Kep is a quiet coastal town that is a favourite getaway destination for the local Cambodian people, which means it can get a little crowded on the weekends. This region witnessed a significant upgrade in 2013 with the beach area expanded by shipping in white sand from other coastal areas around the country. A nearby promenade is packed with stalls hiring out seats, parasols and rubber rings, as well as food and drink stands selling a great range of refreshments.
When people think of Sihanoukville, they often think of a busy, backpacker-saturated party beach. While this may be true of the Serendipity and Ochheuteal Beaches in the heart of town, it could not be further from the truth at Otres 2.
Sihanoukville has seven beaches in total, and most of them are great places to relax for a few days. But there are none as idyllic at Otres 2, the furthest, quietest and most peaceful beach here. Situated on the Gulf of Thailand, the seas are calm and clear with pristine white beaches. There are a few boutique places to stay and a range of little shacks and local restaurants to eat at a very relaxing place to end to your trip.
All of the beaches on Koh Rong Saloem, an island two hours off the coast of Sihanoukville, will have you gaping in awe, but Lazy Beach is particularly beautiful. Shaded by pine trees and benefiting from a daily sweep to keep it spotless, the golden sands of Lazy Beach make for excellent daytime sunning.
The waters around the beach have many snorkeling options and other parts of Koh Rong Saloem are a favorite of divers and fishing enthusiasts from the mainland. At night, you can watch the deep pink sunsets from the beach with a tropical cocktail in hand.
The clue is in the name, with Lonely Beach sitting at Koh Rong’s isolated northern tip. Development is yet to hit the area and there remains only one resort there, meaning guests pretty much have this secluded paradise to themselves. If you are lucky, a late-night dip may light up the waters, as bioluminescent plankton like to hang out here. Make sure you remember to pack all the essentials because there is not a shop in sight.
Sner Beach gets the tourist completely away from the masses with its wild beauty and isolation. This beach is off the beaten track and frequently used by the local Cambodian people. But, it is still a pleasant place to visit to truly lay back and relax on one of the many hammocks. The beach has plenty of small eateries serving many different fresh seafood dishes, such as fried squid, crab, and prawns, which are served with portions of vegetables and rice. A visit in the evening is great with plenty of seafood barbecues active along the shoreline with the delicious food washed down with a cold beer.
Koh Tonsay, or Rabbit Island, sits about a 20-minute boat ride from Kep. Development is sparse on the small island, with accommodation in the form of a few basic wooden huts on the shoreline. Most visitors stop off at the island for the day to splash in the shallow waters, feast on the local food served from the few basic restaurants and relax in the hammocks that swing beneath the palm trees.
Koh Ta Kiev
A stay on the isolated Koh Ta Kiev is certain to appeal to the travelers on the Cambodia travel in search of a complete break from modern life. This island only has a few bungalows along the shoreline with the most seen on Long Beach. This is a tropical island paradise with crystal-clear waters, desolate beaches and palm trees gently wafting in the wind. Koh Ta Kiev is great to simply relax around a campfire with not much in the way of modern conveniences available.