We’ve recently spent 5 nights having some much needed beach time in Sihanoukville. My best friend and her boyfriend came out to meet us for a holiday which was super exciting as I haven’t seen her since I left in November! We’ve had so much fun.
We spent most of our time on Serendipity beach which is the tourist part. The sand is lovely and the water is clear.
The only downside to this place is that there are lots of beggars, ladies offering manicures and massages and very young children selling bracelets. Unfortunately a ‘no thank you’ the first time is not enough. You have to be stern and repeat no 3 times and you’ll get this repeatedly throughout the day. I understand that this is their living but it can get annoying! It’s also very sad to see such small children having to work, especially as a sign just up the road says not to promote this and buy from them as they can be victims of abuse and can get ill from working on the beach!
Other than that the place is lovely and lively. There are lots of restaurants and bars. We gorged on some lovely food at Porkys and Angkor beach restaurant too (even though I had food poisoning again from somewhere). Its easy to see why this seems to be a tourist hotspot!
For one night we treated ourselves to a night at the Deluxx Boutique Hotel. Its newly opened just around the corner and cost £100 for a 2 bedroom apartment for 4 people. The hotel had a jacuzzi,pool, free tuk tuk service and included an impressive breakfast the next day. We really made the most of the facilities..
Although this is a touristy area, thankfully there are still lots of places you can stay for cheap as a traveller, drink deals on the beach are great and there’s a few places that do nice food for cheap.
I have many more posts to come on Sihanoukville nightlife and where to stay, our night in Koh Rong and the days of Phnom Penh. I’m about a week behind I’m afraid so bare with me!