What is there to do in Sihanoukville?
Updated 2 years, 10 months ago
Sihanoukville is growing in popularity as Cambodia’s premier seaside resort.
Why do people go?
The main if not sole reason people flock there is for the beaches, so don’t be surprised when it doesn’t offer up many alternatives. Serendipity beach is the undisputed Backpacker’s place of choice, with cheap drinks, friendly hostels and sandy seafronts. The beach is lined with bars selling cheap buckets and hosting lively and sometimes heated games of beer pong, so bring your ‘A’ game!
Where should I stay?
There are plenty of friendly, comfortable backpacker-oriented hostels along the road down to Serendipity which serve food ranging from authentic Asian cuisines to bog standard comfort food. At the hostels and guesthouses it’s worth shelling out a couple of extra bucks for an A/C room while you’re there though, as you start to feel like you’re melting in a fan room. Though as you may have guessed, most of these inns have their own well-stocked bars so there's no shortage of sources of refreshment when you're overheating, or just plain thirsty.
Which beaches should I visit?
For turquoise waters and clear sands it’s best to look further afield during the day to Otres, Sokha and Independence. They have a more un-touched, mellowed feel to them than Serendipity, which can get quite crowded and a bit messy.
What else is there?
Inland, travellers can explore the jungles and estuary of Ream National Park if they feel the urge for some trekking. However many go through Sihanoukville in order to reach the idyllic islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Saloem. Koh Rong offers the most down to earth beach paradise experience we’ve had yet and I can’t recommend it enough.
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