Sihanoukville Beach


Some of these Sihanoukville beaches are crowded with beach chairs, umbrellas, bars, and people.  Some are just filled with sand.  A few beaches are rocky, and nice to look at, but not for swimming.  From most Cambodia beaches, you can take trips to the islands, and rent boats for snorkeling and fishing (Sihanoukville Beach).

Sihanoukville Beach

Otres Beach

Ocheteaul Beach on the East side of town, about a 5 minute motorcycle ride from downtown. This beach runs about 2 kilometers from Serendipity Beach to Otres Beach. Ocheteaul is filled with beach stands and chairs (Sihanoukville Beach).  Seafood, burgers, pizza, and booze.  Most places serve Khmer style food, but many now offer Western dishes.  Across the street from the beach, there’s an assortment of restaurants and hotels (Sihanoukville Beach).

Victory Beach At the bottom of “The Hill”, near the port, Victory beach has quickly become the tourist beach on the West side of town. An easy walk from Victory Hill, with plenty of seafood, boating activities, guesthouses, and a full service casino or two.  Some quiet beach in the middle, and some restaurants towards the port. Also, featuring a pier for island boat trips (Sihanoukville Beach).

‘Beach town’, ‘port community’, ‘fledgling resort destination’ – all describe Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s premier beach town. Sihanoukville’s white sand beaches and warm Gulf of Thailand waters combine with a laid back, beachy atmosphere to provide a great little tropical getaway (Sihanoukville Beach). Sihanoukville is a place to unwind by the beach, enjoy the fresh from-the-ocean seafood, take in a snorkeling or scuba trip, and generally slow-down, lay back and chill-out (Sihanoukville Beach).

Sihanoukville has a different look and feel than most Cambodian towns. Constructed as a port city in the late 1950s, the town is much newer, more urban and cosmopolitan than most Cambodian provincial cities (Sihanoukville Beach).

Sihanoukville Beach

Sokha Beach

Nowadays, Sihanoukville is as much a beach town as it is a port town, catering to beach-going weekenders from Phnom Penh as well as a steadily increasing number of foreign visitors. Still, the pace of life in Sihanoukville is very relaxed (Sihanoukville Beach).

Cows occasionally wander the main road, outside town foreign faces draw smiles and curious stares, and most of the beaches offer only beach umbrellas, thatched roofed eateries, and a growing number of restaurants, bungalows and hotels (Sihanoukville Beach).

Sihanoukville has a more than ample supply of accommodations, including a 5-star resort complex on Sokha Beach, several mid-range places downtown and at the beaches, a few ‘upscale’ three-star hotels, and dozens of budget guesthouses, especially on Weather Station Hill (Victory Hill) (Sihanoukville Beach).

Sihanoukville Beach

Considering the moderate number of visitors to Sihanoukville, the town offers a surprising number and variety of restaurants and bars.

Fresh seafood, especially crab, prawns and ocean fish, has always been one of the town’s biggest draws, but there is also a wide variety of places offering foreign cuisines – Australian, French, Indian, German, Sri Lankan, British, Italian, pizza places, a couple of western bakeries and even a espresso coffee shop (Sihanoukville Beach).

Sihanoukville Beach

Sihanoukville Beach

And these days Sihanoukville offers a pretty good night life as well with a wide variety of bars staying open well into the wee hours, especially on Weather Station Hill, in the downtown area, and the beach bars on Ochheuteal, ‘Serendipity’ and Victory Beaches (Sihanoukville Beach).

ORIENTATION

Sihanoukville is not a small place, and the best way to get around is to hire a motorbike.  Sihanoukville itself is east of the main backpackers’ beach and close to the more mid-range Ochatial Beach (Sihanoukville Beach). Due south of town is tiny Ko Pos Beach, which ha a solitary mid-range hotel, and the larger Independence Beach, which has the crumbling Independence Hotel – slated for redevelopment (Sihanoukville Beach).

Sihanoukville Beach

Ko Pos Beach

INFORMATION

Cambodian’s only deep-sea port is located here and considerable international aid has been spent to improve the infrastructure in the province. Although tourism has increased over the past few years, the beaches of Sihanoukville are some of the most unspoiled in all of Southeast Asia. It is a prefect tropical getaway, filled with lovely beaches and facilities for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving or just sunbathing. Boat trips are also available to many of the nearby islands (Sihanoukville Beach). There are several hotels and local restaurants serving fresh, delicious seafood on the beach. On the weekend, there are many local visitors from Phnom Penh to relax, swimming and enjoy fresh seafood (Sihanoukville Beach).

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