The Chinese identified Sihanoukville as Shenzhen. But it is a metropolis that boasts of more than just commercial centres and a casino.
Sihanoukville is the only seaport in Cambodia that is well-known for its stunning white sandy beaches and a collection of small islands.
There are beaches from the north to the south of Sihanoukville. The 3 main recommended stretches are Otres Beach, Ochheuteal Beach and Serendipity Beach.
The Ochheuteal Beach is a charming strip of beach with casuarina trees, small huts selling cold drinks, restaurants and it is a popular spot for partying through the night.
Majority of the chalets on Otres Beach are beachfront accommodations that are cheap and no frills.
Once you have had enough of the sun and sea, you can take to the town for some good affordable food and visit the central market for some local merchandise shopping.
There are a selection of boutique hotels and budget accommodations where backpackers can chill out for a couple of days before heading to their onward journey. AirAsia has direct flights to Sihanoukville International Airport from Malaysia weekly.