This beach paradise is also the gateway to many unspoilt islands. 

If you're already feeling suffocated by Bangkok summer, then here's some good news: Thai Air Asia has just announced direct flights to Cambodia’s breezy beach paradise, Sihanoukville.

From Jul 1, flights are scheduled to run on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays starting from B2,060 round-trip—that's better than half price when compared to JC Airlines' B5,638 or Hahn Air's B8,111 round-trip. 

Though it's known as a backpackers’ paradise, Cambodia's southern coast is about more than just partying all night long. Skip the invasion of gambling businesses and flocks of Chinese tourists that fill overcrowded beaches like Serendipity and Occheuteal for Otres Beach, where you'll find quiet beachside bungalows, local restaurants and bars. Home to long, white sand beaches and dense mangrove forests, Sihanoukville also acts as a gateway to Cambodia's many unspoilt islands.

The new route is Thai Air Asia's third direct flight to Cambodia after Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, both of which are also directly accessible from Phuket.

 

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