Sihanoukville Tourism, Cambodia

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Sihanoukville (Khmer: ក្រុងព្រះសីហនុ, Krong Preah Sihanouk), also known as 'Kampong Som' (Khmer: កំពង់សោម), is a coastal city in Cambodia and the capital city of Sihanoukville Province, located at the tip of an elevated peninsula in the country's south-west at the Gulf of Thailand. The city is flanked by an almost uninterrupted string of beaches along its entire coastline and coastal marshlands bordering the Ream National Park in the East. A number of thinly inhabited islands – under Sihanoukville's administration – are in the city's proximity, where in recent years moderate development has helped to attract a sizable portion of Asia's individual travelers, young students and back-packers. The city, which was named in honour of former king Norodom Sihanouk, had a population of around 89,800 people and approximately 66,700 in its urban center in 2008. Sihanoukville city encompasses the greater part of four of the five communes (Sangkats) of Sihanoukville provinces' Mittakpheap District. A relatively young city, it has evolved parallel to the construction of the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port, which commenced in June 1955, as the country's gateway to direct and unrestricted international sea trade. The only deep water port in Cambodia includes a mineral oil terminal and a transport logistics facility. As a consequence, the city grew to become a leading national center of trade, commerce, transport and process manufacturing. Sihanoukville's many beaches and nearby islands make it Cambodia's premier seaside resort with steadily rising numbers of national visitors and international tourists since the late 20th century. As a result of its economic diversity, the region's natural beauty and the considerable recreational potential, a constantly increasing number of seasonal and permanent foreign residents make Sihanoukville one of the most culturally varied and dynamic population centers in Cambodia. As of 2014 the tourism sector remains insignificant in comparison with neighboring Thailand. Sihanoukville's future will largely be defined by the authorities' capability of a successfully balanced management in order to protect and conserve natural resources on the one hand and the necessities of island - and urban development, increasing visitor numbers, expanding infrastructure, the industrial sector and population growth on the other. Despite being the country’s premier sea side destination, after decades of war and upheaval the town and its infrastructure remain very much disjointed and architecturally unimpressive. Infrastructure problems persist, in particular related to water and power supply, while international standard health facilities remain limited.


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Facts and Stats for Sihanoukville*

  • Pollution Statistics in Sihanoukville

    Know the pollution level of Sihanoukville before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 75 (High)
    • Water Pollution 85 (Very High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 60 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 86.11 (Very High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 100 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 75 (High)
  • Sihanoukville: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Sihanoukville for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Sihanoukville.

    • Burglary and Theft 52.27 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 45.45 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 31.82 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 81.82 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 40.91 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 36.36 (Low)
    • Attacks 25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 47.73 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 90.91 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 43.18 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 15.91 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 13.64 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 47.73 (Moderate)
  • Living in Sihanoukville - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 60.51 (High)
    • Pollution Index 90.77 (Very High)
    • Health Care Index 51.39 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 38.18 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Sihanoukville

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Sihanoukville

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.05 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 22.5 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 40 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 21.67 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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  • REAM National Park
    REAM National Park New on TripHobo

    Duration: 1 Days

    This is a peaceful opportunity to surrender yourself in the real countryside of Cambodia during you boat trip. You will also ...

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    Duration: 4 Days

    CHI PHAT COMMUNITY-BASED ECOTOURISM aims to support the protection of natural and cultural resources of the area and create j...

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  • Sihanouk Ville Airport by Private Taxi (Airport - Hotel - Airport)
    Sihanouk Ville Airport by Private Taxi (Airport - Hotel - Airport) New on TripHobo

    Duration: 59 Mins

    Please book in advance for whom to pick up when you arrive at Sihanouk Ville Airport with safe and friendly driver. Your driv...

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  • Kampot and Kep Excursion from Sihanouk Ville 1 Day
    Kampot and Kep Excursion from Sihanouk Ville 1 Day New on TripHobo

    Duration: 8 Hrs

    Experience Cambodian countryside at Kampot and Kep, two of Cambodias hidden charms. Tour starts at pick-up from Sihanoukville...

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