Sihanoukville Travel Blog› entry 21 of 62 › view all entries
For $1.00, I put myself at the mercy of a motorbike taxi-boy and headed north along Ekareach street, the main road through town. Six roads come together at the Golden Lions Traffic Circle which is a prominent landmark of Sihanoukville. Several of the restaurants and karaoke bars near the circle are popular night spots for the locals. By day, it is a popular spot for police to stop motorbikes to see what 'fines' they can collect. Coming from town, the road off to the right leads over a hill to Independence Beach which is named for the 7-story Independence Hotel. The road straight past the circle leads to Serendipidy Beach, and several of the roads to the left parallel Ochheuteal.
The driver rode slower than the flow of traffic and made me wish I was driving, in control.
The northern stretch of Ochheuteal is known as Serendipity Beach. It is the most active beach - popular with travelers and weekenders alike. Serendipidy is cluttered with crude thatch-roofed, shack-type seafood eateries and bars surrounded by colorful beach umbrellas and padded beach chairs. Several low budget bungalows are the only ones in Sihanoukville that are located right on the beach and nearby hillside. Across the road, numerous mid-range and low budget hotels and guesthouses line the area. Vietnamese girls prowl the beach selling fresh fruit, delicious grilled shrimp, and checkered kramas which are the Cambodian multipurpose cloths often worn around the head or face. The beach bars on Seredipity range from the laid back to those staying open all night.
A long central stretch of Ochheuteal is the area which will develop in the future to meet the growing popularity of Cambodia's coast. The southern end has a couple of beach bars, a small collection of local fishing boats, and a steel bridge which leads over the hill toward Otres, the next beach . Otres is a more laid back and quiet beach with only a few bar restaurants and low budget accommodations.