Things to do around Sihanoukville
Sihanoukville is a growing beach town with half a dozen popular public beaches. The town also serves as a jumping-off point for the islands. Ask the front desk if you need help making arrangements for onward travel.
Ochheuteal and Serendipity Beaches
The Ochheuteal-Serendipity strip is the town’s most popular beach destination, and a thriving local industry exists there to cater to growing demands. Dozens of restaurants line the water’s edge serving cold drinks and fresh yet inexpensive seafood. They do a brisk business in umbrellas, inter tubes and other beach-side necessities too. Several places stay open late into the evening, when they turn the music up and cater to the town’s late-night set. During high-season, from October to March, the city hosts concerts, food festivals and other outdoor events at Ochheuteal.
Otres and Otres II beaches are a bit further afield. The drive out can take 15 minutes or so, but it tends to thin the crowds. Otres offers a few dozen beach-side restaurants and bars, a bit like the Ochheuteal-Serendipity strip, but not nearly as dense. Otres II, at the far east end, is a tiny slice of backpacker Bohemia mixed with upper-end boutique hotels. The beaches are much less crowded here, and the beachside hotels are fabulously trendy for such an out-of-the-way locale.
Independence Beach is the kilometer-long stretch of white sand that crowns a rocky, wooded crop of headlands along the peninsula’s southeastern edge. Much of the area was closed for several years during a government redevelopment project, and though the entire beach was recently reopened, the crowds have yet to find their way back. So far, just a dozen or so BBQ shops have opened up along the beach’s north end. As one local publication puts it, “It’s a nice family beach and a good near-town beach to escape the crowds of Ochheuteal.”
Victory Beach is a smallish stretch of beach at the bottom of Victory Hill. It’s probably the best beaches for a sunset, too. At the moment, however, the area is partially closed and most of the the vendors have disappeared. Still, if you’re prepared to bring your own picnic, Victory can offer nice views and relatively crowdless sand.
Sokha Beach is the semi-private, one-kilometer long beach in front of the Sokha Beach Resort, among Sihanoukville’s most luxurious destinations. The beach head is maintained by the resort, and drinks and food are available, but the 5-star prices tend to keep all but the most well-healed away. It is, however, a nice bit of luxury, and makes a perfect place for sunsets at happy hour.
Beyond the beaches
Sihanoukville isn’t just white sand and palm trees. There are other things to do as well, from basic sightseeing activities to more adventurous excursions like horseback riding, paragliding and other water sports. For a good roundup of what Sihanoukville has to offer, check out: