Simply Cambodian Beaches with Kep

5 Days, from AU $823

The beautiful beaches of  Sihanoukville

Beach at Ream National Park

The beautiful beaches of  Sihanoukville

Fishing boat at sunset in the Sihanoukville area

Located on the south west peninsula facing the Gulf of Thailand, Sihanoukville was founded as a port town half a century ago, and today is Cambodia’s premier beach destination. Sihanoukville is surrounded by palm fringed white sand beaches, picturesque islands and warm tropical waters. Nearby islands and coral reefs teem with colourful fish and offer excellent snorkelling opportunities. Close by is Ream National Park with secluded beaches, mangrove forests, rivers, tropical jungles and varied wildlife ranging from sun bears to the endangered elongated tortoise. For seafood lovers the local specialities are crab and shrimp.

Further along the coast from Sihanoukville is the small fishing village of Kep, a former retreat for French dignitaries living in Phnom Penh. Abandoned villas dot the area as testament to Kep's former glory. A short boat ride takes you to Rabbit Island offering tranquil palm fringed beaches.

Our “Simply” itineraries are perfect add-ons to your holiday. Discuss options with our Asia Travel Experts.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1. Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville

This morning you're picked up and transferred from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville, where you'll meet your guide for introductions and check-in to your hotel. Your guide will provide you with a quick introduction to Sihanoukville and make plans for your trip tomorrow. Your guide can also provide you with restaurant recommendations. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the day either exploring the area or lying on the beach or besides your pool.

Located on the south west peninsula facing the Gulf of Thailand, Sihanoukville was founded as a port town half a century ago, and today is Cambodia’s premier beach destination. Sihanoukville is surrounded by palm fringed white sand beaches, picturesque islands and warm tropical waters. Nearby islands and coral reefs teem with colourful fish and offer excellent snorkelling opportunities. Close by is Ream National Park with secluded beaches, mangrove forests, rivers, tropical jungles and varied wildlife ranging from sun bears to the endangered elongated tortoise. For seafood lovers the local specialities are crab and shrimp.

Day 2: Sihanoukville

Spend a relaxing day in Ream National Park. Ream National Park offers secluded beaches, mangrove forests, rivers, tropical jungles and varied wildlife ranging from sun bears to the endangered elongated tortoise. The park is home to a number of other animals including macaques, dolphins, mouse deer, pangolins (scaly anteaters) and over a hundred species of birds. Visit the basic but informative park head quarters before setting out to explore the park with your guide.

Board a local boat to explore the mangrove forests and then climb up to the top of the watch tower for spectacular views over the National Park. Continue by boat over open water to experience the beauty and tranquillity of this untouched area. Disembark on a sandy island beach to enjoy a picnic lunch. Relax on the beach, spend time snorkelling or head back for a short 5 kilometres (3 miles) trek through the forest with your guide. Return in the late afternoon to Sihanoukville.

Itinerary Option: Cycle through the national park visiting secluded beaches and learn about Buddhist philosophy from a local Monk.

Day 3: Sihanoukville, Kampot to Kep

Depart from Sihanoukville for the two hour drive to Kampot. Enjoy the picturesque backdrop of the Damrei (Elephant) Mountains on the way. Kampot is regarded as one of Cambodia’s most beautiful provincial towns. Stroll along the riverfront, lined with frangipani trees that blend harmoniously with the French colonial buildings. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the river, and then continue the journey to Kep.

The fishing village of Kep is located on a small headland on the Gulf of Thailand and is a former retreat for the French elite living in Phnom Penh during the colonial days. Abandoned villas dot the area and a former palace of King Sihanouk sits on a hill near the beach as testament to Kep's former glory. Slowly Kep is re-emerging and now offers resort accommodation and recreational activities. Check-in to your hotel on arrival and enjoy free time for the remainder of the day.

Itinerary Option: Note that this transfer does not include a tour guide, although a guide can be included at an additional cost.

Day 4: Kep

Enjoy free time in Kep. There are an abundance of short walks in Kep that wind through the hills with views across the Gulf of Thailand, or simply enjoy swimming or relaxing at the beach.

Itinerary Option: Spend the day on Koh Tonsai, also known as Rabbit Island, with superior snorkelling and swimming opportunities than the Kep beaches.

Day 5: Kep to Phnom Penh

Relax until your transfer from Kep to Phnom Penh. Rest of day depends on main itinerary. Discuss options with our staff.

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Ideas to upgrade or extend your itinerary:

  • Extend your trip to enjoy more time in the sunshine and on the beach.
  • Other options include sailing trips, or one or two nights in Kep with its deserted French beach villas.

Travel Styles

All Get About Asia trips have been designed to make sure you have an unforgettable travel experience. We have developed several trip styles to cater for our diverse range of travellers. Read what your ideal Get About Asia experience might look like here.

Standard:from AU $823
Superior:from AU $984
Deluxe:from AU $1,270

All GetAboutAsia prices are based on twin share and depend on availability and season. All our itineraries can be customised including international flights and extra nights. For questions or further information, Enquire Now!

Important Information

Accommodation:

Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.

Inclusions:
  • All breakfasts at your hotel each morning.
  • All airport transfers.
  • All transport on tour.
  • All itinerary attractions including fees or permits.
  • Professional tour guides for all airport pickups, day tours and activities.
  • Lunch and dinner as indicated on trip notes. We do not include lunch or dinner where it is practical for you to make your own choices, as we find that GetAboutAsia customers prefer the freedom of eating what they want, which is one the of joys of travelling.
Notes:

Visas for Cambodia
It is possible to obtain your Cambodian visa on arrival at the Phnom Penh or Siam Reap international airports or any border crossing for approx. US$30 (cost subject to change) - you will need 2 passport photos.

Price Dependent:

Availability of accommodation and season.

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"The trip to the National park was a nice break from the city/town and the guide was very helpful and organised an hour walk into the jungle and provided a lovely lunch. I had a wonderful trip and all the time and energy put into my trip was much appreciated and went extra well! The accommodation in both places was lovely, especially the hotel in Kep. " — Liz, Sydney, NSW, July 2017

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