Seaside. Beach. Ocean. Island.
You'll hear these words many times on your trip to SihanoukVille. All the resorts have their own beaches. Some of the beaches are very rocky, some are deserted, some are filled with beach stands, tourists and locals on weekends and holidays.
The resorts have private beaches for their guests. These are maintained by the resorts and are very quiet and clean.
Outside of the resorts, you can find the following beaches. These are all mostly 5 minutes from downtown:
Otres is located at the far end of Ocheteaul. This beach is about 15 minutes outside of downtown, and you can walk here from Ocheteaul Beach in 15 minutes. This beach has many mid range and high end hotels with swimming pools right on the beach. There are several grass beach shacks here. A kilometer of this beach in the middle is only a walking path, sand, and some pine trees on the beach. You can also rent canoes, kayaks, and sailboats here.
Ocheteaul is the main tourist beach in town. Filled with beach stands, and just across the street from a plethora of hotels.
Serendipity is at the near end of Ocheteaul. This is the most Western public beach in town. A handful of bungalows on the beach and hillside, with plenty of dining and shopping options. Up the street are dozens more hotels and restaurants and shops.
Hawaii Beach is isolated from the other beaches. Filled with pine trees, this is a popular starting point for boat trips to Snake Island, just offshore.
Victory Beach is a popular destination for residents of Victory Hill. There is a pier here for boat trips, some casinos, a few high end seafood restaurants right on the beach and a few hotels right on the beach. At the top of the hill are backpacker guesthouses, a few high end hotels, and lots of fine French dining.
Independence Hotel maintains part of Independence Beach for their guests. Part of the beach is on a rocky hillside with beautiful views, part is white sandy beach. The middle of the beach has 10 restaurants. The far end has a casino on the beach.
Ream beach is about 40 minutes out of town in Ream National Park. Not the best beach for swimming, but popular for the seafood stands on the shore, park tours, and island tours.
Sokha Beach is a well maintained and very quiet beach reserved for the guests of Sokha Resort.
Just off SihanoukVille's coast are islands large and small. One of the top resorts in the country is on private islands. You'll need to spend up to $6,000 a day at these resorts, and you'll have a great time as well.