Serendipity Beach: Cambodia’s party zone
Laidback and happening, Sihanoukville is Cambodia’s most promising beach destination. Backpackers flock to this coastal paradise to lap up the sun and party into the wee hours along Serendipity Beach. Thanks to a host of budget-friendly lodgings in the area, you can jump from bar to bed with relative ease.
French colonial style Monkey Republic offers affordable rooms and a popular bar and restaurant, while the Coolabah Resort and its suites and self-contained units are a short stroll from the beach. If you’re seeking a respite from the revelry, consider a stay at the tranquil Cove Beach Bungalows where you can enjoy total serenity and ocean views.
The delights of Otres Beach
While the beaches of Sihanoukville may not be as pristine as some of its Southeast Asian counterparts, you may find you have palm strewn stretches all to yourself if you venture out of town, especially along the southern reaches of Otres Beach.
There are more than 30 bungalow resorts dotted along Otres Beach’s three distinct districts. Elephant Garden Resort stands opposite the water and features private thatched-roof bungalows, while Tamu Eat & Sleep offers ‘barefoot chic’ modern rooms with ocean views. The Secret Garden is situated at Otres Beach’s quiet end with lodgings and an outdoor pool nested amid lush, landscaped grounds.
Room for romance
There’s no need to be put off by Sihanoukville’s party label as this Cambodian gem still sparkles with 5-star shine. Soka Beach Resort is a short five-minute drive from the town’s heart, and offers a peaceful, luxurious getaway. You’ll love its private beachfront, two outdoor pools, pampering day spa and 10 dining venues.
Song Saa Luxury Resort sets the bar in Cambodian luxury. A private resort spanning Koh Ouen and Koh Bong just off Sihanoukville, you can enjoy the romantic spoils of overwater, jungle and ocean view villas, along with world-class dining, water sports and a wellness sanctuary.