Sihanoukville province is frequented by backpackers as a means of exploring the Cambodian beaches and islands. There’s not a lot of things to do in Sihanoukville itself. However, it’s a great launch pad to explore the best Sihanoukville beaches that line the coast.
The 5 best Sihanoukville beaches in the area are Otres 1 Beach, Otres 2 Beach, Serendipity Beach, Ochheuteal Beach, and Sokha Beach.
All of these Cambodian beaches offer something new and fresh. They all have a distinct identity and personality of their own. Some of them are quiet, set alongside quaint little coastal towns. Others are loud and busy, ideal for backpackers who enjoy partying.
In this article, I’ll describe the 5 best Sihanoukville Beaches so you can decide which ones you’d like to explore.
Otres 1 Beach is located past Ochheuteal Beach. This isn’t as popular as some of the other Sihanoukville beaches, however, it’s getting there. It’s a bit removed from Sihanoukville itself. That probably accounts for why this is relatively quieter.
However, it has been seeing more touristic crowds coming on a yearly basis. As it stands, there are also several restaurants and bars lining up along the beach.
If you enjoy meeting people and going to bars, but not the circus of the “backpacker” areas, this is ideal.
Best Luxury Villa in Otres Beach: Good Time Resort
Best Backpacker Hostel in Otres Beach: Everythang Guesthouse
Otres 2 Beach was THE best Sihanoukville beach, personally speaking. It was always quiet and peaceful. The waters were still and clean. And the beach was well maintained. Furthermore, few people ever came here so I could find a lot of “me” time here.
However, the best thing about Otres 2 Beach is that it’s located next to Otres Village. This happens to be a quaint little coastal town with a few shops and some great bars and pubs. There are only a hundred or so people in the whole town. As such, it’s a great place to hang low and “get away” from it all.
It’s located past Otres 1 beach, on a quiet strip of beach land that extends for about 2 kilometers. There are a few resorts down the coast, however, they’re also pretty quiet and laid back.
Best Luxury Villa in Otres 2 Beach: Ta Kloy Tip Bungalow
Best Backpacker Hostel in Otres 2 Beach: BOHO
Serendipity is one of the best Sihanoukville beaches in terms of partying and nightlife. It’s located on the east of Sihanoukville, surrounded by bars, restaurants, and pubs. This is where all backpackers come to party and listen to music.
As far as the cleanliness is concerned, it’s definitely not one of the best Sihanoukville beaches. In fact, it might very well be the worst Cambodian beach out there. The beach is strewn with beer bottles and wrappers every morning owing to its fierce backpacker culture. Furthermore, sewage from some pipes directly lead into the waters here, so it’s not ideal for swimming either.
But if your idea of a good beach is live music, bars, and drinking with strangers you’ve just met, then this is certainly one of the best beaches in Sihanoukville.
Best Luxury Villa in Serendipity Beach: Above Us Only Sky
Best Backpacker Hostel in Serendipity Beach: The Big Easy
Ochheuteal Beach is definitely the most popular beach in Sihanoukville, second only to Serendipity. This is like the little sister to Serendipity. This is sort of like the after-hangover beach, you know?
You can spend all night partying at Serendipity. However, Ochheuteal Beach is a lot more relaxed and thus makes for a great morning-after chill zone. There’s not a lot of sand and beach land here because the trees are close-lying. However, it’s a nice place to laze around with your friends after a night of partying.
Best Luxury Villa in Ochheuteal Beach: Sihanoukville Plaza Hotel
Best Backpacker Hostel in Ochheuteal Beach: Spicy Society
Sokha Beach is one of the best Sihanoukville beaches that is as yet relatively undiscovered. As such, you should probably hop on over before everyone finds out about it!
It’s a pretty small beach that stretches out for only about 1 kilometer or so. However, that one stretch is the prettiest and cleanest of all the Sihanoukville beaches.
Sokha Beach Resort privately owns a considerably chunk of this beach, which perhaps explains why it’s so perfect!
In order to enjoy the best beach in Sihanoukville, you either have to stay at the narrow strip towards the end or earn your place at the private beach by ordering something to drink.
Best Luxury Villa in Sokha Beach: Sokha Beach Resort
These are the best Sihanoukville beaches out there. However, there are plenty of other great beaches for you to explore as well.
If you’re not averse to ferry rides, you should also check out the best Cambodian Islands. They have some truly stunning beaches, resorts, parties, whatever you need.
If you’ve already been to Sihanoukville, let me know what were your best Sihanoukville beaches down in the comments!
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