Photo: Otres beach bar.

Otres Beach

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Long gone are the days when Otres was a deserted beach, haven-of-tranquillity type destination and these days it’s frankly just a bit of a lower-key version of Ochheuteal.





The beach is lined with cafes, albeit less aimed at locals, while the beach road sees non-stop dive shops, tour agents, minimarts etcetera squeezed between the backpacker A-frames and flashpacker poolside resorts.

Take a sleepy wet season wander. Photo taken in or around Otres Beach, Sihanoukville, Cambodia by Mark Ord.

Take a sleepy wet season wander. Photo: Mark Ord

You still have the choice between partying all night—for JJ’s and Sessions read Otres Corner Bar and Otres Market—or a quiet candle-lit sundowner with Otres 2 replacing Serendipity. Sure there isn’t the Thai style bar complex a la Sihanoukville Square (yet) but around half the beach is marked out for development with mega-resorts on the cards and land being cleared for another golf course.

Land title and ownership issues, compulsory purchase orders, Chinese funded construction projects and lack of local authority transparency create an air of uncertainty and while that’s been ongoing for as long as we’ve been going to Otres it’s definitely intensified of late. In this climate, many Otres business owners (or licensees) have shifted operations down the road to the up and coming new locations of Otres 2 and Otres Riverside. Otres 2 beach, separated from Otres 1 by a long strip of vacant, casuarina-lined sand, (never a good sign in these parts), lies at the far southern end of the same beach on a tongue of land squeezed between the ocean and the Prek Toek ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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