Sihanoukville Location Profile

Sihanoukville Location Profile


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Sihanoukville, or Kampong Som in Khmer, is the fourth-largest city in Cambodia. It sits on the southern coast and is a hub for trade, business and tourism. The coastal city is the capital of Preah Sihanouk province. Over the last few years, Sihanoukville has exploded with development. This is mainly due to skyrocketing tourism and foreign investment from China. Indeed, Sihanoukville is a vital part on China’s One Belt, One Road initiative.

Key Information

Sihanoukville (in Khmer “Kampong Som or Kampong Saom”) was established in 1964 in order to create Cambodia’s one and only deep-water port. It was chosen as a port city for its depth of water, protection from the elements and accessibility. Since the initial establishment, the province has experienced steady growth. Lately, that growth has exploded in terms of real estate development and tourism. The provincial capital, Sihanoukville was chosen in honour of King Norodom Sihanouk, who fought for the independence of Cambodia from the French and later on rallied the Khmer people after the time of the Khmer Rouge. Today, Sihanoukville is an economically vibrant city filled with tourists and foreign workers. It has earned the moniker “Rising Star of the Southwest”.

Sihanoukville is now viewed as the next big investment hotspot and prime land for development is being snapped up quickly. The province contains the Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone (SSEZ), which is 3 kilometers from an international airport and 12 kilometers from a deep water port. The SSEZ's proximity to international transportation hubs make it an attractive area for companies looking for easy access to South East Asia's busy trading routes. Sihanoukville’s current economic renaissance is mainly due to its strategic location and presence of important businesses and industries.

The total population of Sihanoukville has exceeded 300,000. The resident foreign population exceeds 200,000, of which 150,000 are Chinese. As a port city, Sihanoukville city has about 80,000 Chinese, which is the same as the local population.

Things To Do in Sihanoukville

Compared to the capital, Sihanoukville shopping options are a bit limited. Though there are no international-grade shopping centres there similar to Aeon Mall, that could soon change. Construction of Furi Times Square Mall is currently underway. It is expected to be completed before the end of 2019. For now, the best shopping options are Samudera Market, Orange Market and Lucky Ocean Supermarket. Orange Market has a wide selection of imported goods, as does Samudera. Want to pick up some souvenirs? Stop by Unique, or M’Lop Tapang. If you want to truly shop like a local make sure to visit either Phsar Leu or Central Market.

The islands near Sihanoukville were sold to some large resort developers, and some exclusive beach property rights were also sold to luxury hotel operators. As far as the hotel is concerned, whether it is located by the beach or the popular private island hotels on Koh Rong Island, Koh Rong Samloem Island, and Gualong Islands, all have experienced explosive growth in the past few years. Espiciallyt in 2018, two internationally renowned resorts, Six Senses on Krabey Island and Alila on Koh Russey, have opened. Krabey Island is located south of Sihanoukville, only 20 minutes by boat from the port. Large resorts all provide island-wide tourism experience services, as well as snorkeling, deep diving, and various beach facilities for tourists to enjoy.

Sihanoukville has excellent dining options. Both Khmer and international food are abundant. Indeed, restaurants run the gamut from budget eats to luxury dining. You’ll surely want to try the seafood at Treasure Island. Ernie’s Burger is purported to be amazing and Douceur du Cambodge offers up loads of French pastries. If you want to dine while also supporting a humanitarian cause, head to Sandan. Part of the Friends International Group, the restaurant serves local fare and trains underprivileged youth to be food industry stars. Want to take a culinary journey? Try falafel at Sok San Village, Mediterranean food at Olive & Olive, Kamasutra’s Indian food or the pizzas at Papa Pippo's on Otres. Sihanoukville is best known for its fresh-caught seafood with a plethora of eateries to enjoy these local flavours - from seafood shacks that line the beach, to more upmarket restaurants aimed at holidayers. On the beaches, you will find excellent value for money on popular evening BBQs, and the freshest seafood in Cambodia.

Sihanoukville is a town that knows how to party with no shortage of bars and night spots. There are a variety of beach bars and off beach options, including live music venues and hostess bars. Alcohol is highly inexpensive. Sihanoukville has one of the best nightlife scenes in all of Cambodia. Many beach bars host all-night parties. Foreigners seem to congregate there nightly.

Transportation options in Sihanoukville are surprisingly diverse. You can get there by plane, train, bus or even boat. For getting around town most people stick to the roads, or boats if you’re heading to one of the islands

Sihanoukvillet has a population of over 200,000 resident foreigners, most of whom are Chinese. Sihanoukville is the only special economic zone in Cambodia. The Sihanoukville Port Economic Development Zone has gathered a large number of Chinese light industrial bases and is a landmark project on the “Belt and Road”.

Explore the Area

Sihanoukville province is located in the southwest of Cambodia, approximately 232 kilometres from the nation’s capital, Phnom Penh. It sits on a peninsula within the Gulf of Thailand and is the Kingdom’s premier seaside destination with various beautiful beaches along the coastline and tropical islands scattered about offshore. Sihanoukville’s location makes it a convenient getaway for almost anyone in the region. It’s just a short flight away from Thailand, Vietnam, China, Korea, Japan, India and many other countries in Asia. The city has its own international airport and seaport that can also dock cruise ships. It takes about 6 to 7 hours to travel from Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh.

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