One of the worst kept secrets is the rapid emergence of Sihanoukville Cambodia as a major beach resort town in Asia. Many of you who have been here in the past would smugly say that I told you so, as it was evident that this quiet little seaside town had all the ingredients for a long time. All that is needed is more flights to the now open Sihanoukville airport; as soon as there is a direct flight from Bangkok; Watch out, this place is going to explode!
Three things make Sihanoukville especially attractive and you should take every opportunity to see Sihanoukville now before it is invaded, which will happen in the very near future.
A 5-star luxury hotel for less than $ 100
Sokha Beach Resort is a 5-star luxury beach resort that has its own private beach, a pool the size of a small lake, a staff-to-guest ratio of 4 to 1, and all the other amenities you would expect from a resort hotel. 5 stars. luxury beach resort for less than $ 100 a night! I can assure you that this price will not last long. If your budget is under $ 100 a night, there are plenty of other Sihanoukville hotels and guesthouses available near the ocean and more are being built at a breakneck rate.
The Sihanoukville Islands
Islands have always been the real secret, there are not many places in the world you can go to and have so many large undeveloped islands. This will be the area that in the next ten years will see a great accelerated growth similar to what happened in Koa Sumui, Koh Phangan and now Koh Chang, which by the way is the closest island group in Thailand to the Thai border of Cambodia. It makes sense that Koh Rung Samleom and Koh Rung will see big things in the next 3-5 years and the Koh Tang groups make their seclusion, beauty and excellent diving and water sports the real Shangri la in the future.
With real money, make Riel earn money.
Cambodia’s economy is based on the US dollar. What this means to you is ridiculously lower prices compared to many other tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. Thailand is a prime example as the baht continues to strengthen despite a military junta that runs the country and a major Muslim uprising in the three southern provinces, which has seen more than 2,500 killed in just a few years of guerrilla warfare. in progress. One of the reasons given for the Junta to take power was to try to control this situation, which according to the reports that did manage to leave the region, are no more in the solution than they were a year ago.
The rising value of Korean, Malaysian, Singaporean, Japanese and Chinese money against the US dollar makes Cambodia even cheaper for regional tourists, with Koreans being the fastest growing sector of the tourism market. And Asian tourists like a lot of things on offer in Sihanoukville, including legal gambling and lots of very cheap seafood.
You know, I should also mention that despite what the greatest guide says, it has a lot of really nice beaches to relax on.