The “Happy” place : Sihanoukville

It’s time to continue the Cambodia adventure.

After spending a few days in Siem Reap, it’s time to head out to the beach. Honestly I really don’t care much, I am from the Philippines and I always make it a point to visit a beach or two when I go home but T was excited and I just don’t have the heart to say NO and it’s a new place to explore anyways so of we go.

Blooper 1: We did not research enough how long the travel time would be. Siem Reap – Sihanoukville by bus will take you more or less 12 hours.

Blooper 2: We did not booked a VIP buses. We asked our hotel to booked a bus ticket for us and forgot to specify that we wanted the VIP buses. It was only $13 all the way to Sihanoukville, so I had my doubts. The difference with VIP bus and other buses is that VIP buses do not pick up passengers on its way. It’s more direct so it’s much faster.

Blooper3: Most hotel/guesthouses in Sihanoukville were booked because of the New Year’s and the one I found was on top of a hill , 10-15 minutes by Tuk-Tuk from the beach. It was near the port but surprisingly it was quieter than I thought.

We arrived in late Sihanoukville, hungry and very tired. After a few minutes of negotiating with a Tuk-Tuk driver we finally head out to the hotel and found out that they don’t have food for sale except for drinks and a few cup noodles and the next store is a few minutes walk away. We were more tired and hungry so we just decided to call it a day.

The next day, after breakfast, we explored the beaches of Sihanoukville. First stop , Serendipity beach. First thing first, we need a place to stay until the New Year so we roam around the guesthouses area for vacancy. We did found one for a whopping $50 a night. It was insanely expensive for a very small room with semi functional shower but what can we do. Accomodation settled, time to check out the beach.

Honestly I did not like it. It was crowded, too many bar and restaurant, too noises and too many vendors that would not accept no for an answer and keeps bothering you while you are trying to relax. Not my thing. The food was very good though, no complains about that.



We stayed in Sihanoukville till New Years Day (2013)  and witness/join the celebration in the beach.  It was nice though, celebrating the New year there, but it made me missed my family more.

If want to have a relaxing beach time in Sihanoukville, I strongly suggest to go to Otres Beach rather than Serendipity.

And why did I call Sihanoukville “The Happy Place” because they serve the “Happy” Meal :p , majority of the restaurant though…


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