With the popularity of beaches in Thailand, Cambodia beaches are often forgotten by tourists. However, the pristine beauty and simplicity here will gradually become more familiar to visitors on the Cambodian tour. If you want to find out, you can see my top 5 best beaches in Cambodia below.
1. Southwest Beach (Koh Rong Island)
Koh Rong is a relatively large island of 78 km2 and it is also the second largest island in Cambodia. Koh Rong is one of the most beautiful islands in the Gulf of Thailand with a 43 km coastline. Koh Rong has long been known as one of the paradise islands in Cambodia. Although only being developed in recent years, Koh Rong has made many people admire the pristine beautiful coast with the system of the primitive tropical forest.
Southwest beach (Koh Rong island)
Traveling to the southwest of the island, visitors will see clear sea water next to the 5km long fine sandy beach with tropical jungle. The peaceful and picturesque scenery on the island is a suitable place for tourists to relax in Cambodia.
The southwest coast of Koh Rong is a beach stretching over 5 km with the white sand, murky palm trees and beautiful blue sea. At the end of the Southwest beach is the huge rocks that are suitable for diving to watch coral, goby, and parrotfish.
How to get there
From Sihanoukville, the tourists can take a boat to Koh Rong. The trip takes 2-3 hours.
2. Long Set Beach (Koh Rong Island)
Long Set Beach, located at the southern pole of Koh Rong Island, is one of the most beautiful Cambodia beaches. This beach is hidden behind the gardens of coconuts, mangos and cashew nuts of local farmers. Just a few minutes’ walk from the south coast of Koh Rong, Long Set Beach is ideal for sunbathing, scalloping and crabbing.
Long Set beach
The pure white sand beach stretching over the blue sea has created a poetic and peaceful setting. In addition to swimming, guests can lie on the sand or catch crabs - a very interesting activity on the island. On the moonless nights, if you swim at night you can see the phytoplankton glowing in the water. Long Set will leave a deep impression in the hearts of tourists by the beautiful beach together with the enthusiasm and hospitality of local people.
How to get there
From Sihanoukville, it takes about 2-3 hours by boat. The closest hostel to the beach is Treehouse Bungalows (on the southeast coast of Koh Rong; +855 16 594 177).
Built at the end of 2016, the Long Set Resort offers luxurious accommodation on an excellent part of Koh Rong. Long Set Resort is relatively close to Koh Touch and the picking-up service is always available for tourists. Thus, it is quite easy to get there.
If you are staying at this resort, remember to bring all your necessities with you because the nearest store is located on Koh Touch - an hour's walk along the beach.
3. Lazy Beach (Koh Rong Sanloem)
Among best beaches in Cambodia, Lazy Beach surely makes you amazed thanks to its beauty. This wonderful beach belongs to Koh Rong Sanloem which is 2 hours away from Sihanoukville.
Travelers will be amazed at the stunning beauty of Lazy Beach on Koh Rong Saloem Island. The yellow sand beaches are the ideal sunbathing place on a beautiful day. The green lines of pine and the yellow sand of Lazy Beach will bring you a wonderful sunbathing.
In addition, this attraction also attracts tourists to enjoy the colorful scenery of the ocean or some people to have the fun of sitting hours next to the fishing rod. In particular, watching the sunset on Lazy Beach is something visitors should not miss.
Temporarily forget the long sandy beach; I want to remind you to join in scuba diving to admire the colorful life undersea with a lot of brilliant corals and beautiful fishes. Around the beach, there are many places to dive and watch the coral reefs. Many Koh Rong Sanloem's sites are a favorite spot for divers and fishermen from the mainland. In the afternoon, you can sit on the beach to watch the brilliant pink sunset with a cocktail in hand.
How to get there
Lazy Beach House is located in Kiwengwa, a 1-minute walk to the beach. It has a very convenient location: 11km from Kichwele Forest Reserve, 2.9km from Vera Club and 3.9km from Obama Beach Zanzibar Club. The tourists can access the Internet at any corner of the hotel thanks to the free Wifi. With the sea-view room, the visitors will feel free to admire the beauty of Lazy Beach at any time in a day.
Contact: +855 16 214 211 or +855 17 456 536
4. Koh Thmei Beach (Ream National Park)
Coming to Sihanoukville, beside the sea, do not forget to have a 2-in-1 journey in Ream National Park. The nature reserve in the western part of Cambodia covers an area of 21,000 hectares with three-quarters of land and the remainder of the sea. This includes many unspoiled beaches scattered over tropical forests and mangroves.
Ream National Park is home to some of Cambodia's most exquisite beaches, including the beautiful Koh Thmei Beach on a small island surrounded by mangroves.
Koh Thmei is an uninhabited place, except for a few bungalows and dozens of different bird species. Visitors will admire the shimmering beauty of shells under the sunlight. If you like, you can collect them as a souvenir without spending any money. In addition, the tourists can explore wilderness forests in Ream National Park.
Koh Thmei Beach
How to get there
If you want to stay overnight, contact Koh Thmei Resort to book a taxi and boat from Sihanoukville. If you go during the day, check in the ranger station in the Ream National Park, where you can rent a long tail boat to go to the island.
On the island, there is only one place for visitors to stay - Koh Thmei Resort with a series of simple wooden houses. It includes 9 houses and totally uses solar energy which is environmentally friendly.Contact: +855 97 737 0400
5. Sokha Beach (Sihanoukville City)
Sihanoukville is considered as one of the paradise islands in the world, so it is not surprising that there are many beautiful beaches but still retain their own unique wilderness in this sea city. Sihanoukville has now become an attractive destination for Phnom Penh people and international visitors on weekends. The city, named after a former Cambodian monarch, is surrounded by many wonderful beaches with palm trees and tropical forests.
In general, Sokha Beach is a private beach and it is one of the most beautiful beaches in Sihanoukville, with vast white sand stretching for miles, shallow and quiet for swimming. Although Sokha Beach has been privatized, tourists can still relax outside on this quiet and secluded beach.
How to get there
From Sihanoukville center, get a motorbike or tuk-tuk to Sokha Beach Resort. To go to the public beach, please go to Malibu Beach Bungalows.
Sokha Beach Resort is the first 5-star beach resort in Cambodia. This is the only place where there are single-storey bungalows overlooking the sea and romantic sandy beaches. The couples and families with children usually choose this place for summer vacation.
Contact: +855 34 935 999