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Preah Sihanouk Province

Preah Sihanouk province, named after King Norodom Sihanouk since its independence from France in 1953, is known locally as Kampong Saom. Located 230 kilometers southwest of the Capital Phnom Penh, the province has become one of the best seaside destinations in Asia to be explored.

Known for its fabulous beaches, the province revolves around fabulous seafood, water-sports, and its surrounding islands. The popular beaches that line the contour of the city from north to south are the Victory Beach, Deum Chrey Beach, Independence Beach, Sokha Beach, Serendipity Beach, Ochheuteal Beach, Samdech Hun Sen Beach, Hawai Beach, Ream Beach, and the Otres Beach.

Kbay ChhayBesides mesmerizing the tourists, other popular off-the-beach attractions include the tropical islands, the beautiful Kbal Chhay waterfall and the Ream National Park.

Island hopping, snorkeling and scuba-diving are also very popular since most part of the natural beauties in and around Preah Sihanouk province are still very much undisturbed.

When night falls, tourists can explore and enjoy the culinary diversity of restaurants and bars that are scattered alongside the beaches and all over town.

Ochheuteal BeachTourist attractions in Preah Sihanouk province come in great many varieties which are sure to leave the tourists with cherished memories.

Places of Interest:

O’Cheuteal Beach
O’Cheuteal Beach is located in Sangkat No 3. Large and long with white sand and shallow water, it is the most popular beach in Sihanoukville, attracting many foreigners. There are a number of food stalls along the beach, in addition to fruit and seafood vendors.

Sokha or Seredipity Beach
Sokha Beach adjoins O’Cheuteal Beach. It is also long, though the water is deeper here. The beach was once more crowded than O’Cheuteal Beach, because Cambodians prefer it to the other beaches. However, Oknha Sok Kung’s Sokha Hotel Company recently took over operations at the beach. The company is building up the area in hopes of attracting more tourists to Sihanoukville.

Prampi Choan Beach
The beach is short and narrow, and the waves are bigger than at other beaches, making it popular with locals, who favor it most after Sokha Beach.

Lomhe Kay or Victory Beach
The beach is located in front of Koh Pors. It offers a number of services, including comfortable restrooms, fresh waer and good transportation service to Koh Pros. Thus, many local and international visitors go to this beach. There are many well-organized Kiosks along the beach, the waves are not big, and the environment is clean.

Deum Chhrey Beach
Deum Chrey Beach is located in front of City Hall. Few tourists swim here because there is a big restaurant nearby. It is popular with tourists who like to walk along the beach, however, because there is a picturesque park filled with statues, making site popular with photographers.

Koh Pors
Koh Pors is an island about 1 kilometer from Loum Hekay beach, off the coast of Sihanoukville. The beach is flat and very quiet. It attracts few visitors, because it is undeveloped. Those tourists who do visit the island travel in groups and bring their own food.

Phnom Leu
Phnom Leu is a nature and cultural site. There is a pagoda on the mountaintop, which offers visitors a panoramic view of the beaches and Sihanoukville international port. Most visitors are local people who visit the site during national festivals.

Kbal Chhay Waterfall
Kbay Chhay waterfall is located in Khan Prey Nup, about 16 kilometers north nof downtown Sihanoukville. To reach the site from Sihanoukville, take National Road 4 toward Phnom Penh. About 7 kilometers outside of town, there is a sign announcing the site. Turn left and go 9 kilometers along a trail. The water at Kbal Chhay comes from many sources along the mountain range, although only three of these sources are visible. The waterfall, which is 14 meters high, is at the point where those three sources join.

Kbal Chhay was discovered in 1960. Three years later, it was developed into a reservoir to supply clean water to the city of Sihanoukville. The reservoir construction, however, was interrupted due to civil war, and the site became a hide-out for the Khmer Rouge. In 1997, Kbay Chhay was marked for development, and a year later Kok An Company was awarded a contract to construct a road and develop the site for tourism.

Preah Sihanouk Ream National Park
Preah Sihanouk Ream National Park is located between Koh Thmei and Sihanoukville, about 18 kilometers from downtown Sihanoukville. The park, which has been open since 1993, covers 21000 heactares including 15000 hectares of terrestrial and 6000 hectaares of marine habitats.

The National Park features secluded beaches, mangroves forests, tropical jungles, 155 different species of birds, monkeys and during the months of December, January and February the infamous white fresh water dolphin. It also offers a good transportation service to some island such as Koh Ta Keav and Koh Rusei. Those tourists who do visit the island should travel in groups and bring their own food.