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With its radiant stretch of white sand and clear shallow waters, Sokha Beach wins our vote for the most eye-pleasing and relaxing beach in Sihanoukville.

The beach is backed by the huge Sokha Beach Resort, the first — though no doubt, not the last — truly flash hotel to plunk down in Sihanoukville. Although it's a shame to see one resort dominate the sand, at least they look after it well: the beach is near-always clean and the water sparkling. There is a very shallow drop off here, so you can wander a long way out into the water before it gets deep, making it ideal for those with young children.

The resort has 80% of the beach reserved for guests, which leaves only the 20% near Malibu Bungalows open to the public. Beyond the giant dragon's tale that marks the end of Sokha terrain (the goofy head can be seen inside the resort grounds), the public area is pleasant enough, but it can see a bit of litter.

Although you're likely to be caught if sneaking into the private part of the beach, you can buy your way in. The cost of a day pass is $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 12, and free for little ones under five. These prices are on the steep side in our humble opinion, but it also gets you access to the Sokha pool and playground, and local vendors are strictly not allowed on the private beach so you won't be pestered by trinket sellers.

If seeking a rural Cambodia setting rather than swish hotel beachfront, walk to the tiny fishing village at the corner of the peninsula that divides Sokha beach from Independence beach. The coffee in a hole-in-the-wall shop here won't be served by a well-dressed waiter who speaks excellent English, but it will taste just as good, if not better, and cost a fraction of the price.

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