Guesthouse Name: Otres Orchid Beach Resort
Address: Otres Beach, Sihanoukville, Cambodia
[EDIT: This place has closed and Otres Beach has been completely redeveloped, so this page is left as a historical archive.]
I stayed at the Otres Orchid Beach Resort in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. This is in Otres Beach, which is at the far end of Sihanoukville, and for now, is still relatively undeveloped. There are still shacks on the beach and the main beach road is just a dirt track. I was looking for a bamboo hut guesthouse as I figured this type of accommodation will soon be gone from Otres when it’s eventually redeveloped.
My trip coincided with new year’s eve, so I was lucky to get a room at all. This one cost $25 USD per night. The property says it’s a resort, but I would say it’s more like a guesthouse. If you are expecting to have fruity drinks by a swimming pool then this is not the property you’re looking for. Despite the name, this was what I was looking for.
The bungalows are set in a nice garden setting, and every good bungalow should have a hammock on the entrance porch.
The room is a simple set-up with a big bed and a bamboo shelf. A mosquito net is a must for this type of room. There is a wall fan and enough power outlets for your electrical charging needs. The bed was surprisingly comfortable, as I am usually used to foam mattresses that sag in the middle.
Whenever I have stayed in bamboo bungalows the make-or-break moment is usually with the bathroom. Fortunately, this bathroom was decent. The attached bathroom was a concrete block and was kept in good order with good hot water service.
There is free wifi which was easily accessible from my room. It would have been cool if there was more activity in the reception/common area. During my stay, there was no kitchen/cafe facility and the large front area was mostly empty.
Not that it mattered too much because I just went across the road to a beach cafe on the actual beach.
I found that there wasn’t one advantageous spot to stay on Otres as it is all very walkable and the entire stretch of beach is great.
Overall this was a good place to stay if you want to experience the rustic delight of sleeping in a bamboo guesthouse.