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Ever since The Beach travellers have come in their droves to Southeast Asia looking for their di Caprio moment. No, scrap that. Way before The Beach hit the shelves and cinemas of the world travellers have been coming to the tropics seeking white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, coral reefs and an abundance of marine life. The good news is that there are still plenty of relatively unspoilt beaches in Cambodia for you to discover – though you might not look like di Caprio.
It used to be that those people looking for a Cambodia beach holiday would head for Sihanoukville, but unfortunately the coastal town has be turned into a mini-Macao in recent years. Otres Beach has still a deserted wildness about it, but those looking to get off the beaten track should head to the Cambodia Islands such as Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem. Other islands with great beaches include Koh Ta Kiev, Koh Thmei and Koh Tang. You might have realised by now that Koh means island in Khmer.
If you are looking for Cambodia luxury beach resorts, then you should head either for Song Saa with its own island or Royal Sands. Other resorts worth a visit include Sok San Beach Resort, and Koh Thmei Resort.
If you are looking to book a Cambodia beach holiday the good news is that plenty of sustainable travel companies focus on Cambodia. Alternatively, you can always pitch up and get the bus from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville and then take a boat trip to the islands.
Although the rainy season is when Cambodia is at its most beautiful, it is not perfect for beach lounging. Fortunately the clouds lift in November and do not return until March to April, leaving a long dry season for you to enjoy Cambodia’s beaches. Of course there will be the occasional shower even in the dry season, but this can come as a relief after a long day in the sun. Make sure you drink plenty of water and top up your sunscreen. Tropical sun is intense.
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