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First Time in Sihanoukville: Where Should I Stay?

Where Should I Book My Hotel in Sihanoukville

If you are preparing for your first time in Sihanoukville, choosing where to stay can make quite a big difference. The city’s many beaches can offer either peaceful relaxation or intense partying, and finding yourself staying in a place with an atmosphere which doesn’t suit you could ruin your trip. For that reason, we’ve created this helpful guide to the main beaches around the city.

The exact purpose of each of the following sections is to act as a simple summary and introduction to the different parts of Sihanoukville, giving you the main pros and cons and an idea of what to expect the place to be like. You can then choose where to book your hotel in Sihanoukville based on the region best suited to you. For more complete and detailed information, click the links below.

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Should I book my hotel in Serendipity Beach?

Serendipity Beach: How to decide…

More than anywhere else in Sihanoukville, Serendipity Beach is a haven for backpackers, acting as a peaceful place to pause between wild parties. It still has its own nightlife with some great beachfront bars, but it’s all on a much smaller scale. Despite the beach itself just being a small bit of the northern end of Occheuteal Beach, this is one of the city’s main hubs, providing a number of the best casinos, nightlife and shops. The accommodation here is mostly hostels, with a few budget hotels.

Who is it For:

- Backpackers
- Gamblers and fun-seekers
- People who like a busy and lively beach
- People who want to be centrally located, with everything in one place

What's Good:

- Massive choice of nightlife and dining, including some of the best beach bars
- Some of the city’s best casinos
- Convenient for the Serendipity Pier for boat rides to nearby islands
- Lots of budget-friendly accommodation

What's Not So Good:

- Few local touches and attractions
- Some of the nightlife can be a little lewd - Limited range of accommodation types

All Serendipity Beach Hotels

Serendipity Beach's Hotels come in all shapes and sizes. From budget favourites to 5-star luxury, our alphabetical Read More...

Paradise New Life On The Beach

When you stay at Paradise New Life On The Beach in Sihanoukville, you'll be near the beach and convenient to Sokha Beach and Read More...

Above Us Only Sky

With a stay at Above Us Only Sky in Sihanoukville, you'll be on the beach, just a 1-minute walk from Serendipity Beach and 7 Read More...


Should I book my hotel in Ochheuteal Beach?

Occheuteal Beach: How to decide…

The exact line where Serendipity Beach ends and Occheuteal Beach begins isn’t really clear. To a certain degree, the former is just a part of the latter, but the two areas do have distinctly different atmospheres. The southern end of the beach is quieter and more relaxed, with more beach beachfront resorts. It has a romantic, secluded feel, despite being only the other end of a 4 km beach from Sihanoukville’s rowdiest nightlife.

Who is it For:

- Families
- Couples and honeymooners
- People who want to get away from it all

What's Good:

- Quiet and peaceful
- Beachfront hotels
- Away from the crowds, but still close enough to be convenient

What's Not So Good:

- Limited choice of accommodation
- Extremely limited choice of nearby attractions, nightlife and restaurants

All Ochheuteal Beach Hotels

Ochheuteal Beach's Hotels come in all shapes and sizes. From budget favourites to 5-star luxury, our alphabetical hotels Read More...

Motel 7

When you stay at Motel 7 in Sihanoukville, you'll be near the beach, within a 5-minute drive of Ochheuteal Beach and Serendipity Read More...

Makara Bungalows

Located in Sihanoukville, Makara Bungalows is by the sea, within a 5-minute drive of Ochheuteal Beach and Serendipity Read More...


Should I book my hotel in Otres Beach?

Otres Beach: How to decide…

Like Occheuteal Beach, Otres Beach is often thought of as two different areas – Otres 1 and Otres 2. The northern end is Otres 1 Beach, which is the busier and livelier bit. As with Serendipity Beach, it is popular with backpackers, but attracts the more chilled out and relaxed traveller, with some great beach bars and a wide selection of accommodation options, ranging from cheap hostels to pleasant mid-range resorts.

Who is it For:

- Chilled-out backpackers
- Beach lovers
- People who want to get away from crowded tourist areas

What's Good:

- Good beach bars and restaurants
- Quieter, less-crowded beach
- Good choice of restaurants
- Good range of accommodation

What's Not So Good:

- Quite far from the city, so expect transport to be limited and expensive
- Few attractions, other than the beach

All Otres Beach Hotels

Otres Beach's Hotels come in all shapes and sizes. From budget favourites to 5-star luxury, our alphabetical hotels Read More...

Penguin Pablo

When you stay at Penguin Pablo in Sihanoukville, you'll be near the beach and 3 minutes by foot from Otres Beach.Featured Read More...

Legacy Hotel & Resort

Located in Sihanoukville, Legacy Hotel & Resort is in the business district, within a 15-minute drive of Otres Beach and Read More...


Should I book my hotel in Otres 2 Beach?

Otres 2 Beach: How to decide…

After a short stretch of empty, undeveloped coastline, Otres 1 Beach becomes Otres 2. This is probably the quietest stretch of sand in the area, with extremely little nightlife, but with quite a few hotels and resorts, ranging from budget to high-end. Right at the southern end is the Marina, where you can arrange boat charters and sailing trips. A little way inland is Otres Village, which is home to the fascinating Otres Market.

Who is it For:

- Sailing enthusiasts
- People who want to get away from it all
- Families
- Couples and honeymooners

What's Good:

- Quiet and peaceful
- Excellent choice of accommodation
- Beautiful beach

What's Not So Good:

- Limited nightlife and dining options
- Long distance from the city and its main attractions

All Otres 2 Beach Hotels

Otres Beach 2's Hotels come in all shapes and sizes. From budget favourites to 5-star luxury, our alphabetical hotels Read More...

Otres MOM's HOUSE

When you stay at Otres MOM's HOUSE in Sihanoukville, you'll be near the beach and steps from Otres Beach.Featured amenities Read More...

Tamu Hotel

When you stay at Tamu Hotel in Sihanoukville, you'll be on the beach and steps from Otres Beach.Featured amenities include Read More...


Should I book my hotel in Victory Beach?

Victory Beach: How to decide…

Victory Beach is quite a small but very popular one in Sihanoukville. It has a good mix of accommodation, ranging from backpacker hostels to luxurious casino hotels. The looming presence of Sihanoukville Port in the background does slightly ruin the relaxation, but you get great seafood restaurants and Victory Hill nearby, where you’ll find an up-and-coming nightlife scene. The beach is also convenient for the attractions of downtown Sihanoukville.

Who is it For:

- Gamblers and fun-seekers
- People who like a busy and lively beach
- Luxury travellers

What's Good:

- Excellent seafood restaurants
- Convenient for the ferry port
- Good choice of casinos
- Nearby nightlife

What's Not So Good:

- Industrial port very close by
- Quite a small beach
- Nightlife can be a little seedy

All Victory Beach Hotels

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Queenco Hotel & Casino

With a stay at Queenco Hotel & Casino in Sihanoukville (Sihanoukville City Centre), you'll be a 1-minute drive from Victory Read More...

The Harbor Lights Palace

With a stay at The Harbor Lights Palace in Sihanoukville (Sihanoukville City Centre), you'll be a 1-minute drive from Victory Read More...


Should I book my hotel in Independence Beach?

Independence Beach: How to decide…

Sometimes known as “7-chann Beach” because of the seven-storey Independence Hotel, this fairly small beach is mostly dominated by a property development, but about 500 metres of it is still open to the public and is home to a collection of restaurants and bars. It and the neighbouring Sokha Beach (which is exclusively owned by the Sokha Beach Resort) are the closest to downtown Sihanoukville, making them a convenient choice for those looking to explore everything the city has to offer.

Who is it For:

- Those who want to be in the middle of everything
- Luxury travellers

What's Good:

- Central location
- Good choice of nearby nightlife, shopping and restaurants

What's Not So Good:

- Beach is mostly private
- Few budget-friendly accommodation options

All Independence Beach Hotels

Independence Beach's Hotels come in all shapes and sizes. From budget favourites to 5-star luxury, our alphabetical Read More...

Independence Hotel

Independence Hotel Sihanoukville is in a secluded tropical area, on a private beach in Sihanoukville.This 4-star facility is 30 Read More...

Clear Water Guesthouse

With a stay at Clear Water Guesthouse in Sihanoukville (Sihanoukville City Centre), you'll be within a 10-minute walk of Read More...


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