I am currently in Siem Reap, planning to go to Phonom Penh tomorrow. I heard Sihanoukville offers great beaches, so this is going to be my next stop. However, how do I get from there back to Thailand without going back to either Siam Reap or Phnom Penh, preferably to one of the north Islands. I heard there is a boat from but nobady seemed to have heard of it here. Also, I am a bit suspicicous, hardly any web picture of Sihanoukville and the surroumdimg beaches show the beaches, mainly water and only a tiny bit of sand. Is there something I am missing? Are the beaches really that good? Any advice appreciatd, Kirsche
#1 Kirsche has been a member since 23/3/2006. Posts: 4
Welcome to Travelfish!
You can get the boat from Sihanoukville to Ko Kong then cross the border into Thailand and the ferry to Ko Chang is but an hour away by minibus.
I wouldn't say the beaches at Sihanoukville are "great". I'd say they are ok only -- especially when compared to the beaches in Thailand.
The beaches around Ko Kong and Ko S'dech are nicer, but very few people bother to try.
Thanks for your note - very helpful. I might even change my plans - but do you think that trip it is safe and realtively easy as a single female non-Khmer speaking tourists? I am off to the travel agency checking accommodation in Ko Kong out.....THanks again
#3 Kirsche has been a member since 23/3/2006. Posts: 4
Well, the Sihanoukville to Ko Kong boat is a tourist boat -- there's dozens of tourists taking it most days. You're biggest concern would be bad weather!
As for Ko Kong guesthouses, you may want to give our Ko Kong section a read as we list a few of the guesthouses there. The town itself is a bit of a dump, but there are interesting places to see around there (waterfalls, beaches etc), but not many people stay there as they prefer to continue onto the Thai islands..
If you do choose to stay in Sihanoukville, I highly recommend Cloud 9 -- it is a great little guesthouse.
Just wanted to say thanks, you've been a great help - Kirsche
#5 Kirsche has been a member since 23/3/2006. Posts: 4