Gulf Coast Guide

The beach resorts of Cambodia’s southern coast offer a chance to relax after some hectic sightseeing and give visitors access to nearby remote islands.

Sihanoukville has a great beach front, lively market and plenty of restaurants and cafes, as well as National Parks to explore. Kep is quieter and the perfect setting for a romantic stay beside the sea with excellent seafood and jungle clad mountains. For true isolation, visit the nearby island of Koh Rong.

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Discover the Gulf Coast

Whether you want to taste local and fresh cuisine or try your hand at a variety of watersports, our Asia Experts can include engaging experiences and tours in your holiday.

Things to do on the Gulf Coast

  • Explore the underwater world on a scuba diving trip in Sihanoukville
  • Kayak to Koh Toch Island from the main beaches of Koh Rong
  • Learn how to cook Khmer specialities in a local cookery class
  • Shop at Sihanoukville’s night market for fresh dragonfruit or lychees
  • Try the famous blue crab that Kep is known for
  • Discover the jungle trail to Sok San beach on Koh Rong Island
  • Hike in Kep National Park and enjoy views of nearby islands
  • Admire the calmness of Kbal Chhay waterfall
  • Explore the 1960s urban ruins of art deco houses in Kep
  • Take a ferry to remote Rabbit Island
  • Snorkel off the coast of Koh Rong Island

Getting There

Cambodia’s Gulf Coast is still a fairly remote and quiet area to enjoy with limited access.

By Air – Flights from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville take just under 1 hour.

By Road – Cambodia’s beach resorts are a 3 hour drive from Phnom Penh.

By Boat – The island of Koh Rong is located 45 minutes by speed boat from Sihanoukville.

Combine With

Combine a Gulf Coast resort with Phnom Penh and Siem Reap for a fabulous Cambodia experience. Or you can add Vietnam, Laos, Thailand or any other Asia destination.

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Gulf Coast Hotels & Holidays

Our favourite hotels and resorts in Sihanoukville, Koh Rong and Kep.

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Our guides to Cambodia's other spectacular regions.

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