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What Do You Want To Know About Sihanoukville?

Sihanoukville is also known as Kampong Saom, is a province of Cambodia on the Gulf of Thailand. This is a port city and an increasing Cambodian urban center, situated 185 kilometers (115 mi) southwest of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. The province is known after King Father Norodom Sihanouk and grew up in the construction of Sihanoukville Port. Construction on the port started in June 1955 and it was the just deep water port in Cambodia. The port was constructed in part because of the waning power of the French leading to the Vietnamese reducing their control over the Mekong Delta and hence limiting river access to Cambodia. The beaches of Sihanoukville have made it a famous place for tourist.


Sihanoukville attracts tourists with its comfortable beach environment when compared to Thailand's more highly-developed ones. Conversely, the city has paying attention not just tourists, but various NGOs and national and foreign investors in the last years so as to originate not just the increasing the industry of tourist, but its capability as an international sea port and other parts like real estate and textile. In Sihanoukville is also situated the main factory of Angkor Beer, the Cambodian national beer.


Sihanoukville was the place of the final official conflict of the American army in the Vietnam War, even though the event took place outside Vietnam. It is recognized as the Mayaguez incident on May 12–15, 1975 between the Khmer Rouge and the US forces. Presently, tourists dive in Koh Tang, one of the Sihanoukville islands where all these important battle to free the SS Mayagüez took place. Divers can check those two shipwrecks 40 metres (130 ft) down. On 22 December 2008, King Norodom Sihamoni signed an agreement of a Royal Decree that varied the municipalities of Pailin, Kep and Sihanoukville into provinces, also as adjusting various provincial borders.

Klong Son Beach is good for:

peace and quiet

sandy beach



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Klong Son beach (or Had Klong Son) is located on the north of Koh Chang. Nice bay at the very top of the island. Pure white sand stretch of beach, shaded with coconut trees. Klong Son gets very low numbers of visitors with the bulk of the backpackers and tourists alike speeding south enroute to Koh Chang's finer and more popular stretches of sand.

White Sand Beach is good for:

night live

sandy beach

variety of restaurants


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Koh Chang's most famous stretch of sand, at over 2km long there's certainly room for everyone! Lined with bungalows, food stalls and shops this is one of the best beaches in all of Thailand.

Klong Phrao Beach is good for:

tranquil surroundings

gorgeous rocky landscape

all sorts of activities

quiet and peaceful

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Situated on the somewhat less glamorous, northern side of the Koh Chang Island, Klong Prao isn’t all that much of tourist destination, especially for those who are in need of a true holiday experience of the exotic kind.

Lonely Beach is good for:

great sunset

cheap and peaceful retreat

all sorts of beach activities

perfect for family

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Also known as Kai Bae Beach, this is the spot to catch a great sunset! A few small shops and food stalls are along the beach, a good spot to chill out away from the crowds at White Sands Beach.

Bangbao Bay is good for:


seafood restaurants



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A well-sheltered bay with a small and quiet beach. It is a fishing community where residents still live in houses built on stilts and are connected by wooden bridges. There are a growing number of tourist shops, scuba dive outlets and seafood restaurants offering a good selection of seafood.

Salak Khok Bay is good for:

pretty, unspoiled area

traditional Thai community


quiet and peaceful

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There aren’t so much attraction in Salak Kok, but tourists can Kayak among the mangroves. Salak Kok Bay still has a fishing community that doesn’t change so much in many years, a great place to see the real traditional Thai community.


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