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Sokha Beach

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The well-groomed white sands of Sokha Beach provide good and bad news.

Firstly it is still the cleanest and most unspoilt of Sihanoukville’s various beaches. The bad news though, is that since most of the beachfront is taken up by the huge Sokha Beach Resort, the resort has security who often chase away non-guests. Security would obviously be reluctant to harass anyone who could turn out to be a genuine guest and it is a difficult regulation to enforce but you have been warned.

Clear waters in dry season. Photo taken in or around Sokha Beach, Sihanoukville, Cambodia by Stuart McDonald.

Clear waters in dry season. Photo: Stuart McDonald

We’re not precisely sure where the private stretch ends but the far southern tip of the sands, under the rocks by Malibu Bungalows, does permit public access. This section is also refreshingly devoid of buildings while your basic necessities are catered for by vendors who hang out around the small car-park. On the negative side, although from a distance the wide beach at the free end of Sokha looks enticing, it does get littered occasionally, especially during the high season and busy weekends. If you can turn a blind eye to the rubbish, it has a lot to offer, especially if you like clambering around in tidal pools, swimming or sunbaking.

For respite from the litter, you’ll have to enter the upmarket section of the beach in front of Sokha Resort. There are three ways you can do this. The cheapest way is to try sneaking in, but you may well get caught. The most expensive way is to take a room in the resort and enjoy all their facilities. A more reasonably priced third way to enjoy the resort’s manicured beach and wonderful swimming pool is to go to the resort reception and pay an entrance fee. They appear to have different formulas and $10 gets you 1/2 day pool and beach access while $20 covers the full day and includes access to the complete range of resort facilities as well as the beach and pool. Children under 12 get in for half price and kids under five are free.

If you’re feeling adventurous it’s worth continuing on until you reach the fishing village tucked away in the corner of the peninsula that divides Sokha from Independence Beach. The little village restaurant will be happy to serve you an iced coffee that will cost a fraction of the cost of one you’ll buy at the resort and taste just as good. Okay, it won’t come with a swizzle stick but it’s a nice way to enjoy a touch of authentic Cambodia just metres away from one of the country’s most exclusive resorts.

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