Photo: Just don’t look behind you.

Independence Beach

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If a walk along relatively quiet Independence Beach away from the hordes of Ochheuteal appeals to you then go there sooner rather than later.



Even today, you’ll have to keep your eyes firmly fixed seawards as the beach road is lined with huge resort and casino projects and we dread to think what it’ll look like in a year or two. For now though, contrary to rumour, the beach is not closed to the public.

Coming soon. Photo taken in or around Independence Beach, Sihanoukville, Cambodia by Mark Ord.

Coming soon. Photo: Mark Ord

Independence Beach is roughly a kilometre and a half long and runs from the north end of the headland that separates it from Sokha Beach to the forest-clad outcrop which houses the Independence Hotel. If you approach it from the beach road that winds around the Sokha Resort, it’s easy to miss as much is obscured by the mega construction sites.

Towards the northern end, you’ll see a small car-park and public access point which forms the entrance to Independence Beach’s modest restaurant row. The first eatery you’ll come to is the Small Beach Bar. Set up by the proprietors of the Small Hotel, one of downtown Sihanoukville’s best guesthouses, it’s one of the most popular bar/restaurants on the beach. Although there’s nothing flashy about it, the food and drink stall sells everything you need and the enterprising proprietors have set up pleasant seating areas under the trees.

Float away. Photo taken in or around Independence Beach, Sihanoukville, Cambodia by Mark Ord.

Float away. Photo: Mark Ord

If you’re feeling ambitious and again, in an adventurous mood, you can continue walking all the way to Sokha Beach. It’s a bit circuitous, but there’s a system of dirt roads and tracks on the headland that lead to the fishing village tucked away on the far side of the headland.



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