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Sihanoukville, Cambodia

How much does it cost to travel to Sihanoukville?

You should plan to spend around $51 (៛206,131) per day on your vacation in Sihanoukville. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $18 (៛73,907) on meals
  • $14 (៛55,132) on local transportation
  • $45 (៛183,600) on hotels

A one week trip to Sihanoukville for two people costs, on average, $710 (៛2,885,839). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    $51
    206,131
  • One Week Per person
    $355
    1,442,920
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    $710
    2,885,839
  • One Month Per person
    $1,521
    6,183,941
  • One Week For a couple
    $710
    2,885,839
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    $1,420
    5,771,678
  • One Month For a couple
    $3,042
    12,367,882
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Sihanoukville cost?

A one week trip to Sihanoukville usually costs around $355 (៛1,442,920) for one person and $710 (៛2,885,839) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Sihanoukville on average costs around $710 (៛2,885,839) for one person and $1,420 (៛5,771,678) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Sihanoukville will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Sihanoukville on average costs around $1,521 (៛6,183,941) for one person and $3,042 (៛12,367,882) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.




Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Sihanoukville has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Sihanoukville expensive to visit?

Sihanoukville is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Located in Cambodia, which is a reasonably affordable country, visitors will appreciate the relatively low cost of this destination. It falls in the average range in the country for its prices. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within Asia, Sihanoukville is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Chengdu or Pune.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Sihanoukville Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Sihanoukville?

The average Sihanoukville trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Sihanoukville travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.


Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) 183,600 ($45)
Local Transportation 1 55,132 ($14)
Food 2 73,907 ($18)
Entertainment 1 21,648 ($5)
Tips and Handouts 1 262 - 785 ($0 - 0)
Alcohol 2 8,905 - 26,716 ($2 - 7)
Accommodation Budget in Sihanoukville
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Sihanoukville is $23 (៛91,800). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Sihanoukville is $45 (៛183,600). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    $23
    91,800
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    $45
    183,600

Hotel Prices in Sihanoukville

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Sihanoukville based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $43. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Sihanoukville
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Sihanoukville is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $14 (៛55,132) per person, per day, on local transportation in Sihanoukville.


  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    $14
    55,132

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Flights to Sihanoukville
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Food Budget in Sihanoukville
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Sihanoukville can vary, the average cost of food in Sihanoukville is $18 (៛73,907) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Sihanoukville should cost around $7.27 (៛29,563) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Sihanoukville is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    $18
    73,907

Recommended


Entertainment Budget in Sihanoukville
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Sihanoukville typically cost an average of $5.33 (៛21,648) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    $5.33
    21,648

Recommended Activities


Tips and Handouts Budget in Sihanoukville
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Sihanoukville is $0.13 (៛523) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Sihanoukville is 5% - 15%.


  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    $0.13
    523


Alcohol Budget in Sihanoukville
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about $4.38 (៛17,810) on alcoholic beverages in Sihanoukville per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    $4.38
    17,810


Water Budget in Sihanoukville
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • On average, people spend $0.92 (៛3,752) on bottled water in Sihanoukville per day. The public water in Sihanoukville is not usually considered safe to drink.


  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    $0.92
    3,752


Sihanoukville on a Budget
Sihanoukville Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Sihanoukville, also known by locals as Kompong Som, was named after King Sihanouk. Also Cambodia's youngest city, construction started in 1955 to build Cambodia's first and only deep water port so that ships would no longer have to go through the Mekong Delta in order to trade with Cambodia. Today, many visit Sihanoukville as a hub to visit Cambodia's islands.

On the way into Sihanoukville from Route 4 from Phnom Penh, there is a shrine to Yay-Mao, the goddess believed to protect sailors and travelers on their journeys on land and at sea. Her name literally translates to "black lady" and she is believed to preside over Sihanoukville and the southern coastal region of Cambodia.

One legend has it that Ya-Mao's husband, the leader of Sihanoukville, left Yay-Mao to go on a long business trip. Yay-Mao was very lonesome for her husband, so she set sail to find him. Unfortunately, a terrible storm overtook the ship and she died at sea. Locals believe that Yay-Mao became a goddess and leave offerings of incense, bananas and other phallic-shaped objects to her in hopes that these offerings will satisfy Yay-Mao and ensure safety on their travels.

Ideal times to visit the town are from May to July, during dry season with lesser chances of rain. While Sihanoukville can be beautiful, it may not be as relaxing, as visitors are sure to encounter many peddlers, especially children, selling souvenirs and jewelry. In addition, Sihanoukville is also known as the capital of sex tourism, especially around Victory Hill. Visitors should avoid seedy bars and lounges in this area if they don't want to be solicited.
Sights
Sihanoukville calls out to the weary traveler, not with the same colonial architecture and ancient cultural sites as some other Cambodian towns, but as a stop to rest and relax at the beach. Most of the town's activities are situated near the many beaches, but there are also several cultural sites to see.

Ochheuteal Beach, also known as Serendipity Beach, is the most popular and thus, often crowded beach. With plenty of food stalls lining the waterfront, many visitors like to stroll down the sidewalks and purchase fresh barbecued squid, scallops and shrimp. Beware of persistent beggars and soliciting vendors. Independence Beach, just north of Ochheuteal Beach is a popular tourist destination for the busy Independence Hotel, though, like many parts of Sihanoukville, construction is ongoing and beachfront restaurants are not of the best quality. It is advised to travel in groups and be wary of drug dealers. Otres Beach, on the other hand, is a ways south from Ochheuteal, but can easily be reached by a short tuk tuk ride. The beach itself has white sands and clear waters and is much more relaxing and quieter, frequented by fewer tourists. Nearby in Otres Village, the Otres Market every Saturday night stays open less for the actual market, but attracts both expats and locals for the wonderful food, live music and drinks.

The Golden Lions monument, located in the center of a roundabout, are one of the main landmarks of Sihanoukville which are a popular photo op spot.

Take a tuk tuk up to see the pagoda at Wat Leu Temple, not to mention a panorama of Sihanoukville and sea. Beware of monkeys and bring small change to donate to the monks in this quiet cultural space. Wat Krom Temple is beautifully designed and better kept, featuring a reclining Buddha, zodiac signs, and paintings on every ceiling. However, beware of beggars if you would like to donate, put your money in a box rather than the hands of a solicitor.

Cool off at the Kbal Chhay Waterfall, where locals cook out, sunbathe and splash around with their families. Be sure to wrap a kroma or scarf around your nose and mouth if you take an open air vehicle up the 5 mile trail to the falls to keep the red dirt road out of your face.

Phsar Leu Market is grand central market of Sihanoukville, selling everything from housewares, produce, clothes, jewelry, souvenirs, and even services like haircuts. Wear sturdy shoes for walking as the aisles are not clean and be sure to bargain.

Try an absinthe mojito or one of the 5 different strains of absinthe, made from real wormwood at the Syn Absinthe Distillery. While the distillery itself is not known to be impressive, the owner, Yohan is a friendly and will share his has a wealth of knowledge of absinthe with visitors.

Activities
Nature lovers will enjoy the flora and fauna of Ream National Park. Observe the fishing villages near the river, hike through mangroves and the jungle. Local tour agencies can arrange a guided trek for around $25 including lunch.

Those craving an adrenaline rush can visit Woody's All-Terrain Ventures or Fun Buggy's to rent bikes, boats, and off-road tours on ATVs and quads. Scuba and snorkeling rental is also available at Scuba Nation and the Dive Shop Cambodia.

Victory Hill, originally the backpacker's hub in Sihanoukville, is now notorious as the red light district. Thought quiet in the daytime, this neighborhood is lined with bars and restaurants, hotels and cheap backpacker hostels and a casino, mostly geared toward the many foreign men who come searching for prostitutes, also known as "taxi girls." Visit if you wish, but be aware of your surroundings, solicitation and drug peddling.

For those interested in island hopping, Koh Ru is close enough to Sihanoukville that it can be visited in a day trip but there are also accommodations for those who wish to stay overnight. Divers and snorkelers will love Koh Tang, Koh Prins or Koh Rong Saloem. Koh Sdach is ideal for those who want a culturally-rich experience in a busy fishing village; snorkeling is also beautiful right off the shoreline.

Visitors who want a truly rough experience on a deserted island will find paradise two and a half hours away from Sihanoukville, in Koh Rong. There are no bungalows or hotels on this island, so be prepared with your own camping gear. Snorkeling tours and charter boats to all islands can be booked at agencies in Sihanoukville, such as Ana's Travel Agency or Dive Cambodia.

Another good place to visit nearby is Kampot, where you can visit Bokor Mountain along with a number of other interesting places in a less touristed area. See details about visiting Kampot with tour options here.
Food and Dining
McGuinness' Irish Dining is one of the top spots for a hearty and affordable Western meal. The cottage pie is a crowd favorite as well as the ribs, which are so tender that the meat falls right off the bone.

For local flavors, Sandan is your best bet for delicious food while supporting a worthy cause as the restaurant is run by a non-profit, M'Lop Tapang, that helps street kids learn professional skills in a vocational training program. Their most popular dishes are the seafood amok, scallops, skewers, and papaya salad. While prices may be higher than average, dining here benefits the greater good.

Olive & Olive serves Mediterranean fare at large portions and low prices. Begin your meal with a free starter of flatbread, olives, tzatziki and eggplant dip, then follow the crowd and enjoy their famous hefty $5 pizzas.

For healthy offerings, visit The Starfish Bakery and Restaurant, another restaurant run by an NGO which aids local disabled folks, children and environment. Their grilled chicken sandwiches and fajita wraps are a highlight of their menu, but they also have a variety of vegetarian options.

Swing by Ernie's Burgers, where you're sure to satisfy your craving with their build-your-own concept. Ernie's offers a plethora of toppings, such as chili, nacho cheese, guacamole, bleu cheese, and even beetroot, of which you can add up to 20 free of charge.

Transportation
Sihanoukville has its own domestic airport, which flies to and from Siem Reap and Phnom Penh once daily.

There are also several bus companies, such as Giant Ibis, Asian Win Alliance and Mekong Express, which are considered higher standard buses with amenities such as wifi and air conditioning and may cost a little more. Cheaper buses such as Phnom Penh Sorya Transport and Capitol Tours and Transport also offer air conditioning, but may be older and make more frequent stops.

From Phnom Penh, the drive to Sihanoukville takes about four hours in a regular car.

Within the town, tuk tuks or motodops are the common method of transport around town, but the tuk tuk mafia does run the game in Sihanoukville and you may be a victim of price gouging if you don't haggle effectively. Before agreeing to any tuk tuk or moto ride, agree on the price and ensure that the driver knows the location of your hotel or guesthouse. A common scam is one in which the driver will tell you that your requested accommodation is full, at which point he will suggest another hotel for you as many drivers are paid commission for bringing in guests.

You can also rent motorbikes, but beware that the rental agency may ask to hold your passport. Be aware that It is not uncommon for motos to be stolen at night, sometimes by the very agency that rents to you. Thida from Thida Coffee is known as a trustworthy and honest business, renting out motos at as low as $5 a day.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.