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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.
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This morning, you will meet your driver in Phnom Penh who will then take you to Kep. Along the way there will be plenty of stops for you to take some pictures. Upon arrival in Kep, you will check in to your hotel after which you will enjoy your free time for the remainder of the day either exploring the area or lying on the beach or besides your pool.
After a lovely breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken to the boat pier for departure to Rabbit Island.
This Cambodian island is located off the south western coast of Cambodia and 4.6km south of Kep. Tourists are drawnt to the beautiful white sand beach overlooking the sea which is shallow here and because of the long gradual slope of the bottom, it makes Rabbit Island excellent for swimming. Here, you will be able to find a variety of corals, sea animals and plants attracting researchers and ecologists. Rabbit Island is 2 square kilometers in area and during the Norodom Sihanouk's Sangkum Reastr Niyum regime, it was used as a place to rehabilitate criminals who were used to defend the island. Horse cart paths and wooden, thatch roofed motels, were also constructed during this time. Most of this infrastructure has been destroyed by weather and decades of war. Today, there are new bamboo guest houses on the main beach, visited by Cambodian and foreign tourists. Additionally, fishermen and their families live on the island, occupying other beaches around the shoreline.
Late in the afternoon, you will return back to the hotel.
This morning, you will depart from Kep to Sihanoukville, stopping en route at Kampot. Kampot is regarded as one of Cambodia's most beautiful provincial towns. Stroll along the riverfront which is lined with frangipani trees that blend harmoniously with the well preserved French colonial building.
After that, a visit to Phnom Chhnork, a Hindu cave temple in Kampot Provice, is scheduled. It is located about 8km northeast of Kampot and dates back to the 7th century where it was build with Funan bricks and dedicated to Shiva. Additionally, there will be a visit to Phnom Sorsia which is a Buddhist hill complex in the Kampot Province containing Buddhist cultural features and can be reached by a staircase. It has a complex of karst caves of which one of them is Rung Damrey Saa ("White Elephant's Cave") and resembles te head of an elephant; another cave has a bat colony. The geteway to the caves is marked by a pagoda, approximately 1km from the main road before continuing onwards to Sihanoukville.
Upon arrival in Sihanoukville, you will be taken to your hotel for check in after which your guide will provide you with a short intro to the area. Your guide can also provide you with restaurant recommendations. The rest of the day is free at your own leisure; either explore the area or lay on the beach/pool.
Today, your breakfast will be served after which you have a full day to stroll along the beach, spot the wildlife or do some sightseeing. It is all up to you.
After enjoying a lovely breakfast at the hotel, it is time to say goodbye and head back to Phnom Penh where you will either go back to your hotel or to the airport for departure.
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Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.
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.
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"Hotels were fantastic especially Anantara Siem Reap resort and Spa, all guides and drivers were friendly and knowledgeable and we enjoyed the history and culture as a family. The only shame is the Chinese building in the beach area pushing up the rental market." — Dearden Family, Sydney, October 2018
"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
"Great holiday, everything was well organized and the guides and drivers were real professionals. Loved the Royal Palace and Phnom Penh at night but S21 and the Killing Fields was a really sad story. Glad we visited them though and we admired the way the people have moved on to rebuild their country. Angkor was amazing, an air of history everywhere we went." — Mr and Mrs Reed, Bassendean WA , February 2016
"My favourite was Cambodia (Homestay and Angkor wat and Sihanoukvile) everything was so good! Thank you so much for booking and organising my trip, I had the trip of a lifetime and everything was perfect from transfers, guides, flights and accommodation! Thank you again I will definitely book through you again." — Mr Sassine, Sydney, NSW, October 2015