Sihanoukville has a location that few places in the world can beat, especially when it comes to food – seafood. It is on the coast of the Gulf of Thailand, in the southwest of Cambodia.
This makes Sihanoukville heaven for seafood lovers, whether your favourite be fish, squid, lobster, prawn, crab or shellfish. With the recent surge of visitors to the town, many new bars and restaurants have open in the past few years.
Now diners can choose to eat on the beach with their toes in the sand, or at upscale places with white tablecloths and gleaming silverware. The food is never less than absolutely fresh – in most restaurants you can choose your meal while it’s still swimming around a large glass tank.
23 Tola St, Ochheuteal Beach. There are plenty of food choices at Angelo’s, ranging from fresh seafood and Asian dishes to international items including Greek specialties such as souvlaki and Greek salad.
Tel: +855 (0) 12 1735 129.
On the “Hill” behind Serendipity Beach (five minutes’ walk from the beach) Monkey Republic is one of the town’s most popular party venues. Food and drinks are reasonably priced and there’s also a pool table.
Tel: +855 (0) 12 490 290.
3 Soviet St, near Victory and Hawaii Beaches, and behind the Snake House. This restaurant specialises in Japanese and Russian cuisine. It also has a 300-inch movie screen and a pool table.
Tel: +855 (0) 12 728 903 or +855 (0) 12 224 728.
Behind Samudera Supermarket, Downtown, Starfish is famous for its tasty sandwiches, salads and Western breakfast, as well as fresh-baked bread, brownies, cookies and pastries. Starfish opened in 2001 and is part of the Starfish Project, a community-based humanitarian organization, for which it generates income. It has Wi-Fi Internet access, an art shop and a massage centre.
Tel: + 855 (0)12 952 011.
Next to Hawaii Beach. From “The Hill” (or, to give it its full name, the Weather Station Hill, Sihanoukville’s best known nightlife center) take the beach road towards town and keep an eye out for the restaurant’s sign. Treasure Island serves Hong Kong-style seafood with great sunsets. The seafood, they say, is brought right to the restaurant from fishing boats.
Tel: +855 (0) 16 876 618.
Sihanoukville has many attractive and relaxing bars dotting the roadside from the centre of town right down to any of the beaches. Some have been there for long time and are good sources of information for new arrivals. Most places are a combination of guesthouse, bar and restaurant, usually serving up a good selection of Khmer and international food.
Many now have Internet connections and pool tables. Among the most popular bars in Sihanoukville are Holy Cow, Britannia, Emerald Bar, G’Day Mate and Kangaroo Kitchen.