Off the south coast of Cambodia, paradiscal beach islands and pulse-slowing sunsets are accessible via a short boat ride from the seaside town of Sihanoukville. Sprawling stretches of white sand, lapping waves and hammocks swaying under palms give way to diverse marine life under the waves and prime water sport locations, as well as stilted fishing villages still abiding by the traditional way of life. Most travelers head to Koh Rong, but treat yourself to a stay at a private island resort, such as the eco-havens of Song Saa or Six Senses Krabey Island, and you won't regret it.
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Diving in Cambodia's southern waters is varied and exciting. There are two shipwrecks here, about 130 feet underwater. One such shipwreck is the SS Mayaguez, the subject of a major battle between US forces and the Khmer Rouge – and the last skirmish of the Vietnam War. Trips to the area require an overnight stay at Koh Tang Island.
Off the coast of Sihanoukville lie more than 12 islands, each with unique attractions. Fishing enthusiasts will love Koh Rong, which offers excellent crabbing opportunities. Nearby Koh Rong Samlon sports excellent diving and marine life, while sleepy stilted fishing villages unveil a whole other side of enduring local life still ongoing in Cambodia's southern isles.
Six Senses Krabey Island
Six Senses' 40 pool villas offer sustainable accommodation in an Edenic setting; lush tropical foliage, jewel-toned waters, golden sands and fuchsia sunsets. There a big focus on wellness here and guests can participate in detox programs, yoga sessions in picturesque island locations, as well as groundbreaking therapies led by visiting practitioners. Create your own natural products at The Alchemy Bar, retreat into the Meditation Cave and rise to sun salutations against a backdrop of endless ocean horizon.
Song Saa Private Island
Song Saa is a private island resort comprised of two "sweetheart" islets and 24 villas, not far from neighboring Koh Rong. Aside from being a five-star, ultra-luxe property, this resort is also a beacon of sustainability in Southeast Asia, featuring a 12-acre marine reserve, conservation projects, gourmet meals made from locally-sourced ingredients (and fresh seafood!), and much more besides.
The Starfish Bakery and Café
Back on the mainland, The Starfish Bakery and Café in Sihanoukville is run by an NGO and serves quiche, tortillas, sandwiches, salads and Western-style breakfast - worth a stop for a quick bite while you're waiting for your boat transfer. The income generated helps to fund micro-loans, as well as simple housing and medical treatments for very poor Cambodians.
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Southern Islands Itineraries
This 12-day luxury journey through Cambodia takes you through Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, into the jungles, and down to the sea. You’ll visit heart-wrenching memorial sites like the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Museum, go on an anti-poaching patrol, and of course, visit the unforgettable Angkor Wat temples, all while staying in world-class hotels.
- 12 days / 11 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $12,700
This 16-day tour of Cambodia’s natural beauty, culture, and history will take you from Phnom Penh, Kampong Cham, Kratie, Stung Treng, Preah Rumkel, Preah Vihear, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville. You’ll visit the country’s renowned sights, including the infamous Cheung Ek Killing Fields, Angkor Wat, forests, waterfalls, and more.
- 16 days / 15 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $14,100
See the best of Cambodia on this 9-day luxury journey through Phnom Penh, Kep, Koh Rong, and Siem Reap. You’ll visit unforgettable sites like Tuol Sleng Museum, the Killing Fields, King Sihanouk's once palace, tranquil Rabbit Island, Song Saa Private Island, and more, while staying in hotels fit for royalty.
- 9 days / 8 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $8,000
Experience meaningful travel with this conservation- and community-focused Cambodia itinerary, designed to deepen your connection with this beautiful country.
- 10 days / 9 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $10,900
Celebrate a special time in your life by renewing spirit, heart and mind on this 11-day tour through Cambodia’s serene landscapes, traveling from temple-dotted plains down the mighty Mekong river and to the sea. Explore the ancient ruins and lost temples on the ground and from above, get a glimpse of the quotidian lifestyle of local villagers, swim with sea turtles in the warm waters of the Koh Rong Archipelago, and ultimately leave this enchanting nation feeling renewed.
- 11 days / 10 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $17,800
Six Senses Krabey Island in Cambodia – located just a short drive and speedboat ride from Sihanoukville Airport – is comprised of 40 pool villas set against the picturesque and natural landscape of this beautiful island. Employing the best in sustainable and environmentally-responsible building materials alongside cutting edge technology, the villas include a luxurious master bedroom, separate bathroom and tub, and outdoor rain showers, as well as a private plunge pool and outside decking – ideal for sunbathing and al fresco poolside dining. The resort boasts four restaurants and bars, including a deli and ice-cream parlor, as well as Tree Restaurant - the resort’s specialty dining restaurant, which also offers cooking classes to guests intrigued to learn some of the finer points of local cuisine. To experience the best this spa resort has to offer, guests should take advantage of the Six Senses Integrative Wellness, detox, yoga programs, or pay a visit to the Alchemy Bar, where they will find a cornucopia of different treatments by resident experts, in addition to the groundbreaking therapies of visiting practitioners.
Song Saa Private Island spans the pristine golden beaches and lush rainforest of two islands: Koh Quen and Koh Bong. These islands, locally known as “The Sweethearts” (Song Saa), are joined by a sustainably built footbridge, which protects the islands’ natural reefs and exotic marine life Along with the islands’ bucolic vistas, the resort itself offcrs luxurious amenities, including a yoga center bordering the shoreline, spa and wellness sanctuaries among the rainforest, and all the equipment and expertise necessary for kayaking, snorkeling, and boating. When it comes to dining, guests enjoy a choice of exotic cuisine, locally sourced and prepared to reflect the islands’ unique environs while fusing traditional Khner cooking with Western culinary tradition. Stop by the Driftwood Bar for a casual tapas meal by the beach or for a slightly more formal but equally scenic and relaxing dining experience, enjoy the Vista Bar and Restaurant.
Sokha Beach Resort
Located just 5 minutes from Sihanoukville and occupying a splendid 23-hectare beachfront location, Sokha Beach Resort is the town's most finest property. Set in beautiful tropical gardens with its own private beach, the resort's luxurious rooms & suites are decorated in traditional Khmer style and all come with aircon, cable TV, iron/board, tea/coffee facilities and minibar. The resort has several restaurants & bars, with guests able to dine on local seafood right by the beach and enjoy a fine global selection of wines at Sokha Wine Bar. Leisure facilities include a spa, gym, swimming pool, tennis court and children's playground.
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