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1. Posted by stokesy (Budding Member 76 posts) 9y

I have booked to stay in Sihanoukville for a few days in March as I really liked the look of the place. Now reading on another forum site, I have come across some negative views on the place, has anyone any advice for me? thanks a lot stokesy

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

Pat,
I am going to chat with you about this in a PM.

3. Posted by masterblaster19 (Full Member 119 posts) 9y

I'd also like to hear what sihanoukville is like. i thought i would spend a few days there as well as kep and kampot. I have heard another forum poster quite cleverly nickname it shitanoukville!

4. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y

I didn't think too highly of Sianoukeville. I wouldn't say it's a bad place or anything, I just thought it was average. It was a fine place to spend a few days while I was waiting for my vietnam visa to start, but its not a place I would rush back to. I thought the beaches were only OK, and the way I see it, with so many beaches in Thailand and Vietnam that amoung the worlds best, why waste you time on a beach that is only OK.

5. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 9y

I agree with the last post. Sihanoukville is ok, but the beaches are not to the standards of nearby beaches in Thailand or Vietnam/

6. Posted by ToniL (Budding Member 52 posts) 9y

As a town Sihanoukville has little to commend it. The backpacker area beaches are not too brilliant either. What it does have going for it is an excellent nighlife at low cost - the sort of thing that many backpackers are after. There are also numerous guest houses to choose from at prices which vary from a few dollars per night to $60+.

If you want to get away from "touts' on the beach you can always go over the headland from Serendipity Beach to the top end of Sohka Beach - the rest of that beach is only for residents at the Sohka Beach Resort. There is also another small beach on the headland just below the Malibu Bungalows.

My suggestions, should you decide upon Sihanoukville, would be to stay on Serenity Beach or, if you feel affluent, have a few days at Sohka Beach Resort. The latter is above the normal backpacker budget at about $80 per night for a double but that includes and excellent breakfast, use of the gym and spa, a kilometer of guarded beach, large pool - and you can get a shower and decent nights sleep. When I was there last year a number of European backpackers decided to have a few days at the Sohka Beach Resort - backpacking is fine but you sometimes need a few days back in civilization.

There are ways to use the beach without being a hotel guest which I wont divulge here for obvious reasons. However, I will be staying there again from 10th - 26th Feb - and spending my evenings at the backpackers area of Serendipity beach, probably drinking at Coasters. Look for the oldest bloke there and it will probably be me. I would be happy to let you in on the way to "crack" entry to Sohka beach.

Happy travels

7. Posted by emma1979 (Full Member 126 posts) 9y

i can't remember the which part of sihanoukville i stayed at but i thought the beach was amazing! the waves were huge, water clean, the sand was soooo nice and the sun glowed hot red at sunset. if it wasn't for all the kids trying to force manicures upon me i would say it was pretty perfect

8. Posted by danalasta (Respected Member 519 posts) 9y

Thailand: Pattaya
Cambodia: Sihanoukville

dana

9. Posted by stokesy (Budding Member 76 posts) 9y

thanks everyone for your help have decided to go there just to see for myself stokesy

10. Posted by Endymion (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

Well i must admit that compared to the overcrowded and extremely over developed Thai islands, Cambodia's seaside town of Sihanoukville is a really nice location in comparison... But it depends on what you like, it has nice rural surroundings, not too bad "local" market centre. The tourist levels when i was there (2004) were low to average. The price is right when it comes to accomodation and food etc, tho its in comparsion is Thailand's south.