Think beaches and snorkeling, as Sihanoukville sits on the beautiful island-studded Bay of Thailand. Wats, or Buddhist temples, are abundant and often modest architecturally, as seen at Wat Otres behind Otres Beach. There are even two wats in Ream National Park, a birdwatcher's paradise.
The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.
Most Active or Strenuous
Minimal Activity Required
Sit back in the local most popular mode of transportation while learning about the cultural importance of the sights you’ll see on this panoramic tour of the city center, through pre-recorded commentary.
After departing from the pier in your tuk-tuk, you will enjoy a street-level view of Sihanoukville’s highlights, with photo stops along the way. The tuk-tuk was originally the name given to three-wheeled vehicles and so named because of sound that their engines made. However, today, tuk-tuk is also the name given to the ultra-small 4-wheeled vehicles that are widely used for local transportation, even though their modern engines are noticeably quieter. Whichever mode, three-wheeled or four-wheeled, a tuk-tuk has become one of the most desirable ways to get around the city.
The beach will be one of the first sights along your tuk-tuk route, which will be narrated via a listening device provided for each guest. No doubt you will agree, Sihanoukville’s white-sand beaches shaded by coconut palms present an alluring picture of paradise.
In time, you will see the gleaming Golden Lions Monument in the middle of a highway roundabout near the beaches. The monument’s male lion is roaring and supposedly represents Cambodia’s turbulent past. The crouching lioness looks serene and is said to symbolize the country’s present peace and tranquility.
Among other sites along the route, you will also pass one of Sihanoukville’s most energetic locales — Phsar Leu, a market with more than 1,000 vendors in upper town.
Finally, on the return to the pier, you will pass the city’s War Memorial in Independence Square.
Please note: This tour includes limited walking; however, guests must be able to enter and exit the tuk-tuk with limited assistance. Tuck-tucks are not air conditioned. Weather appropriate clothing, adequate sun protection and flat comfortable shoes are recommended.
Discover Ream National Park, a wonderland of evergreen forests and mangrove swamps teeming with indigenous wildlife. Ream is truly a paradise for nature lovers and clearly shows Cambodia's commitment to preserving its endangered wildlife and ecosystems.
Leaving the pier, it's a scenic drive of approximately 30-minutes through lush countryside to reach Ream National Park. Established in 1993 by Cambodia's former King Sihanouk, the park sprawls over approximately 60,000 acres, providing a pristine, protected environment for all sorts of animals. Unlike other national parks within the country, Ream has allowed the existing residents to remain, living as they have for years in a small village there.
Board a wooden boat and enjoy the natural views along the mangrove-lined river for approximately 1-hour. There is a chance you may find locals fishing or birds along the river in low tide.
Afterwards, you will walk to a nearby village where you can see the locals going about their daily life. You can stop to visit a local family, their gardens and the village school.
On the way back to the ship, stop at nearby Meditation pagoda for an inside visit.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking/standing, over mostly natural and uneven surfaces. This tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing, adequate sun protection, insect repellent and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Wildlife sightings, while common, are not guaranteed.
This intriguing excursion showcases the charm and beauty of Sihanoukville and gives you a wonderful view of daily life here, as seen through the eyes of the local villagers. Time at a beach resort completes your day.
Departing the pier by coach, it's a 30-minute drive through the countryside to Puthuong. Nestled among a landscape dotted with rice fields, this traditional village is sure to enchant you. You will visit the community temple where local people worship Buddha. The architecture is marked by the well-decorated Naga snakes on the roof top of the pagoda and the four faced God on the rooftop of most stupas. The temple is adorned with statues of traditional Apsara fairy dancers. Here, you will view the monks' residences and dining hall as well as the homes of the nuns around the temple.
A short walk brings you to the heart of the village where you will be treated to a revealing glimpse into their daily lives. As you watch the villagers go about their day, your guide will explain how they raise domestic animals, prepare traditional dishes, and worship their ancestors in the pagodas. If school is in session, the teachers and students will be happy to talk about their education and daily routines.
Leaving the village behind, you will visit the bustling Psa Leu market, with time to walk around the stalls with colorful displays of fish, poultry, palm sugar and different kinds of fruits.
Your final stop is at a popular beach resort where you will have approximately 2.5-hours to enjoy lunch and use the facilities. Take a leisurely stroll, swim or simply relax and soak in the ambience.
Following your time at the beach resort, your coach awaits to transfer you back to the pier where your tour concludes.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate to easy walking, at times over some natural and uneven surfaces. Amount of walking and level of exertion during free time is at guests’ discretion. This tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Included in your resort package are beach chairs, towel and use of the facilities. Weather appropriate clothing, adequate sun protection and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Those who participate in water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and must know how to swim, be comfortable in the water and able to cope with occasional currents.
Enjoy this overview of the distinctive charms of Sihanoukville, a beach-rimmed resort city known for its relaxed attitude and traditional pagodas.
Departing from the pier, you will drive directly to Wat Krom, a pagoda where many residents of Sihanoukville practice Buddhism. Here, you may see monks chanting, and young monks learning Pali, the sacred language of the Buddhist scriptures. Most of the pagodas in town are brightly painted and decorated with deities, many represented by hooded snakes, particularly king cobras. They are called nagas, a Sanskrit word for snake.
Continuing on, you'll come to the famed Golden Lion roundabout, which is named for its statues of these jungle beasts. The lion has become a symbol of Sihanoukville that is depicted throughout the city. After a brief photo stop, you will make your way to a bustling local market. This area is known for extraordinary seafood, which you will see displayed here along with fresh vegetables and unusual items such as palm sugar, a natural sweetener.
You will also visit the Wat Lu Pagoda, where you will find peaceful surroundings and splendid decorations. The temple sits on a hill surrounded by wild and lush vegetation, with statues of lions and serpents guarding the entrance. You may also find wild resident monkeys who like to hang around the area.
Your final stop is a popular beach resort where you’ll be treated to a refreshing drink and have approximately half hour to take a leisurely stroll or simply relax and soak in the ambience. Afterwards, you will rejoin your coach and drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking, at times over some natural and uneven surfaces, inclines and many steps. Amount of walking and level of exertion during free time is at guests’ discretion. This tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing, adequate sun protection and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Experience the natural beauty of Cambodia by kayaking a river that winds through a lush national park, after which you will relax on a nearby beach. Ream National Park covers terrestrial and marine habitats and includes coastal mangroves, lowland forests and unspoiled islands.
After departing from the pier, you will drive through laid-back Sihanoukville, the country’s first deep-water port. Indeed, water is one of the area’s key attractions, as secluded beaches and rivers such as those in Ream Park are abundant. Cambodia’s former king Norodom Sihanouk established the park in 1993 and was the inspiration for the city’s name.
Kayaking presents a wonderful way to observe the natural world without disturbing the wildlife. And there is plenty to see. Ream Park is home to more than 150 species of birds, including fishing eagles, storks and kingfishers.
On arrival to the park, board your two-person kayak and paddle through the natural canals covered by forest, for an intimate look at the wonders within this heavily vegetated park.
Following your kayaking adventure, enjoy a refreshing coconut drink and approximately 30-minutes to relax at the beach before returning to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of paddling, which can range from easy to strenuous. Guests should be in good physical condition. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility issues. We suggest you wear a swimsuit under clothing, bring a towel and water from the ship. Weather appropriate clothing, adequate sun protection, insect repellent and flat comfortable shoes are recommended. Those who participate in water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and must know how to swim, be comfortable in the water and able to cope with occasional currents. The local operator requires that all guests sign a waiver before being allowed to take part in the tour. Those who participate in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. Wildlife sightings, while common are not guaranteed.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.