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Sail Date: February 2013
I don't know how to rate this, because we weren't expecting a lot. The city-center market was fascinating, because you got to see how a middle-class grows and thrives. Someone has to catch the live seafood, then someone has to ... Read More
I don't know how to rate this, because we weren't expecting a lot. The city-center market was fascinating, because you got to see how a middle-class grows and thrives. Someone has to catch the live seafood, then someone has to buy it, then someone has to rent the space in the market and sell it to the locals. Thus the evolution of the economy. What first seems poverty turns into a thriving lifestyle. Be aware that there are amputee beggars lying and beseeching. We have so much, and they have nothing, so dropping a dollar or two isn't a big deal. Except that you get noticed.The tuk-tuk drivers are the hungriest people on the planet. We took the bus into town,and the local drivers zoomed along side us and (seemingly) picked out us as targets. Once in town, they didn't let us go. Ever. One followed us into the market, and we had to wind our way in and out of the stalls to try to lose him. When we finally thought we were rid of him, he showed up again, trying to give us a tour. I finally gave in, and let him drive me back to the ship for about $10l My husband was bound and determined to get a massage in every port. When he asked the tuk-tuk driver about it, he was taken to a brothel. Nope. Next stop, a place that wasn't very clean. Nope. Final stop, a place with a blind masseur who was wonderfull Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
No reason for this port . Dirty Polluted. Stay on board. Virtually all other passengers regardless of excursion agreed.
No reason for this port . Dirty Polluted. Stay on board. Virtually all other passengers regardless of excursion agreed. Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
This port is a joke. There is zero port facilities, except a shuttle bus that takes you to downtown Sihanoukville. We were dropped off in a dirty, ugly and chaotic open air market. Walking on what looks like a sidewalk is downright ... Read More
This port is a joke. There is zero port facilities, except a shuttle bus that takes you to downtown Sihanoukville. We were dropped off in a dirty, ugly and chaotic open air market. Walking on what looks like a sidewalk is downright dangerous because it’s uneven and muddy; motor bikes and scooters can travel anywhere they like, including sidewalks. Before you even get off the bus, tour venders bombard you with local tours. But with the chaotic traffic, how would I know that they could bring us back before the ship departs? Many of our fellow cruisers didn’t even get off the shuttle bus. Some were a little braver and took a walk for several blocks before getting the next available bus back to the ship. This port is totally unprepared for cruise passengers, and they don’t even seem to care. As I said, it’s a joke, and it’s an expensive joke at that, since most passengers have to pay for a visa, even if they decide to stay on the ship the whole time. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2015
I have been there before. The place is just a beach town, with many hippies, backpackers and some friend of hashish and the like. Generally I like Cambodia, but no Sihanoukville
I have been there before. The place is just a beach town, with many hippies, backpackers and some friend of hashish and the like. Generally I like Cambodia, but no Sihanoukville Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Having read Lonely Planet advice we gave this one one a miss. When the excursions offered include a tuk-tuk ride (for 20 times the price of hiring direct) you know there's not too much going on. Beware overpriced NCL visas - arrange ... Read More
Having read Lonely Planet advice we gave this one one a miss. When the excursions offered include a tuk-tuk ride (for 20 times the price of hiring direct) you know there's not too much going on. Beware overpriced NCL visas - arrange yours ahead if going here. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We just took the bus into Sihanoukville. A depressing city, with unrelenting hawkers trying to get us to take a tour. Once again, I think there may be more to see than we did, so I would recommend a tour, rather than just being dropped ... Read More
We just took the bus into Sihanoukville. A depressing city, with unrelenting hawkers trying to get us to take a tour. Once again, I think there may be more to see than we did, so I would recommend a tour, rather than just being dropped in the town. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
A rather boring stop that offers little scenery, The beaches are OK but have many beer drinking Ferang tourists with little to do.
A rather boring stop that offers little scenery, The beaches are OK but have many beer drinking Ferang tourists with little to do. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
It was interesting so we’re glad we went but it’s being developed, probably over developed, and it’s like a huge building site with Chinese companies throwing up hotels everywhere. The people were lovely though.
It was interesting so we’re glad we went but it’s being developed, probably over developed, and it’s like a huge building site with Chinese companies throwing up hotels everywhere. The people were lovely though. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We took the courtesy bus to the beach. Sihanoukville is in a a very poor area although there is a lot of Chinese investment being poured in which will make a considerable difference. The beachfront area wasn't the best but we sytill ... Read More
We took the courtesy bus to the beach. Sihanoukville is in a a very poor area although there is a lot of Chinese investment being poured in which will make a considerable difference. The beachfront area wasn't the best but we sytill had a relaxing time there. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This port is complicated. The people and the place are wonderful. However, it presents as a third-world country. I travel the world to experience how other cultures and peoples differ from my own experience of the world…so, I found ... Read More
This port is complicated. The people and the place are wonderful. However, it presents as a third-world country. I travel the world to experience how other cultures and peoples differ from my own experience of the world…so, I found it fascinating. That said, a number of our shipmates were VERY put off by the squalor, apparent poverty and trash-filled streets/beaches. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Went to beach..massages..great. The town is less than desirable but had great meal at Sandan - look it up online..great charity looking after kids. Teaching people to be in the hospitality industry..great idea..support it.
Went to beach..massages..great. The town is less than desirable but had great meal at Sandan - look it up online..great charity looking after kids. Teaching people to be in the hospitality industry..great idea..support it. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Not much to see here. Just the market and a walk about town. The few temples we visited were unremarkable.
Not much to see here. Just the market and a walk about town. The few temples we visited were unremarkable. Read Less

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