Amongst the mountain-fringed beaches of the sleepy south, the coastline is home to white sand beaches and quiet villages where time still slips slowly by.
The coast is varied and each region has their own charm.
Kampot, famous for its pepper, is a riverside town rich in French architecture and the perfect base to explore the Bokor Hill Station. Bokor Mountain is often shrouded in a swirling mist, giving it a mystic and desolate air.
Sihanoukville, named for its founder King Sihanouk in 1964, has developed into a popular local beach destination and resorts have sprung up on a stretch of pure white sand.
Kep was Cambodia’s first seaside resort town, developed for the French in 1908. While less popular than neighbouring Sihanoukville, its charm still appeals to the locals, who especially fancy the seafood.
The coastal jewel lies in the Koh Rong archipelago – where Song Saa has recently opened to international fanfare, as a luxury destination in itself, built over 5 years as a labour of love with the natural environment in mind.