Tag Archives: sihanoukville


Where Life Slows Down and Silence Rushes In: The Lazy Beach Experience

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It’s rush hour in Lazy Beach, which means there are six people floating in the azure water watching the late afternoon sun disappear into the Gulf of Thailand. There’s no noise from hammering, shouting or motorbikes. Only the distant buzzing…

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The Fall Of Victory Hill

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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….

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A Public Flogging In Sihanoukville

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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…

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In for a penny…

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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…

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Restaurants and Dealing with Awkward Customers in Cambodia

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I’ve been running the kitchen at a friend’s restaurant in Cambodia for the past couple of weeks. It’s the wet season, so there aren’t many customers about. But it’s been good fun getting back into the kitchen, and teaching the…

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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…

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Sihanoukville Bars Update

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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…

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Crash

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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)…

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Let it Be

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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…

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Bike Rental Crackdown in Sihanoukville

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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”…

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