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Welcome to the third installment of my Where to Stay in Cambodia series! Previous editions covered the lovely temple town of Siem Reap and the bustling capital of Phnom Penh. Today I’m uncovering some of the hidden jems and popular favorites in the unofficial coastal capital of Sihanoukville.

Budget / Counting Pennies

 

Beach Road

Beach Road is a basic guesthouse in a great location- right on the main drag of Serendipity Beach. Rooms at the lowest price range are simple and efficient, while those at the higher end are more comfortable and luxurious. The major bonus here over other cheapies is the large pool, perfect for when you’ve had your fill of salt water and beach vendors.

Beach Road Sihanoukville

There is also an on-location bar and restaurant and even an attached spa. The major drawback here is shared by many hotels in Sihanoukville: unreliable and weak WiFi. (Though it is free!) $10-50, Serendipity Road, beachroad-hotel.com

Beach Road Sihanoukville

Monkey Republic

Monkey Republic is the undisputed Backpacker haven of Sihanoukville, located across the street from Beach Road. The popular bar and restaurant and packed in the evenings.

Monkey Republic Sihanoukville

Due to that fact, I only recommend staying here if you are in S’ville for the party. If not, you will be woken up at all hours by loud music from the bar and then those stumbling in loudly late at night. But hey, it is a great place to meet people. WiFi did not work in our room, as it was the furthest from the bar. Dorms $3, Rooms $6-10 The Monkey Republic.

Monkey Republic Sihanoukville

Midrange / Treat Yourself

Beach Club

Beach Club falls firmly into the “hidden gem” category of accommodation. The owner, Luna, is a wealth of information on the area and makes you feel like part of the family. Rooms are spacious and well decorated, and those on the first floor open directly into the pool area.

Beach Club Sihanoukville

When you check in at Beach Club you are given a local cell phone and SIM card which you can use to call for a tuk-tuk anywhere in town, order room service, or use in an emergency. Isn’t that such a clever idea?

Beach Club Sihanoukville

The poolside bar and restaurant are a great place to linger in the evenings and meet other guests and friendly locals. And in the morning it serves a continental breakfast (not included) that was one of the most satisfying meals I had in Sihanoukville. Best of all? Beach Club had the best WiFi in all of Cambodia! $25-65, 23 Tola St, beachclubcambodia.com

Beach Club Sihanoukville

Pagoda Rocks

Pagoda Rocks is a boutique guesthouse with 9 rooms. It’s not beachfront, but the infinity pool with views looking out towards the islands will take care of all your sun tanning needs. With a restaurant and bar also on property, you may never want to leave! $40-70, next to Wat Leu, pagodarocks.com

Pagoda Rocks Sihanoukville

Pagoda Rocks Sihanoukville

Disclaimer: I was hosted by Beach Club in exchange for a review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I have also personally stayed at Beach Road and Monkey Republic. Photos of  Beach Road and Pagoda Rocks are courtesy of their websites.

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10 Comments...
  • Pagoda Rocks is gorgeous and only $40 a night wow!

    • Alex
      December 23 2011

      There are definitely great deals to be had in Cambodia!

  • Sam
    December 22 2011

    Looks comfortable!

  • Fidel
    December 24 2011

    Thank you for this. I will recommend to the Sailors that they stay at Monkey Republic, while I will stay at Pagoda Rocks, lol.
    I should write some of these places, tell them I am with the ship and see if they can give give offers if I recommend these places. I mean, more than 700 Sailors and Marines will be searching for places to sleep in a city none have ever been to.
    All you Sihanoukville posts have been very helpful!

    • Alex
      December 25 2011

      Beach Club actually has something set up with some branch of military already, I believe. The owner was telling me about it when I visited. I highly recommend checking it out there!

      • Fidel
        December 25 2011

        I’ll send the owner an email. I’m sure I can convince at least 75-100 Sailors to book rooms there.

  • Sarahsomewhere
    January 21 2012

    Thanks for the heads up, we are heading to Cambodia in a couple of weeks and getting very excited!

    • Alex
      January 21 2012

      Hi Sarah! I’m so excited for you! Cambodia is my favorite country and I’m sure it shows in my posts. I also have a Where to Stay in Phnom Penh and Where to Stay in Siem Reap… be sure to check them out!

  • Kiaheng
    August 30 2015

    Nice accommodation information for foreign tourists as these places run by foreigners. By the way there’re many cool local owners’ accommodation as well.

    • Alex
      August 30 2015

      I’m sure there are 🙂 These were just a small selection I stayed at or checked out!

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