After travelling from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville by bus for 12 hours, I arrived in Cambodia’s coastal town without a clue as to where I would go. I normally research where I would stay when I travel to a certain place. But on this instance, I didn’t. Partly because I know that as a backpacker, I know I’d get by. I was also confident that I could find a cheap place to stay in Sihanoukville. So when I arrived in the area and tried to look for a cheap hostel, I ended up renting a place in the town center instead.
The good thing was my friends offered to help me look for a place to stay near the beach area of Sihanoukville when they learned that I was in town. So after finding a cheap room to stay and after having an early dinner, my friends asked me if I was up to grabbing a few drinks while enjoying the sunset at Serendipity Beach. I immediately agreed since I didn’t have anything to do at that time.
I’ve heard that Sihanoukville is Cambodia’s gateway to its island hopping tour destinations. One only needs to look for that boat that offers island hopping tours to enjoy their stay in Sihanoukville. There are those who do not need island tours though. For the shoreline of Serendipity Beach, among other beaches in this town, would delight any beach lover.
Serendipity Beach is one of the beaches that surround the coastal town of Sihanoukville. Normally, those people who travel to Cambodia to visit Phonm Penh and Siem Reap end up staying in Sihanoukville because of its beaches. If you were to ask me, I think there’s really nothing special about the beaches in this region though since it’s just like any of the beaches in Thailand – touristy. But beach lovers, like me, wouldn’t think twice in checking out the place. In fact, one of the passengers on the bus that I took to get to Sihanoukville kept saying that he can’t wait to see the beach area of Cambodia. He was templed out after touring the temples of Angkor Wat. I think he mentioned that there were these turkey all inclusive holidays that he went to prior to his Cambodia trip and he just missed the beach after spending his vacation in Turkey that he had to find the nearest beach in the region of Cambodia. I guess he’s looking forward to having a great time in the beaches of Sihanoukville. I know for a fact that those beaches in Turkey looks like they have a great atmosphere – relaxed, beautiful scenery and lots of options for activities. I once saw a photo of the beaches of Turkey and the waters look clear and inviting. I wonder if the sea-life there is similar to what you would see when one goes snorkelling around Serendipity beach.
Just before the sun sets, you will witness a line of circular chairs that are covered with comfy foams lining up the entire coast of Serendipity Beach. Behind each of those chairs lies restaurants that offer different food selections.
Tourists would start to arrive when it’s about to get dark. If you would want to get the best spot, better arrive early. And since we already had dinner, we ordered beer instead. A mug of the famous Angkor draft beer is sold 2 for a dollar in certain establishments. That’s how cheap beer is in Sihanoukville.
By night time, the place transforms into a festive area. Candles are lighted on every table. You will also hear music coming from establishments, some of which might be too loud or noisy for you.
Peddlers will start roaming around the area. They sell assorted stuff – from food, souvenir items, fireworks, and more.
You will also see fire dancers showing off their skills. All you have to do is enjoy the view while lounging in your comfy chairs.
And just as you are about to conclude that this is the perfect place for you to chill and relax while listening to the sound of the waves, you’ll be interrupted by the sound of fireworks from a distance for everyday is fireworks display day at Serendipity Beach or any of the beaches of Sihanoukville.