This was my cheap escape. I averaged spending about $15/day, sometimes less. I stayed at the Apple Guest House in a pretty big private room with a bathroom and cold shower for $5/night. $5! It was about a 45 second walk to Ocheuteal Beach which had a bunch of restaurants lined up. I would rent a motorbike from about 8am-10pm for $5 and cruise around to different beaches. I also paid $3 for a 30min beach pedicure. Jackpot! There was nothing cultural about this place really.. I didn't see any museums or tours besides diving, so really the only big expenditure here would be alcohol for the drinkers.
The real bummer about this place is the amount of 16 year old prostitutes who are drugged up on meth, dancing with old white men. Every night you see this all over. It is incredibly sad, and a lifestyle that they get stuck in. Another bummer was the lack of relaxation on the beach because of the young kids trying to sell you string bracelets. Pretending to sleep on your lounge chair won't help.. they will sit down on the edge of it and wake you up. I would rent a bike and go to a beach farther down.
First impression: eat, drink, beach, repeat!
Things to do: 1) Beach bumming – with clear blue water and scorching heat, I had very little incentive to come out of the water. I just ate, drank and swam the entire day. 2) Koh Rong Island: This was the favourite part of my trip. A ferry from Silhanoukwille takes you to Kohrong Island in couple of hours, which is an even better beach with fewer people. The acco (basic rooms) and food is largely managed by tourists who spend longer time on the island, making it a very casual and chilled out place. This also means that there is no food after 9.30 pm, because everybody is free from duty to paint the beach red, or rather neon. 3) Long Beach: a one hour mad trek through the forest would take you to Long Beach, another beautiful and quiet beach to watch the sun set upon. 4) Plankton Watching: This was a unique experience - jumping in the middle of the sea to watch glowing planktons, after the sun sets.
Sihanoukville is the most famous village in Cambodia where you can eat delicious seafood and enjoy the nightlife in the bars by the sea. It is also a great place to dive or visit some of the surrounding islands.