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“Clean, clear water (November 2011) but pitiful young kids struggling to survive.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Ochheuteal Beach

Ochheuteal Beach
Australia
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“Clean, clear water (November 2011) but pitiful young kids struggling to survive.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2011

The basic set up is that you choose a place to sit and purchase something from the restaurant who owns the chairs, umbrellas and benches.

Food and drink prices were quite reasonable but the beach was constantly patrolled by small groups of young kids looking for empty bottles and cans (perhaps 5 or 6 years old). They would grab left over food from people plates and bins as soon as someone vacated their seat - very sad indeed.

It is not safe to leave your belongings unattended while going for a swim so ask the restaurant owners to keep your bags etc behind the bar while you swim.

Visited November 2011
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Sihanoukville, Cambodia
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“Bonza place, but offers no more”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2011

the beach is overcrowded, dirty, infested by vendors, local kids in search of an easy buck, bag snatchers, beggars, masseuses and prostitutes, western students in search of cheap booze and drugs, grumpy old men in search of erotic adventures and the occasional pedos.

The water is dirty.

Go elsewhere, Sihanoukville has much more to offer .

Visited January 2011
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Richland, Washington
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“Touristy beach where you will be pestered to death by vendors....”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2011

Definitely not the nicest beach in Cambodia, although because it is further away from the main drag than Serendipity beach, it may be a bit quieter. Both have lots and lots of child vendors (don;t buy from them, it keeps them out of school!), beggars, and various folks trying to sell you things. That said, everyone is pleasant enough, but its hard to shake of kids that speak fluent English and are determined to sell you something. That said, there are plenty of restaurants and cheap cold beer to be had. The beach is not particularly clean or nice. For a better experience, try the public portion of the beach at the near end of Sokha Beach, or if you want something very upscale, pay $10 or so and have the use of the facilities and beach at Sokha Beach Resort. They have a great restauarnt and bar, pool with swim up bar, lounges, and the cleanest best kept beach in Cambodia. Too bad its private, but its worth the extra expense (unless you are determined to find 50 cent beers).

We always prefer turning right at the bottom of Serendipity Road - there a number of nice restaurants and some much more private swimming areas among the rocky beachfront areas. At the end you'll find Cloud Nine, nice guestshouse with tidy little bar and Aussie owners. Very quiet and away from the tourist hubub....

Visited August 2011
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Puttparthy, India
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“Crowded, unpleasant”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2011

If you are looking for a beach lined with bars and restaurant shacks, this one is perfect. Otherwise, it is disappointing.

Visited October 2011
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Siem reap
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“the dirtiest beach in SE Asia, with an hypocritical string attached...”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2011

this popular beach is fun at night for its light shows and cheap seafood barbecues, and a place to make friends.
In the daytime is a mess : crowded, polluted, plenty of flies ( especially in the "barang section north of Sea Dragon) and of beggars, and with scores of annoying kids selling bracelets or trinkets, watched by their mothers, older sisters or aunties who offer massage and manicures and controlled by the "outreach"staffers of the various NGOs in town, who use ( and perhaps encourage) their presence on the beach ( with the danger from the ever-present foreign "predators" well-highlighted in their literature and websites) as a way to get donations .

This is pure hypocrisy.

Kids ( 99 per cent of the beach kids are not even Khmer, but ethnic Vietnamese) should GO TO SCHOOL during the day and STAY AT HOME at night.

This is exactly what the pertinent NGOs don't want, as they wouldn't have, without the beach kids, an excuse for their presence.

Pfui !!!

Visited October 2011
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