Oft disregarded in favor of Thailand’s glowing reputation, Beautiful Beaches in Cambodia deserve some serious attention. Far less crowded than its Southeast Asian neighbor, Cambodia has both ample sandy hideaways and lively beach parties. After temple hopping throughout the country’s interior, hit the southern coast and its surrounding islands for some battery recharging.
The foremost beach destination within Cambodia, the province of Sihanoukville sets the stage for party-seekers. Lined with guesthouses, Serendipity Beach squeezes backpackers, flashpackers and local tourists alike into a rowdy beach town filled with hawkers and parties that amble on into the wee hours of the morning. Just south of Serendipity, Otres Beach’s sand stretches along a more peaceful dose of tranquility without the overbearing parties. For a blend of chaos and calm, Victory Beach strikes the right balance. Given the crowds in the Sihanoukville province, you won’t have to look far to indulge in water activities, such as snorkeling, scuba diving and jet skiing.
Koh Ta Kiev
A one-hour boat ride off the coast of Cambodia delivers you to the island paradise of Koh Ta Kiev. Daytrippers on snorkeling expeditions come and go, but rarely spend the night. Intend to stay awhile and explore the three golden beaches. Trek deep into the island’s jungle along marked paths, keeping your eyes peeled for the carnivorous pitcher plant, among other various species of birds and wildlife. Once you work up a sweat, submerge into the crystal clear water with mask and snorkel and hover above decadent coral reef.
About a dozen miles from the shore of Sihanoukville, the island of Koh Rong stands destined to be Cambodia’s next big thing. Although a major development push is underway, the island entices visitors with its unspoiled beaches, where sugar-white sand meets gleaming emerald water. Since no roads pass along the island, travelers engage winding jungle paths to move between villages on foot. Koh Rong stuns divers and snorkelers with its abundant marine life.
Otherwise known as Rabbit Island, tiny little Koh Tonsay spans just over one square mile. Barely three miles out to sea from the coastal town of Kep, Koh Tonsay, unspoiled and barren, feels a bit further from civilization than actually positioned on the map. If you’re seeking a rugged, relaxing retreat, find your way to this quiet space in the Gulf of Thailand. Circle the whole perimeter of the island, swim in the clear, shallow water and settle onto the sand in time to catch a calming orange sunset.