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KAMPONG SAOM PORT

Entering Kampong Saom Port from the west, keep Koh Dek Koule (Mirax Private Island) to starboard and beware the clearly marked drying rocks to port just off the entrance.

From a distance the wind generator on the south wall is clearly visible. Once safely inside, keep well clear of the busy port docks on the south. The low breakwater around the port provides shelter for anchoring yachts anywhere out of the commercial traffic at a comfortable depth.

Directly east of the entrance are plenty of wooden and concrete piers for easy shore trips by dingy. Since last writing the Marina Oceania in the northwest corner has been abandoned and broken up. Some local eclectic vessels remain at broken docks and one sailing yacht was anchored off a pontoon and tied stern-to.

‘Local’ boats east of the port entrance | Photo by Bill O’Leary
‘Local’ boats east of the port entrance | Photo by Bill O’Leary

We’ve dropped this option for visiting yachts and now recommend anchoring much closer to the southeast corner, since it’s a long way around by Tuk Tuk on a horrible dirt road. Best anchor nearer to where any fibreglass vessels are already alongside the docks and ask around for anyone who can speak English. Plastic will get caught in your prop.

South of the port enclosure is the Customs office, with several fibreglass speedboats and some new luxury Taiwanese-built motor cruisers alongside. Sihanoukville town and the beaches are only a 25 minutes Tuk Tuk or taxi ride away, but the road is a nightmare.

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