Visit Cambodia's South Coast
Along Cambodia's south coast, rainforests stretch down to the sea, meeting mangroves and coral reefs.
In between, at places such as Sihanoukville, Kep and Kampot, lie white sand beaches, fringed by lively beach bars, while out to sea tranquil islands like Koh Tonsay provide the chance for memorable daytrips to isolated snorkelling spots or an opportunity to see locals harvesting seaweed and coconuts, or fishing among the clear coastal waters.
Turtles, sharks and dugongs are among the marine life found here, while the inland mountains are home to bears, tigers, elephants and plentiful bird species.
The coastal region stretches from the Thai border to the Mekong Delta and exudes an altogether different feel, both in terms of terrain and tempo to the rest of Cambodia, making it a popular extension to tours of Angkor and other inland attractions.
Top places to stay in Cambodia's South Coast
Embodying the clean lines and uncluttered minimalism of ancient Japanese philosophy, Knai Bang Chatt is situated in a modernist former private home in the enchanting coastal town of Kep, on the southwest coast of Cambodia.
A stunning new resort - Cambodia’s first luxury private island accommodation - Song Saa features five-star villas with private plunge pools and ocean views, set among virgin rainforest and a pristine marine reserve. Only a 30-minute speedboat ride from Phnom Penh airport.
All set for its 2018 debut, this stylish and utterly romantic island resort in Cambodia’s idyllic Koh Rong archipelago will set yet another high-water mark for a region that’s fast becoming one of Asia’s most fashionable beach retreats.
Where to go in Cambodia's South Coast
This wildlife-rich region of deep jungle and pretty waterfalls is located close to the Thai border, away from the well-travelled tourist routes.
The compact town of Kampot, on the Kampot River, has a sultry, unhurried air, and faded French colonial buildings with balconies and terracotta tiles; fishermen can be seen casting their nets from the delightful riverside promenade, as the gentle chatter of people enjoying sunset drinks sounds out.
The quiet old town of Kep, which was once the resort of choice for Indochina colonialists, when it was known as Kep-sur-Mer, is the place to try peppered crab; the crabs are cooked up with pepper from nearby farms and are best eaten on the beach where you can wash them down with local tik tanaout j…
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