Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Serendipity Beach is the northern end of Ochheuteal beach and is home to many of the backpacker guesthouses and fancier beach bungalows. It is the most popular area to stay in Sihanoukville.
High-end bungalowsSerendipity Beach
T: (089) 933 318;
With just four brick bungalows, and another on the way, Above Us Only Sky provides a higher level of comfort than its neighbours. The bungalows, with terracotta-tiled floors (which means you won’t ... Read the full review of Above Us Only Sky.
A top pickSerendipity beach (next to Cloud 9)
T: (087) 555 887;
A highlight on Serendipity, The Cove’s wood and thatch bungalows on the hillside are tucked in between palm and banana trees providing a relaxed, jungly retreat. Each bungalow has a private balcony ... Read the full review of The Cove.
Tucked away in the treesSerendipity Beach
T: (098) 215 166;
Hidden away in the trees at the western end of the beach, Cloud 9 is still one of the better value spots on Serendipity. The wooden bungalows are built on stilts into a hill, thus some have amazing ... Read the full review of Cloud 9.USD 10 to 35 12 votes Flashpacker
Ochheuteal Beach has a selection of hotels along a couple of roads that run parallel to the beach. Nothing is more then a five-minute walk from the water. The free accommodation, when available, is at the eastern end of the beach.
Barely a foot out of placeOff Golden Lion Traffic Circle
T: (088) 849 0055;
Almost futuristic in its conception, it’s hard to imagine that One Stop Hostel is a hostel of any kind. Spotlessly clean white hallways surround a small, emerald pool, and lead to ... Read the full review of The One Stop Hostel.
A little havenSerendipity Beach Rd
T: (034) 933 586;
This place feels different from the moment you step into the bar/reception area, and then it just keeps getting better and better as it opens up to reveal a large, sprawling guesthouse with rooms ... Read the full review of Chochi Garden.
The answer to most of your questions14 Mithona St
T: (017) 678 218;
Anytime you ask a question in Sihanoukville, the answer always seems to be Coolabah. Whether you want to know where to get a good meal around Serendipity, where to find good, comfortable ... Read the full review of Coolabah Hotel.
Small but beautifully conceivedSerendipity Beach Road
T: (086) 283 151;
There’s a Mediterranean feel to this small, brand new guesthouse where spotlessly clean, well-decked out rooms offer fantastic value for money. The spacious, air-con rooms are simply decorated but ... Read the full review of Tired Gecko.
Backpacker heavenSerendipity Beach Road
T: (012) 490 290;
Monkey Republic is a high energy hostel whose lively bar is usually packed with guests and those in search of good food, fantastic music and an atmosphere that could tip over into a party anytime. ... Read the full review of Monkey Republic.
Midrange boutiqueSerendipity Beach Rd
T: (012) 315 338;
Reef Resort is an oasis of calm nestled among the backpacker hangouts on Serendipity Beach Road. Air-conditioned boutique-style tiled rooms are well-appointed and extremely clean in a way that only ... Read the full review of Reef Resort.
True resort feel in Sihanoukville23 Tola St (two blocks off Ochheuteal Beach)
T: (034) 933 634;
With a genuine resort feel, despite being a 10-minute walk away from the beach, Beach Club Resort is a friendly, attractive place with comfortable rooms arranged around a wide pool where elegant ... Read the full review of Beach Club Resort.
A good family option1 Kakda St
T: (034) 502 6999;
So new we could still smell the paint when we visited, Johnson Beach Hotel is a little bit lacking in character but has great rooms for families on the move. The hotel interior is decorated in the ... Read the full review of Johnson Beach Hotel.
Quirky and friendlySerendipity Beach Rd
T: (088) 7882 100;
Quirky and convenient, especially for island addicts, The Gypsies provides a warm welcome only metres away from the beaches and the ferry pier. With a six-bed dorm tucked away at the back of the ... Read the full review of The Gypsies .
Unexpected glamour23 Tola St
T: (034) 933 658;
Part of the trend towards more upmarket hotels in Sihanoukville catering to couples, families and other visitors who want to combine comfort with travel, OC Hotel is not for the budget-conscious ... Read the full review of OC Hotel.
Don’t judge a book (or hotel) by its coverSerendipity Beach Rd
T: (034) 938 888;
Despite the rather soulless exterior, Serendipity Beach Resort’s rooms are well tricked out, many with stunning views across the sea. It’s rather startling to step in to them from the empty, ... Read the full review of Serendipity Beach Resort.
Dependable valueFar end of Occheuteal beach, Sihanoukville
T: (034) 933 449;
Many travellers miss out on spotting Makara Bungalows thanks to its location, tucked down at the far end of Occheuteal beach, and its lack of advertising. It might be priced a touch above your ... Read the full review of Makara Bungalows.
Great locationSerendipity Beach Road
T: (034) 934 845;
The name may sound so laidback it sounds like an Aussie barbecue pit, but when you walk in the front of Mick & Craig’s you’ll notice that, yes, those are linen table cloths on the tables. And ... Read the full review of Mick & Craig’s Guesthouse.
Good poolside value23 Tola St
T: (034) 933 639;
Orchidee’s rooms span a sizeable budget spectrum. Their least expensive rooms are on the small side but still have en suite bathrooms, air-con and a small, sheltered terrace. As prices increase, ... Read the full review of Orchidee Guest House.USD 10 to 35 3 votes Flashpacker
Otres 1 Beach
At the northern end of Otres Beach, this stretch of sand is armed with a long row of beachside guesthouses and bars with a young, vibrant hippy feel to it. More mid-range, and upmarket, places are opening up, but it is still possible to score a dorm room for as little as $4, while the upper level resorts also offer amazing value for money.
It's mushroom maniaOtres 1, Sihanoukville
T: (097) 712 4635, (078) 509 079;
Since opening at the end of 2011, Mushroom Point has become one of Sihanoukville’s hot spots, meaning that booking in advance is recommended even during low season. It actually has two locations, ... Read the full review of Mushroom Point.
Beautiful upmarket optionOtres 1
T: (070) 218 607;
Part of the gentrification wave washing over Otres 1, Sahaa Beach is a beautiful resort with lots of carefully designed open space artfully dotted with redolent frangipani trees, widely spaced and ... Read the full review of Sahaa Beach Resort .
A place to disconnect and connectOtres 1
T: (097) 241 5884 ;
Sometimes you just walk into a place and fall in love, and you can’t really tell why and Wish You Were Here is one of the places that does that to you. There is a wonderfully chilled out vibe in ... Read the full review of Wish You Were Here.
Quaint and invitingOtres 1, Sihanoukville
T: (010) 359 725;
Papa Pippo is the last beachside restaurant and guesthouse on Otres 1, with nine bungalows from which you can step from your bed straight out to the soft sand outside. The fan-cooled, thatch-roofed ... Read the full review of Papa Pippo Bungalows, Bar and Restaurant.
Clean and quietOtres beach, access road across from the beach
T: (034) 699 9968;
For those suffering from an aversion to thatch, but still keen for a good deal, these clean, large rooms are done in a typical Khmer style — that is, simply, with remarkably shiny, slick tiled ... Read the full review of Otres Beach Guesthouse.
Beachside chillsOtres 1
T: (096) 253 8131 ;
Recently taken over by new owners who are working hard to raise standards, Sea Garden has beach bungalows and a dorm, with hot water shared bathroom, and a lot of attention being paid to important ... Read the full review of Sea Garden.
The flasher beach bungalow option7/10 Otres 1
T: (097) 937 5100 ;
As the name suggests Indigo has a funky, though not hippy, vibe and comes with neatly tricked out thatch bungalows that lead straight out to the beach and a very sociable bar, which plays some really ... Read the full review of Indigo.
A gentle retreatOtres 1
T: (070) 857 391;
A wide property with a lot of space, Otres Lodge boasts an avenue of very pretty bungalows with air-con, hot water shower, TV and outside a swimming pool, bar, restaurant and volleyball court. The ... Read the full review of Otres Lodge.
Go for the bungalowsOtres Beach, Sihanoukville
T: (034) 633 8484;
At Otres Orchid, skip the rooms and choose one of the romantic bungalows set in a lush tropical garden complete with ponds and wooden bridges instead — they’re charming and come with a very ... Read the full review of Otres Orchid.
Eco-friendlyOtres 1 Beach, Sihanoukville
T: (034) 630 1100;
Off the beach, Done Right is a Swiss/Canadian joint venture that prides itself on doing things in a slightly boozy, but very eco kind of way. They used beer cans to build their bar, beer bottles to ... Read the full review of Done Right.
Otres 2 Beach
On the southern tip of the strand this the more mature end of Otres beach, even more laid back, but also more refined than its northern sibling. Impressive high-end hotels mix in with some really decent mid-range boutiques, all with access to the gorgeous, white, tree-lined sands.
Great bungalowsOtres 2
T: (099) 566 999;
Mary Bungalows is almost at the beginning of Otres 2 road, and consists of the main accommodation buildings on the land side of the road, and a very comfortable bar and restaurant on the beach side. ... Read the full review of Mary Beach Bungalows.
A green sanctuaryOtres 2
T: (097) 649 5131;
Down the quiet end of Otres, along side Tamu and Ren Resort, the Secret Garden offers a more traditional setting, with individual brick-built bungalows set among lush, green gardens. The outdoor ... Read the full review of The Secret Garden.
Amazing styleOtres 2
T: (098) 392 526;
Giving Tamu more than a run for its money style-wise, Ren is an impressive resort that offers sea views from almost every room thanks to some nifty architectural turns. Wrapped around a long, emerald ... Read the full review of Ren Resort.
Chic paradiseOtres 2, Sihanoukville
T: (088) 901 7451;
The bar was lifted, and lifted high, when Tamu opened its doors: a gorgeous, glamorous location that melds a laid-back beach vibe with the luxury of a high-end hotel. Welcome to Tamu. If ... Read the full review of Tamu Eat & Sleep Otres.
Bohemian HarmonyOtres Beach 2, Sihanoukville
T: (034) 659 0222;
A kind of bo-ho feeling resonates through Elephant Garden, which is a little bit hippy, but a little bit classy too. They offer a range of room styles, with thatch bungalows, Khmer-style wooden ... Read the full review of Elephant Garden.
A dorm with a sea breezeOtres 2
T: (097) 262 1598;
One of the very few backpacker places left on Otres 2, Footprints has a 22-bed open-air dorm on the first floor, all the better to catch those sea breezes, as well as private rooms and bungalows. The ... Read the full review of Footprints.
A little enclave tucked in behind Otres Village, Otres Riverside is so laid-back it makes Otres beach look positively frenetic. As concerns grow that many of the beachside businesses may be shut down by authorities, development in this area is growing as many seek to ensure their Plan B is in place, just in case.
A beautifully designed complexBehind Otres Village
T: (070) 840 583 ;
Wildside Villas Otres is a beautifully designed complex with a series of two-storey brick and thatch buildings connected by overhead walkways. Each one houses a small bedroom on the top floor with ... Read the full review of Wildside Villas Otres.
T: (070) 256 940;
Quirky defines everything about this delightful spot. The owner, the eponymous Mama Clare, is ever-present taking care of her guests and, one suspects, half the neighbourhood. She has built up a ... Read the full review of Mama Clare's.
Hippy havenOtres Riverside
T: (070) 814 643;
We were only able to see one dorm room at Hacienda as everything else was fully booked, but it was notable how the very chilled out guests hanging around in the bar looked more than happy with life. ... Read the full review of Hacienda.
Sokha beach is home to just two resorts, the flash Sokha Beach Resort and the smaller Malibu Bungalows. Both are fine choices.
Great beachside bungalowsSokha Beach
T: (012) 733 334;
Up a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it dirt road at the bottom of the hill on 2 Thnou Street, this boutique resort has been built in two stages, with some lovely bungalows stretching between the road and ... Read the full review of Malibu Bungalows.
First and only five-star resort in SihanoukvilleSokha Beach
T: (034) 935 999; F: (034) 935 888
This sprawling resort was the first five-star option available in Sihanoukville. Its style is definitely oriented more towards the Asian market, with a rather soulless and ostentatious lobby not ... Read the full review of Sokha Beach Resort.Over USD 150 2 votes Luxury
The guesthouses and hotels in Sihanoukville town are mostly in the centre of town and while there's a broad range of options, overall the beaches are better value.
T: (034) 939 222;
The road to Pagoda Rocks is stunning as you sweep down and around a working pagoda with trees flanking either side, monkeys abounding, monks proceeding and children running amok while their mothers ... Read the full review of Pagoda Rocks Boutique Resort.
Sleep with a clear conscienceOu Pram St
T: (034) 934 078;
A little out of the way with no surrounding attractions, but all the quieter for that compared to almost anywhere in Sihanoukville, Don Bosco Hotel is a hospitality training school providing ... Read the full review of Don Bosco Hotel School.
A strong playerBorey Kamakor
T: (015) 620 534;
For something a little bit different, Fitness Resort is a small distance out of town, but offers a huge range of options for sports and fitness enthusiasts. A group of bamboo chalets built to a very ... Read the full review of Fitness Resort.
Feels like homeSopheakmongol St, Sihanoukville town
T: (034) 630 6161;
When the bus station in downtown Sihanoukville was knocked down to make way for a commercial complex, many of the guesthouses in the surrounding area fell on hard times. Some closed and others ... Read the full review of The Small Hotel.
Currently there are just a few places to stay here, though that seems to be changing with the reopening of the flashy Independence Hotel.
A sight to beholdIndependence Beach
T: (034) 934 300; F: (034) 933 660
The renovated Independence is strikingly situated on the bluff above Independence Beach and is a sight to behold. Much of the original architecture was maintained throughout construction giving the ... Read the full review of The Independence Hotel.Over USD 150 1 vote Luxury
A jungle-hideawayReam National Park
T: (078) 760 853;
A jungle-hideaway with no one else to be seen; a chance to escape from the crowds or just your busy life; a place so chilled out, you might forget to leave. These are all Monkey Maya, and there’s ... Read the full review of Monkey Maya.
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