Pristine coral reefs, sun-soaked private beaches, and quaint fishing villages – this part of Cambodia has it all.
Located a little off the beaten track on the country's south coast, Cambodia's heavenly beaches and islands are well worth the slightly longer travel time. The very definition of barefoot bliss, here you can escape from the outside world and experience southeast Asia's slower pace of life with no shoes, no worries, and no-one else in sight.
Comprised of 60 beautiful islands strewn across the azure Gulf of Thailand, these destinations offer far-flung tropical hideaways for those willing to look beyond the Thai isles. There's something to enrapture any type of traveller, whether it's the decadent eco-luxury of Song Saa Private Island, the chic retreat of Six Senses Krabey Island, or the enchanting copper-coloured beaches of Koh Russey.
Secluded, serene, and spiritual, this is a side of the country which many seek, but few find. Shrouded in mystery, exoticism, and wonder, the sunsets are more memorable, the experiences more wholesome, the food more delicious, and the wildlife more wild.
Immersed in some of Asia's most glorious seascapes, you're never more than 45 minutes' boat journey away from civilisation, but when you're diving with whale sharks, hiking through verdant jungles, or gazing in wonder at the area's famous bioluminescent plankton, you'll feel a million miles away from anywhere. Reached through the popular beach city of Sihanoukville, the stark contrast between these remote idylls and the bustling mainland tourist hotspot could not be more apparent. Many of the islands have no roads, cashpoints, or mains electricity, but with unending crescents of soft golden sand, warm, crystalline seas, and an unrivalled laid-back vibe, that’s a small sacrifice to make.
Approx. 15 hrs 45 mins
Best Time To Go
November to March
Cambodia's beaches and islands enjoy a hot tropical climate which is controlled by seasonal monsoons. During the winter months there are light and dry winds and little rainfall, whilst the summer months typically bring heavy rainfall and high humidity with the possibility of storms. Accordingly, the best time to visit is during the dry season from November to March, though as this is peak season the area may have more tourists than usual.