I went to Cambodia as a solo traveller woman and encountered crime, theft and scam in Phnom Penh, material losses forced me to shorten my trip which was scheduled till end of May. When I first arrived in Sihanoukville I had to rush out of the place I had booked and paid online for the first three nights, due to unsafety and move to NSVV. My initial idea was to book at NSVV since the beginning, but they were fully booked on those days.
I have to say that if I hadnt found this place I would have left Sihanoukville immediately. There was nowhere else there where I felt safe. It is one minute walk from the beach, shops, restaurants and the hotel restaurant itself is excellent, so no need to take tuk tuks or cross dangerous roads. There is a non-prostitute non-drug policy and they have cameras and security guard during the night, my room had window grids. Even though, beware, everywhere in Cambodia there are cases of theft through window grids using hooks from outside. Break-ins in hotel rooms during night sleep are common too, so a place like this adds extra security. Rooms are in a building, not huts or bungalows which are easily breakable and should be avoided at all costs.
I stayed on the top floor for the first two nights, later on the ground floor in a single room for almost 18 nights. In the second floor I couldnt catch the wifi, so I bought a Y5 account which didnt work all the time. This seems to be an issue everywhere in Cambodia and being a freelancer on the internet I had work problems there. The room had no A/C only fan, but it was not necessary as it was fresher there, however if you stay on the top floor you should go for A/C. We had frequent power cuts in the hotel and the sink in my bathroom had a leakage problem, also room light was very dim in the evenings, but you cant have everything and in my case safety was first priority. Also being solo traveller it is one of the few places which has single rooms, so it avoids paying double accommodation fees. The room was excellent for the price anyway, in PP you get real dumps for three times that price. Plus they cleaned everyday and staff was quite nice. Oh, there is no TV set, I never watch it, but this may annoy some other people. Also from my room I could hear loud music till late night but I really enjoyed it, though I understand this is not the case for everyone. The rooftop terrace is beautiful and really nice to chill out.
The restaurant is excellent, I only tried fish, vegetables and deserts as I dont have meat and milk. It is creative cooking. Also the BBQ fish places on the beach or up the road were excellent.
I didnt go to Otres beach or the islands, mainly for safety reasons and avoided leaving the hotel alone after dark except some days where a friend was there and talking to strangers. That is, NSVV was a safe, cheap, sunny and good food base for me to spend my last days before I could leave the country. Apart from beach and good food in some places and diving in the islands, Sihanoukville has not many options. Nightlife is limited to 2 or 3 bars full of teenagers or spots for tourists looking for cheap sex. There are more bars, but empty of customers. No nightclubs at all, I mean the real nightclub with good DJs and party scene.
If you book a minivan or bus with pick up service, make sure to check some hours ago that they will pick you up. I booked this with an agency and they forgot to pick me up, had to go in person with the luggage and insist, their boss gave me a lift and the van waited for me, otherwise I would have missed my flight in Phnom Penh.
Maybe all this sounds like the newbie paranoid traveller, but I can say I ve been living in Asia most of the year since 2010, and it is the first time that such incidents happen to me. Moreover, it is not an isolated case, absolutely everyone I know who has been travelling or living in Cambodia had some incident during the last month.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New Sea View Villa is a friendly, family run Sihanoukville hotel that offers a relaxed atmosphere whilst maintaining a consistently high standard. Our tastefully decorated rooms are clean and well maintained as well as stylish and affordable. Just a thirty metre walk from Sihanoukville's popular Serendipity Beach we are in an ideal location for everybody.All of our rooms have en- suite bathrooms with hot water and range from standard fan rooms to deluxe A/C family rooms with flat screen TV, fridge and coffee making facilities.The hotel offers a games room with pool table, table football and a wide selection of board games suitable for everyone. Furthermore we have free wi fi throughout the hotel and can offer a wider range of services such as laundry, bus and boat tours and Island bookings.Our leafy courtyard restaurant caters for all tastes. We have an extensive breakfast and lunch menu featuring homemade smoothies and cakes. Our evening menu is amongst the best in the area offering tasty homemade cuisine and a great range of delicious desserts, classic cocktails and an international wine menu.All rooms at New Sea View Villa are tastefully decorated to a high standard and are furnished with locally made furniture and art work. Each room offer sprung mattresses, mosquito protection, en suite bathrooms with hot water power showers and either fan or air conditioning. Our superior rooms offer, flat screen TVs, fridges, baths and coffee and tea making facilities. We have an in house team of cleaners that provide a professional, daily cleaning service, new towels and linen are provided every three days or upon requestNew Sea View Villa boasts a comfortable and inviting restaurant, situated at the front of the hotel. We have a varied breakfast and lunch menu. Our leafy courtyard setting is an ideal place to sit back and enjoy your meal. For dinner there is a great range of tasty, homemade, food that is amongst the areas finest. Our delicious desserts are prepared daily by our excellent kitchen team. A range of classic cocktails and an international wine menu compliment the menu perfectly. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sea View Villa Hotel Sihanoukville
- Sea View Hotel