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Sihanoukville (Krong Preah Seihanu), formerly Kompong Som and familiarly just Snookyville or even Snooky is a seaside town featuring Cambodia's best-known beaches.

The main reason to visit Sihanoukville is the beaches. They are not as crowded as many of those in Thailand, but can be cramped on weekends and holidays.

Victory Beach, (south of the commercial port): Plenty of budget accommodation nearby on Weather Station Hill. 

Independence Beach: Also known as '7-chann beach' after the seven-storey Independence Hotel 

Sokha Beach: Owned by Sokha Beach Resort, it is private but you can access it by paying a couple dollars. You wont have many people begging or trying to sell you something here. 

Ochheuteal Beach: The most popular beach, with many restaurants, bars and food vendors. Pronounced, roughly, "oh-chur-teal".

Serendipity Beach: Guesthouses and bar/restaurants right on the beach, open until the early hours.

Otres Beach, (South-east of Serendipity and Ochheuteal Beaches): Amazing 4km long stretch of clean, white sands. less crowded and definitely more relaxed than other beaches in Sihanoukville. Every season more and more beach bars and guesthouses are poping up along the beach. Otres beach is great place for lazy sunbathing but other activities also available (catamarans, windsurfing, kayaks, various boat trips, bicycles).

Koh Russei (Bamboo Island) is a small island about 10km off the coast of Sihanoukville.
Koh Russei, also named Koh Russey or Bamboo Island is a green, gilt-edged crescent, resting on emerald or blue water. This is the island one always longed for, the archetype from your wildest dreams. Koh Russey is really a jewel of a beach with fine pink or ochre sand and a deep and mysterious forest. For those loving the sun falling into the sea whilst surrounded by jungle sounds, Koh Russey is the place. An island of gentleness. Its virgin, private and intimate characteristics make it a site for high-end development, and positively compare with the world's most exclusive sites.
This island - can be reached by private boat from Occidental Beach or from the beach near Ream National Park (about 20km east of Sihanoukville).

Photo is taken by The Leap

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