An array of places to stay dot Sihanoukville town, where most touring Cambodians have long chosen to base themselves. For foreign visitors however, the town doesn't have anything much of interest to offer aside from way too many barang-run bars. Should you decide to stay here rather than head to one of the beaches, Sihanoukville has no shortage of hotels and a couple of good guesthouses all within a pretty easy walk of the market and share-taxi stand area of town.
If you decide to head out to the beaches, you'll need to take a motodop — unfortunately Sihanoukville has among the shiftiest motodops in all of Cambodia. Do not under any circumstances believe a motodop when they tell you the place you want to go is closed/burnt down/blown up or been kidnapped by aliens — go and see it for yourself. Always agree on a price beforehand, and never, ever get in a physical fight with one.
Over the last couple of years, there has been an influx of bar-owners from Pattaya here in the wake of Thailand tightening up their visa system, so there are a growing number of bars and guesthouses designed with older single men in mind. Not your scene? Don't fret, as there's also a good range of other eating and drinking options.
Also based in Sihanoukville is the cafe associated with the Starfish Project, a locally-run charity. It's well worth dropping by, if for no other reason than to sample their cookies.
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