The beachside coconut trees, white sand, clean water and a piece of land untapped – all your fantasies about an island come true here in Sihanoukville, a private paradise that used to be exclusive to the Cambodia’s royals. Now follow me, Fanny, to embrace the spectacular and breathtaking scenery.
Koh Rong Samloem Island
Renowned for its artistic ancient civilization of Angkor Wat, Cambodia has another resort on the southwestern coastline, Sihanoukville. It is the country’s largest deep water port and a rare unpolluted water area in southeastern Asia, featuring crystal clear sea landscape and soft white sand. Where Angkor Wat is a hundred-yearold religious and artistic antique, Sihanoukville cries out loud for one to live in the moment.
Koh Rong Samloem is the island to visit when you come to Sihanoukville. Taking up an area of 24.5 sq. km with a shape like a dumbbell, it is where local people believe to be the most beautiful island. Most parts of the island remained unexploited and are covered by
primitive forests without roads. The sea here is warm and calm, which is suitable for swimming, fishing, canoeing, snorkeling and sunbathing. If you want a cosy holiday, this is definitely the best choice. Stay away from the hustle and bustle, you can walk barefoot on the beach with the sea breeze and listen to the waves here, just like situating on a fascinating uninhabited island.
高龍撒冷島生態環境良好，每年均吸引不少潛水愛好者到此進行各式各樣的水肺運動，潛入清澈透明的海水中，近距離欣賞色彩斑斕的珊瑚。島上有不少潛水店，我首推The Dive Shop Cambodia，因它是柬埔寨唯一一個擁有私人海灘的PADI潛水中心。而最吸引之處，是店鋪設有私人快艇潛水之旅，可讓您在一日內到達西港所有的熱門水域，或參觀只有少數遊客的島嶼！
Dive into the Hyaline Ocean
The well-kept ecological environment of Koh Rong Samloem attracts many diving fans each year. The hyaline sea water gives a better and closer view at the colorful corals. The Dive Shop Cambodia is my recommendation among all the diving shops, as it is the only PADI diving centre in the country that has a private beach. The private speed boat also allows visitors to reach all popular and rare marine areas in one day.
Even though I am not a qualified swimmer, I think no one can resist the temptation to dive in at the sight of the poetic ocean. My coach recommended me an experience session of PADI scuba diving, knowing that I have not tried this before. The session was one-on-one to guarantee my safety under the water. Dived into the water, you could see the colorful corals and all kinds of marine life such as barracudas, clownfish, sea snails and even seahorses. The island has indeed given me so many surprises that I really couldn’t help but fell in love with it!
既然擁有豐富的森林資源，當然要來一場叢林歷險記。位於高龍島上最高處，就有一間名為High Point Rope Park的冒險樂園，又名為“ 叢林健身房”，重点推介空中障碍賽道。創辦人在21棵樹上建造了25個平台，每個平台之間均以繩索相連，每根都有不同挑戰，有的是走鋼絲，有的是高空滑索，又或要在樹林間的獨木橋上走過，且高度從4到25米不等，刺激萬分。穿過一條又一條的繩索，猶如猴子般穿梭于叢林之中，絕對可讓您體驗到最原汁原味的自然環境。
Jungle on Koh Rong Island
Water fun is only partial for Sihanoukville. Koh Rong Island, which is not far away from Koh Rong Samloem Island, has not only the blue sea and over 20 pure-white beaches, but also multiple natural scenic sites of rain forests, palm groves and waterfalls. The island has just been opened to tourists a few years ago with best conservation of the natural landscape and that is what sets it aside from other famous southeastern islands like Maldives and Phuket.
At the top height of the island there is an adventure park called High Point Rope Park that poses different physical challenges. I would recommend the obstacle track consisting of 25 platforms on 21 trees, with a height ranging from 4 to 25 m. They are connected with cables, ropes or planks and the mission is for the participant to finish the whole route. The original natural environment awaits, come now to be a monkey in the jungle!
Enjoy the Seafood Feast
Like all the seaside cities, Sihanoukville is a paradise for eating the best wild seafoods in Cambodia. After nightfall, many vendors are selling char-grilled seafood on the beach while seafood stalls near the Golden Lion Traffic Circle are also open. For those who want to dine at a better environment, you may choose the restaurant named Malob Chruy Po Ki Seafood located at Victory Beach where you can indulge in a beautiful sunset while enjoying a delicious meal. Among the fresh ingredients of Po Ki, black pepper fried crabs as big as your palm with a multiple layers of flavor are the most irritating.
Khmer Style Hotel
As an emerging vacation resort, each hotel in Sihanoukville has its own characteristics. Known as the most gorgeous and comfortable one, Xihu Resort Hotel, with a distance of 30 km from Sihanoukville International Airport, is designed on the basis of Khmer culture and combines traditional local architecture with the local elements such as plant texture, weaving art, traditional costumes and folk crafts. Don’t worry about language problems since all the staff in the hotel can serve in Mandarin.
The most popular room of the hotel should be the executive suite decorated in Southeast Asian style with warm colours. The most special part of the suite is the large balcony with two sun loungers and a bathtub. You can enjoy the magnificent view of the Gulf of Thailand from a unique perspective while soaking in the warm water.
Exquisite Cantonese Cuisine
Xihu Resort Hotel is a new landmark in Sihanoukville for tasting delicious food, whether you are their guests or not, you can still embark a gastronomical journey. Among the various restaurants in the hotel, my favorite one is the Chinese restaurant Imperial that offers high-end Cantonese cuisines. The executive chef from Hong Kong selects a wide variety of fresh seafood and Cantonese soup for customers every day.
The crispy pigeon will absolutely give you an enjoyment of taste bud with the golden crispy surface and the juicy meat. The dish was so delicious that I just couldn’t stop eating! Besides, the braised spare—ribs ‘cross the bridge’ with hot and spicy sauce is another dish that conquered my heart. The chef carefully made the fresh and spicy ribs into the shape of arches. Moreover, there are hot and cold sweet and sour pork neck, steamed crab meat with glutinous rice, baked fragrant durian pastry and other great dishes that you should have a try.
Art of Japanese Cuisine
For those who want to taste authentic Japanese dish in Cambodia, the Japanese restaurant Sakura in the hotel uses the freshest ingredients for delicious dishes. The restaurant offers a lot of different types of dishes, such as sushi, sashimi and tempura. The most eye-catching should be the superb performance artistry of the Teppanyaki chef, which is definitely a pleasure to appreciate the whole cooking process.
The chef recommended the seasonal A5 Wagyu to me, where he first fried the surface of the beef and placed it aside for a second frying. This cooking method slowly cools down the surface of the meat and gradually warms up the meat inside. The beef is well-marbled and perfect for dining as the fragrant oil and the tender and succulent meat altogether generate a great taste.
夜幕低垂，是時候來一杯雞尾酒為旅程劃下尾聲。具有濃厚東南亞裝飾格調的翡翠吧，讓您可完全沉浸於熱帶風情與文化當中，感受別樣的度假風情。西港碧海藍天的美景，早已在我腦中烙下印記，恰巧翡翠吧內正推廣著“ 藍天雞尾酒” ，當然要點上一杯配合主題，淡淡的檸檬清新配以薄荷清香，正好為炎熱的天氣降溫。此外，翡翠吧還設有近年廣泛流行的 “酒鬼炸彈” ，最大特色是調酒師會直接將一小杯烈酒扔到啤酒杯中，再讓您一飲而盡，這號稱是所有派對玩到最高境界的終極玩法。為配合西港的夏日風情，酒吧選用了香蕉利口酒配以柬埔寨啤酒，甜甜的口感容易入口，一不小心隨時成為“ 酒鬼炮灰”！
Unique Drinking Time
As the night falls, it is time to end the journey with a cup of cocktail. In Jade Bar with a Southeast Asian interior decor, you can completely immerse yourself in the tropical atmosphere and culture. I ordered the promoted “Blue Day Cocktail” which combines refreshing lemon with mint fragrance to echo with the beautiful landscape in Sihanoukville and to relax myself under the hot weather. In addition, the bar provides the “Boilermaker” which is said to be the ultimate game of all parties. The bartender will directly throw a small glass of liquor into the mug with beer, and let you drink it all. Make sure do not to let the sweet taste of the cocktail with banane bardinet and Cambodian beer make you a drunkard easily!
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