Cambodia's best beaches
Travellers to Cambodia are often in search of temples, monuments and monasteries. For this destination, many travellers may not envision Cambodia as the best place to go for their next beach holiday. It may be a surprise, then, to hear that this is a place blessed with some of the most stunning beaches in Asia. The best part is that a beach break in Cambodia isn’t filled with the touristy crowds that a lot of South Asian beach resorts welcome – that is if you know where to go. Here are the best beaches in Cambodia.
Koh Rong Saloem
Koh Rong Saloem is the quieter little sister of Koh Rong, a well-established party island frequented by backpackers and tourists who need to let their hair down and dance the night away. But just a stone’s throw from this place of late night raves and neon lights is a much more tranquil hidden gem. Becoming increasingly popular, this picture perfect island is becoming well known for its incredible diving sites but is still unspoiled.
If you are looking for beaches that look like the backdrop of glossy magazine shoots, the west island is the place for you. The aptly-named Lazy Beach is an idyllic base for relaxing days in the sun.
Koh Thmei is the perfect spot to escape it all and reconnect with nature. This island boasts just 200 residents and has a rustic charm that will ensure you fall head over heels the moment you touch down. Here, you can enjoy direct access to pristine beaches from the front door of a basic bamboo hut, you can spot turtles flipping around in the water and you can explore the wilds of Ream National Park whose wetlands boast a hugely diverse mixture of sea-front forests, coral reefs and local wildlife.
If the idea of living without WiFi for a few days seems like a nightmare, Kho Totang is perhaps not the ideal destination for you. This far-flung paradise is geared towards those who want to totally cut away from the distractions of daily life. Discover the natural beauty and simply switch off for a while. The water is blue-green, the sand is golden and there’s a gentle breeze that brings respite on a hot day.
Coral Beach, Koh Ta Kiev
Located close to Ream National Park, the island of Koh Ta Kiev offers several beaches, however, the best of which is Coral Beach. This is a tranquil spot, but there’s also a host of activities available and access to amenities for those who don’t enjoy being totally cut off from the world. Swimming and snorkelling is very popular here, and if you’re feeling especially brave, this is also a popular spot for cliff jumping.
Koh Tonsay translates as ‘Rabbit Island’ in English. This island is located close to the Vietnamese border and it is easily accessible from the charming resort of Kep. In just 20 minutes, you can reach the island by boat. Once you get there, it is a stunning spot for sunbathing, but there are also a variety of activities for more active travellers, there are also fantastic hiking trails with spectacular views.
With a name like Serendipity Beach, you can’t go wrong. Fortunately, this breathtaking expanse of sand really lives up to its name. This is a truly mesmerising place to catch some rays, take a dip and discover the local sea life. Located in Sihanoukville, Serendipity Beach offers easy access to restaurants and al fresco bars, but it doesn't ever feel overcrowded or commercialised. The beach stretches two kilometres, so there’s plenty of space to lay down your towel and top up your tan without worrying about encroaching on others’ space.
When you’ve had enough of the sun – if this is at all possible – follow Serendipity Beach Road to grab a bite to eat, enjoy a refreshing drink or even hone your skills on the local putting greens.