Not the most popular place in SE Asia for backpackers, but after a heavy 6 weeks on the bikes in Vietnam and a busy couple of days in Phnom Penh we decided to head south towards the chilled out city of Sihanoukville.
I don’t really have much to say about it here as we were only there to chill out for a few days before heading to Siem Reap.
We spent most of our days down on Otres beach (where the sea water is surprisingly warm) and the nights in the bars on the beachfront. Perfect!
One tip I do have is try not to encourage the small children selling things on the beach!!! While we were there we were constantly pestered by young children trying to sell us those travel bands that you see everyone wearing, although very tempting to get yourself one for cheap if you buy of one of these children you will not get left alone! We wasn’t so fortunate as to know this tip so we spend out days getting nagged by the same child day and night! Just say no! they will try all kinds of tricks, my favourite being ‘let’s play a game of o’s and x’s’ which they will always beat you at and start making a scene if you do not buy a band after losing. The truth is most of the time these children will never get the money you give to them anyway and it’s also quite common for these children to get robbed on their way home of a night as locals know what they have been up to and know that they have pockets full of change! Your best bet is to ask them if they would like any food or water.
P.S.  Sorry I don’t have any pics, I can’t remember why but I imagine I was to chilled out to bother taking any!
Accommodation – Budget hostel around £4 ($6) hotels around £10 ($16)
Food – Meals around £4 ($6)
Getting around  – Small enough to walk around
Things To Do
Like I said not all that much to do as such in Sihanoukville but an amazing place to just chill out and relax, especially is you’ve worn yourself out walking round Angkor Wat for a few days!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Great post, I agree with the subject on not encouraging the children, it is sad & really shows the differences in lives of our children across the world.
    I am glad it was great for chilling out if nothing else! 🙂


    1. I know, so sad for them and you just feel like you can’t say no but you have to! And thank you 😊


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