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Sihanoukville, beach resort in Cambodia: pictures from Sokha Beach, Independence Beach, and New Year's Eve in Sihanoukville.

Sokha Beach in Sihanoukville in Cambodia
Sokha Beach in Sihanoukville, seaside resort in Cambodia.

Sokha is a very nice white sand beach in Sihanoukville. It is 1½ km long and rather wide. It lies north of the Serendipity Beach. Both beaches are separated by a hill. Sokha Beach is located mainly along the 5 star resort of the same name. On the beach, the hotel offers activities such as volleyball, sea scooter, and a beach club that is reserved to the guests of the hotel. Some other services such as the swimming pool or the rental of a beach seat are available against payment to visitors who do not stay in the hotel.

Sokha is a quiet and clean beach. Foreign visitors are allowed on the beach. But, only the part of the beach which is not located in front of the hotel is accessible to local people. This section is bordered by a small public park.

Independence Beach in Sihanoukville in Cambodia
Independence Beach in Sihanoukville, seaside resort in Cambodia. The pier of Independence Hotel.

Independence Beach is located north of Sokha Beach in Sihanoukville. Both beaches are separated by a small peninsula. Independence Beach is a white sand beach that is about 1½ km long. 

At the south end of Independence Beach, there is the Holiday Palace Hotel which is somewhat isolated.

The northern part of the beach is its most beautiful section. It is bordered by a park and barbecue stands. Independence Beach is named after the hotel of the same name which stands on a verdant promontory at the north end of the beach. Independence Hotel first opened in 1963 and reopened after the Khmer Rouge era. It is called 7 floor hotel by local people. It has long been a landmark on Cambodia' south coast. Jackie Kennedy stayed in the hotel in November 1967. This emblematic hotel has a long and nice pier. It has also a pretty footbridge that bypasses the promontory.

To the north of the promontory of Independence Hotel, there are Hawaii Beach and Victory Beach which are separated from each other by the Victory Monument. They are two large popular beaches, the first appreciated mainly by local people, the second offering the most beautiful sunsets in Sihanoukville.

Victory beach is located at the foot of the Victory Hill. Much of the Sihanoukville nightlife (night clubs) is located on Victory Hill. Once benchmark for backpackers looking for rooms or food, Victory Hill is now supplanted by Oechheuteal Beach.

New Year's Eve in Sihanoukville
New year's Eve in Sihanoukville in Cambodia.
Fireworks of holidaymakers New year's Eve in Sihanoukville (Serendipity Beach) in Cambodia.


See also

Cambodia > Pictures and travelogues > Ream National Park near Sihanoukville
Cambodia > Pictures and travelogues > Sihanoukville, beach resort in Cambodia

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Sihanoukville, beach resort in Cambodia: pictures from Sokha Beach, Independence Beach, and New Year's Eve in Sihanoukville.