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  • Writer's pictureIan Miller

A Trip to the Coast

Sihanoukville, also known as Kampong Som, is the capital of Preah Sihanouk Province and the largest coastal city in Cambodia. It is located on a peninsula in the southwest of the country, on the Gulf of Thailand. Sihanoukville was named after former king Norodom Sihanouk, who initiated the construction of the city and its port in 1955. The city is known for its beaches, islands, and national parks, as well as its casinos and commercial centers. Sihanoukville attracts many tourists, especially backpackers, who come to enjoy the sun, sand, and sea. Some of the popular beaches in Sihanoukville are Sokha Beach, Otres Beach, Ochheuteal Beach, and Independence Beach. The city also serves as a gateway to the southern islands of Cambodia, such as Koh Rong, Koh Rong Sanloem, Koh Thmei, and Koh Ta Kiev. Sihanoukville has a tropical climate, with a dry season from November to April and a rainy season from May to October. The average temperature is around 28°C (82°F). Sihanoukville is a diverse and dynamic city that offers a range of activities and experiences for visitors.

Otres is a beach town in Cambodia, located on the west coast of the country. Otres is divided into two parts: Otres 1 and Otres 2, separated by a 45-minute walk along the sand. Otres is known for its laid-back atmosphere, hippy vibe, and beautiful sunsets. Otres offers a variety of activities for visitors, such as sea kayaking, boat trips, horse riding, and snorkelling. Otres also has many bars, restaurants, and guesthouses to suit different budgets and tastes. Some of the popular places to stay at Otres are **The Secret Garden**, **Papa Pippo**, **Otres Sailing Club**, and **Liberty Horse Ranch**. Otres is a great destination for travellers who want to enjoy the natural beauty and culture of Cambodia without the crowds and noise of Sihanoukville.

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