Sihanoukville News and Gossip

gossipQuite a bit going on in town, despite the slow down due to the Rainy Season.

Couple of good parties last week, both giving away Free Beer! Firstly, I thought i’d call down and see my mate Elvin from Pacino’s Bar, turns out it was his birthday (61 years young). Turns out he forget to tell me about it, so much for our friendship! Then again, it was my birthday two days before and I didn’t tell him I guess.

Anyway, stayed there for a few hours and had a great time, always a fun guy to be around. Does throw a great party too, free draught beer, inexpensive spirits, good selection of finger food, party hats, great music and a friendly crowd. I may have my next birthday party there!

Turns out there was actually two parties on the same night though, and a few of us made the semi-reluctant move over to Angelo’s Restaurant a short walk away. AndrĂ© has decided to close Angelo’s to concentrate his efforts in other areas. A sad shame, as Angelo’s was a popular eatery offering an excellent Mixed Grill and amazing Cocacola Ribs.

Free Beer and Spirits was the order here, basically everything had to go and the staff made a concerted effort to force as much drink into everyone as they could. In the end it was the ‘mixers’ that went first ….. anyone for Jack Daniel’s ‘red’ with Tonic? eventually moving to Gin and Sprite.

No Free Food, or if there was, we arrived too late. Though André was seen Steve from Star Design with peanuts, from a range of about 20ft!

Ann’s Bar (sorry Ann’s Pub and Restaurant) has closed down, sadly it seems the Thai staff have decided to return to Thailand. Shame as it appeared that the place was starting to ‘take off’.

Jack’s Shack down on Ochheuteal Beach was taken over by the team from Chivas Shack as far as evening business went. The locaton of Chivas Shack being right down at the southern most point of Ochheuteal Beach meant business had dropped off and being right next door to the Dolphin Shack was thought a much better location.

It seemed to work, as I’d never seen the place so busy, they certainly took a lot of trade from the Dolphin. Sadly it wasn’t to last and after a few weeks they’ve handed Jack’s Shack back to the owner Jack. Have to say that i’m secretly pleased as the music wasn’t really my scene. As much as I hate to admit, the music at the Dolphin is a much better mix.

Jack’s Shack itself though attracts a good regular crowd of expats and long term visitors, it’s also a good, inexpensive, eating place for travelers.

The Ocean’s Hotel was raided by the Police where they found illegal drugs in the room of the owner Ronald (Ron) Haswell, as well as at least one of the guests. Strong words were exchanged and within the hour Ron was on his way to Thailand. The other guest, I’ve heard, slipped off to Vietnam.

The Oceans Hotel and the sickeningly named ‘Daddys Bar’ have now reverted back to the Khmer landlord but nobody, as yet, knows what his plans are.

Another ‘landmark’ business has closed, The Pocoloco Nightclub down near the Golden Lions. It really is a great shame that this bar never reached its full potential, and it genuinely wasn’t down to lack of effort on behalf of the owners.

On a positive side, a few new hotels have opened in recent months. The New World Hotel, Czech owned, on Ekareach Street, Aahaa! Guesthouse on the same road as the Golden Lion Plaza and Hooha House in between the two.

Its rumoured that this road is going to be the link to the Airport (when it opens) so if this is the case, it’s a very good move.

Top 5 places to stay in Sihanoukville for 10 dollars

10dollarSihanoukville has a great reputation for low cost accomodation, as such it’s becoming a great place for travellers to take a break from their ‘trek’ and take time out on the Cambodian Beaches.

We’ve taken a look around Ochheuteal and have come up with a list of guesthouses that we would recommend to anyone on the ‘ultimate’ budget, under 10 dollars per night.

1 – Cloud9, Serendipity Beach. Situated at the very end of the beach and surrounded by greenery, Cloud9 bungalows is the best place to relax after your ‘hard day’. Accomodation consists of seven cosy Khmer style bungalows and facilities include a lively bar and seaview restaurant. Free WiFi.

2 – Mick & Craig’s, Ochheuteal. Best known for their excellent food, Mick and Craig’s consists of an airy restaurant serving a great selection of food for the budget, but quality concious traveller. The rooms at the rear are new, clean and have four-poster beds! Free WiFi.

3 – Beach Road, Ochheuteal. Prices here vary enormously depending on who you speak with and, I guess, how they feel! But I’m told rooms can be had for less than 10 dollars, you may have to haggle though. Nice bar and great location, just across from Mick & Craig’s, both being a short walk to the beach.

4 – Tranquility Guesthouse. Right on Serendipity Beach, Tranquility Guesthouse offers bungalow accomodation, a small friendly bar and a quality restaurant. Down at the ‘quiet’ end of the beach, this is the perfect place to unwind.

5 – New Seaview Villa. On the road down from Ochheuteal to Serendipity Beach, this newly renovated resort offers alfresco dining in their European restaurant and a breezy Rooftop Terrace.

These five businesses are listed in no particular order and we can confidentally say that no matter which of these guesthouses you stay at, it will be 10 dollars very well spent!

All have been recommended because of their friendly staff, that was a prerequisite for inclusion, but also because of the range of facilities available. Obviously at this price range, the rooms will be Fan Rooms, but the cleanliness and quality should still be there.

Enjoy your stay!