Here we briefly introduce you to the beaches of Sihanoukville. More information on the respective beach pages. To be honest, none of Sihanoukville’s beaches qualify as South East Asia’s finest. But on weekdays it’s still possible to have stretches of sand to yourself. On weekends and holidays it can get cramped as Sihanoukville is extremely popular with well-to-do Khmers from Phnom Penh. On all beaches you can hire lounge chairs and umbrellas. Furthermore there are thatched roofed eateries, bars and restaurants, either right on the beach or nearby, offering cold drinks, beach umbrellas and chairs, seafood BBQ, evening parties, water sports and more.
By far the most popular beach in Sihanoukville is Ochheuteal Beach south of the city centre. Expect the weekends to be very busy on this beach as an increasing number of Khmers take their families to Sihanoukville every once in a while. The streets behind this beach are lined with dozens of guesthouses, hotels and restaurants.
At the northern end of Ochheuteal lies an area commonly known as ‘Serendipity Beach‘. The name was coined by an American who formerly owned a guesthouse of that name and he claimed copyright. To the surprise of many, he won the lawsuit! So be careful using the name ‘Serendipity’, you could be sued! Serendipity is a backpacker’s paradise with cheap bungalows and guesthouses, some right on the beach.
Just west of Serendipity lies Sokha Beach. Officially this beach is open to the public, but as is often the case in Cambodia, the reality is different. In practice you’ll have a hard time getting to this beach as the guards of the upscale Sokha Beach Resort will try to persuade you that the beach is ‘private’.
Victory Beach near the port and at the foot of Weather Station Hill used to be a magnet for backpackers. But with the development of the beaches south of the city, it has lost much of its attraction. With one exception: the Airport Club. It is a beachside restaurant by day and a discotheque by night, centred on a real Antonov AN-24 twin engine airplane!
East of Ochheuteal and behind the development going on at the southeastern side lies Otres Beach, popular among expats from Phnom Penh.
In recent years some bars and restaurants have set up business here, but it is still a rather undeveloped beach.
That may change though, as these bars en restaurants have been told to move out, to make way for a ‘large scale development’. This being Cambodia, that ‘development’ may take a few years to start.