Thursday, 1st December 2016
Cambodia's best beaches
There are many different reasons to visit Cambodia and no doubt you have your own, whether it be the stunning temples at Angkor or the incredibly friendly people. On top of the attractions and activities you’re keen to tick off your bucket list, be sure to factor some days at the beach into your tailormade holiday. After all, Cambodia has some fantastic stretches of sand. Read on to find out which ones you should include in your itinerary.
Otres Beach, Sihanoukville
By far the best beach in Sihanoukville, Otres is set away from others in the area and therefore has brighter sand and cleaner water. It’s worth making your way beyond the headline to reach this beach and find a spot on the sand all your own. When you’ve had your fill of sunbathing and snorkelling, refuel at one of the seafood shacks or beach bars.
Long Set Beach, Koh Rong Island
A fantastic destination night or day, Long Set Beach has much to offer the restless traveller, who likes the idea of kicking back and relaxing but can’t lie on the sand for more than half an hour. Pass the time wandering the shoreline admiring the shells or take a dip beneath the waves, as Long Set is among the best places for diving in Cambodia. After dark, the luminescent plankton can be seen in all their glory.
Long Beach, Koh Ta Kiev Island
The golden sand and turquoise waters of Koh Ta Kiev’s Long Beach are only brought into greater focus by the contrast of trees that provide a backdrop. As well as taking a dip to explore the local coral reefs, you can set off along one of the paths into the jungle. With more than 150 species of birds making the area home, as well as various other creatures, you may well meet some interesting new friends along the way.
Koh Pos Beach, Sihanoukville
Small and tucked away, Koh Pos Beach is well-known to foodies, as it’s widely regarded as having the best seafood in the region. Relax under the shade of a palm tree before tucking into myriad delights from the Treasure Island Seafood Restaurant. Watch out for the locals, however, as the monkeys who live at this beach have a habit of pinching sunbathers’ possessions when they’re not looking.
Main Beach, Koh Tonsay Island
If a 600-metre long beach lined with coconut palms and hammocks isn’t your idea of paradise, then who knows what is. Add to this scene, the wooden boats bobbing on the shore and a few huts serving up fresh fish and you’ve got a vivid description of the most prominent beach on Koh Tonsay Island. Watch native crabs scurrying along the sand from the comfort of your hammock and forget all your worries.