Resort with Pristine Beaches

Better known as Kampong Som to locals, this beautiful resort is about 230 km south west of Phnom Penh and here boasts the best beaches in the Kingdom.

On weekends as public holidays, the beaches are crowded with local Khmers, tourists and expatriates alike.

The Municipality of Sihanoukville is flanked by Kampong Speu, Koh Kong and Kampot provinces.

Covering just 1,283 square kilometer, it comprises three districts, namely Mittapheap ( the downtown area), Prey Nop and Steung Hav. These contain 22 communes and 85 villages.

Until the French withdrawal from Indochina in 1954, Shihanoukville was just a sleepy fishing village. After 1954 this area reverted to Viet Nam.

The former king Sihanouk was one of the leading proponents for making Kampong Som the new main port of his independent kingdom and it was duly developed to become Cambodia’s only seaport nowadays.

It was officially renamed Sihanoukville in honor of the king in 1959, but reverted to it old name when king Sihanouk was removed from power by Lon Nol in 1970 and Cambodia was declared a republic.

It regained its old name during the time of the national elections in 1993, but many locals now still refer to Sihanoukville as Kampong Som.

Information: Ministry of Tourism of Cambodia

Beaches, Sihanoukville

Kbal Chhay waterfall

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