What to see in Sihanoukville/ Things to do in Sihanoukville
What to do in Sihanoukville:
Luckily for a distraction even momentarily may be, there are couple of activities you may go for while in Sihanoukville.
Quite same like the tour I went in Koh Kong. But it’s completely an island tour, no trekking to a hill top. This tour takes you to an island; you get plenty of time to enjoy a secluded beach with very less people or may be hardly any other people which can be a good escape from the constant hammering going on in the city. It’s a full day tour and tourists get ample time to enjoy the water, fishing, snorkeling if preferred. They cook hot lunch at the beach. Minimum 5-6 people are required for this tour. It costs USD 20.00 per person, BUT there is a good thing about this tour; if one wants, it can be done on a private basis, as in a boat can be hired exclusively for a couple which may cost about 50-60 USD in total.
Koh Rong & Koh Rong Samloem:
While I am complaining so much on the construction work at Sihanoukville, tourists are still coming here.. SO after a night they have an option to escape to the islands close by. Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem Islands are the two easily available and popular most for this. You may consider any one or both of them if you want; Or one can go for a day excursion to any of this island like me.
There are speed Boats available from 8 am in the morning till 4 pm after every one hour. The return ticket costs about USD 22.00 per person with hotel pick up. It takes about 45 minutes to reach Koh Rong Island with a stop at Koh Rong Samloem in between. NOW, this boat ride is really choppy, and by which I mean the boat tumbles like a flimsy bowl from end to end on the sea and you really need a strong stomach for this, otherwise hold your head in between your palms and keep a paper bag ready with you.
Both Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem have plenty of places as for accommodation (hostels, local khmer resorts). So in case you want to go to both the islands, may be start with Koh Rong and then go to Koh Rong Samloem and then back to Sihanoukville for your further journey.
I went to Koh Rong, there are plenty of hostels, resorts and good sea food restaurants all across the place. One more thing to mention, as everyone is fleeing to the island after Sihanoukville, you will find both these islands to be quite crowded and little ‘touristy’, but there are plenty of beaches for everyone. Paradise beach, 4k beach are few of them and liked by most. Whereas for the party lovers, Police beach is the place.
The water and sand in Koh Rong is really opulent, the finely grinded pale cold sand, sparkling turquoise gem-stone water, cold wind to keep you calm and some icy fruit shake to enjoy the beach- oh that’s divine. Crowd, bustling, so many people, though I said all these.. still I will say don’t cast this place off from your list, do give a visit to one of these islands.
** There is a zip line tour available at Koh Rong at the ‘High point rope park’– this tour happens in group (this high point park is on the way to the Police beach)
That’s all I could gather in Sihanoukville.. time to move on.. will be back soon with my next stop.. Till then Stay Safe.. and Enjoy the Festive Season!!