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Published October 2016
If you’re heading to the beach in Cambodia, chances are you’ll pass through Sihanoukville, arguably Cambodia’s busiest beach town, our Vegan Guide to Sihanoukville to help you get the best out of this popular Cambodian destination. Serendipity Beach (the beach next to the pier where ferries and speedboats leave from) which stretches into Ochheuteal Beach are both full of tourists (Khmer and visitors from elsewhere). There’s a general “we’re on holiday” atmosphere which leads to a lot of beach frolicking, beer drinking and lazing about in bamboo bucket chairs or plastic deckchairs. Plus loud music, probably played over the loud music from the neighbouring bar and restaurant.
There’s also a number of people begging, selling bracelets and trying to convince you to go to their bar; it all adds up to a general low level of pestering. The beach is very seafood orientated, with some effort you could probably order a plain fried rice if needed but you’re better heading to Serendipity Beach Road and the area around the Golden Lions roundabout where all the bars and restaurants are where there is some serious vegan action. And when we say serious, we mean serious; Sihanoukville actually seems to have a number of vegan options to get excited about.