Often in search of the mystical temples of Cambodia, travellers miss out on the other beautiful side of the country – its stunning and unspoilt beaches. Unlike the many bustling beach destinations of Southeast Asia, Cambodian beaches offer a much relaxed vibe and let you spend a peaceful time. Perfect for lazing around, enjoying mesmerizing scenery, and devouring authentic sea food, here are the best 5 beaches in Cambodia.
Otres Beach, Sihanoukville
Roughly 20 minutes of tuk-tuk ride from Sihanoukville, the Otres is a quiet and relaxed beach with great views. Along the beautiful white sand beach, you will find several pocket-friendly bars, cafes, and shacks to enjoy drinks, barbeque, and sea food. Go on a boat ride to the adjoining islands or indulge in activities like windsurfing or kayaking. The neighbouring Otres 2 is a quieter beach with some upscale restros and cafes.
Coral Beach, Koh Ta Kiev
Among the several beaches on the Koh Ta Kiev island, the Coral Beach is a great tropical getaway. Accessible by boat, the sparsely crowded beach is a beautiful spot for relaxing and lounging on soft white sand under the sun. You can easily find places to stay, eat, and drink, and the best part is renting a hammock for the entire day to laze on at this amazing beach. If you feel like seeking adventure, enjoy a trek across the forest, snorkelling, spear fishing, kayaking, or cliff jumping.
Long Beach, Koh Rong
Koh Rong, one of the most developed islands of Cambodia attracts a heap of visitors; however, with around 28 beaches, it is not difficult to find a quiet spot to sit back and relax. Away from the bustling beachside resorts and bars, lies a 7 km long stretch of peaceful and mesmerizing beach with pristine blue water and white sand. The clear water here makes it a great spot for snorkelling. The water around this beach is phosphorescent and actually glows in the dark when disturbed.
Sner Beach, Koh Kong
One of the offbeat beaches in Cambodia, Sner is located in the Koh Kong province on Cambodian mainland. The picturesque turquoise waters, swaying palms, soft white sand, secluded bays and coves, as well as several eateries and beach shacks make it a perfect outdoor. Let the foodie in you relish the fresh seafood available here; you will simply love the crabs, fishes, prawns, fried squids and other dishes, drinks and beverages. Watching the sun set while relaxing on a lounger or a hammock is a wonderful thing to do when here.
Serendipity Beach, Sihanoukville
Serendipity beach is Cambodia’s top beach-party destination. Teeming with bars and eateries, the beach which is a peaceful spot to relax during the day, turns lively as the Sun goes down when you can see groups of travellers enjoying chilled beer and snacks in neon lit shacks with music filling up the space. If partying is not your thing, you can admire the lovely views of the ocean or take a leisurely stroll along the quieter stretches of the beach.