Thursday, January 7, 2016

SihanoukVille, Cambodia - Winter 2016

2016 has just started in SihanoukVille, Cambodia.   The Southern Coast of Cambodia including SihanoukVille, Kampot, Kep, and Koh Kong are all booming.

SihanoukVille added hundreds of tourists businesses in 2015, including about 100 new places on the Islands, especially Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem Islands...  Restaurants, hotels, yoga, bakeries, even a jungle rope climb.

Otres Beach and Otres Village doubled in size during the year,  the town added a handful of new casinos, and dozens of hotels, and the islands have started mega projects at several locations.

Some of the new places include:
and about 200 others......

2016 looks like the pace might even pick up over the previous year.  There are 2 new roads to Otres Beach: one from route 4, coming directly from Phnom Penh, and another from the SihanoukVille Airport (which has added several flights, including a few international ones).  Previously unoccupied islands around town are opening up, more casinos are on the way, and we even have Mini Golf!

The number, size and speed of the ferries going from the mainland to the islands are increasing, and the prices are dropping too.

Still affordable rooms on both the mainland and islands from $10 (although you might get a fan only room for way less), and higher end rooms are being built left and right.

It's a great time to visit SihanoukVille and the surrounding islands!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Summer 2014 in Siha noukVille, Cambodia

Summer is here, and so are the seasonal rains.  Despite the rain, SihanoukVille's seen a huge increase in tourists.  While the town is doing quite well, SihanoukVille's Island are doing much better.  Koh Rong Island and it's little sister Koh Rong Samloem are now just a 40 minute ride from the mainland beach (and will be 20 minutes away quite soon).



Several new tourist places have opened up around town in the last few months, including:

Ahoi German Restaurant - downtown, near the Vietnamese Consulate
Aloha Guesthouse and Beach Bar on South Ocheteaul Beach
An Nam Vietnamese Restaurant - @Queenco Casino & Hotel
Arun Ras Guesthouse - Downtown on CT Street
Backpacker Heaven Guesthouse - with swimming pool on Victory Hill
Bungalows on the Bay - right on Serendipity Beach
Cambodia Adventures - off road buggy tours around town and beyond
Central Hotel - in downtown SihanoukVille
Columbus Bungalows - at the end of "Far O" Otres Beach
Dao of Life - Vegetarian Restauant and meditation retreat
Diamond Ocean Resort - at Serendipity Beach
Five Men Microbrewery - SihanoukVille's first microbrew, on Independence Road
Glass Bottom Boat - at Queenco Palm Beach, "Near O" Otres Beach
Golden River Bungalows - Riverside on "Far O" Otres Beach
Grand Kampuchea Guesthouse - Ocheteaul, next to Grand Kampuchea Restaurant
Happy Bungalows - on Koh Rong Island
High Point Adventures Rope Park - on Koh Rong Island
Kamasutra Indian Restaurant - Serendipity Beach Road.  Slumdog Curry's sister with Meat
Khmerita Butcher and Sandwich Shop - downtown
Kim Meng Fishing Hole - in Otres Village. You Catch, They Cook, You Eat.
King Pharaoh Karaoke - Ocheteaul Beach
La Cassidaine Guesthouse - and restaurant on Serendipity Beach Road
Le Petrus Beach Restaurant - on South Ocheteaul Beach.
Les Frangins - Beach Restaurant on "Far O" Otres Beach
Lovely Boutique - at Ocheteaul Beach
Mad Max Buggy Tours - Big buggys for big tours, Ocheteaul Beach
Marina Oceania - Cambodia's first private marina, near the Port
Mrs. Orangina Resort - on "Near O" Otres Beach
Otres Beach Resort - Guesthouse and beachside BBQ Restaurant.  "Far O" Otres Beach
Pat Pat Guesthouse - and fine dining.  "Near O" Otres Beach
Piazza Italia - Pizzeria on Serendipity Beach Road
Platinum Hotel - on Independence Road
Quad Tour Adventures -  Guided buggy tours around town.
Roxy Entertainment - Nightclub and restaurant on Ocheteaul Beach
Rumi Bungalows - Koh Rong Samloem Island
Sandy Dragon Restaurant - Ocheteaul Beach on BBQ Street
Seagull Guesthouse - near the Port
Secret Paradise Resort -  on Koh Rong Samloem Island
Skate Style - Rollerblading and Skate Boarding.  On Independence Road
Supin's Chinese Restaurant - North-East style Chinese Ribs and flower Teas
Swiss Beach Guesthouse - on Ochteaul Beach
Taste of Greece - Greek Restaurant at Serendipity Beach
Ten Japanese Restaurant - Tempura and Rice Burgers at Pure North Plaza.  Serendipity Beach.
The Gypsies Guesthouse - and fine dining restaurant on Serendipity Beach
The Living Room - Restaurant and lounge in Otres Village
The Mango Lounge - Guethouse in Otres Village
The Spot - Restaurant on South Ocheteaul Beach
The Sushi Bar - Top of Victory Hill at Victory Castle Villa
Visitors from Home - Chinese Restaurant on Serendipity Beach Road
Western City Hotel - near the Port
White Beach Resort - on Koh Rong Island
Wild Side Villas - in Otres Village
Zhong Gou Guesthouse - Chinese Guesthouse in Chinatown. Downtown.

and there're probably a few more we missed.
If you don't see one here, you can start or buy a business in SihanoukVille, and make it happen.


If you're coming to town, check out the SihanoukVille or Cambodian Island websites for more information.

See You Soon!




Saturday, January 11, 2014

Winter 2014 in Sunny SihanoukVille, Cambodia!

It's Wintertime in Sunny SihanoukVille.  Our favorite time of year!



Boats are flying, people are bent into pretzel shapes doing yoga, boats are speeding to and from the islands, there's Japanese and Italian restaurants on every street corner, and "63 cent" shops all around downtown.

It's also the time to make reservations, if you're thinking of staying around here.

Chinese New Year is coming up, The Angkor Beer Half Marathon, and then Khmer New Year.



As usual, a few new places opened in town:

2,500 Riel Store - a whole bunch of them downtown.  Everything's just 2,500 Riel (63 cents)
Diamond Ocean Resort - Serendipity Beach 3 star hotel with (soon) swimming pool
Khmerita Butcher - and sandwich shop.  Italian Sausages and meats downtown
Koh Marine - a fully stocked boat supply shop (including boats up to $50,000) downtown.
Lovely Boutique - a small boutique hotel with swimming pool at Ocheteaul Beach
Piazza Italia - Yes, Italian Pizza at Serendipity Beach
Roxy Entertainment - Shisha Lounge, Nightclub, Bar Disco, Restaurant on Ocheteaul Beach
The Sushi Bar - Japanese Dining on Victory Hill if you can find it.
Victory Castle Villa - Luxury bungalows with swimming pool (and Japanese Restaurant) on Victory Hill
Ace An Japanese - Japanese restaurant in the SihanoukVille New New Night Market
Aloha Sushi - Yet another Japanese Restaurant in the Heart of Ocheteaul Beach
Anam Yoga - On Otres Beach Evenings, and Otres Village in the Day.
Bar Petanque - Boule at it's finest on Victory Hill
Beachy Bar - right on Ocheteaul Beach.
Boia Deh - Italian Bakery in Pure North Plaza, Serendipity Beach
Buddy Land Water Park - A giant water slide and those air ball things.  Ocheteaul Beach
Coral Gardens Dive -  Scuba diving on Koh Rong Samloem Island
Cozy Resort - small hotel with swimming pool in back of Fortuna Casino
Derka Derka - Middle Eastern / Israeli food, Utopia Food Court, Serendipity Beach
Driftwood Japanese - Restaurant and Bar, Ocheteaul Beach
FastCat Speedboat - Fast ferry to Koh Rong Island from Serendipity Beach
Flying Boat - Fly in a boat over SihanoukVille's Coast.  Ocheteaul Beach
Friends Forever - Restaurant on "Near O" Otres Beach
Futura Italian - Italian and Khmer food on BBQ Street.  Ocheteaul Beach.
Golden Sea Beach Hotel - Right on Victory Beach
il Padrino - Italian Food on Serendipity Beach Road
In the Jungle - "Near O" Otres Beach Bar and Restaurant
Moon Julie Hotel - with swimming pool on Ocheteaul Beach
Morakot Seaside - Restaurant on Victory Beach.  Khmer Seafood.
Morning Star Guesthouse - On South Ocheteaul Beach
Nolan Guesthouse - Across the street. Downtown.
Otres Marina - River / Ocean Marina and Boat Trips on "Far O" Otres Beach.
Paradise Guesthouse - and restaurant right on South Ocheteaul Beach.
Princess Speed Boat - 40 minute trips to Koh Rong Island from Serendipity Beach.
Santino's Rock Star - Guesthouse on "Near O" Otres Beach
Taste of Paradise - Guesthouse on "Near O" Otres Beach.
Tep Apsara Guesthouse - New rooms downtown.
The Tamarind - long term guesthouse on Ocheteual Beach
Tom Fish - Ocean fishing trips
Vagabond Temple - Yoga in a cow field (nice mansion).  Behind Sokha Resort Hotel
Viseth Ratanak  - Restaurant and bar on "Near O" Otres Beach



A few places we probably missed, and some more "buggy" dune buggy adventure places, travel shops, and massage places around town.

The Islands around SihanoukVille are booming (or not)
You can find more info on these at


You can find much more information on SihanoukVille at:

SnookyVille on YouTube
SnookyVille on Facebook

See You Soon!