About the name
These fine keychains are named after Sihanouk after the beautiful beaches of Sihanoukville, also known as Kompong Som. When you drive 185 km southwest of the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, you reach this province. The modern part of Sihanoukville was founded in 1960 after they became independent from France. The idea was to enrich Cambodia with a port that could make international trade possible. Especially over the past 10 years, both the port and tourism have grown rapidly. The province is also known as the most important production site for Cambodia's national beer - Angkor Beer.
If you ask me, this province has been greatly underestimated for many years! There are the most beautiful blue beaches, with sand as far as the eye can see and with water warmer than the baths we take at home. While I wish everyone one day had the opportunity to visit Sihanoukville and the surrounding islands, I am also grateful for all the amazing trips I had with family and friends to beaches no tourists had yet found! This place is definitely worth a visit!
Below are some photos from the beach back in 2005 - I think. The little Khmer boy was perhaps my first love! He was the cutest little boy, and if only I could remember his name, I would have named one of my products after him! His sweet family owned the restaurant on the beach where we always were, so I saw him every time we drove down there.