Pretty Independence beach is so named for the seven-storey Independence Hotel that sits atop the headland. Locals refer to the hotel as the seven-storey hotel and street signs refer to it as "7-Chann Beach".
For years the only available accommodation available was the moderately priced Sea Breeze Guesthouse, as the Independence Hotel was abandoned and there was nothing else on the beach. More recently the Independence Hotel had a makeover (unfortunately losing some glorious retro features in the process) and more recently still a large portion of the beach was "sold" to a wealthy Khmer with, you guessed it, connections in the local government.
While it appears that much of the beach is closed to the public, you can actually walk along it, with things getting quieter the further south you head. The beach is a pleasing, white-sandy strip, so when construction isn't happening, this remains a good spot for relaxing, feasting and swimming.
Whether or not you decide to stay here, it is worth making the effort to visit as the beach has a bit of local colour to it and (not surprisingly given the current situation) it is almost never crowded.
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Text and/or map last updated on 14th September, 2012.
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