Photo: Not Sihanoukville’s quietest beach.

Ochheuteal and Serendipity beach

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For an area so small, Ochheuteal Beach has a surprising array of personality traits. Even the three-kilometre long beach from which the area takes its name changes character as you stroll or stagger along it, depending on your fancy.





The area includes Serendipity beach, which is tacked like an arthritic knuckle on to the top of the long straight finger of Ochheuteal beach; Serendipity Beach Road with its rowdy array of bars and cheapo guesthouses; and the three 1.5 kilometre streets that run from Serendipity Beach Road and the Koh Rong ferry pier through to the gloriously tacky Golden Lions Traffic Circle.

Take a stroll to escape the crowds. Photo taken in or around Ochheuteal and Serendipity beach, Sihanoukville, Cambodia by Mark Ord.

Take a stroll to escape the crowds. Photo: Mark Ord

This is the busiest section of Sihanoukville in tourism terms with the widest choice of accommodation, eateries and bars and with the busy island ferries toing and froing throughout the day to connect with Phnom Penh minibus services also forms the main transport hub. The district has perhaps stagnated slightly of late as budget travellers and increasingly flashpackers go directly to the islands without passing ‘Go’ and it does quieten down during the area’s ferocious rainy season but it is still immensely popular with Phnom Penh expats and local holiday-makers any weekend of the year. Large groups of Asian visitors bussed down from the nearby casinos add to the mix.

Ochheuteal’s disparate collection of human and geographical elements gives rise then to a surprising array of personality traits. Khmer kids splash around in the waves while parents lean back in rattan beach chairs ordering copious amounts of Angkor beer and grilled seafood as they clink glasses with anyone in sight. Romantic couples have candle-lit cocktails on the rocks over Serendipity while later in the evening Ukrainian go-go dancers gyrate in back-of-beach joints and backpackers reach for the mojito buckets while taking in the pyrotechnic shows and booming sound systems at early hours beach bar ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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