is by far the most popular and touristed
beach in Sihanouk Ville. Ochheuteal is long (3km), sandy and
narrow, with ‘Serendipity Beach’ at the arcing northern end,
a development project at the southern half, and a cluster of
hotels, guesthouses and restaurants stretching along the
mid-section. On the beach, shack-style seafood restaurants
and bars line more than a kilometer of the sand’s edge from
‘Serendipity Beach’ to the development project. Many of the
beach bars are open into Ochheuteal Beach is by far the most
popular and touristed beach in Sihanouk Ville. Ochheuteal is
long (3km), sandy and narrow, with ‘Serendipity Beach’ at
the arcing northern end, a development project at the
southern half, and a cluster of hotels, guesthouses and
restaurants stretching along the mid-section. Ochheuteal is
the beach to come for sun, surf, seafood and nightlife.
On the beach, shack-style seafood restaurants and bars line more than a
kilometer of the sand's edge from Serendipity Beach to the project. They
offer umbrellas and beach chairs, all have full bars, cold drinks and
most have food, especially seafood barbeque. Just off the beach, in the
early evening, several roadside BBQ restaurants get going along Preah Lumhei Phumin Street (23 Tola Street). All offer fresh seafood skewers,
grilled meats, poultry and lots more. And for nightlife on Ochheuteal,
many of the beach bars are open into the late night and and a few throw
regular beach parties. And just off the beach the bars on the road to
Serendipity beach and the Gold Lions Plaza near Golden Sand Hotel are
usually open late into the night.
The Ochheuteal area has a good selection of near-beach accommodations
ranging from mid-priced hotels ($25-$80) through small hotels ($10-$30)
and budget guesthouses ($3-$12), most located along the three roads
paralleling the beach (more densely at the northwest end) and along the
road from the Golden Lion Traffic Circle to Serendipity Beach. The
mid-section of Ochheuteal is the busiest part of the beach. The roads
behind offer a pretty even mix of mid-range and budget hotels and
guesthouses. A few bungalows and rooms are also tucked up amongst the
headlands at either end.
At Ochheuteal’s extreme northern end, the area commonly known as
‘Serendipity Beach’ has bungalows and guesthouse rooms right on the sand
as well as amongst the rocks on the hill overlooking the ocean.
from M'Lop Tapang and ChildSafe...
When on the
beaches of Sihanoukville you will meet many children. Please
remember that buying from the children on the beaches or
street keeps them on the beaches or street. As long as they
make an income their parents will send them out to work.
They are vulnerable to abuse and they are not safe. The
hours they work prevent them from attending Khmer school. No
formal education will perpetuate the cycle of poverty that
most of their families are in. Instead please let Cambodian
social workers do their job effectively by not encouraging
children to stay on the beach by giving food, gifts, money
or buying from them.
If you see a child in danger, call the ChildSafe 24 hour
hotline on 012-478100 managed by a team of English
speaking Khmer social workers from M'Lop Tapang program for
street children. Thanks for being a ChildSafe