Once there, you can simply chill-out, perfect your suntan, cool-off with a soothing swim and take a relaxing walk while enjoying the wonderful sunset. Or you can take a boat trip to one of the many largely unexplored islands, scuba dive within a refreshingly under-dived Ocean, and trek in the nearby unspoiled and beautiful national park of Ream. And, of course, the resort is full of affordable hotels and guesthouses, along with restaurants be sure to check out the seafood and many welcoming bars. But then again, why wonder - just thank your lucky stars and enjoy!
The main problem with travelling to Kompong Som is that it means lots of driving. And in Cambodia, driving is plainly and simply dangerous. Devi's death kept coming back to me. Generally speaking, there are few good roads, there is an enormous amount of traffic, and there seem to be precious few rules governing how people drive.
There are virtually no stop lights and virtually no stop signs. Theoretically, people drive on the right side of the road, but in reality that's not quite true: To some extent, the lack of stop signs forces drivers to adopt a flexible approach to lane usage.
For example, a motorcyclist trying to turn left onto a busy street can't wait for a break in traffic; there won't be one. So instead, he'll simply turn left into the lane of oncoming traffic, first driving alonside the curb, then slowly drifting across the lane as small gaps open between the oncoming vehicles.
Eventually, he'll make it into the right-hand lane, where most but not all the other vehicles will at least be travelling in the same direction. It's somewhat easier for cars; although motorcycles and bicycles make up the vast majority of the traffic, car drivers all adhere to a very simple principle: Get out of my way.
The other drivers will see this, and they will get out of my way. Eventually, we decided that with all the shampoo we were carrying, we didn't have room. We thought we'd buy one in Cambodia, then give it to someone when we left. But it turned out that there was no point in buying a car seat: It's just before dawn as we leave Phnom Penh.
Our driver is wearing a full-length coat. To him, the plus degree temperature is terribly cold. We make our way out of the city, weaving past bicycles, motorcycles, cyclos, and slower cars.
Our driver seems to have an element of machismo; the idea of actually behind someone is simply unacceptable, and he makes every effort to pass anything and everything ahead of us. Close to Phnom Penh, the landscape is generally flat.
Farther south, the plain is broken up by small mountains. The road is lined with small shacks. An astonishing number of them, even the some of the most decrepit, have TV antennas.
Eventually the road stretches up into the hills, and for a while the countryside could easily pass for Kentucky or Tennesee. The illusion is dispelled when, midway through a mountain pass, we come across a small group of roadside markets. A line of wooden outhouses stretches alongside the road; the doors list the price of these accomodations as riels.
On the opposite side of the road, a long line of spirit houses awaits offerings from weary travellers.
It takes about three hours to reach Kompong Som. We crest a hill, and suddenly the blue ocean is visible in the distance.
Compared to Phnom Penh, Kompong Som seems tranquil. We stop at a beach on the outskirts of town, and it's wonderful: The outline of a handful of small islands is visible in the distance.
There is a line of small open shelters at the edge of the park; several of them are topped with bright blue plastic tarps, and they remind me of something from Cambodia's sorrowful past: The water here is warm.Sihanoukville, Cambodia | Beach Paradise Ruined.
“Surrounded by white-sand beaches and as-yet undeveloped tropical islands, Sihanoukville (Kompong Som) is Cambodia‘s premier seaside resort.” However, as the warmth of the white sand penetrated my toes I was on guard trying not to step on what seemed like an infinite trail of garbage.
Sihanoukville (Krong Preah Seihanu), formerly Kompong Som is a seaside town featuring Cambodia's best-known beaches. Some tourists refer Sihanoukville as Snookyville or even Snooky, though none of the locals know the term Snookyville or Snooky. Ramada Sihanoukville Resort Sihanoukville - 4 star hotel.
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Co., Ltd Address: #7B Street 81, Phnom Penh Phone 22 44 The alternative name, Kompong Saom (also romanized as Kompong Som and Kampong Som), As a tropical sea-side resort, Sihanoukville’s night life is heavily influenced and characterized by the city's large number of beaches.
All along the central tourist area between the Golden Lion Plaza and the Ochheuteal/Serendipity Beaches are Province: Sihanoukville.