Sihanoukville. The beaches of Cambodia are enlisted among the most beautiful ones of the world by the Bays of the World’s club, according an official statement of the Ministry of Tourism. The club is an international association dedicated to promote the protection of coastlines of the planet. Cambodia presented its beaches as candidates to the list on May 2010. The Cambodian sea cost extends from Thailand to Vietnam in 450 kilometers over the Gulf of Siam.
The main southern city is Sihanoukville that is in the midway between Thailand and Vietnam, located precisely on a bay surrounded by coral islands and islets. Although the Sihanoukville’s beaches are the most visited by the national and international tourism, the other sea provinces like Koh Kong, Kompot and Kep keep natural and virgin beaches of great beauty with fauna, flora and some endemic or endangered species.
In the Sihanouk Province is located the national park of Riem that includes some islands around the small peninsula. The range of the Cardamom Mountains divides the coast from the Mekong’s plains, highlighting the Bokor Mountain in which top the French built a city that was abandoned during the War World II the first time and during the Khmer Rouge Regime the second time, but that is today a development project for tourism. It is also a natural viewer over the Gulf of Siam.
Sihanoukville is the second tourist destiny in Cambodia after the temples of Angkor, most of them located inland at the Siem Reap province. The second coastal city with more visitors is Kep, header of the small province of same name near the Vietnamese border. Koh Kong, which casinos attract foreign visitors coming from Thailand, is also a main eco-tourism destiny.
Cambodia belongs already to this club of the most beautiful bays of the planet that was created in Berlin on March 1997. It has currently 27 country members, with 33 recognized bays, three of them located in Vietnam: Halong Bay, Nha Trang Bay and Lang Co Bay. The elected bays must enter inside a national project of protection of their environment and they must have a UNESCO cultural or natural recognition.
The bay that is elected by the club must have a real attractive view, good environment, local and national importance and economical potential.