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Sihanoukville Tourist Information

Everything you need to know about Sihanoukville and the surrounding area

sihanoukville hotel logoHere you will find all information regarding your arrival, stay and departure to Sihanoukville Cambodia.

Please note that any prices & times stated are just a rough guide and are not guaranteed!!

Things To Do -

Boat Trip

There are boats that leave from Ocheateal Beach in the morning that go on a three island tour. You can snorkel on a coral reef at the first island, then there is a 3 hour stop at bamboo island for lunch and chilling out on the picturesque beach and then a final island on the way home for some more snorkeling. The usual price for this day trip is $15 and includes lunch, soft drinks, snorkeling equipment & life jackets. Departure is approximately 8:00 in the morning and the boat returns to Serendipity Beach at 16:00.

Private Boat Rental

If you would rather rent your own boat for the day, then this can be arranged at a price of 50$. The benefit of this is that it is going to be less crowded & it leaves whenever you want. This price includes snorkeling and life jackets but does not include lunch. The maximum number of people that you can take on the boat is 20.

Ream National Park

Out tourist information center can organise a full day trip to Ream National Park which is just 18 km from Sihanoukville by mini bus. When you arrive at the park, you embark on a ranger boat which meanders along Preak Teak Sap river and through the mangrove forest channels. Here you should see some local wild life & several different varieties of birds. The boat meanders down the river past a local fishing village towards the sea where upon you can spend some time swimming or just enjoying the natural beauty of this deserted beach. The tour stops here for a spot of lunch and drinks before setting back on foot for some trekking through the jungle. The cost of this trip is 20$ and includes transfer from your hotel in Sihanoukville, breakfast, lunch, fresh fruits and soft drinks. There is also an English speaking guide.

Bokor Mountain

Bokor  Mountain is currently closed to the public as it is being developed into a 500 room luxury resort. When this re-opens, the resort is set atop a 1080 metre mountain with dramatic views of the coast. The climate here is very different here and can even be quite chilly.

Waterfall

The Kbal Chhay waterfall is best visited in or around the rainy season April to November and is located just 17 Km from Sihanoukville making it an easy trip by moto $8, Tuk Tuk $20 or by your own means of transport. This area is visited a lot by the locals and as such can have a lot of litter.

Day Trip Kampot

A good day trip from Sihanoukville is to visit the riverside town of Kampot (made famous for its’ pepper corns). The Tek Chhou rapids, are a nice afternoon trip that is popular with Khmers. you can grab a tube from one of guesthouses on the river and float along the river, local temple and and fishing village. Prices are not currently available for a tour, but we can organise a taxi for you at approx $30 for a return trip lunch not included.

Day Trip Kep

Kep is a quiet, breezy and green village where you can enjoy a walk along the slightly rocky beach. Kep is a lot less crowded than Sihanoukville and as such is more serene and peaceful. You can have lunch at the crab market overlooking the ocean or enjoy some fresh seafood while watching the locals bring in the catch.
There is a boat trip to Rabbit Island where you will find a white sand beach and coconut trees to hang a hammock. However, this tour leaves early in the morning so it is better if you visit the island if you actually plan to stay in Kep.

 

Activities -

Sailing

You can rent Hobby Cats (mini catamarans) on Otres Beach Sihanoukville. There are two place that arrange this, Otres Nautica and Hurricane Windsurfing. Please ask our tourist information for more details.

Fishing

Trade winds Charters provide day and overnight fishing trips from Sihanoukville. The 18 meter boat comes complete with serious fishing equipment, snorkeling equipment, safety gear and a GPS system.Trips are scheduled every Monday, Wednesday & Friday. Inquiries should be directed to the Fisherman’s Den in Downtown.

Scuba Diving

Scuba Nation – Cambodia’s first PADI 5 Star National Geographic Dive Center and a dynamic dive company with the highest qualified and most experienced male and female Instructors in Cambodia. Join us on Cambodia’s only live-aboard dive boat or take a comfortable day trip with full on-board facilities.as the longest established Dive Center in Cambodia, we suit the needs of all divers, young or old, new or experienced, foreign or local. Fully PADI certified and Insured we can take you out for a memorable first or thousandth dive in Cambodia’s untouched and crystal clear waters.

Eco Sea Dive – Serving divers in Sihanoukville since 2001, EcoSea Dive Center is the first Cambodian dive center to offer both PADI and SSI courses. EcoSea offers training and certification courses for all levels of divers, from beginners to dive masters. Training is available in several languages.We have magnificent diving venues where you will rarely see other divers, but you will usually see a grand abundance of marine life, such as clown fish, lion fish, island angelfish, butterfly fish, barracuda, and seahorses. Our dive locations are near the islands off the coast of Sihanoukville, including Koh Rung Samloem, Koh Tas, and Koh Tang.  Most are accessible by a short boat ride from Sihanoukville

The Dive Shop – Full Service PADI & SSI Center. Offering much the same as the above 2. Located on Serendipity Beach Road.

Kayaking

Kayak along the sandy beaches of Sihanoukville from as little as $8 per day. Kayaking is available from many locations on both Ochheuteal Beach and Otres Beach. However, if you want to go on an overnight trip, kayaking through the soft waves of the Kompong Som peninsula to a nearby island where you will stay in a rustic beach bungalow then you should visit the Golden Sunset on Otres Beach.

Windsurfing

Hurricane Windsurfing offers windsurf rental and training at a very competitive rate. They also offer kite boarding for adrenaline junkies.

Jet Ski

Jet skis are available for rent for periods of 15 minutes or more. Ask at our tourist information center for more details.

Banana Boat

Very touristy but a lot of fun. Also inquire at our tourist information desk for more details and prices.

Volleyball

Volleyball is pretty much the national sport of Cambodia. As such, every beach has at least 2 bars where you can partake in a game. The best of the lot is between foreigners which takes place at 2:00 every Saturday at Sessions Bar on Ochheuteal beach.

Tennis

A game of tennis can be enjoyed at Sokha Beach Resort. Please note that tennis racquets are not provided so you will have to bring your own.

Casino

One thing that Sihanoukville has a lot of is Casinos. Here is a list of the ones we know about!!

Fortuna Casino – The closest casino to New Sea View Villa. Located just 100 meters from the Golden Lions roundabout. As with all other casinos, this one has Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Caribbean Stud Poker & Slot machines. Free drinks, snacks and ciggies available too. Minimum bet on most games is $1.00

Kom Pong Som City Casino – Much the same but not as nicely laid out. Not much English spoken here either. plus side is that it provides good food. located 200 meters from Golden Lions.

Golden Sands Slot Machines – Slot machines galore in this 4 star hotel. Situated in the Golden Sands Hotel which is about 400 meters from the Golden Lions.

New Peak Casino – This one is quite difficult to find as it is set aback from Victory Hill. If you leave Victory Hill, turn left and then turn right at victory monument. It is well signposted from here.

The Holiday Palace Resort and Casino, Sihanoukville is well situated, just 3 minutes walk from Victory beach and Victory Monument.

Texas Hold Em -

For those who like to gamble on the latest TV craze, Texas hold em is played every night at Captain Morgans Bar in the Golden Lion Plaza. Entry is only $10.00

Cinema

Awesome! Lounge in your own sofa whilst watching the latest releases on a high definition 48 square meter screen. There are also personal balconies. The room is air conditioned and also has Dolby surround sound. Daily showings at 4, 6, 8 & 10 at $3.00 a pop. You can also take advantage of the private room round the back which also has an XBox 360 (price $7.00 per hour)

Shopping -

Zoco – Nice selection of clothes for the Ladies! Funky dresses bags belts everything. Located inside Casablanca books next to Mick and Craig’s there is also shop with a mixture of men’s and women’s clothing one door down from New Sea View Villa.

Rainbow Foundation Shop – Outside Utopia, they have a selection of plainer clothes, t-shirts and stuff, very handy for travelers! Also the have some slightly worn second hand clothes up for grabs.  All money benefits a great children’s home. So go and take a look! Also if you have any clothes that you don’t want or need then you can take them down as a donation.

Sihanoukville Market – The local Cambodian Market, situated in town.  There are clothes n stuff, but not usually to western tastes.  Have a browse through, there might be something you like.  It’s just interesting to visit too. They sell fish, meat, veg, fruit, and there are probably a few chickens and piglets running around.

Rajana – At Star fish Café.  A fair trade NGO, selling all kinds of crafts and gifts.  Rings and jewelry made from diffused landmines, hammocks, art, T-shirts, bags and much more!  And all for a good cause.

Eating Out -

Sea View Villa Restaurant – The Sea View Villa Restaurant specializes in tantalising European cuisine at a very reasonable price. Our French chef with over 30 years experience provides some of the most tantalising dishes available in Sihanoukville. The majority of dishes are made using local ingredients although some of the finer items are imported. Take a look at our menu to see which of the dishes takes your fancy.

Cafe Mango – A charming little restaurant offering delicious freshly made pasta and pizzas as well as a delicious range of Fresh food. Located on Serendipity Beach Road and Not to be missed.

Sandan – Creative Cambodian cuisine,Sandan is a training restaurant run by former street youths and their teachers from the local  organization M’lop Tapang.  All profits from the restaurant are donated to programmes at M’lop Tapang. The food is both creative and delicious….. well worth a try.

Cabbage Garden – Typical Cambodian fare. This hidden gem is still not frequented by many travellers as it is relatively difficult to find. However, on any night you will find quite a few local foreigners eating here as it has large portions and an amazing selection at extremely low prices.

Nyam – Nyam is an authentic Cambodian Restaurant in a tasteful setting. Somewhere to enjoy real Cambodian food with very competitive prices.

Happa – Located at the top of Serendipity Beach Road, this restaurant provides good quality Tepanyaki style food at a reasonable price. Dishes to look out for include the Dim Sum, Fillet Steak and the Tofu dishes are especially nice.

Mick & Craig’s – Located close to the Golden Lions Roundabout, this is one of the original eateries in the Serendipity area. They mainly specialize in theme nights including; Mexican, Sunday Roast, Indian and Italian.

The Mexican – Tex Mex to be more precise. Situated between Happa and Mick & Craig’s, this eatery has the usual suspects in any Mexican of Nachos, Tacos, Burritos, Fajitas, Chilli Con Carne etc. The portions are large and the prices are reasonable.

Thidas Inn – Mainly for the Brits. When you have been travelling for a long time, you begin to miss some of homes creature comforts like cottage pie, steak and ale pie, pasties etc. Thidas Inn provides them all and some tasty burgers and pizzas too.

The Beach – Same Same but Different. Near enough every beach shack provides the same food of BBQ fish, local Khmer dishes and fried rice or noodles. Our pick of the lot though would be Coco Shack which is only 150 meters from Sea View Villa Hotel.

 

Night Time Entertainment -

Monkey Republic – Very popular bar with backpackers. Western owned & managed. Cheap happy hour 6-9pm with powerful mixed drinks & cocktails. Big meals at small price. Check out their famous Big Breakfasts, barracuda fish burgers and kebabs. They also have Heinz Baked Beans, Marmite, Vegemite, PG & Tetley tea.

Above Us Only Sky – Some of the finest cocktails in the area. Sip your drink whilst listening to the waves of the ocean breaking practically under your feet. A very relaxed chilled out area to end the day.

Utopia – This late night bar almost always has some party or other going on. They also provide some of the cheapest drinks in the area, with happy hour beers going for as little as $0.25.

Golden Lion Plaza – Eight bars in one in this Thai style beer complex. Some of the bars are open 24 hours which make this a good destination if you want to watch sporting events which are on very late. Every bar has a pool table and some even provide Texas Hold Em nights.

Oasis – Another bar that has a large screen projector as well as a couple of pool table and a table tennis table. Can provide some excitement for those who are wearing a little thin of the sitting on the beach all day philosophy

Airport – This place has to be seen to be believed. The decor of the club is like nothing else on the planet. There is an Antonov plane with spinning props upon entry, the DJ booth is a converted (brand new) truck carriage and there is a brand new BMW stuck to the wall. This club leads out on to the beach where you can watch some amazing sunsets.

Dolphin Shack – Loud Loud music blasting out until 4 or 5 in the morning. Great if this is your thing.

Charities -

Rainbow – More than one third of Cambodians live below the poverty line, struggling to survive on less than $1 a day. Poverty is especially pervasive in rural areas and among children, who constitute more than half of the country’s population.Rainbow Child Myspace site http://www.cambodian-orphans.org

Let Us Create – Near to Sea View Villa, on the rocky road about  150m. A project working with beach children. They offer support and a safe place for the children to express themselves artistically. They have achieved a lot and many of the beach children now attend local school and are fully nourished. You can visit the gallery between 8:00 and 12:00 to see the children painting! You can help by buying a painting or making a donation, if you are staying for a few weeks there are also volunteer opportunities.

http://www.artcambodia.org

M’lop tpang – A massive organization working with children and families in many capacities.  They have several centers around town and tackle a lot of social issues.  They have been doing great work for many years now and are out-reaching to more and more people.  Please find on of their shops on our road, you can help by purchasing one of their products or contact the shop to find out how to make a donation.

http://www.mloptapang.org/

Others – There are many other worthwhile charities in Sihanoukville. Please ask our tourist information guide for more details.

Useful Information -

Embassies

These are the phone numbers of embassies in Cambodia

Australia 023-213470

Belgium 023-214024

Bulgaria 023-217504

Canada 023-213470

China 023-720920

Cuba 023-213965

Denmark 023-987 629

France 023-430 020

Germany 023-216 381

India 023-210 912

Indonesia 023- 217 934

Japan 023-217 161

Laos 023-983 632

Malaysia 023- 216 176

Malta 023-212 742

Myanmar 023-223761

N.Korea 023-217 013

Pakistan 023-996 890

Philippines 023-215 145

Poland 023-217 782

Russia023-210 931

Singapore 023-221 875

S.Korea 023-211901

Sweden 023-212 259

Switzerland 023-219 045

Thailand 023-726 306

UK 023-427 124

USA 023-728 000

Vietnam 023-362 531

Visas -

Visas to Cambodia are compulsory for all visitors with very few exceptions (one being Sweden). These can be arranged in your country of residence if you have diplomatic relations with Cambodia, but we would advise you to apply for one when arriving in Cambodia. The price for one month is $25 and this can be extended for a maximum of a further two months. Watch out if you are crossing over from the borders of Thailand, Laos or Vietnam as someone will offer to do this for you (a simple case of filling out the form) for an extortionate fee of between $5 and $10. If you are arriving at Phnom Penh airport, then this process is very stringently monitored and as such no excess fees can be expected to be charged.

If you intend to travel on to Vietnam, then a visa can be arranged in Sihanoukville. This is usually completed the same day (remember to bring 4 passport size photos). If you are planning to cross into Vietnam at the other border crossing (near Phnom Penh) then there is also an Embassy in Phnom Penh. Laos and Thailand visas can be arranged at the respective Embassies in Phnom Penh or indeed on the border crossing. Find out the price beforehand.


Weather -

The Rainy Season officially starts around Khmer New Year which is approximately the middle of April. Generally speaking from this period, there are isolated showers in the evening but it is dry and sunny for most of the day. This lasts up until August when the real wet season arrives and it has been known to rain for several days. This is somewhat uncommon but the weather is erratic to say the least.

Money -

The U.S. dollar is one of two official currencies in Cambodia. The other is the Cambodian Riel. Moneychangers are plentiful, shop around for good rates but inspect the bills, as even a small tear in a U.S. dollar renders it useless. Use U.S. dollars for big purchases and Riels for small.

1$=4000Real

0.50$=2000Real

0.25$=1000Real

ATM’s are located all over Sihanoukville. There are 4 in or around the Golden Lions, plus twice that in downtown. Downtown is where all of the banks are situated so if you need a money transfer then this is where you should start.

Moving On -

Kampot

120km from Sihanoukville have only minibus and taxi to go there the minibus ticket price is $7.50 and taxi is $35.

Phnom Penh

Old city of Cambodia, established in 1431 when Ancient Capital of Angkor was abandoned.240km from Sihanouk ville maybe spend 4 hour on the bus.The morning you will visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum,Killing field and see Sorya Supermarket, which is the largest supermarket in Cambodia.In the afternoon you will visit Wat Phnom, an Independent monument as well as visiting the Genocide Museum.

Siem Reap

we have to spend a hollday from Sihanouk vill to Seim Reap you will visit the great city – Angkor Thom – starting at the south gate, then Bayon, Baphuon, royal enclosure and Phimeanaka, terrace of elephant and leper king.

Koh Kong

Bus Since the completion of Route#48, most now choose to travel to Koh Kong by road rather than by ocean ferry. Virak-Buntham bus company offers direct daily bus service between Koh Kong and Sihanoukville using full size a/c buses. $11-$15/person. About 4 hours duration. Departs about 8AM.and about the boat ticket is $25/person spend only 3hour,Departs about 11am.Taxi $15/person for a share taxi or $60 for a private taxi.Koh Kong Safari World Full fledged animal theme park complete with animal shows and a small zoological park displaying tigers, bears, ostriches, deer and several other species from around the world. Regularly scheduled dolphin shows, crocodile feedings, bird shows and orangutan boxing.The Ta Tai Waterfalls are the nearest to town and most popular local falls, sitting close to the main road about 20km to the east. The falls are wide and two-leveled with a drop of about 6m, set in a jungle gorge and falls over rapids.

Bangkok

Thia border that closer with Sihanoukvile is in koh kong.Virak-Buntham bus company offers direct daily bus service between Sihanouk ville and Koh Kong also countinu to Bangkok $20\person.Departs about 8AM.

Ko Chang

Virak-Buntham bus company offers direct daily bus service between Sihanouk ville and Koh Kong and also croosing the border countinu to Ko Chang.they stop at the Ko Chan port and you go on by boat to Ko Chan,$16\person.Departs about 8AM.

Phu Quoc Island

If you want go to Phu Quoc island ,you should to crossing border at Ha Teng