Friday, September 11, 2009

Sunny SihanoukVille, Cambodia

The beach resorts in SihanoukVille, Cambodia look to have their busiest year, starting with the November 2009 tourist season.

There's set to be a record number of cruise ships docking at the SihanoukVille Port, and many of the larger resorts on or near the beach are fully booked for several months straight.

Several new "mini resorts" have or will have opened by November of this year, all with swimming pools. And plans and construction on much bigger projects than we've ever seen in this town are underway.

Speculation that the SihanoukVille Airport will open to regularly scheduled flights has yet to be confirmed, but it's definitely maybe coming soon.

This past July saw a record number of rainy season tourists, and the sun is starting to shine again here in Sunny SihanoukVille.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Cruise to SihanoukVille, Cambodia

SihanoukVille now has 7 cruise lines making port calls here. Most every week a cruise ship comes for a day or two now. Also, a new passenger ship company offering short trips from Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam, to SihanoukVille, and possibly to Pattaya and back has begun service. More information as we get it.

Should the SihanoukVille Airport ever be running at full capacity, quick trips to Angkor Wat would be possible, but we're just going to have to wait.

SihanoukVille's tourist resorts have had the best year ever, but the season will probably be shorter due to the financial crisis. Sweden has the most resort tourists coming here in the last 6 months (as usual), but not increasing too much this year. However, Russians, Finnish, Estonians, Norwegians, and English, French, Americans and Australian tourist numbers have been increasing rapidly.

A few of the smaller "resorts" and hotels have increased the number of rooms, Sokha Resort is adding villa type rooms on top of the lake with interconnecting walkways, Independence Hotel has some beachside bungalows planned, and the bridge to Snake Island, (which now has a new name official name, though I can't find it anywhere on the internet), should be completed the middle of 2010.

The SihanoukVille Port is about to go through a $70 million upgrade, and hopefully they'll put in some facilities for cruise ship use, but who knows.