Sihanoukville, also known as Kampong Som, is a coastal city in Cambodia and the capital of Sihanoukville Province, situated at the top of a high peninsula on the Gulf of Thailand in the country's southwest.

Away from the city's bustle, rest at Otres Beach, where budget bungalows and bohemian-style guesthouses are now neighbors with expensive boutique resorts. Although part of the coastline will likely be cleared for large-scale construction in the future, the laid-back atmosphere allows for leisurely days of sunbathing and wild nights of bar-hopping for the time being.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit this city is between December and March, when the weather is mild and the roads are clear. The dry season is ideal for visiting because of the lack of rain and the easily transportable lower temperature. During the dry season, temperatures in Sihanoukville typically hover around 30°C, thanks to bright sunshine and clear skies.

How to get there:

  • By plane: Sihanoukville Airport (IATA: KOS | ICAO: VDSV) is located 17 kilometers east of town, on the outskirts of Ream National Park.
    • In 2011, Cambodia Angkor Air began three weekly flights to and from Siem Reap. They also fly nonstop to and from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 3-4 times per week.
    • There are now red-eye flights from Beijing (PEK).
    • In August 2017, AirAsia began four weekly flights to and from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
    • Hainan Airlines flies directly to KOS from Shenzhen's BaoAn Airport (SZX).
  • By bus from Phnom Penh or Siem Reap: Because Sihanoukville is a popular tourist destination for both locals and foreigners, there are numerous buses and minivans that travel there every day, and the road is usually in good condition. You can view the various schedules and prices, as well as book directly online, at
  • By train: Cambodia's rail network has recently been restored and offers a cheap and comfortable mode of transportation. In April 2016, services between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville were resumed. Tickets are $7 each, and the trip is more relaxing than taking the bus. Royal Railways operates the service.
  • By car: A chartered car from Phnom Penh can complete the journey in under three hours.

Top places to visit in Sihanoukville:

  • List of Islands: 

Bamboo Island with Ochheuteal Beach, Sihanoukville's largest and most famous beach, is at the top of this list. Shihanoukvilla's center is a 30-minute boat ride away. This location is well-known for its tourist attractions and is lined with restaurants and bars along the coast. This is also a great place to enjoy nighttime entertainment.

Otres Beach is located south-east of Ochheuteal Beaches and has a 4km stretch of clean, white sand. This beach is less crowded and unquestionably more relaxed than others in Sihanoukville.

In addition, nearby islands with pristine beaches and snorkeling and scuba diving include Koh Rong, Koh Tres, Koh Chru Luh, and Koh Ta Kiev.

  • Kbal Chhay Waterfalls: 

Kbal Chhay is about 30 minutes from Sihanoukville and is one of the city's main sources of freshwater. It's a beautiful location that's popular with locals looking for a day out. The Waterfalls are not only a beautiful sight, but also a popular picnic spot where you can spend the entire day living among nature, next to local families, to refresh your mind and find balance before returning to your busy life.

  • Sihanoukville casinos: 

The casinos in Sihanoukville are one of the top attractions in this fun and lively seaside city. It is billed as Cambodia's Las Vegas, with over a dozen casinos ranging from high-end luxury hotel-casinos to simple sports betting parlors. The best provide a diverse range of games, as well as drinks and appetizers as added perks. Baccarat tables are the most popular in the city for playing the game. Poker tables, on the other hand, are relatively uncommon, with only a few of the top casinos hosting them.

  • Psar Leu Market

Psar Leu Market has a colorful array of stalls selling produce and local foods, making it an interesting place to learn about local life. The covered market's narrow aisles can get quite crowded, but there is no better place in Sihanoukville to sample local snacks. You can also generally find some cheap t-shirts and shoes, though larger sizes may be difficult to come by.

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Explore in Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville would never win first prize in a pretty-town competition, and much of it is now dominated by casinos and tacky commercial centres. But despite the rapid and mostly unwanted development, it has remained the jumping-off point for the best of Cambodia's white-sand beaches and castaway-cool southern islands. The Serendipity Beach area is a decompression chamber for backpackers, who flock here to rest up between travels and party through the night.

Tours from Sihanoukville

Here is some optional tour from Sihanoukville.