Sihanoukville was developed from the jungle into the country’s first and only deepwater port in late 1950s. The original name of the city, Kampong Som, was changed to the present one in honor of the King.
Situated 230 km southwest of Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville is surrounded by palm-fringed sandy beaches and pristine tropical islands off its south and west coast. Beaches here lies on the west contour of the city, from north to south, namely Victory Beach, Lamherkay Beach, Koh Pos Beach, Independence Beach, Sokha beach, Serendipity Beach , Occheuteal Beach and Otres beach . The most popular beaches are Occheuteal, Sokha, Independence and Victory. From here, you can go island hopping, diving, snorkeling and game fishing at the islands nearby (it is recommended that you use the tour service from a reliable shop). To spice up the flavor of the trip, visitors here should not miss a wide selection of seafood at any fine seaside or hill top restaurants while enjoying the scenic view of the sun setting from the horizon.
The main body of Sihanoukville is spread thinly across a peninsula-like spit of land, surrounded on three sides by beaches. Near the center of the peninsula, 1-3km from the beaches, the downtown area contains the main market, hotels, restaurants, bus stations and other businesses. Hotels and restaurants can be found across the peninsula, but many are concentrated into three areas: 1) downtown, about 5 minutes from the beaches by moto taxi. Mid-range hotels, restaurants and bars, the main market, banks and convenience stores; 2) Ochheuteal and ‘Serendipity’ beaches with a couple of the town’s best hotels, several mid-range places, and lots of bungalows at the ‘Serendipity’ end of Ochheuteal; 3) Weather Station Hill (a.k.a. Port Hill, Victory Hill), where there are several budget guesthouses and restaurants