Big changes at Independence Beach

I have no idea what it’s going to look like when they’re done, but Independence Beach is going through some big changes. They’re widening the road, for one thing, but that’s only the beginning. They seem to be doing major excavating at one end of the beach. They’re digging deep holes and may be planning on building a resort or something. Tractors were grooming part of the land closer to the Independence Hotel, so perhaps … Continue reading

Lunch in Otres Village

I wrote about Otres Village back in 2013. I’ve been back there since then, but haven’t taken pictures. I had some time on my hands the other day, so I decided to have lunch in Otres village. I went to Hacienda, which is right across the street from the Barn, where they have the Otres Market. The Otres Market put this out of the way village on the map. In 2013, not much had changed … Continue reading

Phum Khmer Dey Meas Park in Sihanoukville Cambodia

I was kind of torn between writing about Phum Khmer Dey Meas park in Sihanoukville or writing about our day in rural Cambodia. Since this blog is about Sihanoukville, I decided to write about the park, but please read A Day in Rural Cambodia: the perfect Cambodian lifestyle after you’ve finished this article. When you go to Otres Beach from Ochheuteal, you drive along a long straight road that’s next to what once was going … Continue reading

Coffee Houses in Sihanoukville Go Upmarket

twin lotus sihanoukville coffee house outside

Even the World Bank has figured out that Cambodia’s economy has been growing. They’ve elevated its economic status to “lower middle income.” Since the economy has been growing by 6 to 7 percent per year since before I came here almost 10 years ago, it kind of makes sense. Yes, there’s still a lot of poverty here, but there is also a growing middle class. You can see it in the traffic and you can … Continue reading

Pchum Ben in Sihanoukville 2016

I’ve written about Pchum Ben before. The first time was in 2011 and the second in 2012. There are probably other posts about it, too, but those two will give you some background about this two week long celebration. We usually go to wats (temples) far from Sihanoukville over Pchum Ben, but this year we stayed close to home. Last week we went to Wat Otres. This week, we went to Wat Leu. It’s been … Continue reading

A Visit to Klang Leu

When you drive into or out of Sihanoukville on Route 4, you pass an uninspiring looking row of retail shops. That’s the visible part of Klang Leu. What you don’t see is the residential district just behind the shops. Sopheak’s sister lives there and we visit now and then. It’s like another world from Sihanoukville. I took the shortcut to Klang Leu. It took less than 10 minutes to get there from the new Douceur … Continue reading

From Sihanoukville Port to Hun Sen Beach

I’ve taken the road from the Sihanoukville port to Hun Sen Beach many times before, but never explored the nooks and crannies of the village by the water. One day it may be gone, so I decided today was the day I was going to take some photos. I’m glad I did. I rode out to Hun Sen Beach before I started taking pictures, so this will be a tour in reverse. Hun Sen Beach … Continue reading

The Road from Otres to Sihanoukville Airport

I’ve been wanting to take the new road from Otres to the Sihanoukville Airport for a while now. Today was the perfect day for it: no rain, a little overcast and windy. I was hesitant after a friend hit a rock and had a bad accident, but another friend told me it was smooth now. She was right. I told myself I wasn’t going to get distracted by new developments. It wasn’t easy, because I … Continue reading

Sihanoukville Journal versus Expat Journal

When I started my Sihanoukville Journal, everything about Sihanoukville was interesting to me. I’ve been here almost ten years now and it just feels like home to me now. That’s one reason why I’m not updating my journal as much as I used to. I write a lot of opinion pieces here, but steer away from stories that aren’t related to Cambodia or Sihanoukville. Those stories I publish on my other blog, Expat Journal. As … Continue reading

Two perfect weekends in Sihanoukville

My idea of a perfect weekend is going to a café with a good book and following it up with a swim. Everything cooperated with me the past two weekends, so I enjoyed two perfect weekends in Sihanoukville. I finally got my copy of Brian Gruber’s War: The Afterparty and the weather has been nice the past two weekends. I go to Escape on Serendipity Road on weekends for my coffee. I go there for … Continue reading