Beaches in Cambodia? Of course there are! In fact, Cambodia has the only fine undeveloped coastline in Indochina. So far, there is only one major resort town on Cambodia's map. Sihanoukville is an easy and picturesque drive from Phnom Penh. It is still sleepy, but if you want a great getaway without the crowds, the Khmer Riviera is still an amazing bargain. We use a gay-owned and managed boutique hotel here that you will probably want to return to. Purple Dragon pioneered LGBT travel in Asia.
Where We Shine: Purple Dragon is Asia's most oldest and largest LGBT travel resource. We save our guests precious time by recommending the best, newest, and most popular venues in the places where we live and work in nine countries. Your tour is private and you have the undivided attention of our local guides. You'll never be herded around on a bus with 40 strangers. Our guests often tell us that the highlight of their holiday was the charming company of our guides and their unique insights into local culture.
People who have lived in Southeast Asia for years describe Sihanoukville as "the next Pattaya." Even Phuket, Puerto Vallarta and Cairns were sleepy, unknown villages once upon a time. Big city Cambodians flock to this seaside resort town on weekends to enjoy sparkling white beaches, delicious seafood and casinos. Sooner or later the world will discover pretty Sihanoukville. Here is your chance to visit the Khmer Riviera before everyone else does!
Day One: The Drive from Phnom Penh
Your personal guide and private car will collect you in Phnom Penh for a morning drive southward towards the Gulf of Siam. On the way you will pass through miles of lush rice fields, groves of coconut trees, and bamboo forests. Make a stop at the Kirirom Royal National Park (altitude 1200 meters) to enjoy sweeping views of unspoiled nature. Arrive in Sihanoukville in time for lunch. In the afternoon we will accompany you to one of Asia's most scenic waterfalls, then to each of Sihanoukville's four lovely beaches. Stroll, swim or feast at one of the great seaside seafood restaurants while you enjoy the sunset.
Day Two: Islands on the Horizon
This morning, enjoy an ocean cruise on a chartered boat through the chain of islets off the coast. Fish along the way, enjoy a picnic lunch, and dive into crystal clear water. Later, stop on a nearly deserted island to enjoy a bit of solitude on a beach of your very own. Tonight, why not try your luck at a local Casino?
Day Three: Beach Time & Departure
Enjoy morning on the beach until your leisurely drive back to Phnom Penh... or add extra nights and stay longer with or without our guide, car and driver. As they say in our part of the world, "up to you, boss."
Prices and Hotels
Prices depend on your choice of hotel and when you want to travel.
We use three different hotels in Sihanoukville, ranging from two to five stars. All of the hotels we use are carefully chosen for location, amenities, quality of service, security and value. We only use hotels that are gay-owned, gay-managed or gay-friendly. We inspect most hotels at least once a year.
To see prices and compare hotels please click on the "$" button on the left. If you have questions or suggestions about the hotels we use, please email us.
Includes: hotel accommodation, daily breakfast beginning on day 2, transportation from Phnom Penh by private car and return, boat cruise and personal guide. Does not include airfare, other meals, beverages, features not specifically mentioned in the itinerary, items of a purely personal nature. Extra night costs include one extra day car, driver and private guide.