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POSTCARD FROM SIHANOUKVILLE





Dear you, 

Here's a postcard from Sihanoukville.  

If you haven't heard of this place, it's okay. I will be sending you more postcards from this lovely little province so that I can tell you more about it. Now, here's something you need to know, Sihanoukville is a beautiful coastal city in Cambodia. 

This is my first time visiting Cambodia, and to be honest, I did not know what to expect before my trip. All thanks to Airasia, I got the privilege to be one of the first fews to discover and explore more about Sihanoukville through a direct flight from KL to Sihanoukville. 

The flight from KL to Sihanoukville will take about 2 hours.
As it's Airasia's inaugural flight to Sihanoukville, passengers flocked together to take photos to commemorate this beautiful moment.
Upon reaching the airport, we hopped onto an exclusive tour bus and headed to Dara Independence Hotel. 
Much-needed cooling welcome drink, thanks Dara Independence Hotel!
Then, we went to a property tour around Dara Independence Hotel. And this is the beautiful Infinity Ocean Pool that offers a panoramic view of the ocean.
There are a total of 128 rooms in Dara Independence Hotel: comfort deluxe, suites, graceful pavilions and luxurious villas to suit every taste, from intimate to grand to first lady elegance.
All rooms also come with a bathtub that allows you to soak and relax in a warm bath after a long day.
After refreshing ourselves, we headed out to explore the town a lil' and to get the local sim card. // Dress from The Stage Walk 
We managed to catch this spectacular view of the sky unfolding into threads of pink, purple and blue. I felt as if I was encapsulated in a world of dreams and cotton candies.


We had dinner in the Sunset Restaurant, which is located in the hotel. Freshly-grilled seafood and local beer were served and we felt extremely pleased with our dinner.
If you come to this restaurant around 6pm, you will be able to catch a glorious sunset view from the restaurant.


What better way to end the day than a relaxing full body massage? Thank you Jouvence Spa for pampering us. (Yes, the spa is also located in the hotel!)

DAY 2 

Rise and shine! 
We woke up to this soft pastel-coloured sky in the morning. It looked like a painter has splashed and painted the sky with hues of pink, blue and purple. The view is extremely scenic, and I couldn't help but feel blessed to be able to waking up to such a beautiful view.
Started our day right with a wholesome breakfast buffet at Coral Restaurant in the hotel.
After breakfast, we headed to the jetty to start our island-hopping journey!
Off to the sea!
The boat ride to our first destination took about an hour! And thank god the ride did not make us queasy!

We finally arrived at the Sok San Beach Resort in Koh Rong Island! Tucked away from the major tourist spots, Sok San Beach Resort is a Khmer-styled beach resort boasting an amazing, natural environment.

How to go to Sok San Beach Resort? 
The resort organizes daily boat shuttle from Sihanoukville Port 65 to its resort. The fare is $20 for adult and $10 for children [one way]!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE SOK SAN BEACH. With an immaculate white sandy beach with emerald, turquoise sea and a sky full of tufty clouds, hanging in the air like marshmallows, the environment definitely made Sok San beach a perfect secluded seaside retreat.

Sok San Beach Resort also offers a wide range of activities, both in the sea or land based activities. You can indulge in fishing, scuba diving, boating, kayaking through to trekking, cooking classes, bush walking, quad bike tours to just relaxing on the beach or enjoying a massage in their spa. | Dress from The Stage Walk
Memories made by the ocean will always stay in my heart.

The fun bunch! We all started this trip as strangers but ended this trip with fun and good memories with each other. ♡

I'm in love with this beach - it's overflowing with wonders and charms.

Got my beach essentials ready | sunscreen from Supergoop

Swimsuit from Pink N Proper 
Lunch time!

After lunch, we took a boat ride to Koh Rong Island.

A lively, vibrant street filled with restaurants, pubs, massage centres (and tourists). 
Our last island for the day was Koh Rong Samloem, which is another heaven for those who are looking for a peaceful getaway for relaxation.

Take a nap in this porch string and let life slow down to a mere crawl.
This cute doggy came out of nowhere and lied in front of me while we were taking pictures, how cute! I love this place even more and didn't want to leave because of it.

Back in Dara Independence Hotel after our island hopping, and of course, we had to catch the marvelous sunset again before we leave the next morning.

The view is just way too beautiful that it took my breath away. Standing at the edge of the sand, tasting the salt in the air, listening to the overlapping waves that were harmoniously calming and soul-soothing, watching the sky painting itself with assortment of soft colours and gradually transitioning from day to night...I was paralysed by the beauty of this beach. I felt truly relaxed, serene and blessed. 
Took a dip in the Infinity Ocean Pool while watching the sunset. It felt magical and surreal.

NO FILTER. I REPEAT, NO FILTER.

One of the greatest highlights of this trip is being able to meet new people during this trip. Shoutout to my roommate and #ootd buddy, Tiffany! 


Later at night, we had a splendid dinner in Naia Resort. The food was AMAZING. 

 Thank you Naia Resort for the dinner! If you ever visit Sihanoukville, definitely check this resort out!



DAY 3 

It was our last day in Sihanoukville and we visited the CDF duty free shop in the town as well as the Sihanoukville Central Market.

A trip to the central market is definitely worth it. We got to discover the vibrant side of Sihanoukville; it felt amazing being able to experience the different sides of the province.
I hat you at hello.


In Central Market, you will be able to find a lot of local-made products that you can bring home as souvenirs.


Joom reap lea (means goodbye in Khmer), Sihanoukville!


That's all about my trip in Sihanoukville and I must say, I was impressed. I began this journey without any expectations, but came home with an entire different perspective for Sihanoukville. This place is just stunning and charming in its own ways. The people were so amicable and kind. The beaches (oh my god) stole my heart away. I really miss Sok San beach, it is like a heaven on earth. To be honest, Sihanoukville is so underrated and I can tell you that a visit to this place will never disappoint. 

Now, book your direct flight to this paradise with Airasia from rate as low as RM80! 

Send me a postcard if you ever pay a visit to Sihanoukville. 

With loves, 
Jessica.

Don't forget to check out my vlog too! 

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