Ten things to do in Sihanoukville

By FlipNomad for Yahoo! Travel

Sihanoukville would probably be the most famous destination in Cambodia for the sun worshippers and beach lovers. This coastal city in the South of Cambodia offers a lot of fun activities to local and foreign travellers alike. I recently stayed in Sihanoukville for a month and enjoyed my entire stay.

Here are some activities that I recommend you try in Sihanoukville:

1. Beach hopping

Sihanoukville has a lot of beaches to choose from. If you like to party with a huge crowd of people then Serendipity Beach would be your best choice. For those who love quiet moments while enjoying the beauty of the beach, go to Otres Beach. And for those who can afford to splurge a bit, you can stay at Sokha Beach.

2. Island hopping

If the beaches on the coast of Sihanoukville captivated your heart then wait till you see the gorgeous outlying islands. Tours to Bamboo Island could go for as low as $15. There are also tours available to farther islands such as Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloen. You can book your tours with any travel agencies in downtown or in Serendipity.

3. Eat seafood on the beach

There are lots of vendors selling grilled squids, fried mantis shrimps and fishes on the beach of Serendipity. Make sure to bargain though to get a great deal. Alternatively, restaurants on the beach front also sell a variety of seafood.

4. Watch fireworks at Serendipity

One of the most unusual things that I saw in Serendipity is the nightly "mini" fireworks display. Vendors are selling fireworks on the beach and you get to enjoy a short fireworks display every now and then.

5. Booze cruise

For the young backpackers who love to party, a daily Booze Cruise is being arranged by a bar in Serendipity. The $25 fee covers the boat fee and drinks coupon. Enjoy partying with your fellow travellers as you sail along various islands in Cambodia.

6. Watch live bands

There's a nightly rock ban performance at Led Zephyr for those who love live music while having dinner. They also have a nightly BBQ buffet.

7. Eat fresh sea urchin

One of the novelties being offered by some tour guides is a chance to eat a fresh sea urchin. For a dollar or two, they'll get you one and prepare it for your consumption as well.

8. Visit the market

The central market of Sihanoukville is bustling and lively. One of my favourite activities on my travels is visiting markets as I get to know more about the local culture by observing the products being sold at their markets. This particular market will give you a chance to see a variety of seafood being consumed by locals.

9. Go diving and snorkelling

The coast of Cambodia offers some great diving spots and many of these are really seldom visited by tourists. A variety of marine life can be seen such as seahorses, spotted rays and giant puffers. There are a lot of dive shops offering great deals in Serendipity and in downtown.

10. Try boating, fishing and other water sports

Various travel agencies can arrange a variety of water sports for you. You could go boating, fishing, wind surfing or skim boarding. You can also rent jet skis or have fun in the family friendly water park at Serendipity.

If you have enough time, you may also try taking a day trip to Ream National Park which is around 20km from Sihanoukville. The park contains beaches, mangrove forests and tropical jungles. It is recommended that you hire a tuktuk or motor and go straight to Ream and book a guide once you're there.

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