The sands of Sihanoukville – whether the centre itself or the beach of Otres 15 minutes away – are its main attraction, with visitors flocking to the coast in increasing numbers. With plenty of accommodation to choose from, we throw the spotlight on some of the best places for backpackers to stay in, from party-style to flashpacker.
With 27 basic but clean rooms, Makara Bungalows is located a short walk from bustling Ochheuteal Beach and the main action of Sihanoukville centre. As well as an outdoor pool, the guesthouse has a restaurant, business centre, fast Wifi and offers a ticketing and tour service.
Above Us Only Sky
With just five bungalows perched on the shore of Serendipity Beach, this chilled out joint is a great place to kick back and relax during the day, and party a bit at night. It is also home to a bar with an extensive range of cocktails and Western and local cuisine. All bungalows have hot showers, fan or AC, a fridge and Wifi access.
Monkey Republic has been offering budget rooms and bungalows in Sihanoukville since 2005, and it’s been super successful. The British-run joint serves top home comfort food, as well as some great Asian options. The service is great, the bar is pumping until the early hours, and the place is usually packed with like-minded backpackers looking for a good time. It also has a small pool.
Otres Orchid Beach Resort
As a stalwart on Otres beach, Otres Orchid Beach Resort’s history dates back to when the stretch of sand was little more than a dust track dotted with a handful of wooden shacks. Having undergone several renovations since then, the resort comprises a few rooms and several wooden bungalows, from basic through to AC-equipped, set in leafy tropical gardens a one-minute walk from the beach.
The Secret Garden at Otres Beach
More flashpacker than backpacker, The Secret Garden at Otres Beach is a delightful retreat hidden at the top end of the beach. Featuring a smattering of detached bungalows – all equipped with AC, Wifi access and minibar – situated in tropical gardens, the resort is home to the area’s largest pool. Food and cocktails are served both poolside and beachside.
Mangroves & More
With 20 simple but clean guestrooms overlooking the river that skirts Otres village, Mangroves & More offers affordable accommodation that’s away from the madding crowds, while being within easy access of any beach action. It’s also close to Otres Night Market, which is worth visiting.