The Fall Of Victory Hill

A few years ago, Victory Hill was the backpacking hub of Sihanoukville with enough customers to fill the sea with gold. But since then gravity has definitely moved down the hill to Ochheuteal Beach and the now-thriving Otres Beach area. Now it’s so forsaken and run-down that even the local…

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A Public Flogging In Sihanoukville

It happened when I was drinking in a bar one night in Sihanoukville. Seats emptied and expats, tourists, and Khmer staff descended into the street, attracted by the primordial sound of someone or something in pain. There were screams and boozy shrieks all the time on that road. But this…

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In for a penny…

Tales of woe and need. They’re almost as common as poverty in Cambodia. Every expat hears them, often with a request for assistance (i.e. money.) To help or not to help is the question. And if ‘to help’ is the answer, you still cannot help them all. There are too…

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Sihanoukville, Cambodia

I. Introduction Kampong Som (as it was called originally) or Sihanoukville (as it was renamed in honour of King Norodom Sihanouk) is home to a multitude of Western expats, the first choice for Phnom Penh residents who want to get away from the capitals rat-race, and a tropical utopia for…

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Sihanoukville Bars Update

This week, our forum members went fishing at the seaside and took a trawl through the Sihanoukville bar scene. Here’s what they came up with. Independence Beach: The best beach bars were razed last year as a sacrifice to the Gods of the renovated Independence Hotel. (Bought by Koreans and…

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Crash

Something actually happened in Cambodia in June – an airplane crashed, killing 22 – mostly Korean tourists. From what I can ascertain, a company (named ‘PMT’; let’s not make any quips about flying in the wrong time of the month) with a far greater concern for profit than safety is…

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Let it Be

A while back when I was reclining on the loungers of a certain beach shack on Occheuteal Beach in Sihanoukville, I noticed that their rickety sign post had an array of large rusty nails sticking out at just the right height to scoop a passing five year child’ eyeball from…

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Bike Rental Crackdown in Sihanoukville

Travellers considering renting a motorbike while in the coastal resort of Sihanoukville/Kompong Som should be aware that the authorities are currently insisting that foreigners carry a Cambodian drivers license. This post comes from local resident and business owner, “Laud John” and was originally posted on the 440 forum. ” Just…

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