In a land with thousands of years of history, Sihanoukville is a colourful but tragic upstart. A mere fifty years ago, a French-Cambodian construction carved a camp out of the jungle and started building the first deep-sea port of a newly independent Cambodia. Named Sihanoukville in 1964 after the ruling prince of Cambodia, the booming port and its golden beaches soon drew Cambodia's jet-setting elite. The main reason to visit Sihanoukville is the beaches. Going for a ride along the coast or going scuba diving and snorkeling are the prior choices for travellers to hide away from crowded cities.

Getting there: The main mean of transport to get into Sihanoukville is by bus from other cities.