Hi all !
We are going to Cambodia in December, and we want to spend Xmas and NYE in the coast and visit a couple of islands. Do we need to book the accommodation in advance? I know is high season.
Our budget is low, we'll be there for 23 days so we will go to cheap hostels and maybe somewhere special for Xmas eve or NYE.
Also, is there any party or special event worth it to go around the coast by then?
Thanks very much for your help !
#1 maylosada has been a member since 28/6/2013. Posts: 9
It would really depend on where you are. Somewhere like Sianoukville has so many places to stay then you should always be able to find somewhere (even itf it is in town and not on the beach) generaly it is easy to find budget places to stay in Cambodia but booking the cheap places is not always easy and you may find it harder on the islands to find somewhere cheap when you arrive but you can always ask at the cheaper places if anyone will be leaving the next day
If you're looking at Koh Rong over Xmas or New Year, a booking may be a good idea, though I've heard a bunch of new places have plonked in since we had a writer there earlier this year - so as not all those will be able to be booked in advance, will be working on a walk-in basis.
Don't expect too much of the islands and the sea. The water can be quite polluted with all sorts of waste, and except for very few places which are getting expensive, there is not much comfort or anything to do on the islands, and generators are usually switched off during the night. Can be sweaty. You can have about the same surrounding and atmosphere at Otres Beach, but much more to do except swimming and sunbathing, since you're still on mainland. Besides, Kep (a bit more pricy) and Kampot are also close to Sihanoukville and are worthwhile to visit.
I guess it depends what you're after, but I love Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem . The main thing to do is relax, of course, but you can dive, trek, snorkel or take a boat trip. Very easy to spend several happy days there.
The Beach on Koh Rong Samloem has dorm beds as well as bungalows, and it's the liveliest place to stay on that island. Guessing they will be having a New Year party. The main beach on Koh Rong (called Koh Touch beach) also has some lively backpacker places which aren't too expensive. As Somtam says, you should book if you want to be sure of getting a bed. If you don't book ahead, be sure to get the first boat out in the morning and be prepared to walk along the beach until you find where someone's just checked out.
December is one of the cooler months in Cambodia, so the lack of night time electricity will be less of a problem. In fact, we were wearing leggings in bed when we stayed on Koh Rong a couple of Christmases ago! We are used to tropical temperatures, though ...
The main beaches at Sihanoukville get very busy over Christmas and New Year. Expect lots of parties in the beach bars, lots of (handheld) fireworks being let off and plenty of drunk people!