The Kingdom of Cambodia as it is officially known, is a humble abode to some of the most magnetic beaches around the world. Surrounded by Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and the Gulf of Thailand, this is a scenic and diverse destination that all holiday goers must visit! This sun-kissed country is crawling with ancient ruins and exciting remnants of a troubled past not forgotten. You will even find the imperial Hindu temple known as Angkor Wat Temple here. The sunrise from here is otherworldly, we promise!
But through the years, this country has also undergone tremendous suffering. Tarnishing this countries legacy is the infamous Khmer Rouge regime. It is estimated that approximately 1.7 million people were killed under the brutal command. Nevertheless, its pained history is contrasted with the beauty and allure of its coastline. If you’re planning a trip somewhere coastal, don’t forget to check out these spectacular beaches in Cambodia.
10 Most amazing beaches in Cambodia
- Long Beach
- Lazy Beach
- Koh Thmei Beach
- Coral beach
- Koh Thonsay
- Victory Beach
- Koh Totang Island
- Sokha Beach
- Serendipity Beach
- Otres Beach
1. Long Beach (Koh Rong)
Starting this list of best beaches in Cambodia is Long Beach, located on Koh Rang. Serving as the largest and most developed island, Koh Rong tends to get all the attention. However, the majority of the herd head straight to Koh Touch here. This means that the other 27 beaches on this island see fewer crowds. Out of those, Long Beach stands in as the most scenic, peaceful and charming of beaches. Sometimes also referred to as Sok San Beach, this is undoubtedly one of the finest beaches in Cambodia. It is a 7 kilometre stretch of pale white sand that crunches beneath your feet flanked by deliciously clear waters.
Fun fact: This tropical paradise served as the setting for the 32nd season of the reality TV show Survivor!
2. Lazy Beach (Koh Sanleom)
Characterised by cerulean waters and snow-white sand, Lazy Beach is one of the most magnificent destination beaches in Cambodia. The island of Koh Sanleom is less crowded, less rowdy, and less packed when compared to its sister; the holiday-hotspot Koh Rong.
Here you can discover the local flavour of this country. Myriads of fishing villages dot the shorelines. You can decide to talk a solitary walk along the coast and join any of the local during their night-time merrymaking. You will be able to see what life is like for the locals simultaneously enjoy their hospitality.
Lazy Beach is a bastion of solitude, where backpackers come to find peace, tranquillity and an open space for self-reflection. Come on down to one of the most amazing beaches in Cambodia, and you can perhaps find yourself.
3. Koh Thmei Beach (Koh Thmei)
Buried cosily in the heart of Ream National Park, the beach is ambushed on all sides by mangrove forests. These dense woodlands serve as a humble home to dozens of species of birds; some which are remarkably rare.
It is the perfect spot to experience unique wildlife in a protected environment. It is clean and pristine. You will find no trash littered here. Instead, what you will see is a coastline full of unique seashells covering the entire beach!
These are in all shapes, sizes and colours. You can pick up a few and make a gorgeous necklace or bracelet out of them, or keep them as a memento of a trip you cherish dearly! The Beach will leave you in awe of its beauty.
4. Coral Beach (Koh Ta Kiev)
Right off the coast of South-West Cambodia, adjacent to the Ream National Park, you will find the delectable island of Koh Ta Kiev. While the island has shown some signs of urban development, a lot of its beauty lies in its old world-like charm, springing from its still sterile and pristine natural environment.
Almost as if untouched by humans, this primordial beach known as Coral Beach is one of the most scenic beaches in Cambodia. This tropical coastline boasts finest of accommodations as well as authentic local food and drinks. This makes it the ideal place to relax and unwind when you want to get away from it all. You will arrive on this island by boat because it is so cut off. Upon making port, you will be pampered to a personal hammock on which you can spend the rest of your day lounging. But don’t be mistaken, this beach also has some adventure – fuelled activities as well, such as snorkelling, cliff diving or even spearfishing.
5. Koh Thonsáy (Kep)
A relatively unknown entry on this list, Koh Thonsáy is a beach which is less popular, but perhaps way prettier than the other beaches in Cambodia. Located on the Kep islands, this secluded nugget is especially alluring to travellers who don’t seek out the mainstream party-styled beaches in Cambodia. In fact, it is this very serendipity that is causing the popularity of Kep to spread quickly. So, it’s a good idea to head there now before it becomes overrun!
Koh Thonsáy, known as ‘Rabbit Island’ colloquially by the locals, is a marvellous getaway replete with lush gardens and Khmer locals happy to cook up a delicious meal during your stay! You will also find some amazing French Colonial architecture remains here. Walking through these remains will give you a different feeling; one of walking into the past.
6. Victory Beach (Sihanoukville)
Starting from here, this list will have beaches only located on Cambodia’s most famous and visited island – Sihanoukville. Coming to this island and not visiting these amazing beaches is a literal sin!
The first and most convenient beach in Sihanoukville is Victory Beach. Around the corner of the beach, you’ll see the Sihanoukville Port. The beach itself is filled with fine white sand and covered with an abundance of palm trees. This serves as the perfect backdrop for a romantic dinner under the moonlight right on the beach. The sound of the gently lapping sea serving as music, while you treat your senses to the fresh local cuisines. Victory Beach is safe, welcoming and filled with amour; definitely earning its rightful place among the most exquisite beaches in Cambodia!
7. Koh Totang Island
As you might have noticed, this is one beach but rather an island. This is because this entire tiny island of Koh Totang is one continuous gigantic beach. Stretching from one end of the horizon to another, Totang is one of a group of 12 in an island-archipelago in what’s known as Koh Kong provinces in South-Western Cambodia. The beauty of the tropics is on full display here. With quaint bars hugging the shoreline, open bonfires and karaoke platforms, this island is hustling and bustling 24/7!
However, the most bizarre aspect of this island is the fact that everyone here seems to be obsessed with famous Pop singer Katy Perry! That’s right. An outright favourite of the plebeians, you will always find some bar, shack or coffee shop blasting the best tunes of Miss Perry all day long.
Maybe the California girls are in town?
8. Sokha Beach (Sihanoukville)
Sokha Beach is a privately owned beach making it one of the least populated beaches on the mainland. Here you can rent a bed and relax under the radiant sun. Perhaps get your tan on?
Here you will get the opportunity to go snorkelling, rafting or spearfishing. The restaurants and bars will serve you the local delicacies and cool refreshments. You can even choose to take a great hike that takes you between Serendipity Beach and Sokha Beach, and it goes right along the coast to offer remarkable views! However, since it is a private beach, you will have to pay an entrance fee to spend the day on the beach, or you can stay at the resort located right on the beach itself.
9. Serendipity Beach (Sihanoukville)
The hike we spoke about earlier takes you between Serendipity Beach and Sokha Beach. If you wish, you can stop by here! This beach is unlike the other ones on this list. This is because Serendipity Beach has rocky outcropping steps from the sand. The sand itself is golden and soft as wool! Nearly two miles long, travellers can choose to take a ferry from one pier to the other.
Along the course of the beach, you will find plenty of tourists sitting in on bars, cafes and restaurants; perhaps sipping on a beer, reading a good book, or soaking in the sun. Adjoining this beach is also an expansive golf course.
10. Otres Beach (Sihanoukville)
Saving the best for the last perhaps is Otres Beach; the shining hero of not only Sihanoukville but also one of the most magnificent beaches in Cambodia. What makes Otres Beach such a spectacular destination, is that it is at the crossroads of popular and secluded. It is far enough away from the crowds that you can have some quiet time with your family, but at the same time, it is also bustling with activities. It has its fair share of resto-bars and quaint little gift shops that sell memorabilia and other Cambodian merchandise.
On Saturday nights, Otres Market is the place to be! The streets are filled with tourists and locals mingling together. The music from the bars wafts unto the beach and makes for the perfect setting. One of the most popular activities to do on this beach is to lie down in the sand and look up at the heavens; stargazing!
Well, there you have it! These are some of the most enigmatic beaches in Cambodia that you must visit at least once in your life. These are sure to entice you with their beauty, and leave you hungry for more!
Come on down to Cambodia and experience the trip of your lifetime!