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Sihanoukville: Beaches

Sihanoukville town sits in the center of a small peninsula that juts into the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Several beaches of fine pearl-white sand line the shore around the peninsula, most easily accessible from town, each separated as much by character as the rocky headlands between. The main beaches are lined with thatch roofed seafood shacks and bars offering cold drinks, umbrellas and chairs, BBQ and more. Ochheuteal and Serendipity Beaches are the most popular and the busiest with plenty of nearby hotels, guesthouses, bars and restaurants. On the other side of town, Independence Beach has bbq shacks, smaller crowds and a more tranquil atmosphere. A bit farther from town, Otres Beach is quickly growing in popularity, but still is still less touristed than Ochheuteal, maintaining much more a laid-back, chill-out vibe.

Ochheuteal and

Serendipity Beaches

(map of Ochheuteal Beach)

 

Ochheuteal Beach is by far the most popular and touristed beach in town. Ochheuteal is long, sandy and comparatively narrow, with ‘Serendipity Beach’ at the arcing northern end, most of the southern half closed to the public, and a small cluster of beach restaurants at the pleasantly quiet far end. Most of the hotels, guesthouses and restaurants are on and around the northern half of the beach.

 

Accommodations... The area has a good selection of accommodations ranging from mid-range to budget with most on the roads paralleling the beach and Serendipity Beach Road. A few bungalows are also tucked up amongst the headlands at either end of the beach.

Restaurants & Bars... On the beach, shack-style seafood restaurants and bars line more than a kilometer of the sand's edge from Serendipity to mid-beach. The seafood shacks typically offer umbrellas and beach chairs, have full bars, cold drinks and most have food, especially BBQ.

Just off the beach, in the early evenings the BBQ restaurants on the beach roads, especially along Lumhei Phumin Street (formerly 23 Tola,) fire up their grills and offer classic fresh BBQ dinners at very reasonable prices.

Nightlife...
Many of the beach bars are open into the late night and a few throw regular beach parties. Some of the more popular late night places are located at the near end of the beach and along Serendipity Beach Road. Just off the beach, the bars on Serendipity Beach Road, at the Sihanoukville Square and at Pub Street are usually open late.

Otres Beach 


Otres Beach is the next beach south of Ochheuteal and similar in many ways - like Ochh-euteal, Otres is a three kilometer crescent of white sand facing to the southwest. But Otres is less developed and more thinly touristed, offering a somewhat more relaxed atmosphere. Beach shacks and guesthouses/bungalows line the near and far ends of the Otres Beach with a development project taking up most of the central portion.

The Near End...

At the northern ‘near end’ (Otres 1) of the beach dozens of beachshack bars and restaurants squeeze together along a kilometer of sand. Plenty of different sorts of places to choose from, some staying open quite late, offering events, music and such. There are also a dozen-plus guesthouses and bungalows lining the beachfront road 20 meters from the water.

The Far End...

The ‘far end’ of Otres Beach (Otres 2) on the south side of the development area has a more secluded atmosphere than the near end but still offering several beach bars and restaurants as well as accommodations along the sand including a couple of very nice upper mid-range places.
Otres River Village...

About a half-kilometer behind Otres Beach is Otres River Village - an Aquarian corner on the river, an eclectic mix of people, accommodations and drinking places in an eco-friendly horizontally laid back environment. Set amongst mangrove forest along a small lake and estuary, Otres River village is home to the bizarre bazaar Otres Market To get between the village and Otres Beach, you can rent a bicycle to ride in or even kayak along the river between the estuary and beaches.

Otres Market...

The Otres Market is a Saturday market gathering of crafts and food vendors, both local and foreign, in the spirit of the Saturday beach markets of Goa India - live music, shopping, cold drinks, hot food and good vibes. At time of printing the market wasn’t open yet as it only runs in the high season, but should be up and running again by December if not sooner. Located in Otres River Village. In the past the opening hours have been every Saturday from 4:00PM until late.
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Independence Beach
(Brampul-Chann Beach)


Independence Beach draws its name from the historic Independence Hotel that sits atop the headland at the north end, often called ‘otel pram-pul chann (‘hotel 7-storeys’) by the locals.

Independence is better than a kilometer long, but more than half is closed for a development project. A long slice at the north end remains open to the public - a lightly touristed 500 meter strip of sandy beach, sporting a dozen beach front BBQ huts, restaurants and bars. The quieter, more relaxed in-town beach. A good place to escape the crowds of Ochheuteal Beach.

The fresh water lake at the north end of the beach serves as the source and reservoir of Sihanoukville's water supply. On the curving road past the northern end of the beach, behind the Independence Hotel, monkeys (macaques) often congregate along the road and beg for food, especially in the late afternoon.

Victory Beach

(map of Victory Beach and Hill area)

 

Victory Beach sits at the base of the popular Victory Hill. Victory Beach offers one of the best sunset views in town but unfortunately the beach is partially closed and there are no longer any bbq shacks or other vendors. Farther north along Victory the beach narrows and a few upscale seafood restaurants hug the water’s edge and a couple of casinos can be found on the beach road.

Above Victory Beach, Victory Hill offers a variety of guesthouses, restaurants and bars. Several places, both budget and mid-range dot the side of the Hill overlooking the ocean, some offering excellent sunset views.

The very top of hill is one of Sihanoukville’s nightlife hotspots. The hilltop road is lined with hostess bars, music and sport bars as well as a few restaurants. After dark the street come to life, some places staying open into the early morning.

Hawaii Beach at the far southern end of the Victory Beaches is fairly busy these days, and is much more popular with Cambodian beach-goers than foreign tourists. Like the other major beaches, Hawaii is lined with umbrellas and chairs and little beach shack bars and restaurants.

Sokha Beach

 

Occupying all of Sokha Beach, the Sokha Beach Resort offers luxury accommodation and fine dining. Sokha Beach is a beautiful beach, a crescent of sand about one kilometer long and comparatively wide. The fine pearl white sand is perfectly groomed these days but the beach is fairly quiet, frequented primarily by resort guests. There aren’t any little seafood shacks, but dining gazebos and an up-market beach bar / restaurant run by the Sokha Beach Resort.


 

Other Beaches
These ‘other’ beaches are outside of the town area and are frequented more by fishermen than tourists, though this is slowly changing. Road conditions can be challenging, especially in the wet season. 

Ream Beach 


Ream Beach is long and narrow, sitting at the edge of Preah Sihanouk (‘Ream’) National Park about 27km from town. The beach is largely untouristed and of very average quality. The road toward Naval Base offers a nice little oceanside drive and sections are lined with water’s edge seafood shacks and a thin beach. Take Route 4 18km north to the Airport road 18km north. Turn right, 9km to the ocean.

Prek Treng

Beach


The Prek Treng Beach a few kilometers north of town is a long crescent of white sand, offering compar-atively warm shallow waters. The beach has recently been cleaned up and groomed and is looking particularly good. Due to the distance from town and complete lack of services the beach is usually deserted. To get there follow Hun Sen Beach Drive north a few kilometers past the port area.

 

A message from M'Lop Tapang and ChildSafe...

 

When on the beaches of Sihanoukville you will meet many children. Please remember that buying from the children on the beaches or street keeps them on the beaches or street. As long as they make an income their parents will send them out to work. They are vulnerable to abuse and they are not safe. The hours they work prevent them from attending Khmer school. No formal education will perpetuate the cycle of poverty that most of their families are in. Instead please let Cambodian social workers do their job effectively by not encouraging children to stay on the beach by giving food, gifts, money or buying from them.

If you see a child in danger, call the ChildSafe 24 hour hotline on 012-478100 managed by a team of English speaking Khmer social workers from M'Lop Tapang program for street children. Thanks for being a ChildSafe tourist!

 

www.childsafe-cambodia.org

 

Last updated December 2014

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