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The Southern Coast

The Southern Coast Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Specialists

Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for The Southern Coast, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Luxury Travel Specialists.


Language Khmer
Time Difference 7 hours
Currency Cambodian Riel
Voltage 230V

A unique tropical haven, the south coast of Cambodia is famed for its serene natural beauty. From the emerald rainforests, to soft white beaches and the ocean teeming with vibrant marine life, the region is a peaceful paradise. Unwind on the powdery sands, dotted with tall palm trees, and soak up the Cambodian sunshine on undisturbed beaches, just moments off the beaten track from exciting tourist areas. Scuba-diving, snorkelling and kayaking offer incredible opportunities to discover hidden coves and a spectacular marine world, full of miniature eco-systems, tropical fish and coral reefs. Take a break from the beach to delve into the rich local heritage, getting a taste of the peaceful way of life on these stunning tropical islands.

Marine Life

With an abundance of incredible marine life, snorkelling and scuba-diving are perfect for exploring the south coast's waters. Offered throughout various islands, snorkelling and scuba-diving take place on boat trips, whilst hiring a kayak gives the opportunity to explore untouched coves and coral reefs. Discover miniature eco-systems, vibrant coral reefs, tropical fish and seahorses in abundance on an unforgettable marine adventure. Come sunset, hop on a boat to see the magical glowing plankton. Like the starry sky, the bioluminescent plankton are best seen where there is little light pollution, creating a mesmerising experience of the sparkling dark ocean under a clear, star-lit sky.

Beaches and Water Activities

The powdered white sands scattered across the southern coast of Cambodia and the Koh Rong Archipelago make up some of the most picturesque beaches in the country. Our featured luxury private islands boast some of the most idyllic and tranquil stretches of sand, perfect for unwinding and soaking up the sunshine. For the thrill seekers, jet skiing and wind surfing are great around the islands, with the clear waters perfect for spotting an abundance of marine wildlife.

Local Culture

With only a few small villages dotted throughout Koh Rong Archipelago, this is a peaceful region that is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the area's traditional culture. Local eating spots are great for trying Khmer dishes, and the villagers are very welcoming to those visiting the area. For an authentic experience, take a trip to Daem Thkov Village, a vibrant, traditional fishing village. Only accessible by boat, it offers a glimpse of the way of life here, while just moments from the sandy beaches. Delve into the local heritage by learning Khmer fishing techniques, using only a plastic bottle and fishing wire!


The southern coast of Cambodia has a tropical climate, with temperatures that do not fluctuate much throughout the year. The most popular time to visit the area is between November and May, when there is little rainfall and the days are sunny and often hot.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for The Southern Coast.

  Temp °C Rain mm

Getting There+

Sihanoukville Airport (KOS) is the closest airport to the delights of the southern coast and the Koh Rong Archipelago. Your Luxury Travel Specialist will advise the best travel arrangements according to your bespoke itinerary.

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

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Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit Insect and tick bite avoidance. In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations i.e, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling. Visit the FCDO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: Foreign Travel Advice. Additional sources of information include: Public Health England, The National Travel Health And Network Centre, Foreign And Commonwealth Office and your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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