Sihanoukville Travel Blog› entry 20 of 62 › view all entries
On the southern coast of Cambodia, the port town of Sihanoukville sits in the center of a small peninsula that juts into the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The town is about a mile long and rather narrow. Several popular beaches are found outside of town in either direction; Ochheuteal to the southeast, and Victory Beaches to the northwest. All the beaches can be reached in about ten minutes by motorbike from the town center.
For my first few days, I checked into the Freedom Hotel in town for US$7 per night. My second floor room includes a large bed with pillows and sheets, bedstand, small table, a wooden chair, floor fan, cable television, small refrigerator, a window, and a hot water bathroom. The hotel is centrally located across the street from the bus station and is within five minutes walking distance to numerous bars, restaurants, banks, convenience stores, and businesses including the central market.
Across the road from the central market is the Te Lee Hong restaurant. German friends from years past gather there each afternoon to sit at outside tables and enjoy 50-cent mugs of beer; ice cold and fresh since the Angkor brewery's distribution point is just next door. The kegs are direct from the brewery and haven't bounced all over town on bad roads to reach the other bars. We munch free peanuts and watch Cambodia roll by.