Sihanoukville

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Introduction

Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville

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In recent years travellers looking for something a little more lawless then Thailand have started to go to Sihanoukville in order to enjoy the sun and surf. This is the only deep harbor port in all of Cambodia and town was only created in 1964 as a last ditch effort of the French to hold onto their colonial possession before losing them. During the 1970s and 80s the town was largely ignored but as the Khmer Rouge lost power more businesses and tourists started to take interest in Sihanoukville.

Today Sihanoukville has exploded into a tourist haven, with most of its market being geared towards budget or mid-range travellers. Although a few luxury resorts have started to pop up in the last few years, and one of them just took over an entire beach, there are still plenty of budget options. Some of the other towns further down the coast have started to develop a beach infrastructure, although with 3.5 hour bus rides on perfect roads from Phnom Penh it can be tempting not to travel any further then Sihanoukville.

Some of the beaches can get a bit scary after dark and some travellers have been attacked while walking on the beach late at night. Also watch your belongings closely during the day on the beach because many people have had cameras, cellphones or wallets stolen. It is suggested to only bring what you need for the day to the beach and as little money as possible.

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Neighbourhoods

Downtown

The downtown area of Sihanoukville is home to most of the banks and consulates. Including a Vietnamese consult that can arrange visas in 15 minutes for no extra charge. The post office is located closer to the port. The downtown area is not super close to the beach and can feel a bit shady.

Occheuteal Beach and Serendipity Beach

Occheuteal Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Sihanoukville. This is a long white sand beach with many locals setting up lawn chairs and restaurants on the side. Recently the government forced many of these establishments to close for a new resort that is yet to be built. The north end of the beach is called Serendipity Beach and is home to some nice restaurants and a few guesthouses. There are more guesthouses along the road going up the hill towards downtown.

Otres Beach

Otres Beach is the beach just south of Occheuteal Beach and is similar, although less developed.

Sokha Beach

Sokha Beach is a privately owned beach by the Sokha Beach Hotel. This is a very nice hotel although the hotel guards will prevent anyone from entering the beach unless they are guest at the hotel.

Independence Beach

Just west of Sokha beach is Independence Beach, which is a very nice beach with few visitors.

Victory Beach

Victory Beach was the originally budget traveller beach and is still popular. Sadly this beach is located very close to the deep sea port. Although it is closer to downtown providing for cheaper lodging. It is also possible to hire boats at Vicotry beach to visit nearby islands.

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Sights and Activities

The town doesn't offer much to see. The main areas of Sihanoukville of interest to tourists are Serendipity Beach, Otres Beach, Victory Beach, and the various islands off the coast.

Beaches

The main reason to visit Sihanoukville is the beaches. They are not as crowded as many of those in Thailand, but can be cramped on weekends and holidays. Like many beaches in Southeast Asia, they are often covered in a lot of rubbish.

Independence Beach (Also known as 7-chan beach after the seven-storey Independence Hotel).
Ochheuteal Beach (​ឆ្នេរអូឈើទៀល - Chnay Occheuteal). A long narrow strip of white sand beach in Sangkat No 3. The northern section has now become known as Serendipity Beach, a beach popular with Western tourists, noted for small guesthouses right on the beach. There are around 30 beach huts serving good value meals and a wide selection of drinks, a golf course development at the south end, and a cluster of mid-range hotels and restaurants in the middle. Grass umbrellas, rentable beach chairs, and little drink huts line the beach from one end to the other. Further south along the beach in front of the golf course development, a number of budget backpacker-oriented bar/restaurant/beach hangouts have sprung up offering chairs, umbrellas, drinks and a chilled-out atmosphere. Expect noise and exhaust fumes though from the numerous 2-stroke jet skis in the area. Swimming can be dangerous and several tourists have been killed by jet skis.
Otres Beach (SE of Serendipity and Ochheuteal Beaches). Amazing 4 km long stretch of clean, white sands. Far less crowded and more relaxed than other beaches in Sihanoukville. Every season more and more beach bars and guesthouses pop up along the beach. Tourists will find accommodation in rooms or bungalows (prices ranging from US$5-30), e.g., Cinderella Beach Bungalows, Castaways Beach Bar and Bungalows. Like most of Sihanoukville's budget accommodation, no air-con is available in Otres Beach lodgings, except for the Secret Garden Resort, at the far end of "Old Otres" (Otres 2). Otres Beach is great place for lazy sunbathing, but other activities also available (catamarans, windsurfing, kayaks, various boat trips, bicycles.) Unlike Serendipity Beach, marijuana and marijuana-based baked goods are openly and safely smoked and sold at the beach side bars/guesthouses and on the beach itself, which is now attracting a young Western crowd to the area. A second part of Otres Beach about a 5-10 min tuk-tuk ride away, referred to as "Otres 2", has several guesthouses open and is beginning to attract tourists looking for an even less crowded beach than the relaxed main strip of Otres Beach. Otres 2 is far less developed and less crowded, but offers only minimal activities and locations. There are no stores of any kind in Otres 2, though in the main strip of Otres 1 there's a bank machine. Adjoining that on the road in from Occhuteal is a Khmer village with various stores and a few Khmer restaurants; with a small, modern convenience store on the side road out of the village that leads to and from Occhuteal. Otres has a different climate than Snooky; it may be sunny all day when downtown Sihanoukville and the other beaches are raining and flooding. It's also known in the area as having the best sunset, and people staying in closer beaches often drive out to watch it from there (with few vendors or other harassment unlike closer to the city). Otres is fairly large away from the beach; side roads lead to other areas inland, including along the small river that flows through the broad prairie that lies inland from the beach strip. Along it, another village lies, and a few small resorts, and during high season, a small public market with entertainment. There's a couple of resorts and bars there, including a funky westerner-run backpackery bar and stage, and another more modern one with dining room and also a stage. The river can be navigated by kayak, and fish from it is part of the menu among local Khmer. The beach at Otres is very shallow for a couple of hundred meters out, or more, depending on the tide. The bottom is soft sand and clean and when there are no waves very safe for children and novice swimmers.
Serendipity Beach (Connected to Ochheuteal Beach). Guesthouses and bar/restaurants right on the beach, open until the early hours. This beach is the most popular and typically has the greatest number of people on the beach.
Sokha Beach. Owned by Sokha Beach Resort. It is private, but you can access it by paying a couple dollars. You won't have many people begging or trying to sell you something here.
Victory Beach (S of the commercial port). Plenty of budget accommodation nearby on Weather Station Hill. This beach is close to the seaport.

Other Sights and Activities

Islands - Hire a boat for the day and visit nearby islands.
Koh Rong (Monkey Island). Advertised all around Serendipity Beach, Koh Rong is a small island 2-3 hr away from Sihanoukville by ferry that offers a relaxed location away from the crowds, a long beach, a small jungle to trek, as well as a handful of bars, restaurants, and guesthouses on the beach covering an area of only about 2 km. Ferries from Sihanoukville to Koh Rong leave 3-4 times daily from various docks and several different ferry companies in Sihanoukville. Ferries can be booked from any guesthouse or travel agent. Round trip tickets are sold for between US$5-15. A tourist may be quoted more for the ferry, but can be negotiated down, and should not pay more than US$15. Both dorm beds (US$7) and private rooms (US$15-30) are readily available on the island. Fishing, diving, and snorkelling are available as well at prices similar to the rest of Sihanoukville. Most places on Koh Rong run electricity on a generator and usually have electricity from sunset until midnight, though a few bars will run throughout the day and go until 04:00. Koh Rong does not have an ATM. US$5-15.
Diving - There are many islands off the Cambodian coast that have lots of coral and fish. All dive boats leave from the Sihanoukville port area. There are 4 PADI dive centres, one of which, Scuba Nation PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre, the pioneers of diving in Cambodia, provide comprehensive diving and snorkelling services, day trips, liveaboards, nitrox and a full range of PADI courses from beginner to instructor. Flexibility is the key: you can do training sessions while sightseeing in Phnom Penh, then finish with a liveaboard on the only custom made diving boats in Cambodia. EcoSea Dive, offers SSI courses as well. Angkor Dive is based on Koh Rong Samloem and offer overnight trips to the island to not only dive, but also to experience the traditional way of life in a Khmer fishing village. The main scuba diving area is at Koh Rong Samloem Island 23 km offshore, as well as at Koh Tang Island 56 km from Sihanoukville. Overnight trips are necessary in order to reach Koh Tang. There is also some shallow diving at Koh Tas some 10 km from Sihanoukville, but it's mostly reserved for when the weather is too rough to get all the way to Koh Rung Sanloem. The best diving Cambodia has to offer are the overnight trips to the Koh Tang group, where large pelagics are seen regularly and visibility is double what you will find at the closer sites. 2 dive day trips US$59-85, overnight trips US$185-325 all inclusive.
Snorkelling - Possible around most of the islands, with the best snorkelling being at the further our islands for visibility, corals and fish. Many restaurants at Serendipity Beach advertise a snorkelling trip for US$15, but most are incapable of properly explaining what their offer includes. Most will boil down to the same trip organised by one of the travel agents which includes (simple) breakfast at the beach, a visit to two snorkelling spots and a 3-hr lunch break at Koh Russei (Bamboo Island). If you are serious about your snorkelling, you should consider going with one of the three scuba dive shops, to ensure you get proper gear.
Ream National Park - A wonderful mangrove nature reserve about a 30-min drive from Sihanoukville. Take a moto to park headquarters for US$2. From there, park rangers can arrange boat rides for US$40 per boat through the mangroves. The boats leave a few miles away just before the highway crosses the river, so don't send away your moto or taxi. Destination is an island where you can walk on a decaying boardwalk that leads to a viewing tower you may not climb due to decayed ladder. You have spend all your time watching your step so the walk (100 m, perhaps) is not worth taking. Call in advance. Hiking trail with ranger accompanying has been suspended as of November 2018 due to fallen trees on the trail that the park lacks money and manpower to clear.
Angkor Brewery Tour - Visit the Angkor Beer bottling plant just outside of Sihanoukville.
Kampong Pier Nup Lok (2 km N of the commercial port). The old fishing port. Offers some nice views.
Kbal Chhay Waterfall, Ou Treh, Sihanoukville, Cambodia. A waterfall approximately 7 km from the city of Sihanoukville and then a further 9 km along a red dust track. Popular swimming area, families come to spend the day, many food stalls, rest houses and other facilities line the stream. The swimming is the attraction more than the waterfall so don't expect much nature at the stream.

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Weather

Sihanoukville has a hot and humid tropical climate. The city is dominated by a wet southwest monsoon from May to October and a dry northeast monsoon from November to April. Temperatures are between 23 and 26 degrees at night, and 30 to 35 degrees during the day most of the year, though April can be very hot and humid and not the best time for a visit although it is better here and inland.

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Getting There

By Plane

Beach Life, Occheuteal Beach

Beach Life, Occheuteal Beach

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Sihanoukville International Airport (KOS) has direct flights from Saigon in Vietnam and several Cambodian airports. Air Asia fly here from KL and Bangkok. There are also numerous flights from cities in China, serving the growing Chinese expat community. The airport is extremely small, unprepared for the influx of Chinese investments (and people). There is no place to sit on the landside (the landside is so small so that some of the check-in desks are outside). The only way to get from/to the airport seems to be taxi. You can arrange a taxi from hotels in the center for around US$15, if coming from the airport to the city, you have to haggle hard to get this price.

By Train

Passenger services between Sihanoukville and the capital Phnom Penh via Takeo and Kampot runs at least four times per week. The service takes approximately 7 hours from Phnom Penh and 1½ hour from Kampot. Tickets are cheap and there is usually some air conditioned carriages on the train.

By Car

It is possible to rent a car for the 3.5 hour drive to Phnom Penh.

A chartered taxi from Phnom Penh's Central Market can make the trip in less than 3 hr and will around US$25-40 per car, depending on the petrol price of the day and the condition of the vehicle. You can reduce the price by sharing seats, but Khmers will squeeze as many as eight people into the car, including two in the drivers seat, so you may need to buy two seats for comfort.

By Bus

Frequent buses arrive in Sihanoukville from Phnom Penh (4-5 hr), Siem Reap (10-12 hr), Ho Chi Minh City (10-12 hr), and Bangkok.

Phnom Penh Sorya Transport, GST Express, and Mekong Express operate hourly bus services from Phnom Penh, taking 3-5 hr and costing US$4.50-10, depending on the quality of the bus and the number of stops. The first bus leaves Phnom Penh at 07:00, the last at 17:45. All buses arrive and depart from the bus station near the Central Market. Tickets can be booked at the bus company offices, travel agencies, and many guesthouses. It is worth reserving a day in advance to be sure of a seat. National Rte 4 between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville is one of Cambodia's best roads.

Rith Mony, Bun Thou, and Virak Buntham Express operate daily air-conditioned minibus service leaving at 08:30 to/from the border with Thailand at Koh Kong/Hat Lek, taking about 5 hr. "Local" and "tourist" minibuses service this route; they are always jam-packed, and the trip can be uncomfortable. "Local" service price depends on how much space you want (a whole seat, half a seat, or a space on the roof); foreigners can expect to pay around US$6-8. They will also typically have pickup in front of the offices on the main strip in town at 07:30, after which they simply drive over to the station to wait until the 08:30 departure time. You may be offered pickup at your hotel for a premium. Sometimes there are buses leaving at 14:00 but the service may be available only with suitable demand and ticket prices may be higher (~US$15).

Virak Buntham Express offers a bus service from Ha Tien in Vietnam to Sihanoukville via the new Xa Xia/Prek Chak border post. From Ha Tien, there is a ferry to Phu Quoc Island, another popular tourist destination. Unlike even recent travel guides report, this trip now has become easy and straightforward. Visa on arrival for US$25 (550,000 dong), and bring a photo.

By Boat

There is no boat to/from Koh Kong/Hat Lek (the border crossing with Thailand) anymore.

Modest numbers of cruise lines, e.g., Oceania, offer one-day port visits, usually along with more stops in Vietnam enroute to or from Bangkok.

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Getting Around

Distances between the beaches are too long to walk comfortably, but getting around is easy, as the roads are wide and bike taxis (motodop) are everywhere. The standard price is US$1 per trip, although expect to haggle at night or if the distance is long. They'll gladly pile on two people and their luggage too. For larger groups, car taxis can be called by phone (fixed US$5 to most places around town).

There are dozens of the ubiquitous tuk-tuks around the new bus station and the accommodation areas. They are some of the most persistent and over-charging drivers in Cambodia; they have formed an "association" for price fixing - a trip to the bus station, US$2 in Phnom Penh, costs US$3 if your bus company pays but they charge US$6 if you arrive at the bus station and want to go to the beach. If you have decided where you will stay it can help to call for a pick up. Even if it's not free, it may save you some overcharging.

The ride from the new bus station to Serendipity Beach should cost no more than US$3 during the day.

Another great choice to get around is to rent a scooter. Haggle a bit and you can get it for US$4 a day or more depending on the season. Fuel is not very cheap (about US$1.25 per litre) but can be bought at many roadside shacks. However, as of 2009, renting scooters to foreigners is illegal, and the police may stop and fine you.

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Eat

Near the beaches are several guesthouses that double as restaurants and turn into bars at night. Along the beaches, especially at Ochheuteal Beach, there are many food stalls and some restaurants serving grilled, meat, chicken, and seafood with chips/fries and a beer for US$3-4. There are a good many restaurants in town as well. Sihanoukville has a surprisingly diverse set of cuisines.

Angelo's Restaurant (Near Golden Sands Hotel). Excellent BBQ (try the ribs!) and Greek cuisine.
The Beach Chalet (Otres Beach). Cambodian and Western food, fresh and cheap. Prices are fixed all the year. Staff friendly, always helping you in all what you need. Try the barracuda or red snapper BBQ.
Castaways Beach Bar and Restaurant, Otres 2, Sihanoukville (At the far end of Old Otres, a few places before Secret Garden Resort), ☏ +855 12 998492, ✉ castawaysatbeach2@gmail.com. Early to 23:00. Very casual family-run eatery and bar with home-cooked Khmer and Western meals at reasonable prices. Dine in the covered bar/lounge or in one of the couch areas in the sandy courtyard, or right on the beach facing Otres' unforgettable sunsets. This was the original tourist resort and restaurant in Otres and is the only Khmer-run and owned place in the whole of Otres. Marasprao and Luclak and Amok dishes, excellent chicken curry and tom yam, Western menu includes omelettes and pancakes. Or just ask the owner, Ouk, what he would recommend, and let him lay something on you not on the printed menu. Full cocktail menu. Great ambience, rustic authenticity and a good pool table. US$2.25-5.
Cinderellas Coffee Shop (Serendipity Beach Rd, opposite Monkey Republic), ☏ +855 12 613380. Very pleasant coffee shop/cafe just off Ochheuteal Beach with comfortable indoor and terrace patio seating. Reasonably priced menu featuring Western, Korean, and Asian dishes. In addition to coffee there is beer, wine and cocktails.
Ernie's Burgers. You can build your own burger with over 24 free toppings.
Grand Restaurant Kampuchea (Next to Angelo's and across the road from the Beach Club on Tola St). The chicken amok curry (served in a coconut) is a particular highlight. Traditional Khmer food. US$3.
Happa (Serendipity Beach Rd). Japanese teppanyaki (hot plate) restaurant.
l'Luna d'Autunno (On the right hand side of Ekareach St, a short way before the bend down to the Golden Lions). Italian. The staff are well-trained and friendly, and prices are not overly expensive. Pasta or pizza at around US$8-9.
Maharajah (Royal Indian Cuisine Halal) (Victory Hill), ☏ +855 15 966221. Siem Reap's popular Indian, now opened a sister restaurant in Sihanoukville. US$3-10.
The Mexican (Serendipity Beach Rd), ☏ +855 12 315338. Mexican and Khmer food.
Mick and Craig's Restaurant and Guesthouse (Near the Golden Lions). A Sihanoukville institution which has been providing comfort food in Sihanoukville since 1997. Their Mexican menu and Sunday roast are particular favourites. Also have rooms with fan and bath set in a tropical garden. Clean and comfortable. Rooms, US$8-12.
Noh Kor Phnom (Occheuteal Beach (inland, on first road to beach when coming in from town)). Friendly no-frills seafood restaurant with an extensive menu of over two hundred options.
La Paillote (Victory Beach), ☏ +855 12 632347. French-Khmer cuisine in one of the finest restaurants in the country. US$5-11.
Pim's Restaurant (Ochheuteal Beach). Western a la carte menu, BBQ and wok menu. Traditional Cambodian evenings. Nine hole mini-golf, boules, darts, pool, and table tennis.
La Reserve Sihanoukville (Victory Hill). Gourmet French cuisine with master chef, Patrick Escribe, Table de France.
Same Same But Different. Reasonable food, good prices, good staff. Excellent Thai green curry.
Sunshine Cafe (Otres Beach), ☏ +855 12 828432. Great cafe and beach bar on the more relaxing Otres Beach. Run by a Polish lady and her family who cook excellent food. It has a nice community atmosphere. Her Khmer partner runs boat trips, US$15, to more interesting places than the other boat tours. He also does night fishing boat trips when there are sufficient numbers. They also have a few simple beachfront rooms for US$5.

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Drink

At the very north end of Serendipity Beach there are some very nice bars.

Golden Lion Plaza at Occheteal Beach, 10 friendly bars in one street, but all are also used as spots for picking up prostitutes.

The trend on Serendipity Beach is to advertise a permanent happy hour, which usually implies cocktails for US$2-2.50 and draught Anchor beer for as little as US$0.50-0.75. Beer prices generally rise to US$1 at night with cocktails remaining US$2-2.50.

Captain Morgan (Golden Lions Plaza). Open late. Nice looking bar with friendly staff. Food and snacks.
Star Bar (Downtown, behind Shell gas station). Extremely cold Anchor draught beer (happy hour US$0.50, rest of the day US$0.75). Friendly waitresses. Good pool table. Decent kitchen with Western-oriented menu. Popular Wednesday evening barbecue, US$2.

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Sleep

Accommodation ranges from basic guest houses on the beach to four-star resorts. There are plenty of guesthouses, however, the cheapest guesthouses directly on the beach frequently sell out. Reservations are necessary at peak times such as at New Year. Due the extensive construction works in the city, any list of accommodation might be outdated.

Monkey Republic located on the road going to Serendipity Beach is one the best guesthouses in Asia. There is a great pool table, bar and movie room. The restaurant serves great western food with huge portions. And every night guests get 1 free drink at the bar. The only down side is that during the high season you have to check in as a pair. The owner doesn't make money from the rooms, he only makes money from food and booze sales.
Don Basco Guest House, Phum 1 Sang Kat 2 (town center), ☏ +855-87919834. Check-out: 12:00. Air-con double room with own hot water bathroom and cable TV. Wi-Fi. Free use of large swimming pool & gym. From US$12.
Apple Guesthouse (100 m off Serendipity/Ochheuteal Beach), ☏ +855 97 8573786. Clean and quiet rooms, close to the centre. 2 minutes from the beach, private garden, 15 nice rooms, cable TV & free high speed Wi-Fi, motorbike rental, laundry, Internet, international calls and a 24/7 convenience store. US$7-12.
Sakal Bungalows (Victory Hill), ☏ +855 12 806155, +855 12 489377, ✉ sakalbungalows@yahoo.com. Offering some cheapish pleasant huts above the bar with sea views (over a huge concrete building next door) and more expensive air-con rooms. The menu is short, but the food is excellent. The bar has a 61" TV for sport and films, and stays open as long as it needs to, which is generally 24/7. US$4-15.
Savannphoum (300m from Serendipity Beach). A nice alternative for people wanting to stay close to rather than on the beach. Most of the guests are Khmer. Good cheap Khmer food, clean rooms, cheap scooter rentals. US$10.
TEN103 (FORMERLY Jonty's Jungle Camp), Koh Ta Kiev Island (call or e-mail in advance and you'll be picked up with the boat in Sihanoukville), ☏ +855 92 502374, ✉ jonty@jontysjunglecamp.com. Sleep in a tree house or in a hammock with a mosquito net. The facilities are very basic, but that's what makes the place so special. Koh Ta Kiev Island is full of unexplored jungle, lovely beaches, and almost no tourism. US$7-25.
Onederz Hostel Sihanoukville. Supposedly one of the last hostels in Sihanoukville. Features a small swimming pool and a bit overpriced Khmer food. 10USD per bed in dorm.
Above Us Only Sky (Bar & Bungalows) (From Tranquility Guesthouse follow the beach in the quieter direction to 3 buildings further on), ☏ +855 89 822318. Spacious bungalows on a very quiet part of the beach. It has fan and air-conditioning rooms and a nice porch in front of the bungalow with comfortable chairs and couch and brilliant ocean view. Wi-Fi. There is also a nice little bar downstairs. No restaurant, but there are plenty nearby.
The Cove Beach Bungalows (Serendipity Beach), ☏ +855 12 380296, ✉ thecovebeach@gmail.com. Khmer-style wooden bungalows, air-conditioned rooms and apartments with balconies giving ocean views. Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and Western and Khmer foods. US$14-50.
The Don Bosco Hotel School (2.5 km from Otres Beach), fax: +855 34 933765, ✉ reservation@donboscohotelschool.com. Hotel in a lush garden with a swimming pool, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi, pick-up and shuttle to the beaches and city. It is a training hotel to help young Cambodians learn a skill and find a job. US$30-60 including breakfast.
Malibu Beach Hotel (Serendipity Beach. From town centre, go straight through the roundabout with the lions, continue to the top of the hill and then follow the rocky track downhill, rather than remaining on the road). Another one of the older stalwarts, now encroached on both sides by noisy nightclubs. At the bottom of that, turn right, the Malibu Beach Hotel is the first on the left. There have been a couple of reports of theft, from the rooms and from the hotel safe. Air-con rooms: US$30.
Sokha Beach Resort (Sokha Beach), ☏ +855 34 935999, ✉ reservations@sokhahotels.com. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. An international-class beach resort. Very bland and a bit rough around the edges, but the beach is gorgeous and hassle-free, and the resort is family-friendly with children swimming pools and playgrounds. Try their best Restaurant, Lemongrass, and "The Deck" Tapas Bar. 180° views of the gulf. Promotional rates: US$140-810.
Independence Hotel, St 2 Thnou, Sangkat 3, ☏ +855 34 934 300. A modernist concrete seven-story block on top of the cape and with great sea views, it has a pretty pool and attractive, expansive gardens. A nice touch are some black and white photographs of the hotel in its heyday. The best feature is the adjacent clean pale sand private beach which has crystal clear water and some big rocks, although this may be under development as the hotel are planning bungalows. Some distance from town. From US$140, breakfast included.

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Work

English teachers are always needed and many NGO are starting to work with the large number of street kids.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There are several internet bars near the beaches. Some are much better then others so shop around. Connection speeds vary as does the quality of the computers. The best places to go online definately are Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and outside of these centers it's generally also more expensive. In general prices are not much more than US1-2 an hour. Remember to take off your shoes when you enter as a sign of respect and to watch out for small shrines that are on the ground.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Most of the internet bars double as calling centers. The country code of Cambodia is 855. To call out of Cambodia, dial 001 followed by the country code and telephone number of the other party. Many of the internet bars also have international calling options and you can also arrange calls at post offices. Services are usually run by the governmental telecommunication network Camintel. You can find telephone cards in many shops, starting from serveral US dollars to around US$50. Samart, Mobitel and Shinawrata are the main mobile phone providers, with Mobitel offering the best and most widespread services, although calling from outside towns (countryside) is still tricky.

Post

Cambodia's national postal service offers a wide range of services, though in general things go slowly and are not always very reliable. That said, things have been getting better over the years, and you can expect for your postcard or letter to finally arrive after 5-10, depending from where you send it (avoid small towns) and to where you send it. Prices are around 2000-2,500 Riel to countries in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, and it's slightly more expensive sending it from more remote places in the provinces. Post offices in Cambodia generally are open from around 8:00am to 5:00pm, with some regional variations. Sendings parcels is only possible from the capital Phnom Penh and it's very expensive as well. You might be better to send it from Thailand, or otherwise check private companies like DHL, TNT or UPS, which are more reliable and might even be cheaper! The main post office is located near the port.

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  • Latitude: 10.62995
  • Longitude: 103.506729

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