For some reason there are a number of beaches around the world named Victory Beach – but not many cities are called Sihanoukville. Victory Beach in Sihanoukville stands out not only for the city’s name but for the serenity and amusement it offers.
First, let us talk a little about Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s prime beach destination. Also known as the land of beaches, Sihanoukville is the most promising region outside the capital city of Phnom Penh because of the continuous influx of tourists. Although it does not have its own international airport, it is only four hours from the capital city by bus, and a few more hours from Bangkok, Pattaya, and Ho Chi Minh City. It is also a popular destination of international cruise ships coming from and going to Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore. The port of Sihanoukville is the only international and commercial deep-water port in Cambodia. Off its shores is Bamboo Island, a tiny isolated island-paradise that is teeming with candy-colored corals and cute wriggly reef fishes. Bamboo Island alone is worthy of international recognition, although it is still in need of so much development that in fact electricity has yet to reach it. Yet, if one is looking for a truly unspoiled, un-commercialized, and unexploited piece of Paradise, Bamboo Island is it.
Sihanoukville is home to the magnificent Kbal Chhay Waterfalls, historic Cambrew Brewery, and intriguing Independence Square, in addition to its dreamy white-sand beaches. Since it is a peninsula projecting out into the Gulf of Thailand, Sihanoukville is surrounded by sandy stretches of land overlooking the open, crystal blue Gulf. The beaches of Sihanoukville are mostly elongated and stringed together and flanked by a number of guesthouses, restaurants, bars, cafes, souvenir stores and beer places. Tourists are left with so much to do besidesswimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.
Of the four leading beaches in this part of the world, perhaps the most happening beach is Victory Beach. It is crowded with a number of amusement centers such as restaurants, cafes and bars that light up the shores after dark, and the beach turns into a long stretch of partying and drinking.
Located on the northern portion of the city, Victory Beach is not quite near downtown Sihanoukville, yet it is not really far away. The entire city is tiny, and so no two landmarks are really far apart. The closest landmark to Victory Beach is the Independence Monument. Krong Road runs parallel to it. Someone who is used to walking long distances will find walking to Victory Beach from the center of the city to be quite a breeze; and for those who are not used to walking, every tuk-tuk or motodop driver knows where it is. This beach is popularly referred to as the beach on a hill.
Victory Beach is narrow and long. In the middle is a rocky area and beyond it is Hawaii Beach, which is more crowded with bars and shops. Victory’s long stretch gives visitors a wide area to sit down, relax and enjoy the breath-taking sunset. Although bustling with all sorts of amusement, the beach offers calm and serenity as well.