Sihanoukville is a four hour drive away from the hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh. It is a beautiful coastal province and port city on the Gulf of Thailand.
We went down for the weekend, and stayed at the most incredible hotel, the Sokha Beach Resort.
We spent most of the weekend down by the beach, or lounging by the pool, but we woke up early on Saturday and managed to hire a boat to ferry us to the islands just off the coast. We had a brilliant time being ferried around the islands by Mr. Yeats, snorkeling off of the boat and exploring the little islands. My favourite was Ko Ta Kiev.
Mr. A and I explored some of the bars on Serendipity beach at night, which was a lot of fun. It was such a perfect weekend and I don’t think you can get much closer to heaven than sitting on a beach in Cambodia! The islands are quiet and it’s worth bringing a packed lunch as there aren’t many shops or restaurants near by.
For food in Sihanoukville, I can’t recommend Chhne Meas enough! Recommended by a local friend, it’s a seafood restaurant looking over the water, and has some of the most delicious seafood I’ve ever had in my life. It’s unbelievably reasonable, too – we paid $48 for a table of six, with a bottle of rose, crab, prawns, lobster, little fried fish and a giant snapper – with personalised service! My favourite part of the meal (besides the lobster, of course) was the Khmer dipping sauce for the seafood. Made with salt, lime juice and kampot pepper, it complemented the seafood perfectly and will definitely be recreated at home!