Reach the beach in double-quick time in Cambodia

According to new reports, the Cambodian government is moving ahead with its plans to construct a new super highway between the country’s capital Phnom Penh and beach hotspot Sihanoukville.

Should this be completed as predicted, tourists will be able to hop over to enjoy the sea in double-quick time thanks to a significantly reduced journey time.

The reports have originated from The Khmer Times, which writes that a US$2 billion contract has been signed with a Chinese contractor for the construction of the 190km road.

Liu Qitao, president of the China Communications Construction Company, expressed the scale of the financial commitment which will be put in to ensure the new route becomes a reality.

“Our company will spend billions of dollars more to build the expressway from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville. The ground-breaking ceremony is expected by the end of the year,” he said.

The super highway project is the latest in a string of positives for travellers keen to explore Sihanoukville. Flights to the airport in the city were restarted in 2011 and the first international flights were introduced in 2014, as well as passenger rail services being reinstated between Phnom Penh and the coastal spot.

All this is a bonus for travellers, as Sihanoukville’s coastline is truly stunning. A gateway to a string of beautiful islands, its coconut palm-lined shores are a haven for those looking for sun and sea, and it has a nightlife scene with cocktails and dancing under the stars to match the daytime hours spent lounging around on the sand.

The landscapes coloured with mangrove and the wonderfully fresh seafood from the surrounding seas make for a perfect escape from all the hustle and bustle of daily life, and the new highway is set to make it even easier to reach!