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Sihanoukville is Cambodia's premier beach location but don't expect to find a high-rise concrete jungle here, everything's rather laid back and mellow, a great way to get out of the bustling city of Phnom Penh (located 185km, 115 miles north-east).

Cambodia's youngest city, Sihanoukville sprang to life in 1955 when a construction team arrived at what was then known as Kompong Som to begin work on Cambodia's first (and only) deep water port. When the port was finished in 1960 the area was renamed Sihanoukville (in honour of then King Sihanouk) but many Cambodians (and VT!) continue to refer to it as Kompong Som. Also known as Snookyville or even Snooky, the town has three main areas: downtown which lies inland and is home to the towns markets, banks, ATM's and bus station; Victory Hill, which lies to the west of downtown, features its own, small beach and was the original backpacker centre; and Ochheuteal Beach which is home to the towns best beach along with plenty of accommodation, bars and restaurants.

I came here from Phnom Penh over the New Year 2008/09 period and celebrated seeing in the New Year by partying on the beach along with thousands of other tourists. The town is very laid back but has a complete lack of tourist sites except for the beaches, so why not make the most of them, have a beach BBQ and sit back, relax and chillout after visiting all the temples at Angkor!

  • Last visit to Kampong Saom: Jan 2009
  • Intro Written May 2, 2010
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    Oct 2, 2010 at 12:09 AM

    Nice pages.. I have been wondering how much a VN visa costs here...you have answered my question! Must look at the rear of the lion whilst I'm there..missed that last time!!!

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