Sihanoukville is Cambodia’s main beach destination located on the beautiful Southern coast. Although a tourist destination, Sihanoukville has managed to retain its laidback atmosphere situated on pearly white, sand beaches and fairly undeveloped tropical islands.
Vagabond Temple is tucked away in a quiet corner of Sihanoukville, only a five minutes’ walk to Independence beach, a peaceful and quiet oasis. Our Spiritual Home is situated out from the city centre to foster the spiritual process, but is only a ten minute tuk-tuk ride away from the city. If you head out of our bright blue gates, you can stroll around and enjoy the beautiful green surroundings filled with smiling children, kind people, fields of cows, and a few local shops as well as fruit stalls.
Sights & Activities
Sinahoukville’s main attraction is the great selection of beaches where you will find stretches of white sand shaded by coconut trees. Below a selection of our favourite beaches.
Independence beach: Only a stone’s throw away from the retreat centre, offering a tranquil atmosphere
Sokha beach: Among Sinahoukville’s prettiest beaches, fairly quiet with fine pearl white sand.
Ochheuteal and Serendipity beach: The most popular beaches of Sihanoukville where you will find plenty of leisure and dining options.
Otres beach: Less crowded than the Serendipity beaches, offering a more relaxed and laidback atmosphere.
Visit one of Cambodia’s numerous small islands located in the turquoise-blue waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Some of our favourites include Koh Rong, Koh Rong Sanioem, Koh Ta Kiev and Koh Russel or ‘Bamboo Island’ they are only a boat ride away.
Ream National Park
21,000 hectares of primary forest, coastal mangroves, long stretches of unspoilt beach and home to several endangered birds make it a great place for a day of hiking, jungle trekking or going on a river boat trip.
Kbal Chhay waterfalls
Enjoy the green surroundings and serene ambience around the picturesque 14 metres high Kbal Chhay waterfalls, it is also a popular picnic spot.
Sihanouville’s abundant coastline and waterways make it an ideal place for an afternoon of kayaking adventure.
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How to get here
Phnom Penh is the main gateway to Sihanoukville with regular, overland transportation options available.
We can arrange a taxi to pick you up from Phnom Penh airport to Vagabond Temple. The ride takes approximately four hours by taxi and costs $50.
There are several bus companies that have daily Phnom Penh—Sihanoukville (and vice versa) schedules. The approximate cost of a bus ticket is $10. Bus companies to check out include—Giant Ibis Transport, Phnom Penh Sorya Transport, and Capitol Tours.
Most costly but comfortable option—Cambodia Angkor Air offers daily flights between Siem Reap and Sihanoukville.
Currency used in Cambodia is the Khmer Riel and U.S. Dollar. Around Sihanoukville you will find several banks, ATMs (give out U.S. Dollars) and money changers.