Development in Sihanoukville: a photo blog

development near Independence beach Sihanoukville Cambodia

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I’ve written about development in Sihanoukville in a few recent posts, including Big Changes in Sihanoukville and Sihanoukville is Growing Fast Everywhere You Look. I guess I’m a little obsessed about it because I see new developments everywhere I go. Some are apartment blocks, others are casinos and the larger ones are hotels and resorts. I could post 100 photos of developments and still just scratch the surface, so I’ll just share some I saw when I drove on the beach road yesterday.

Development in Sihanoukville

There are a few new developments near the Sokha Resort. This is one of them.

hotel near Sokha Resort Sihanoukville Cambodia

Near Sokha Resort

And here is another. There are others near this one, but I didn’t want to post too many or this would be a long post with too many photographs.

There’s even more developments being built near Independence Beach. I posted a photo of the biggest one a few posts ago, but there are also developments on the opposite side of the road from the beach. Here’s one of the biggest.

development near Independence beach Sihanoukville Cambodia

Note the cement truck (I counted five). Near Independence Beach

And here is another development in the same area.

two developments near Independence beach Sihanoukville Cambodia

After I took these photos, I was still a little early for dinner, so I took the long way to my favourite Cambodian restaurant on the Hill. I hadn’t been on this road for about six months, so imagine my surprise when I saw a brand new casino near the hotels along this stretch of road. I wondered where the “Rich Casino” was. I found out yesterday.

the Rich Casino near Victory Beach Sihanoukville Cambodia

But that wasn’t the only new development I saw there. I also saw this one. I have no idea what it is or how big it’s going to be, but here it is.

new development near Victory beach Sihanoukville Cambodia

I also saw land being cleared for more developments. One area looked quite large. Who knows what it will be. Possibly another casino or possibly a resort. Time will tell. Some say the Chinese are building all these developments, but wealthy Cambodians are also building. Apartment buildings are going up all over the place. Again, some say it is to house Chinese, who are coming here in droves and driving prices up.

I read recently that Chinese tourists are up by 45.7% in Cambodia in just nine months, but many are staying here long term and renting apartments. I’m told they like to stick together and often offer more money for an entire apartment complex. In some cases, owners have told barang (western expats) to leave so the Chinese could take over the complex.

Sihanoukville is changing and changing fast. I remember when I came here almost 11 years ago and rarely saw a car on the road. Now there seem to be almost as many cars as motorbikes and the beach road is filled with cement trucks and trucks bringing in supplies. It’s not the same town I came to and we’ll just have to see what happens next. One thing seems sure: development in Sihanoukville is not stopping any time soon.