South Costs Area, Hill Station and Caves
- Sihanouk Ville
- Kampot and Kep
- Koh KongSihanouk-Ville (Kampong Som)
Sihanouk-Ville, with a population of some 18,000 people, is Cambodia's coastal gem. The clear, emerald-green Gulf of Thailand Laps placidly onto powdery, white sand beaches. Coconut palms and casuarinas trees line the shore, swaying gently in refreshing onshore breezes. Grassy bluffs rise over the waters' edge. Uninhabited islands-perfect for snorkeling, hiking and picnicking -dot the seas offshore. The sun sets can be spectacular.
Sihanouk-Ville (or Kampong Som, as it is often called) is the postcard-perfect tropical beach getaway.Only 230 kilometers from the capital Phnom Penh, a short three-hour journey by rented car or bus, highway number 4 from Phnom Penh has been totally rebuilt and is decidedly the country's best stretch of pavement. Outside Phnom Penh, neon-green rice fields reach for the horizon, before giving way to the lush Elephant Mountains. On the other side await cool sea breezes, crystal-clear waters, international-class accommodations and seafood revered throughout Asia, if not the world. All this in Cambodia.
Sihanouk-Ville, is the only developed area along Cambodia's 354 kilometers of coastline. Though one can hardly call this quaint, sleepy coastal community truly developed. The town rests on a grassy, windswept headland ringed by sandy white beaches. The four beaches most popular with tourists are Sokha Beach, Independence Beach, Victory Beach and Ocheteal Beach, Of the four, Sokha is perhaps the most popular. Even at high tide, there's plenty of sand left for stretching out and sunning or grilling freshly-caught crab over an open fire. Both Ocheteal Beach and Victory Beach are better visited at low tide, when there's plenty of sand for seashell hunting and tidal pool exploring. visited at low tide, when there's plenty of sand for seashell hunting and tidal pool exploring. Independence Beach was once a coastal playground for Phnom Penh's before the Independence Hotel (the old Hilton) was gutted by the Khmer Rouge. But, today-with peace in Cambodia- the beach has regained its popularity with both local and foreign tourists alike.
Close to Sihanouk-Ville is the government-protected Preah Sihanouk ''Ream National Park", which includes the lush islands of Koh Thmei and Koh Ses. Other popular islands close to Sihanouk-Ville include Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem. Although the beaches and water-sports are Sihanouk-Ville's biggest draw, visits are in order to the town's bustling market and to Sihanouk-Ville's colorful fishing port. Visitors can also hike to the summit of 132-meter -high Sihanouk-Ville Mountain for fantastic views for fantastic views of the coastline and to explore hilltop Wat Leu. Wat khrom also makes for a nice visit and commands panoramic vistas of Gulf of Thailand. Sihanouk-Ville is a must in Cambodia, and Somin-Angkor Horizon Travel can take you there. Kampot and Kep
- Kampot province
is located 143 km southwest of Phnom Penh. It can be reached by Nation Road No 3. Kampong is on the potential coast of Cambodia boasting many natural and cultural sites of interest to tourists, bout nation and international.
Kampot province is located the southern coastal region, Kampot is arguably the most beautiful province of Cambodia, offering beaches, deserted islands, wooded mountains, caves, a national park, waterfalls, and a picturesque colonial town of the same name. Pepper, salt, and durians are the main agricultural products although the nascent tourist industry is beginning to flourish, filling Kampot town with upscale restaurants and hotels.
- BOKOR HILL STATION:
Is a mountain top collection of buildings (hotel, casino, church, royal residence, etc.), constructed by French authorities in the early 1920s as a compliment to the already popular Kep resort area. In the 1990s a travel author referred to Bokor as ‘the eeriest place in the world’, and it lives up to that reputation. In its time, Bokor was an elegant getaway for French officials and foreign visitors to old Indochina. But years of neglect have left ghostly ruins - vestiges of a different age, often shrouded in fog and clouds. One thing that the years have not changed is the absolutely spectacular view of the coast and the cool (sometimes-cold) mountain air. Wild elephants and other jungle animal are occasionally seen. For experienced riders, it’s a moderate dirt bike ride. It is painful but possible on a small 100cc bike. Bring warm clothes.
- Caves in Kampot:
The caves of Phnom Ta’aun are part of a limestone formation. Narrow cave, chimney, passages with rock formations. A bit more interesting are the caves at Phnom Sia.
Kampong Trach: Kampong Trach is the district that borders Vietnam. The road trip from Kampot to the main town passes though some picturesque rural areas.
The area's main attraction is a series of limestone caves and tubes that have been carved into a nearby mountain. The roof of a large cave in the center of a mountain has collapsed, making a small, enclosed jungle. Pagodas and shrines have been built amongst the caves, providing for some excellent photo possibilities. Bring a flashlight and wear good walking shoes.
Visiting the pepper plantations. Meeting the farmers, walk through their remote village to reach their small pepper plantations, experience the entire process that bring this world famous pepper to your taste buds. KEP: - Kep Beach and Rabbit Island:
A single, kilometer long crescent of sand near the tip of the Kep peninsula. Dining platforms and seafood vendors line the road behind the beach.- Rabbit Island nearby Kep:
White sand beaches and coconut trees. Relatively clear water. Snorkel around the rocks. No coral but lots of fish. -Phnom Chhgnork:
Pre-Angkorian ruin set in a limestone cave amongst stalagmites and stalactites that are slowly growing into the ruin. Small 4th-5th century AD brick structure associate. Koh Kong:- Koh Kong
is the most southwestern province of Cambodia. It is one of the biggest provinces in the whole country with a long coastline and a mountainous, forested and largely inaccessible interior, which embraces part of the Cardamom Mountains, the biggest coherent rainforest of Southeast Asia. Its tourist attractions include abundant wildlife; big waterfalls and casinos on the border to Thailand, while an Export Processing Zone and new port facilities are being developed for international trade.
The city is surrounded with a large forested area connected to the mainland by bridges and ferries. It's generally a quiet town, but there are many reasons to stay in Koh Kong for more than one night such as the nearby islands, rivers, tours into the nature and the buzzing nightlife.
The province is an increasingly popular gateway to Cambodia from Hat Lek in southern Thailand.
- Tatai River and Tatai 4 Rivers Floating Lodge.
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Leave your imagination at the door, because the Cardamoms will go beyond even your wildest expectations. As you stroll through the virgin forest, the stillness is broken only by the roar of the Tatai river as water cascades and crashes into a gorge 12ft below.
Once the torrent has been tamed in the dry season, it is possible to wade out into the gently rolling stream and dive into the depths below. The water is as crystal pure as nature intended.
The lush forested slopes of the Cardamoms are a perfect hiding place for the rare Javan rhinoceros, Indochinese tiger and Asian elephant. A sighting of one of these threatened species is worth 1,000 safaris anywhere else in the natural world. Gibbons sometimes serenade at sunrise and barking deer yelp at the edge of the jungle. Siamese crocodiles, once thought extinct, have also been seen in the rivers that criss-cross this magical haven.