Most of us think about Angkor Wat when referring to Cambodia, however, this magical country still hides tons of wonderful things. Not many people know that Cambodia is also home to miles of pristine coastline, postcard-perfect tropical islands and powder white sand lapped by a turquoise ocean.
Let’s discover the charming of these beaches below.
Lazy Beach, Koh Rong Samloem
While Koh Rong Samloem is a long way off from becoming over-run by tourists. If you truly want to escape, head to Lazy Beach. Situated on the west side of the island via a 40-minute walk through the jungle — or, Lazy Beach resort guests can take a speedboat from Sihanoukville — from the main tourist beach of Saracen Bay, the long stretch of pristine beach provides the perfect prescription to follow its namesake: kick back, relax and immerse yourself in tropical island life.
Lonely Beach, Koh Rong
The clue is in the name, with Lonely Beach sitting at Koh Rong’s isolated northern tip. Development is yet to hit the area and there remains only one resort there, so guests pretty much have this secluded paradise to themselves. If you’re lucky, a late-night dip may light up the waters, as bioluminescent plankton like to hang out here. Make sure to pack all the essentials because you won’t be able to find any shops nearby.
Long Beach, Koh Rong
Long Beach in Koh Rong Island is a great base for adventure and watersport lovers. To be described as an ideal place for diving, Long Beach provides its visitors a busy marine life and a rich variety of flora and fauna. If swimming and diving still cannot satisfy your high desire for adrenaline, you can always jump on a kayak to glide through some of the more remote areas or hire a mountain bike to break up those long lazy days on the beach.
Sner Beach, Koh Kong
Sner Beach boasts isolation and wild beauty, away from the masses. Mainly visited by Cambodians, the strip of sand is kitted out with hammocks to laze the day away on. There are several beach shacks and small eateries serving the catch of the day, as well as fresh prawns, crab, and fried squid dished up with piles of rice and vegetables. Seafood barbecues can be seen sizzling along the shore at sunset, washed down with beer available from one of the beach huts.
Sabay Beach, Kampot
Okay, so technically this isn’t a beach, but it’s such a beautiful spot that we want to introduce to you. Plus, there’s a makeshift beach at the resort that lines a small stretch of the river, complete with sunbeds, tables, and chairs, so it’s not that much different from a real beach. Since opening in 2017, Sabay Beach has become a popular spot to take in the tranquil riverside life that’s just a few kilometers out of town along Kampot River. Take a boat trip through the mangroves, go paddle-boarding, take a dip in the river or simply relax on the “beach” and enjoy the panoramic views.
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