Archive for the 'Sihanoukville' Category

Nov 09 2012

Review: Sihanoukville’s New Sea View Villa Restaurant

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cheesecake closeup - new sea view restaurant, sihanoukville cambodia

Where do you go for a great meal in a lovely setting in Sihanoukville? The short answer is, “Lots of places,” but if you add, “when you’re on a budget” to that question, it narrows the field substantially. While not the cheapest restaurant in Sihanoukville, the restaurant at the New Sea View Villa Guesthouse, near … read the full post

Nov 05 2012

Serendipity Beach’s bungalow row, Sihanoukville

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lounging on serendipity beach, sihanoukville cambodia

When you reach the foot of the pier at the bottom of Serendipity Road in Sihanoukville, look to your left and you’ll see three-kilometre long Ochheuteal Beach. Turn to your right and you’ll see a verdant, rocky headland. Take a walk along the footpath that leads to the headland and you’ll pass a row of … read the full post

Nov 02 2012

Cycling around Sihanoukville

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road to sokha beach, sihanoukville cambodia

The best way to see Sihanoukville is by bicycle. Some might argue in favour of motorbikes, but if you want to actually see Sihanoukville and not just keep your eyes on the traffic, cycling is the way to go. Walking is another option, of course, but although relatively low in population, Sihanoukville is large in … read the full post

Oct 28 2012

Review: Mushroom Point at Otres Beach

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Mushroom Point beach bungalows, Otres Beach, Sihanoukville Cambodia

Word was out about Mushroom Point on Otres Beach almost before it opened on Christmas Eve, 2011. At the time, it was the mushroom-themed, thatched-roof architecture that was attracting all the attention. Since then, just about everything about Mushroom Point has been drawing attention — and visitors. When I made a casual enquiry about room … read the full post

Oct 22 2012

Daytripping around Sihanoukville — on the set in Ream

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set of the sea wall at ream, near sihanoukville cambodia

If you want to throw a little culture into your visit to Sihanoukville, take a day trip out to Ream and the set of the 2009 film, Un barrage contre le Pacifique (The Sea Wall). Based on the 1950 novel of the same name by Marguerite Duras, the film starred Isabel Huppert and was directed … read the full post

Oct 15 2012

Sihanoukville’s Serendipity Road

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fruit vendor on Serendipity Road, Sihanoukville Cambodia

Sihanoukville’s Serendipity beach area has been changing so fast it’s hard even for those of us who live here to get our heads around it. It all went into high gear late in 2011, when they started paving Serendipity Road. Suddenly, what had been a rough road leading to the backpacker haven of Serendipity beach … read the full post

Oct 12 2012

Review: Victory Beach Hotel, Sihanoukville

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beach lounges at Victory Beach Hotel, Sihanoukville Cambodia

A hotel attached to a casino isn’t normally the kind of place we would recommend, but the Victory Beach Hotel is an exception. Credit for the hotel’s popularity with non-gambling types has to go to managers Verona and Douglas McColl, whose first Sihanoukville venture, the Coolabah Resort near Serendipity Beach was an immediate success with … read the full post

Oct 09 2012

Review: Sihanoukville’s Pagoda Rocks Boutique Resort

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infinity pool at Pagoda Rocks, Sihanoukville Cambodia

You know you’re on the way to some place special when you reach the hilltop road that leads to Sihanoukville’s Pagoda Rocks Boutique Resort. The air becomes fragrant and trees provide shade for your short journey. It gets even better as you pass mysterious staircases and Buddhist icons on the side of the road. And … read the full post

Oct 07 2012

Pchum Ben at Wat Krom, Sihanoukville

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Buddha at Wat Krom, Sihanoukville Cambodia

Cambodians are world leaders when it comes to holidays and religious festivals, as we’ve said before. One of the biggest, Pchum Ben (also called Bon P’chum Ben), falls on the 15th day of the waning moon during the Cambodian month of Pheaktrobotr, so mark it on your calendar. Not content with having more holidays than … read the full post

Sep 29 2012

Where to hang out on Otres Beach

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otres beach, sihanoukville cambodia

Now that the road to Otres Beach has been paved and a feverish-for-Sihanoukville building spree has been going on, the 2012-2013 Sihanoukville high season is likely to make it the most popular beach in town. If you’ve been there before and loved it for its funky, laidback atmosphere, don’t panic. Thanks to low-rise zoning restrictions … read the full post

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