When you reach the beach (Serendipity - we had good time here), you'd have various choices of food here. Every beach bar serves food & drink at price $2 - $12.
You can order some food not included in the menu, but remember to deal the price carefully in the first place.
We ordered 2kg of steamed crab at $10 per kg, and it was fantastic (see the pic). You'd better check out the fresh crabs bought from the market to make sure it should be good. The price may vary differently based on season & ...skill of yours. (could be $12/$15...).
We recommended you can have some crab & other fresh seafood at Angkor Beach Bar, on Serendipity beach. Staffs can speak Khmer, Eng & Vietnamese. They are very polite to the traveller. They serve not only seafood but Western, Chinese, Khmer dishes. The bar also has "happy hour" started 5:00 pm: seafood $3, Angkor beer:$0.5...
Sihanoukville is 240km South of Phnom Penh by national road Nº 4. We went there by bus. Here you will find beautiful white sand beaches. Cambodian's only deep-sea port is located here and considerable international aid has been spent to improve the infrastructure in the province. Although tourism has increased over the past few years, the beaches of Sihanoukville are some of the most unspoiled in all of Southeast Asia.
This beach (pronounced, roughly, "oh-chur-teal") is on the east side of town, about a 5 minute motorcycle ride from downtown. It runs about 2 kilometres from Serendipity Beach to Otres Beach. Ochheuteal is filled with beach stands and chairs, seafood, burgers, pizza, and booze. Most places serve Khmer style food, but many now offer Western dishes. Across the street from the beach, there's an assortment of restaurants and hotels. It's the best beach in town and I came here all the time even though I stayed on Victory Hill. I came here on New Year's Eve to see in the New Year and the beach was packed with party go-ers and fireworks. During the day it's fairly chilled out and laid back and you have everything here that you need.
Free and easy to do. Take a night dip in the ocean (i.e. the Gulf of Thailand). When you move, microscopic aglae glows phosporescent green. Often, you'll see thunderstorms out over the ocean with great lightning shows like fireworks going off in the clouds. Beautiful!
Cool and shady waterfalls in the jungle, easily reachable in about half an hour from Sihanoukville. The access road also provides scenic views. Tuktuk for a few hours is about 10-15$, every local knows the way.
The place is popular among Khmers because it appears in the cambodian movie "Chao Pos Keng Kong", so I would avoid going there on sundays. There are also some food and souvenir stalls.
Where to do shopping?
There is a small local market away from the beach (2 miles). Basic stuff can be found here. The shop owner are mot local & Vietnamese.
What can you buy:
- Fashion stuff (fake and cheap)
- Surely you have to pack with great skill of bargain. However, you need to respect the seller, if you cannot come up with a good price (satisfied both), just smile and walk away.
Built in 1996, this is a prominent landmark located in the middle of a roundabout on the main road that goes from the downtown area to Ochheuteal Beach. Just don't take a look at the rear of it as you'll get a surprise!
I stayed on Victory Hill and this small beach is really all there is. It's pretty quiet here and so I found myself on the better Ochheuteal Beach most of the time. If you're here, then check out Airport - a restaurant/bar that features an old Russian Antonov plane on concrete posts inside a hanger shaped building. You'll find "business class" lounge areas on each side of the plane, a gold BMW split in half and mounted on the wall and everything decked out to be like an airport. It's kind of put Victory Beach & Hill back on the map.
This is located on the way from Victory Hill to Downtown and features the Independence Monument that was built in 1985. It's a shrine where I saw some monks praying at one day and it sits in a square which honours the independence and war dead of Cambodia.
This modern church is located to the north of Downtown and was built in 1962 and served local Catholics until 1975. Under the Khmer Rouge regime between 1975-79 the church was used as a prison and after 1979 used as storage until it re-opened as a church in 1993. It's designed like a ships sail by the renowned Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann who also designed the Independence Monument and Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh.
Ocheteaul beach is the main beach in Sihanoukville. It's the most popular and busiest beach with nearby hotels and guesthouses. The beach has many huts with bars and cafes, and is filled with stands and chairs. Ocheteaul beach is located 5 minutes away from the city centre.
Victory beach is maybe the second best beach in Sihanoukville. But it's not many tourists there. It was the original backpacker beach for some years ago. The local people like this place, and eat their picnic on the beach. The beach is near to the main port.
Unless you're into container shipping (and as a business school alum, I kinda am), there's only one reason to come to Sihanoukville (Kampong Saom): the beach. And since Sihanoukville (Kampong Saom) is all about the beach-lover, it has three to choose from: the popular Ochheuteal Beach, the sunset-worthy Victory Beach, and the less-travelled Independence Beach. Each has its advantages, so it's based entirely upon what you prefer. No matter where you go, you'll be sure to get sun, surf, and relaxation.
This large casino cum restaurant/hotel is located on Victory Beach. As well as slot machines you'll find all the usual casino games such as Blackjack, Roulette, Poker etc.
Sihanoukville has two markets in Downtown, near the bus station. One of them sells fruit and vegetables while the other sells clothes and household items.