Cambodia is home to stretches of pristine beaches, picturesque tropical islands, and white sand lapped by a turquoise ocean. Surrounded by Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and the Gulf of Thailand is teeming with beautiful coastal destinations along the Gulf of Thailand. The major attraction would be that you will get to enjoy some of the most attractive beaches in the world with very less crowd. if you want to escape from the crowd and enjoy a secluded time in one of the best tropical destinations in the world, then Cambodia is for you. Here is the list of the top five beaches you can enjoy in Cambodia.
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Koh Rong Samloem is certainly one of the most beautiful pristine paradises that you will ever experience. lined with swaying coconut trees, hammocks, fine white sand beaches, clear turquoise waters, the beach is no less than a paradise. This beach is perfect for an escape from the crowd as it is still a long way off from becoming over-run by tourists. Koh Rong Samloem is a small island with only two sides; Lazy Beach and Saracen Bay. Lazy Beach is a bit livelier, while the Saracen Bay is very touristy. Located on the west side of the island, you can reach Lazy Beach Resort with just a forty-minute walk through the jungle. You can also take a speedboat from Sihanoukville, from the main tourist beach of Saracen Bay. You can simply lay back and relax in this gorgeous beach with its calm and crystal clear water. Here, you can also stay in a beachside bungalow, overlooking the blue waters and white sandy beaches, with verdant jungles being just short walk away. This beach doesn’t see much tourists, so there is a huge chance that you will be one of the only handful of tourists. You can snorkel around in the crystal clear water, or relax on a hammock and enjoy the sea breezes. There is also a bar and restaurant on the beach so you can enjoy some cocktails or delicious foods without leaving the beach.
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Although very serene than the alternatives of Sihanoukville, Otres is getting filled up with concrete accommodation including swimming pools and Ac. Now, these buildings almost outnumber the bamboo huts lined in the sand. However, it still is less touristy than its counterparts, so you can enjoy a tranquil time of your escape from the crowd. with its chilled-out vibe, Otres attracts the more laidback traveller. The beach lies just south of the more popular coastal spots in Sihanoukville and is a lot quieter and relaxed. Before you reach this gorgeous coastline, there is a row of bars and accommodation. Otres Beach is great for watersports like kayaking and also windsurfing. On Saturday nights, they also open the Otres Market, which you must visit. this market contains many food stalls and lives music that goes on until the early hours of Sunday morning.
Koh Rong is the biggest and most developed island of Cambodia and attracts lots of travellers, the majority of them heading right to Koh Touch. This island boasts miles of scenic coastline and pristine beaches. However, with 28 beaches of the island, peace is easy to find. One of the most popular beaches on this island is Sok San Beach, also known as Long Beach. the beach is 7km long and is easily accessible by foot or by boat. This stretch of white sand that crunches beneath your feet and crystal clear water is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches in Cambodia. The television show Survivor was also filmed here, which has increased tourism significantly. But, it still is a great place to enjoy snorkelling, and you will find uncrowded space to enjoy the escape. At night, the luminous water actually sparkles when it is disturbed, which is a spectacular reason to visit after sunset. It is home to several guesthouses, upmarket Sok San Resort and the recently-opened, luxurious five-star Royal Sands Koh Rong.
There are two neighbouring beaches in Sihanoukville, called Serendipity Beach and Occheuteal Beach. Serendipity Beach is the rocky outcropping steps from the sand, but often both beaches are called Serendipity. The beach has beautiful golden sand, stretching up to 2miles and a lively ferry pier at one end. Buried between the trees on the low hill that overlooks the Serendipity Beach are stacks of wooden and bamboo bungalows with stunning views straight out to sea. You can reach the Serendipity Beach through the Serendipity Beach Road with numbers of like restaurants, bars and even a golf course on either side of the road. This spot is quite popular with backpackers; however, it also has lots of mid-range and luxury hotels.
Koh Tonsay is an island located near the Vietnam Border. In English, Koh Tonsay means Rabbit Island. the name Rabbit Island comes from the shape of the island, not from any rabbits there. you can reach the island with just a 20minute boat ride from Kep. This island is developing slowly, making it perfect for a getaway with plenty of seclusions and virtually no crowds. Except for a few local fishing huts, there are only a few bungalows and restaurants catering to tourists. At Koh Tonsay, you can enjoy hiking inland, scout out secluded spots on the beach and also go for some snorkelling trips. With sparse development, the accommodation on the island is a few basic wooden huts on the shoreline. The accommodation here is almost the same, with the difference being the ones with private or shared toilet and if beachfront or not. And, usually, you should not make a reservation; you can simply visit any hotel and ask for a room. Most visitors stop at the island for a day or two to enjoy the shallow waters, indulge in authentic local dishes, fresh seafood, and relax in the hammocks that swing beneath the palm trees. The boat to Rabbit Island leaves from Rabbit Island Pier at 9 am and 1 pm and return at 3 pm or 4 pm.