Top Must – visit Beaches/ Island When in Cambodia

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Cambodia’s pristine coast and many islands are home to some of the best untouched beaches in Southeast Asia. Here’s a look at the best of all.

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Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

This peaceful tropical paradise, floats in the warm turquoise waters in the Gulf of ThailandOpen year round with a peak season from November to March, Phu Quoc is becoming well known for stunning beaches, untouched natural environment, the easy going and relaxed atmosphere, friendly locals, and fantastic scuba diving and snorkelling. The majority of Phu Quoc Island is dedicated to National Park and protected marine environment, providing a memorable experience, with plenty of exciting activities and places to visit to keep you and the family entertained during your stay.

And, yes, it’s not in Cambodia! It contains loads of different beaches. However, at the end of you stay in Cambodia don’t miss any chance to reach this island. There are various ways to set foot on Phu Quoc Island from Cambodia.

There is bus/ferry combo from Sieam Reap via Phnom Penh which is probably cost more than directly fly to Phu Quoc by Vietnam airline airplanes. Direct flight from Phnom Penh is oanother offer but shortly termantated.

To go to Phu Quoc from Cambodia capital via buses or ferries you will need to book tickets through a travel agency. The total trip takes about 8 hours. The bus travel south from Phnom Penh, Kampot and Kep, then picking up Passengers from the cities centre. The bus then continues to vietnam-Cambodia Border. You will exit the bus at the border then gotheough immigration then take another bus heading to Ha Tien. Once at Ha tien Port you will take a ferry to Phu Quoc Island.

Otres beach via Ben Davis Photography

Koh Rong Samloem

As Cambodia’s largest and most developed island, Koh Rong tends to get all the attention. However, peace and quiet is becoming harder to come by, so travellers are turning to the tranquil shores of neighbouring Koh Rong Samloem. Home to a few shorefront bungalows, the beaches are postcard-perfect, with white-powder sand flanked by palm trees, and shimmering water to swim and snorkel in. The perfect place to escape the rat race, the remote island goes back to basics with most facilities – think electricity running for a few hours at night and limited internet access.

Otres

Although undoubtedly still a quieter alternative to Sihanoukville’s other offerings, Otres is becoming increasingly built-up – its first ATM was installed a couple of years ago, and air-conditioned accommodation with swimming pools is almost outnumbering the bamboo huts that line the sand. Boasting a chilled-out vibe, Otres tends to attract the more hippy-inclined traveller than Serendipity or Ochheuteal, which are in Sihanoukville town. The beach, which is clean and lapped by calm, turquoise waters, is edged by shacks selling food and drinks, as well as cheap places to bed down. On the other side of the dirt track sits more upmarket accommodation and even more bars and restaurants. It’s also possible to take boat trips from Otres, as well as other water-based activities, such as sea kayaking.

Sner Beach, Koh Kong

Situated slightly off the beaten track, Sner Beach boasts isolation and wild beauty, away from the masses. Mainly used by Cambodians, the strip of sand is kitted out with hammocks to laze the day away on. There are several beach shacks and small eateries serving catch of the day, as well as fresh prawns, crab and fried squid, dished up with piles of rice and vegetables. Seafood barbecues can be seen sizzling along the shore at sunset, washed down with beer available from one of the beach huts.

Phu Quoc island via Phu Quoc Xanh

Koh Ta Kiev

If Koh Rong Samloem’s smattering of guesthouses is still too much, then isolated Koh Ta Kiev may be more up your street. Think deserted tropical island paradise, with palms gently wafting in the breeze, desolate beaches interrupted only by battered wooden fishing boats, and crystal-clear waters tempting visitors to swim. There are a handful of shoreside bungalows, mainly along Long Beach. If you’re after a bit of guitar-strumming around a campfire on the sand, then this is the right place.

Kep

The sleepy coastal town of Kep is a popular getaway with the Cambodian crowd and will often be packed at weekends with families picnicking in the shade, splashing about in the sea in their jeans and T-shirts and gorging on freshly caught crab from the nearby market. Starting as a small stretch of beach, it underwent an upgrade in 2013 when white sand was shipped in from other parts of the country. A shaded promenade is peppered with small stalls, selling food and drinks and hiring out rubber rings, parasols and seats.

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