Top Beaches in Cambodia
So as autumn begins and the weather starts to look gloomy I’m sitting here looking back at my travelling pictures. Where I would like to be right now is lying on a picturesque white sand beach with clear blue sea for me to float around in. One of the best places for this, surprisingly, was Cambodia. Not having the overwhelming amounts of tourists that have invaded southern Thailand but still the beautiful weather and friendly locals, Cambodia was one of the highlights of south east Asia for me. Sharing the gulf of Thailand with its neighbour the sea is beautifully clear and you can find yourself almost alone on some the beaches, so you will literally feel like you’re in paradise.
A city along Cambodia’s coastline and in recent years has attracted more travellers, young students and backpackers. Unfortunately with this there has been increases in crime, corruption and scandals. Sihanoukville does however have several kilometres worth of beaches and is a gateway to the islands so you don’t necessarily have to stay in the town.
Around a 15-minute drive from the centre of Sihanoukville this area has a 3-mile long white sand beach and many westerners choose to visit here. There’s plenty of accommodation options from budget hostels to beach bungalows. The beach area is split into 3 areas, Otres 1, Otres 2 and long beach. Otres 1 is the largest and has most of the accommodation and restaurants. It is also the busiest but if you walk a little further down the beach you will find plenty of areas if you would rather sit in peace and quiet and read a book.
Around 16 miles off the Sihanoukville coast, Koh Rong is the biggest of the islands. Most of the island is surrounded by beautiful beach and the island is large enough to cater for a variety of tourists. So whether you are a backpacker, honeymooner, family or your looking to party hard, the island will have something for everyone without being too crowded. It even has its own full moon party. The water encompassing the island is crystal clear so you can snorkel around or sit back and relax. WARNING! I visited in March 2017 and there were dozens of people getting sick. As this is an island there is not necessarily adequate sanitation and a sewerage system and the food is imported from the mainland, so sickness is common here.
Koh Rong Samloem
Smaller than its neighbour Koh Rong, this island has fewer beaches but remains a slice of paradise. Most accommodation is around the main pier but there are boats to smaller more secluded parts of the island if that’s where you are staying. There is also a variety of visitors here from families to honeymooners and there is a mad monkey hostel catering for backpackers, which even has its own section of beach! The island has beautiful white sand beaches, lush green forest surrounded with clear blue water. Very few places have WIFI so you will have to entertain yourself on those beach days, not that you will miss having it!
Some of the sunsets that I saw were the best that I had seen in Asia. But one of the surprises for me was getting up for sunrise. The sky turned from orange to pink to blue and it was just beautiful and well worth getting out of bed for!!
The travelling nurse x