Last weekend we packed up the car and headed to Sihanoukville. I lived there from 2005-2008 and my wife from 2003 and we have quite a few fond memories of Cambodia’s busiest beach town. The town has lost a lot of its sleepy, laid back appeal and is certainly not the prettiest of coastal resorts but it still has atmosphere, lovely beaches and some great restaurants.
Here are four highlights from our three day trip:
Child protection NGO M’Lop Tapang’s new restaurant is situated just beyond the Golden Lions traffic circle on the road to Sokha Beach.
I am not a restaurant reviewer so I’ll just say that we enjoyed an excellent meal in a beautiful setting with great service. As an added bonus, there was a nice play area to keep the kids entertained. Anybody heading to Sihanoukville should definitely take the time to visit.
Although much busier and more built up than when we lived in Sihanoukville, Otres beach remains our favourite. We went to Vanny Restaurant but most of the options on this beach looked good. It’s generally way more relaxed and less hectic than the other beaches on offer.
It is worth visiting Sihanoukville, in my opinion, just to eat at Ku-Kai. This extremely popular Japanese restaurant can be found on the way into town from the Golden Lions on 7 Makara street.
The Japanese owners serve up fresh sashimi and other delicacies at extremely reasonable prices. This is probably my favourite restaurant in Cambodia.
Like Sandan there is also a nice play area for kids.
The First Sihanoukville Angkor Half Marathon:
I didn’t quite have the training to run in the half marathon, but I did complete another 10k race. Despite the heat and hilly course, I managed to break my personal best by a few minutes.
It was a well-organised event with some experienced runners competing in the half marathon and lots of local participation.
All in all it was a great weekend. We saw some friends, ate some great food and made merry on the beach.
Still happy to get back to the peace and quiet of our house outside Kampot though.
Love Sihanoukville, hate Sihanoukville?