Cambodia’s primary coastal party town, SIHANOUKVILLE occupies a hilly headland rising above island-speckled waters and six gently shelving white-sand beaches. The sprawling, workaday town centre, also known as “Downtown” sits a little way inland, and offers few attractions – though this is where you’ll find the banks, internet cafés, markets and supermarkets, and it does at least have the relaxed atmosphere you’d expect of a seaside resort.
The main hub of activity is on and around Ochheuteal Beach, roughly 4km south of Downtown, and the southern end of Serendipity Beach Road, off which you’ll find the majority of the bars, restaurants and guesthouses. In recent years, development on Otres, the town’s furthest-flung beach, has mushroomed, yet still poses a mellower alternative to the inner town strands. The sixty off-shore islands dotting the Gulf of Thailand offer further escapism; a handful are easily accessible from town. There are also a couple of inland waterfalls to visit north of Sihanoukville.