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The coastline of Cambodia houses some of South-East Asia's most beautiful beachside cities. Sihanoukville is one such elegant and desirable coastal city. It is no less than a paradise for backpackers, young adventure lovers, retirees, and expats.
Established in the year 1964, Sihanoukville sits at the edge of the peninsula facing the Gulf of Thailand and comprises long stretches of white sandy beaches and many small tropical islands. Over the years, the city emerged into a major resort city in Cambodia. Sihanoukville takes pride in housing Cambodia's only autonomous deep-water port. The port serves as the gateway to international trade and commerce.
Sihanoukville International airport is just 18 km from downtown. The capital city of Cambodia is commutable from Sihanoukville via NH4.
The city has a great mix of bars, cafes, glitzy casinos, and multi-cuisine restaurants to relax in. Beaches are the focal point of tourism and you can sit back and relax at the shores enjoying the fresh ocean breeze. The white sandy beaches differ in size and popularity and yet they are distinct and beautiful in their own way. You can indulge in a wide range of Seaside activities such as scuba diving, swimming, fishing, and parasailing.
Sihanoukville not only attracts the tourists, but also the NGOs and foreign investors. Chinese investment has poured $1bn into the city during the prior year. Industries such as construction, real estate, tourism, and textile continue to thrive and have generated employment opportunities for both the expatriates and the locals.
Learn more about the Sihanoukville villa market through trends and average prices.
Fortunately, there is no shortage of housing in the city. Further, new buildings are springing up to meet the upcoming housing demands of the expat community
The price of villas varies with the location and the size. Villas are the favorite amongst the expats as they come with a selection of amenities.
The Preah Sihanoukville comprises six communes or Sangkats, Sihanoukville being the largest. Listed below are the most popular residential areas of the city.
The cost of living is less in Sihanoukville than the other beach destinations in Asia. Chinese nationals make up 20% of the total population in this resort city. You can expect the number to increase further in the coming years. The Chinese own most of the casinos in Sihanoukville and you will probably hear a lot of Mandarin been spoken in the city.
There are more than a dozen quaint islands to explore which include Koh Rong, and Koh Rong Sanloem, Koh Kaong Kang, Koh Koun and Koh Puos. Right now, accommodation is modest in the tropical islands. However, many housing development projects are underway and nearing completion. Other great touristy spots include the Kbal Chay waterfalls, Buddhist temples and the Ream National Park.
Tuk-tuks and taxis are the major modes of transportation and getting around is easy. Sihanouk International airport facilitates easy transit to nearby Cambodian cities and to other popular cities in Asia like Macau, Kuala Lumpur, and Ho Chi Minh City.