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Where to stay in Sihanoukville

Ochheuteal and Serendipity Beach

We’ve the impression that both the range and often high standard of accommodation in Ochheuteal is somewhat out of proportion to its rather limited array of attractions. There’s also a short string of bungalow joints atop Serendipity’s rocks but most of your choice is laid out along Serendipity Beach Road between the Golden Lion Roundabout and the boat jetty. Expect considerable noise at night if you opt for Serendipity.


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Preah Lunhei Phumin St, far end of Ochheuteal Beach Rd, Ochheuteal
US$10 to 35
Makara Bungalows
Flashpacker - US$10 to 35
Preah Lunhei Phumin St, far end of Ochheuteal Beach Rd, Ochheuteal
T: (034) 933 449

Many travellers miss out on Makara Bungalows due to its location—tucked away at the far end of Ochheuteal beach—but this cute little, low-key resort operation is well worth seeking out. Although we’d be hard pushed to recall any objectionable Sihanoukville hotel staff, (hello Independence Hotel security), Makara’s crew were exceptionally friendly and even after just a five-minute cup... Read our full review of Makara Bungalows.

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Off Golden Lion Roundabout, Ochheuteal
Under US$10
Onederz Hostel
Backpacker - Under US$10
Off Golden Lion Roundabout, Ochheuteal
T: (034) 93 433

The very smartly designed—almost faultless—and superbly-organised Onederz Hostel ought to provide the blueprint for any budget hostel. Spotlessly clean white hallways surround a small pool and lead to beautifully laid out and well-appointed dorms and bathrooms. ###14236 Though tiny, Onederz Hostel is all so neatly and scrupulously arranged you feel the place may have been designed by a... Read our full review of Onederz Hostel .

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Serendipity Beach Rd, Ochheuteal
US$10 to 35
Chochi Garden
Flashpacker - US$10 to 35
Serendipity Beach Rd, Ochheuteal
T: (096) 274 7674

Chochi Garden feels special from the moment you step into the cosy and cute bar and reception area. From there it gets better as it opens up to reveal a large and sprawling but attractively designed guesthouse with rooms arranged around a pretty courtyard and garden. ###14232 Chochi Garden opened in mid-2014 after being taken over by an Italian/Japanese couple who met while living in Delhi.... Read our full review of Chochi Garden.

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Serendipity Beach Rd, Ochheuteal
US$35 to 75
Serendipity Beach Resort
Midrange - US$35 to 75
Serendipity Beach Rd, Ochheuteal
T: (034) 938 888

Serendipity Beach Resort isn’t on the beach and nor is it a resort but it is a rather good classic style, mid-range hotel with very reasonable room rates. In fact the rates are surprisingly good as while the exterior is bog-standard, Southeast Asian-style concrete block and the vast but pretty vacant lobby also fails to raise expectations, the rooms themselves are well-appointed,... Read our full review of Serendipity Beach Resort.

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Serendipity Beach, Ochheuteal
US$35 to 75
Above Us Only Sky
Midrange - US$35 to 75
Serendipity Beach, Ochheuteal
T: (088) 426 8030

Above Us Only Sky, with just five bungalows arranged on the hillside above the rocks of Serendipity looking across the bay to Ochheuteal, is perhaps the pick of this clutch of small, low-key resorts. We can’t decide whether these Serendipity operations represent either a good compromise or rather fall between two stools as you’re neither in town nor on a tranquil island. The “beach” is... Read our full review of Above Us Only Sky .

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23 Tola St, 2 blocks back from Ochheuteal Beach, Ochheuteal
US$10 to 35
Beach Club Resort
Flashpacker - US$10 to 35
23 Tola St, 2 blocks back from Ochheuteal Beach, Ochheuteal
T: (034) 933 634

With a spacious tiled courtyard providing a setting for shaded seating under straw parasols and a large pool lined with loungers, Beach Club Resort has done its level best to recreate a beach club kind of look. Beach Club is basically a mini-hotel rather than any sort of club and does have a distinct lack of actual beach with the delights of Ochheuteal being a 5 to 10-minute walk away but the... Read our full review of Beach Club Resort.

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Otres 1 Beach

At the northern end of Otres Beach, this stretch of sand is armed with a long row of beachside guesthouses and bars with a young, vibrant hippy feel to it. More mid-range, and upmarket, places are opening up, but it is still possible to score a dorm room for as little as $4, while the upper level resorts also offer amazing value for money.


Beach Rd, Otres 1
US$10 to 35
Otres Orchid
Flashpacker - US$10 to 35
Beach Rd, Otres 1
T: (034) 633 8484

Otres Orchid successfully covers the budget to flashpacker range with a choice of rooms or chalets in a pleasant garden setting and a good location on one of the prettier sections of Otres 1 directly opposite the ocean. Orchid announces its rustic style with an old wooden ox cart out front followed by a spacious deck cafe area liberally strewn with—surprise, surprise—lots of orchids. The... Read our full review of Otres Orchid.

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Otres riverside

A little enclave tucked in behind Otres Village, Otres Riverside is so laid-back it makes Otres beach look positively frenetic. As concerns grow that many of the beachside businesses may be shut down by authorities, development in this area is growing as many seek to ensure their Plan B is in place, just in case.


Otres Riverside, Otres Village
US$10 to 35
Mama Clare’s
Flashpacker - US$10 to 35
Otres Riverside, Otres Village
T: (070) 256 940

One of the longest standing accommodation options in Otres Riverside the quirky and highly unusual Mama Clare’s advertises itself as a, “Socially responsible, rustic resort”. We’ll take her word about the first part and we’ve heard good things, but we can definitely guarantee the second. Certain sections of this imposing but precarious-looking construction were propped up a bit but... Read our full review of Mama Clare’s.



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Sihanoukville town

While most foreign travellers opt to stay on the beaches, Sihanoukville town and its immediate surrounds offers a rather eclectic selection of accommodation; some of which is quite good.


Beside Wat Leu, Sihanoukville Town
US$35 to 75
Pagoda Rocks Boutique Resort
Midrange - US$35 to 75
Beside Wat Leu, Sihanoukville Town
T: (034) 939 111

Well-appointed and smartly designed wooden chalets set amid granite boulders and lush forest with only monks and monkeys for neighbours means Pagoda Rocks really does fit the cliché ‘oasis’. Staying at Pagoda Rocks means you wouldn’t know you were in Sihanoukville anymore—and that’s a plus, not a minus by the way—and we’re not sure whether to describe the resort as isolated or... Read our full review of Pagoda Rocks Boutique Resort.

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Ou-Pram St, Sihanoukville Town
US$35 to 75
Don Bosco Hotel School
Midrange - US$35 to 75
Ou-Pram St, Sihanoukville Town
T: (016) 919 834

Despite initial appearances, the Don Bosco Hotel School is both a training school for disadvantaged young locals and a fully functioning and very comfortable 3-star hotel—it represents both a great deal for visitors and a worthy scheme for Sihanoukville. The Don Bosco Hotel is located in the sprawling grounds of the school of the same name in a walled compound off Omui, (aka Ou-Pram)... Read our full review of Don Bosco Hotel School.

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Independence Beach

As at late 2017, the famous Independence Hotel, built on the rocky, forest-clad promontory at the far northern end of the beach was the only option for a bed, but there was a lot of major construction work going on the central and southern stretches of the beach meaning the hotel will shortly be joined by a series of mega casino/beach resort neighbours.


Independence Beach, Sihanoukville
US$75 to 150
Independence Hotel
Toprange - US$75 to 150
Independence Beach, Sihanoukville
T: (034) 934 300

No matter how many photos of former celebrity guest Jacqueline Onassis the Independence Hotel sticks on the walls there’s not a lot they can do about the basic 1960’s hotel block itself. The original, 8-storey building was built without balconies and surrounding tree growth now blocks the views of all rooms lower than the 5th floor. Decor and facilities are similar to any standard,... Read our full review of Independence Hotel.

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