Kampong Saom Travel Guide

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Kampong Saom Things to Do

  • Shopping

    Where to do shopping?There is a small local market away from the beach (2 miles). Basic stuff can be found here. The shop owner are mot local & Vietnamese. What can you buy:- Seafood- Souvernir - Fashion stuff (fake and cheap)Bargain:- Surely you have to pack with great skill of bargain. However, you need to respect the seller, if you cannot come...

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  • Seafood - Crab crab crab

    When you reach the beach (Serendipity - we had good time here), you'd have various choices of food here. Every beach bar serves food & drink at price $2 - $12. You can order some food not included in the menu, but remember to deal the price carefully in the first place. We ordered 2kg of steamed crab at $10 per kg, and it was fantastic (see the...

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  • St Michael's Church

    This modern church is located to the north of Downtown and was built in 1962 and served local Catholics until 1975. Under the Khmer Rouge regime between 1975-79 the church was used as a prison and after 1979 used as storage until it re-opened as a church in 1993. It's designed like a ships sail by the renowned Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann who...

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  • Independence Square

    This is located on the way from Victory Hill to Downtown and features the Independence Monument that was built in 1985. It's a shrine where I saw some monks praying at one day and it sits in a square which honours the independence and war dead of Cambodia.

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  • Market

    Sihanoukville has two markets in Downtown, near the bus station. One of them sells fruit and vegetables while the other sells clothes and household items.

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  • Victory Beach

    I stayed on Victory Hill and this small beach is really all there is. It's pretty quiet here and so I found myself on the better Ochheuteal Beach most of the time. If you're here, then check out Airport - a restaurant/bar that features an old Russian Antonov plane on concrete posts inside a hanger shaped building. You'll find "business class"...

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Kampong Saom Restaurants

  • Holy cow - Western

    Restaurant provides diferent kinds of dishes frm Khmer to Western. Most of food is prepared with much vinegar. It's not fit Indochinese tast at all. The price could range frm 3 - $8. It takes quite a long time to prepare. However, the boy (staff) was really nice to us. Beer: 1 can: $1, 1 jug: $3.5. @: Tomyam is the best :) Tomyam

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  • BBQ'd seafood

    While in Sihanoukville you simply have to try out a beach BBQ. I had one on Ochheuteal Beach where I had nine king prawns, fries, salad and a beer for under $10! Great stuff!

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  • Good breakfasts & crepes

    This small and friendly place is run by a French guy on Victory Hill. I came here a few times for breakfast where they do some great crepes, milk shakes and fruit juices.

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  • Tranquility at Serendipity

    We were looking for a nice place at the beach to have breakfast and we found Tranquility Guesthouse. It's a western owned guest house that also has a Restaurant / Beach Bar. Our Breakfast was delicious and the view is just great.

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  • Tasty Curries (once upon a time)

    This simple hole-in-the-wall place on Weather Station Hill above Victory Beach has some of the best local curries in Cambodia.A huge portion (enough for two) costs less than 2$.2005 update : this place still exists, but no Khmer curries on the menu anymore, plenty of western and thai food though. The times have changed. It's still cheap, but with...

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  • Great Views and Prices

    This is one of the better restaurants in Kampong Som. Not only is the food good, but the atmosphere is great as well. This open air restaurant with a large outdoor terrace has an excellent view of the ocean, islands off the coast of Cambodia, and the town. Try the local fish.

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Kampong Saom Nightlife

  • Booze and more on the beach

    The beach at Serendipity is quiet during the day and becomes more animated as the night falls.It's close to town and there are many restaurants and bars. Some are 'classic' bars with or without barbecued food option in the evening, others offer more exotic stuff like this one with joints & happy herb pizza for sale.Cambodia has severed drugs laws...

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  • Night - Bar - In & Out

    When night falls, there are not many options for travellers at Sihanoukville (SHV). 1. Sitting along the beach, having some seafood, watching firework, buying some knitted bands (man made). 2. Go watch some movies, or play PS3 at Top Cat.3. Get drunk at the bars along the beach.4. Go Utopia (a bar) drink Tequilla * beer, listen to music & jokes....

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  • Ochheuteal Beach

    Virtually all of the beach shacks along Ochheuteal Beach set up chairs and tables in the evening in order to cash in on nightlife drinking. As well as these, you'll also find "proper" bars such as the Blue Dolphin on Serendipity Beach.

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  • Featuring an old Russian Antonov plane!

    This amazing place right on Victory Beach had only just opened when I visited in late December 2008. It features an old Russian Antonov plane on concrete posts inside a hanger shaped building with "business class" lounge areas on each side of the plane, a gold BMW split in half and mounted on the wall and everything is decked out to be like an...

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  • Hostess bars

    I stayed on Victory Hill and even though the area is a bit of a dump with rough roads, it does feature many bars. One I went to was The Look, opened in 2007 by a Swiss guy, where Angkor draft is $1 and they have pool tables and TV; and a lounge bar that played R&B videos. There's also a few hostess bars.

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  • Bar-to-bar in Ocheuteal beach

    There are several bars in Ocheuteal beach. You can't miss to see them when you walk along the beach at night. Cheap beers, load music, backpackers, local beach boys and girls (many of them are prostitutes).

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Kampong Saom Transportation

  • Flying Cambodia Angkor Air

    New company Cambodia Angkor Air flies from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville in one hour. This beats 10 or 11 hours by road!They also fly to Phonh Penh and Vietnam (but we noticed than the flights from Hanoi tend to be cancelled quite a bit! They seems to fly between quite a few places in Asia and are a joint venture with Vietnam AirlinesSmall plane,...

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  • Motorcycle taxi

    The main form of transportation around town is by motorcycle taxi. They are anywhere, anytime. Just look for a guy sitting on a motorcycle with a baseball cap. Rides around town are 1 to 3 dollar, depending on distance, and you can usually get 2 passengers on one motorcycle. Most trips are only a few minutes, but you can hire a motorcycle to take...

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  • Road trip on bus to PNP

    From HCM - PNP:+Mailinh open tour: 31A/1 Hung Vuong, Dist 5, HCM+Mailinh open tour (PNP office): #391, Sihanouk Blvd., Phnom Penh +SAPACO: 325 Pham Ngu Lao street, district 1, HCMC. http://sapacotourist.com/dulich/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=180&lang=en=> It takes 6hr to PNP including paper work (visa, passport scan...at the...

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Kampong Saom Shopping

  • Local market

    Near the entrance u may find a shop on the left side where people sell dresses (alot).We tried to do good bargain. 1st the owner offered $7 for a dress(u will see the pic), and we tried to cut it down to $5. And we think it was the best deal we have there.Try to cut down a couple $. Vietnamese would not interested doing biz with Asian. (A lot of...

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  • Rajana Sihanoukville

    Rajana Association is part of Starfish Project and is an income generation and skills training project that produces Fair Trade products using traditional Cambodian skills with contemporary ideas. T-Shirts, Mugs, Cards, etc. Children T-Shirts USD 4, T-Shirts USD 5, Cards at 75 cents, etc.

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  • The Guy from KC

    Downtown Sihanoukville (Kampong Saom) is not terribly large, spanning about five blocks with a slightly dusty feel. That said, everything is available, from banks for cashing traveller's checks to a used bookstore.When cashing traveller's checks in Cambodia, be sure that the signature on your checks matches the signature in your passport. A woman...

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Kampong Saom Local Customs

  • Wedding receptions on the beach

    Weddings seems to be big in Cambodia. We passed quite a few with their colourful decorations, garlands of flowers and very loud music. In big cities is quite normal to erect a marquee in the street (and block it completely) and in Sihaknouville the thing to do is to rent a beach restaurant for the evening & have entertainers on a stage on the beach...

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  • New Year's Eve

    I visited Sihanoukville for a few days over the New Year 2009 period. Expect many of the hotels and guesthouses to be full during this period. I had wanted to stay on Ochheuteal Beach, as this is the best beach, but instead had to settle on the Victory Beach area. Anyway, I visited Ochheuteal Beach on New Year's Eve to see in the New Year and the...

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  • Locals Love the Beach

    Ochhateul Beach in particular is extremely popular with Khmers, some local, some on vacation from Phnom Penh. On the day I was there, I was the only Barang (foreigner) on the beach until a group of Germans showed up later.Also, and this is true throughout Cambodia, the tourists you'll meet will almost certainly be European or Australian. There's...

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Kampong Saom Warnings and Dangers

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    by DrewV Updated Jul 10, 2003

    Just because the beach seems idyllic doesn't mean it actually is. Be careful with your posessions -- thieves do patrol the beach and will be more than happy to snatch your goods while you're wading in the surf. So be careful.

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Kampong Saom Off The Beaten Path

  • Ream National Park, part II

    A trip to Ream National Park is a fine way to spend a day in Sihanoukville (Kampong Saom). Having a pristine beach all to yourself makes for a lovely jaunt -- be sure to bring something to much on. Also, be sure to hike out anything that you bring in. Leave only footprints.And watch your step. Those jellyfish can be nasty.

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  • Ream National Park

    Sihanoukville (Kampong Saom) itself is off the beaten path enough, but to get way off, it's worthwhile to catch a trip to Ream National Park, just east of town.Here's what I wrote in my journal at the time:"I'm sitting in a boat slowly working its way past the sandbars in an estuary on the Gulf of Thailand. It's low tide, so the sandbars are...

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  • Sunsets

    As Sihanoukville faces west, you'll get some lovely photo opportunities when the sunsets along the beach. Here's a few shots of mine.

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  • Vietnam Visa

    There's a very useful Vietnamese consulate on the hill before you come into Downtown from Victory Hill and was where I got my Vietnamese Visa. It only took about 5 minutes of waiting before I had the visa in my passport and in my hand! Quite amazing and just shows you how fast they can really do it. My visa cost me $37 (December 2008).

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  • Independence Beach

    Independence Beach is a privat beach for Sea Breeze Guesthouse and Independence Hotel. Anyway it's nothing to do in this beach and it's not so nice, so who care if it's closed for the public.

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