Sihanoukville is being transformed. Once a laid-back, paradise-on-a-budget, beachy port town in Cambodia on the Gulf of Thailand, 5 hours by bus from Phnom Penh. Today, Sihanoukville is a large-scale construction site with 120 high rise apartments and resorts and casinos under construction with 50 additional casinos opening over the next two years. A central piece in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Sihanoukville is to become the new Macau.
Sihanoukville central is three kms from the coast. It is home to the Phsar Leu market, where you can find local clothing and food, handicrafts and souvenirs. The town also hosts mini-marts, food markets, repair shops and local retail.
Serendipity, Ochheuteal and Otres are beach areas and stretch into each other. Ochheuteal, close to Serendipity, features grass hut restaurants on the beach for wet-fresh seafood and delicacies like Amok and fish curry, washed down with a cold Anchor beer (about US$1 and sometimes US$0.50c during ‘happy hour’.