Sihanoukville (for Phnom Penh)

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About Sihanoukville (for Phnom Penh)
Sihanoukville (also known as Kampong Saom), is a province of Cambodia on the Gulf of Thailand in South East Asia. It is located 185km southwest of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.

At beaches and temples, you may come across children begging or selling trinkets. Advice is not to give them money as it perpetuates the cycle of them not attending school. Instead, donate to a local charity which helps kids get an education.

As with most places, don't carry lots of cash and valuables.

Be aware of drivers who don't follow rules and take extra care when swimming as there are been numerous deaths attributed to unsafe jet ski drivers.

Ream National Park is a 80 square mile nature paradise, home to 155 species of birds, including macaques, herons and cranes. You may also spot mouse deer, spiny anteaters and sun bears. Ranger treks are available, visiting Keng Kong waterfall/beaches. Boat tours are also on offer along the mangrove forest of Prek Teuk Sap estuary.

There are five main Buddhist temples in the Sihanoukville area. The two most popular are Wat Krom, or "Lower Temple" at the base of Sihanouk Mountain, near Independence Beach (5 minutes drive from town) and Wat Leu, or "Upper Temple", higher up on the mountain. Try and spot the 2 headed white stone elephant integrated into the temple's surrounding fence.

Head to Psar Lu Market where you will see stalls with goldsmiths at work, mini-beauty shops, fish, produce sellers; clothing and food stalls and a few souvenir vendors to name a few. Be prepared for hassle at the entrance by drivers touting their taxis.

The fishing port of Kampong Pier Nup Lok, around a mile and a half north of the port offers a ramshackle village around the wooden docks, with plenty of activity and local colour.

The private beach at the 5* Sokha Beach Resort has a mile of pristine white sand. The $10 entry fee also allows you to use the resort's pool.

Victory Beach, just south of the port, offers restaurants, watersports, trips to nearby islands and two casinos.

Independence Beach is a favourite of locals and can get crowded on weekends.

If you have more time, options in and close to Phnom Penh include The Killing Fields (Choeung Ek), Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum.

Khmer cuisine is similar to Thai food without the spice. You'll find spring rolls, mild curries, noodles and lots of seafood. 'Amok' is a local dish - fish fillet is covered in shallots, lemongrass, kaffir lime, garlic, peanuts, coconut milk and egg, all wrapped in banana leaves and steamed to an almost soufflé-like texture.
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Cruise ships dock or tender near to Sihanoukville Port, which is 2 miles from Sihanoukville town.

The port gate is a 5 minute walk away.

The beaches are all south and southeast of the port.

Cambodia can be extremely hot and as there are no attractions within walking distance of the port, it's best to either use a shuttle bus if available or taxi/tuk tuk, which wait outside the port gates (negotiate prices beforehand).

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