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About Sihanoukville

Situated on the southern coast of Cambodia, sits the colourful Sihanoukville. This cruise destination, also known as Kampong Saom, is renowned for its long white beaches, fringed by pine trees.

Many lazy hours can be spent on Sihanoukville cruises, relaxing in the sun and gazing out to the nearby Gulf of Thailand. Ochheuteal Beach is one of the most beautiful and far stretching, so much so that it is almost deserted in places.

 

Shore excursions in Sihanoukville

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Ream National Park

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 7 hours

Discover Ream National Park, a highlight of any visit to Cambodia.

Ream National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty and is located just 23 kilometres from the port of Sihanoukville. Upon arrival, step aboard a typical wooden sightseeing boat for a ride along the Prek Tuk Sap River. As you glide through the mangroves, keep an eye out for the various species of birdlife and wildlife, you may even be lucky enough to spot a Pangolin (Spiny Anteater) or a Muntjac (Mouse Deer).

At the small village of Thmor Thom you’ll disembark and enjoy a warm welcome from the children of the local village school house. Here, you’ll gain a real insight into Cambodian life before taking a walk to Koh Som Poch Beach. There will be an opportunity to relax on the white sand or perhaps take a refreshing dip, and a delicious barbeque lunch will also be served at the beach side restaurant.

Next, you’ll board a coach for the drive up to Phnom Samathik (Meditation Mountain). As you explore, inhale the scent of incense sticks and view the statues of Buddha, created by the villagers from the original mountain stone. Your tour will conclude at this tranquil place and you’ll take the return drive to the port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus, boat and on foot. Local buses from Phnom Penh are used for tour transportation; quality and style will vary. Tour guides generally come from Phnom Penh and we trust that their limited English skills are compensated with their knowledge, friendliness and enthusiasm. The river cruise is around 1 hour. This tour includes around 1½ hours of walking over rough and uneven ground, including some steps. Flat, walking shoes are essential. Please take sun protection, insect repellent, swimwear and a towel if wishing to swim. The beach is public and sun chairs/beds are not available. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities.

Sihanoukville, The City of Contrast

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

Visit the lower temple, meet the students of a local school, and stop at Sokha Beach for refreshments.

Your tour begins with a visit to the Unthnean Pagoda Wat Krom (‘Lower Temple’), passing Victory Hill and Independence Square en route. Built in 1963, the Pagoda complex is surrounded by 5 villages. It was home to monks who were removed from the site during the Pol Pot regime, when the temples and houses were destroyed. In 1979 the Pagoda was renovated and the monks returned. Wat Krom has excellent views of the sea and a small chapel dedicated to Ya-Mao, a local deity.

Visit a typical Khmer–style village to see how Cambodians live, and meet the children at a local school. You may want to bring some small gifts to share with the children, such as pens, pencils or stationery.

Sokha is one of Sihanoukville’s best private beaches, with dazzling white sand. Stop here for approximately one hour of free time and a refreshing soft drink or a local beer.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Local buses from Phnom Penh are used for tour transportation; quality and style will vary. Tour guides generally come from Phnom Penh and we trust that their limited English skills are compensated with their knowledge, friendliness and enthusiasm. For those who wish to swim whilst at Sokha Beach, please remember your swim attire, a towel and sun protection. Sun chairs, swimming pools and beach facilities are included in the tour cost.

Sokha Beach and Surroundings

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 7 hours

Spend time relaxing at one of the finest private Cambodian Beach Resorts.

Visit Wat Krom (‘Lower Temple’), passing Victory Hill and Independence Square en route. The Pagoda complex was built in 1963 and is surrounded by 5 villages. Wat Krom has excellent views of the sea and a small chapel dedicated to Ya-Mao, a local deity.

At a typical Khmer–style village see how Cambodians live, and meet the children at a local school. You may want to bring some small gifts to share with the children, such as pens, pencils or stationery.

Voted amongst the ‘Best New Hotels in the World’ in 2005, Sokha Beach Resort is set amidst acres of beautifully landscaped beachfront and garden with a private, pristine, white sandy beach.

Spend the remainder of the day at leisure here and enjoy the Resort’s beach, swimming pool and a BBQ lunch.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Local buses from Phnom Penh are used for tour transportation; quality and style will vary. Tour guides generally come from Phnom Penh and we trust that their limited English skills are compensated with their knowledge, friendliness and enthusiasm. For those who wish to swim whilst at Sokha Beach, please remember your swim attire, a towel and sun protection. Changing facilities and sunbeds are included in the tour cost.

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