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Getting to Sihanoukville & Around

Sihanoukville is located on a peninsula looking over the Gulf of Thailand. It possesses several attractive beaches with white sands and warm clear water.
By Boat (from Thailand / koh kong)

Take that bus from Bangkok to Trad (170 baht). From here, take a van (100 baht) to the border crossing at Haad Lek where you cross over into Koh Kong (for visa requirements, check with your travel agents or Cambodian Embassy). This may necessitate a night stopover in Trad or Koh Kong, although some buses from Khao San Road are scheduled to leave at 1km and arrive at 6am in Trad to enable you to cross straight over in time to catch the first boat). At the border in Koh Kong, take a moto to the ferry dock (50 baht). Here, small ferries run between Koh Kong and Sihanoukville (US$12-15 for foreigners, cheaper at guesthouses). From Koh Kong, the ferry leaves at 8am. From Sihanoukville, the ferry leaves at 12pm from the 'Port of Passenger Ship' near the port of Sihanoukville, just off Hun Sen Beach Drive. The boat stops three times - get off at the second (Rak Long), where it arrives at 4pm - the border closes at 5pm so don't hang around.
 
By Road (from Phnom Penh / Koh Kong)

The bus from Phnom Penh is comfortable and fast (4 hours - 10-12,000 riel), leaving regularly. Different services have different times and slightly different departure point around the Central Market. Minivans also leave from some guesthouses. Shared taxis are also possible from the Central Market, leaving before 10am, at 10,000 riel per person. These are slightly faster than the bus but can be more uncomfortable as they are overfilled.

It is also possible to reach Sihanoukville by road from Koh Kong on National Route 4. Take one of the vans from the border where touts will find you (600 baht). These do not leave until they are full, no matter what they say. Travel time is 5-7 hours, faster on a motorbike.
 
Getting around Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville is not large, but it is spread out. Moto taxis expect foreigners to pay 1-2,000 riel in town and 2-3,000 to the beaches. Agree your price before you go.

You can also rent motorbikes from guesthouses, bus companies and some hotels and restaurants. Many places rent cars also (US$20 per day with or without driver). 100cc bikes are around US$3-5 per day. 250cc bikes are sometimes available at around US$7-8 per day. You will probably need to leave your passport as security. Always lock your bike. Bicycle hire is also possible from around US$2-3.
 
Thing to do

There is a range of accommodation in Sihanoukville and is vast, at every level. Most cheap guesthouses are located around Victory Beach, although there is also a good range of all levels of accommodation near Ochheuteal Beach and downtown.

Apart from the beaches, which also are home to a range of restaurants, cafes and vendors, Sihanoukville also offers the possibility to visit a variety of beautiful island where you can dive, Ream National Park, and Kbal Chhay Waterfalls are in the surrounding area. Most guesthouses can supply further information. Sihanoukville's specialty is seafood, with plenty of decent foreign food available also. If you looking for nightlife, three are many bars, relaxing and quiet through to more vibrant.

Shopping is basic but comprehensive, with convenient stores, bakeries and Psah Leu (Upper market) covering most of what you will need. Money can be changed at the north end of the market at the jewelers / moneychangers. Most banks also offer currency and travelers check exchange and some accept credit cards. The post office is behind the Holiday Palace Casino near Victory Beach. Internet is also available at around US$1-2 per hour.
 
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