Cambodia: Southeast Asia’s Best-Kept Secret

I just stumbled across this article on International Living: Cambodia: Southeast Asia’s Best-Kept Secret – International Living – Since 1979.

Honestly, I don’t mean to be publishing so many posts with links to articles in major publications about Cambodia and Sihanoukville, but they are coming so thick and fast, I can’t help myself. The latest is the one linked to above. It appeared in International Living, which is pretty clued in when it comes to up and coming hot spots. Among the glowing things the author, Ronan McMahon had to say about the Cambodian coastline were these:

The stretch of Cambodia’s coast from the border with Vietnam to north of Sihanoukville is set to explode.


Sokha beach, where I’m staying, is just one of Sihanoukville’s five beaches. I drove from the capital, Phnom Penh, in just over three hours. For the first two hours, the excellent road passes through a landscape that’s green, flat, organized, and tidy. Only the brightly-colored Buddhist monasteries told me I was in Southeast Asia. The last hour of the drive is different…stunning.

He goes on and on, convincing even me (as if I needed convincing), that I have come to the right place at the right time in its history.

McMahon goes on to talk about Kep, mentioning its French-colonial past, when it was a resort for the rich and influential and intimates that it’s future looks destined to be the same. He doesn’t mention the gigantic city-sized resort that is being built on top of Bokor Mountain in nearby Kampot, but maybe he’ll get to that next time he returns. And return he will. As he wrote, “with the opportunities I’ve discovered, I have a big excuse to come back.”

If you want to come and see what all the fuss is about, click these links and book your accommodation through Hotels Combined, the best travel accommodations deals I’ve found:

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About Rob Schneider

Rob Schneider is a writer based in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, where he has lived since 2006.

3 Responses to Cambodia: Southeast Asia’s Best-Kept Secret

  1. ste says:

    The beaches between Sihanoukville and Koh Kong pristine and undeveloped excellent

  2. Jon Bivins says:

    I was wondering if you could talk about the reasonableness of setting up an Internet based outsourcing firm in Sihanoukville. Can one hire locals who can read and write English, does high speed Internet access exist, what would the labor cost be? Sinny may be great for travel if your somewhat conscious that you are in the libertarian capital of beach side communities, and even quite comfortable for freelancers and to a lesser extent the brave souks who attempt to run tourist focused enterprises, but what about businesses servicing clients in the US. Certainly India and the Philippines have the 80% of this market with the remainder in south America; do you think Sihanoukville, Cambodia can be a new entrant?

    • Rob says:

      A group called Digital Divide Data is doing exactly that in Phnom Penh. That reminds me, I promised a young IT student I’d look into it for him. They didn’t answer my first email, so I’ll try something else. When/if I learn more, I’ll write something about it. Their website is

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