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Sihanoukville Beaches

 

Ochheuteal Beach Otres Beach Independence Beach Victory Beach
Sokha Beach Prek Treng Beach Ream Beach C

 

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.

 

A bit farther from town, Sihanoukville’s out-of-the-way beach Otres continues to grow in popularity, but is still maintaining its relaxed, laid-back vibe.

 

On the other side of town, Independence Beach, though small, offers a pleasantly tranquil atmosphere and beachside bbq shacks.

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, and a few places tucked up along the headlands.

Restaurants & Bars...
On the beach, shack-style seafood restaurants and bars tightly line more than a kilometer of the sand's edge from Serendipity to mid-beach. The restaurants typically offer umbrellas and beach chairs, have full bars and most have food, especially BBQ on the beach at sunset when restaurants put seafood and meats on display and offer inexpensive classic BBQ dinners.

Just off the beach, they do the same evening BBQ at along Lumhei Phumin Street (23 Tola) where there are more than a dozen places.

Nightlife...
Many of the beach bars are open into the late night, and of course there is fire dancing, full moon parties and events. Some of the more popular late night places are located at the Serendipity end of the Ochheuteal and along Serendipity Beach Road. Just off the beach the bar plazas Sihanoukville Square and Pub Street have hostess bars, pool, a bit of food and are open late.

Otres Beach 


Otres Beach is the next beach south of Ochheuteal and is similar in many ways. Like Ochh-euteal, Otres is a three kilometer cre-scent of white sand facing southwest. But Otres is somewhat more thinly touristed, offering a more relaxed, chill-out atmosphere. Beach shacks and guesthouses/bungalows line the near and far ends of Otres with the central section now public pack and open beach without any businesses.

The Near End...

At the northern ‘near end’ of the beach (Otres 1) dozens of beachshack bars and restaurants squeeze together along a kilometer of sand. There are plenty of different sorts of places to choose from, some staying open quite late, offering events and music. 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 offers several beach bars and restaurants as well as accommodations along the sand including a few of upper mid-range places and fine dining on the beach.


Otres River Village...

Otres River Village sits about a half-kilometer behind Otres Beach 2 - an Aquarian corner on the the Otres River with an eclectic mix of people, accommodations and drinking places in an laid back environment. Set amongst mangrove forest along a small lake and estuary, the village is a backbeach enclave in a natural area, offering kayaking, boating and an eco-friendly ambiance. To get between the village and the beach you can rent a bicycle or even kayak to the beach.

Otres Market...

The Otres Market is a Saturday market of crafts and food vendors, both local and foreign, in the spirit of the beach markets of Goa - live music, shopping, cold drinks, hot food and good vibes. At time of printing it is the beginning of low season and the market was preparing to shut down until the end of the monsoon season, probably in October or November. Check Facebook for current info. Located in Otres River Village. When running, the market is open every Saturday, 4:00PM until late.
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Independence Beach
(Brampul-Chann Beach)


Independence is the quieter, more relaxed near-town beach.

 

The beach 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 including one of my favorites, The Small Beach Bar, from the same people as The Small Hotel in town, serving very good western food and Swedish specialties in addition to the usual seafood BBQ and such. A good place to escape the crowds of Ochheuteal 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

 

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/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 


A distant beach, 27 kilometers north of town, Ream Beach is long and narrow, sitting at the edge of Preah Sihanouk (‘Ream’) National Park. The beach is largely untouristed and of very average quality. Long but very narrow with a mix of fine and coarse light tan sand.

 

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 - the kind of places with hammocks as well as chairs and tables, and serving seafood BBQ, steamed and fried fish, seafood soups, fried rice, sates and the like. 

 

From Sihanoukville take National Route #4 18km north to the Airport turnoff road at Ream. Turn right onto the Airport Road, and go straight on 9km to the ocean, passing along the edge of Ream National Park. At the ocean, the road to the right traces Ream Beach, which is largely deserted. The road to the left follows more narrow beach and rocky ocean's edge to the Naval Base.

Prek Treng

Beach


Another distant beach, Prek Treng is a long, wide crescent of brilliant white sand a few kilometers north of town, offering comparatively warm shallow waters. The beach is in good shape, groomed and landscaped, but is usually all but deserted. Picnickers do show up on the weekends and sometimes during the week, but there are rarely more than a few groups there. Sometimes a couple of food shacks stand open at the near end. To get there follow Hun Sen Beach Drive north a few kilometers past the port area. Best to bring along some of your own drinks and snacks.

 

 

 

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