Pommie’s Party Guide to Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville is a small beach town on the coast of Cambodia and is becoming more and more popular with backpackers looking to party.

With the availability of cheap accommodation and even cheaper alcohol, it seems a lot of travellers end up staying here a while. Some get jobs in one of the numerous bars on the beach and suddenly it becomes very hard for them to leave when they can’t even remember what day it is. So many times we heard workers say “It’s my last night tonight, you gotta come out for a DRINK!”, only to see them working again the next day!

If you want somewhere by the beach with an abundance of 50 cent beers, pure ethanol bootleg liquor and Aussie/English guys in ripped singlets then Sihanoukville is the place to find it. Personally I liked the convenience of the Wi-Fi, the variety of restaurants and being on the beach, but I wasn’t a fan of the party scene so much. On my trip through southeast Asia I had better nights out in places like Nha Trang, Chiang Mai and Luang Prabang. I have worked in various party towns like Lagos in Portugal, and Ios in Greece, but somehow this place just didn’t have the X factor for me.

Anyway I’ll leave you to make your own mind up about Snooky…I know a lot of people rave about it. If you’re heading down this way I’ve put together my tips for where to party in Sihanoukville and what to while you’re there!

Serendipity Beach Cambodia

In The Day

Days are spent chilling on Serendipity Beach, drinking Angkor beers and swimming in the ocean. The beach sellers here are quite persistent and you might end up like my friend Turner having your back threaded if you’re not careful! If you feel like a snack there are plenty of Cambodians selling crab, langoustines and grilled baby octopus. Most of the bars have sun loungers and they’re free as long as you spend a couple of dollars on drinks throughout the day.

If you want to get away from it all I suggest taking a day trip on the party boat to Koh Rong Samloem island or taking the ferry over to Koh Rong and spending a few days staying in the bungalows over there.  Monkey Republic has a bungalow resort on the island called Monkey Island, but I also hear good things about Tree House Bungalows and Paradise Bungalows.

Happy Hour

Sunset Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville

Monkey Republic is the place to go for a reasonably priced dinner and pre-party drinks. Between 6pm and 9pm they have a great Happy Hour with 75-cent beers…can’t really go wrong with that now can we?

Other bars to move onto after Monkey are Utopia Bar and The Led Zephyr.

After Dark

Fire Dancing at Nap Bar, Sihanoukville Cambodia

When it gets closer to midnight people start heading down to the bars on Serendipity beach. JJs, Dolphin Shack and Nap Bar seemed to have the most going on. Everywhere you go in Sihanoukville there are people handing out flyers offering free shots, free beers, and free drinks. If you collect all the flyers in the day, you could easily have a free bar crawl!

There are a few booze cruises run by these bars and you can buy tickets in the bars when you’re out at night.

As a final note there’s a full moon party with DJs on Otres Beach once a month, and it just so happened to be full moon when I arrived. We took a van from JJ’s and partied until the early hours of the morning…definitely the best night out I had in Sihanoukville!

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Victoria Brewood

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

  • itsoknoproblem.com
    Posted at 04:13h, 23 March Reply

    Utopia is the best!:) It’s not only a bar, but one of the cheapest guesthouses and party every night! Great place.

    • Sihanouk
      Posted at 17:51h, 12 May Reply

      But not now. Last time Utopia have not the best time. Everebody have moved to the beach.

  • Lewis Hatfull
    Posted at 12:23h, 15 October Reply

    Hi Victoria, great blog!

    My name is Lewis and i work for a television company in London and I’m just researching possible filming locations for a show we are making. Sihanoukville has cropped up a few times on my search and i was hoping you might be able to provide me with a bit more info about just how much of a party destination it is. I’m basically trying to find destinations that have a similar nightlife to that of Koh Phangan / Koh Samui and where there are also many British tourists/travellers.

    It would be great to talk at some point if you have time, do let me know.

    Cheers! Lewis

    Lewis Hatfull
    +44(0)207 033 2279

  • Allie
    Posted at 14:15h, 16 February Reply

    Hey there!

    Read your post on Sihanoukville and couldn’t agree more! I was in Sihanoukville a couple of weeks back and actually wrote a post on my experience there.



  • Kelly Dunning
    Posted at 21:04h, 24 March Reply

    Is it just my computer.. or is there a lot of blank missing words on this post? Does anyone else see them?

    • Victoria
      Posted at 15:39h, 14 April Reply

      Try reloading the page Kelly. I have found that happens sometimes, but I will try to get the theme to load faster.

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