With beautiful beaches, delicious seafood and affordable service’s price, Sihanoukville is one of the most attractive tourist destinations of Cambodia. Built in the late 1950s as a port city, Sihanoukville today focuses on developing sea tourism. In addition to meeting the needs of relaxation of Phnom Penh people in the weekend, the city is also the favorite spot of many foreign visitors. The following are some reasons why you should travel to Sihanoukville at least once time in life.
Sihanoukville was built as a harbor city in the 1950s but today it has developed into a bustling tourist city. Most of beaches in Sihanoukville are crescent-shaped beaches with clear blue water and smooth white sand. Sokha Beach is considered as the most beautiful beach in this city that located in a very large and luxurious beach resort. Otres Beach is famous with pristine beauty which suitable for those who love spend their holiday at a quiet and peaceful place. Or if you want to be more vibrant and bustle, Occheuteal or Serendipity Beach is the best choice where many restaurants, pubs, bars are located.
Enjoy delicious seafood
Besides swimming and participating the adventure games on the beach, visiting Sihanoukville, tourists can freely enjoy many tasty seafood dishes at the beach restaurants. You only have to pay about 4 – 6 USD for a fresh seafood dish including fish, shrimp, squid, crab,… Eating seafood while drinking a glass of cold Angkor beer will definitely be an unforgettable experience you must have in Sihanoukville.
In addition to seafood, because Sihanoukville is a popular tourist destination of Cambodia, the food and drink are very varied. Coming here, you can see and enjoy a variety of dishes from many countries in the world such as Thailand, Vietnam, and Western countries. One of the most famous dish you have to try is mix dish of 3 kinds of fresh seafood, served with grilled potatoes and salad. This unique dish only can be found in Sihanouville.
See the romantic sunset
Most of beaches in Sihanoukville are towards the west so visitors can easily see the stunning sunset view. Sitting on the white sandy beach, watching and taking nice pictures while the sun is going down will be the interesting experience that you cannot forget in this city.
Trekking through the forest
Trekking through the jungle is a very interesting activity, the great opportunity to explore the wildlife, green forest and birds. If you want to try, you can book a trekking tour at the travel agencies.
For a lot of travelers, Sihanoukville is most attractive at night. The beaches are sparkling with colorful lights from the restaurants and bars nearby. The brilliant candles are placed in recycled items on the wooden tables, surrounded by elegant bordeaux couches.
After dinner, visitors can rent a tuk tuk ride around the city to explore the local life or play fireworks and drop lanterns at the beach. You even can overnight because there are some pubs and bars in Sihanouville offering service until the morning next day.
Best time to visit Sihanoukville
The weather in Sihanoukville is always cool with light sunshine so you can travel to this city at any time of the year. However, according to travel experiences of many visitors, the ideal time to visit Sihanoukville is during the dry season, from late November to early February.
Cambodia can be quite uncomfortable from March to June with hot and humid weather so booking air-conditioned rooms is the best choice. And around the beginning of July to the end of October, Cambodia usually has heavy rains, wet weather which is low season so if you like quiet, you can visit this city at this time.
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