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South Coast

Cambodia's South Coast (ឆ្នេរខាងត្បូង) provides the antidote to temple-hopping tick lists. The beaches draw most folk here, but stick around and you'll see this region is more than its sandy bits.

The Koh Kong Conservation Corridor's emerald-green vistas offer trekking potential that is only now being tapped into, providing a host of nature-filled adventures. Down south, travelers can dig into history, admiring Kampot's preserved architecture, then dig into plates piled with crab in Kep, before exploring the surrounding countryside, patchworked with rice fields and studded with caves.

Just here to answer the call of the beach? While brash Sihanoukville isn't everyone's cup of tea, the islands offshore have something for everyone, from die-hard partiers to those seeking sun-kissed solitude. Pick your beach, sprawl on the sand, make friends with your hammock. There's a reason many visitors never leave.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout South Coast.