Sihanoukville beach located from Xa Xia border gate of Ha Tien 150km. The beach is known as the most beautiful beach in Cambodia because of blue water, white sandy beaches, and roughly equivalent to Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam. When visiting there, you have more than one choice for where to stay, where to eat and what to experience. Furthermore, if you start from Ha Tien, Vietnam or Phnom Penh to the beach, you can get there very easy and cheap.
Sihanoukvile is the coastal beach with 20km coastlines and beaches. Sihanoukvile beaches varied and suited with many different hobbits of tourists in which you have to visit Occheuteal beach and Serendipity beach located in the center with a lot of restaurants, bars and hotels. In addition, you can visit Western town with exciting night activities and BBQ restaurant along beaches.
How to get there
If you start to Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh- Sihanoukville, you can catch bus of some popular branches such as Mai Linh, Kumho busline, Khai Nam and Sapaco. Other ways, if you want to save time by night bus, you can contact to Vica Thai bus (Phone number: 01694999905). The bus will start from Pham Ngu Lao Street, Ho Chi Minh City at 00:30 AM to Moc Bai border gate about 3:00 AM. Then you can sleep on the bus to wait to 6:00 to customs procedures with US$10/ ticket from Saigon to Phnom Penh.
Ha Tien- Sihanoukville via Xa Xia border gate
You can choose between two bus branches Kumho and Phuong Trang which are two reputable and cheap buses in there. If you choose Kumho bus, the bus will have a shuttle bus which takes guests free to Xa Xia border gate.
From the border gate, you can catch high quality bus or motorbike driver to transfer to Kampong Trach about US$2-3 and then catch bus to Sihanoukvile. If you travel with a group of people, you can rent a private car to transfer which will save more money than motorbike about US$40-50/way.
Ha Tien- Sihanoukville by motorbike
If you are backpacker lover, you can rent motorbike to travel to Sihanoukvile which will save money and get more travel experiences than using bus. However, almost motorbike owners will not allow rent the motorbike to travel to Cambodia, so you should tell them that you rent motorbike to travel around Ha Tien only.
Besides famous beaches, you can not miss pretty islands in Sihanoukville. There are many islands to visit, but if you do not have much time, you can visit the two biggest islands as Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem. In fact, those islands have some similar things like blue water and white sandy but Koh Rong Samloem Island is wilder than Koh Rong Island. If you choose Koh Rong Samloem for your itinerary, you should enjoy Party Boat about US$25/person. You can buy ticket in the Serendipity boat or book in advance via www.thebeachresort.asia. The price of ticket included transfer from hotel, breakfast, lunch, beer, drink, snorkeling as well. If you overnight in the island, the price is only US$20/person.
Boats leave at 9:30 am (pick up at the hotel early), then stops in the sea about 40 minutes to play snorkeling, who are not interested can stay on the boat. The boat will arrive Koh Rong Samloem at 1pm. Boats depart from the island to the mainland at 3:30. You can stay on the island as many days as you like (remember to keep ticket stubs for the second way). Koh Rong Samloem has 2 yards (temporarily called front beach and back beach). Front Beach (Saracen Bay) has many hotels, resorts and the place to see the dawn. You should stay in the front beach.
Place to stay
The Beach Island Resort
The resort is same owner with Party Boat. Dorm room’s price is $ 12 / person, bungalow’s price is $ 25 with share the bathroom, a private bathroom is $ 30. On the fifteenth day, the resort has organized the Full Moon Party, so you should visit the resort in this day.
The bungalows are famous for Tree House with only US$35 (up to $ 45 in peak season). Other bungalows have price from US$25. The island does not have much travel activities for adventures tour but it is suitable with R&R tour. However, you can book diving tour or rent a boat of fishers to travel around the island. You can also enjoy trekking tour about 40 minutes from the front beach to the back beach with Huba Huba and Robinson bungalows. The beach is a wonderful place to see sunset.
For dinner, there are 2-3 restaurants in the beach with US$15/2 persons. Furthermore, the beach has electricity from 6:00AM- 10:30PM. Almost rooms in hotel do not have fan or air conditioner depending on sea breeze.