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SERENDIPITY BEACH. 10°36.150N, 103°31.150E

Anchor in 6-8 metres in sand off the busy concrete jetty at Serendipity Beach in the north of Ochheuteal Bay. This is the main town and tourist centre of Sihanoukville.

The bar on the jetty head offers cold beer and a chance to observe the daytripper antics on the party boats during the high season. The road leading up the hill is lined with bars, hotels, casinos, restaurants and spas.

It’s easy to get a motorbike tuk-tuk and most local destinations are US$7-15 with the airport drop between $20-25. On the top of the hill the road splits at the Golden Lion Monument roundabout to the town centre, or north and south to the many other regional beaches.

Five miles southeast is Ostres Beach in the southern limit of Ochheuteal Bay. Anchorage here is best off the creek in the south in 4-7 metres at 10°33.268N, 103°33.247E. Just south, and in close offshore, are the nearby islands of Koh Tres, Koh Praeus, Koh Russy (Bamboo Island), Koh Ta Kiev and the new luxury Six Senses resort on Koh Krabey. Calm anchorage in most conditions can be found anywhere amongst these islands in 5-10 metres off the fringing reefs. Best is down at Koh Russy (Bamboo Island) on the east side off the sand spit in 5-7 metres at 10°30. 010N, 103°33.856E.

During the northeast season the west bay is best at 10°29.607N, 103°33.299E. There are resorts on both sides and a paved road connects the two. Contact the management at Six Senses prior to any visit ashore at Koh Krabey.

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