Best Beaches To Surf In Cambodia

Best Beaches To Surf In Cambodia

Best Beaches To Surf In Cambodia

If you’re a surfer in South East Asia, why not check out some of the beaches in Cambodia. Although Cambodia isn’t renowned for surfing, it’s helpful to know the beaches you can go if you’re in the region. I’m Ian, and I’ve lived in Cambodia for over a year in 2017 and, on my travels, discovered some of Cambodia’s rarest treasures. My surf guide will help you surfers catch the best waves possible in Cambodia.

Again Cambodia isn’t renowned for surfing, but there are a couple of spots for you to try out. The best location is Bamboo Island which is about a 30-minute boat ride from Sihanoukville. The Island itself is quite remote, and you can’t rent surfboards here or in Cambodia in general, so you need to bring your surfboard and gear. But maybe you live in Cambodia, and you have a surfboard, why not give it a go? The surf can be decent, particularly in the rainy season.

If you’re thinking about going surfing in Cambodia, catch the guide below, which details all surfing aspects.

Cambodia Beach Guide | A 2021 Update

Bamboo Island Review

It’s a bit of a shame for Cambodia because they lost the eastern coastline to Vietnam and share Peninsula, giving Cambodia the weaker side of the surf with fewer big waves. But all in all, Cambodia does have some decent waves, it’s just not talked about.

Just off the mainland coast is a remote island called Bamboo island, and getting there is an experience with a rickety boat taking you to the Island from Sihanoukville. When you land on the Island, which is around an hour, you have about half an hour walking through the jungle, and then your on the beach.

When you’re on the beach, wait for the Swell to increase (in the past, Bamboo Island has had three to six-foot swells).

The best time to visit Bamboo island for surf is in June-October as you get monsoon swells.


Hotel:  SAii Phi Phi Island Village

Address: 49 Moo 8, Aonang, Muang, Ko Phi Phi Don 81000 Thailand

Phone: +66 75 628 900

Website: Click here


Restaurant: Rendez-Vous Restaurant & Café

Address: 28 Mithona Street Group 8, 1 Village, 3 District, Sihanoukville 18000 Cambodia

Cuisine: Chinese, Cafe, Cambodian, Seafood, Thai

Phone: +855 90 612 777

Website Click here

Opening Hours:

Mon-Sun 7am-9pm

Koh Russey Beach (Bamboo Island)

If you’re looking for a bit of paradise, head to Koh Russey beach for great tropical views and beautiful soft white sand.

The best time to go surfing on Koh Russy is in the wet season, from June to October. The monsoon helps swell the sea for bigger waves. When your not surfing, take the time to speak to locals and kick back and have a beer.


Hotel: Alila Villas Koh Russey

Address: Alila Villas Koh Russey, Ong Village Prey Nup District, Ream Commune 18108 Sih Ream, 18108, Cambodia.

Phone: 0085 596 2141 888

Website: Click here

Climate And Sun Rise/Sun Set Times

Cambodia Climate

MonthDaily Temp (Min)Daily Temp (Max)Mean Total Rainfall (mm)Mean Number Of Rain Days
May 25.334.3111.616.4
July 24.732.5195.019.6
August 24.632.517221.4

Sun Rise & Sun Set Times

MonthSun RiseSun SetHours Of Day Light
January 06:22 am 05:56 pm11:34h
February 06:20 am 06:08 pm11:48h
March 06:06 am06:12 pm12:06h
April05:47 am 06:13 pm12:25h
May 05:35 am06:17 pm12:42h
June 05:35 am 06:25 pm12:50h
July 05:43 am06:29 pm12:47h
August 05:48 am 06:21 pm12:33h
September 05:48 am 06:02 pm12:14h
October 05:48 am 05:43 pm11:55h
November 05:55 am 05:33 pm11:38h
December 06:10 am 05:40 pm11:29h

Swell Of The Sea

In the oceans, you get storms (Hundreds Of Miles Away) that contribute to the quality of waves on the beachfront.

The contribution to swells are wind strength, wind duration, and fetch wind strength.

Wind Strength- The wind blowing across the deck of the ocean

Wind Duration-  How consistently the wind blows for

The Fetch- How Consistent does the wind blow across the deck of the sea without interruption

When the wind blows across the sea, it causes friction which causes energy which in turn causes a wave. The longer this recipe continues, the more energy builds up, which causes deeper waves, also known as Swell.

Swell Period

The Swell period is an essential factor in surfing. The swell period is the number of seconds between each wave. The larger the number of seconds, the bigger the wave.

You need a swell period of around 12 seconds or longer anything below this number is not counted for good surf.

When you get a good swell on the coast, you can get waves 1 1/2 times bigger than normal with a lot of energy coming from the ocean floor.

Best Beaches To Surf In Cambodia

Wave Buoys Koh Russy & Bamboo Island

We use weight Buoys to provide surface ocean measurements and have been using them since the middle of the century. The cost of maintaining Buoys is expensive and a complex problem to maintain.

Buoys measure the flow of water on the surface of the sea. The data you receive back from the buoys our wave height, the waves consistency, and the direction the waves are traveling. Wave buoys provide data to scientists and weather forecasting. More modern buoys are used for oil spills and general pollution.

If you need any data about swells and wave heights, please check this source as it regularly updates its data daily. Click here

How To Get To Sihanoukville From Phnom Penh

Since April 2016 Phnom Penh has had regular trains traveling to Sihanoukville. On Friday and Saturday, you have one train available, and on Sunday, you have two trains available departing from Phnom Penh.

Phnom Penh To Sihanoukville By Train

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Travel Duration

6 hours 30 mins

Ticket Fee

$8 One Way

Seat Allocation

Make sure you sit in the right seats as train conductors come round and check your tickets. Both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned seats cost the same.


Phnom Penh Train Station 

Phnom Penh To Sihanoukville By Bus

If you get the bus from Phnom Penh, you have three departures a day, and the journey takes around 4 hours 30 minutes which is a lot quicker than the train.

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Bus Fee

One Way $11

Bus Station

The Ibis bus station in Phnom Penh is on 106 near the Night Market

Hi, I’m Ian

I started traveling in 2006 when I was 21 and still today it’s the best experience of my life! I grew up in a rural town in England and I couldn’t wait to get away and explore the big wide world.

My first destination in 2006 was Singapour. After I visited Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos the dream continued and every day was a new experience with new foods, temples, lush countryside, and quirky boutique hotels. The variance of my days was tremendous from waking up in Jungles to a tropical island sipping an ice-cold beer 24hrs later.

With all this travel experience I started traveltin to help people who want to take the plunge into travel and seek advice. I really want to help people live their dreams and share knowledge and tips to help you have the best trip possible.

If you need anything just ask! I’ll get straight back to you.

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