed beach bars and seafood shacks offering cold drinks, beach umbrellas and chairs, seafood BBQ, evening parties, water sports and more.
Ochheuteal and Serendipity Beaches are the most popular and the busiest beaches with plenty of nearby hotels, guesthouses, bars and restaurants. On the other side of town, Victory Beach (at the base of Weather Station Hill (or Victory Hill) is also popular but not as busy) offers a somewhat more tranquil atmosphere. Otres Beach is similar to Ochheuteal but far less touristy and has a relaxed, out of the way feel. The other beaches include Independence Beach and Sokha Beach.