Sihanoukville city nowadays is a massive Chinese construction site. A busy dust land where huge trucks, construction workers and ordinary folks are buzzing for survival. Heavy constructions are ongoing all over the city. Chinese are investing millions and constructing huge residential buildings, large casinos, hotels, resorts and new roads. The so-called lovely gateway to the islands or a party by the beach is long gone. Until the Chinese constructions will be over, it is a nightmare rather than a city, taking into consideration even in most remote areas of the city.
Nevertheless, not so far from the city it is still possible to find a relatively calm and peaceful habitat. There are bunch of small tropical islands with white sand beaches just within an hour distance using a ferry. Cozy and still rural villages within an hour ride with a car or a motorbike from the city center. As well as, mangrove jungles of Ream National Park which occupies large chunk of the peninsula city is located in.
Even though Sihanoukville would never win first prize in a beautiful-city contest, and much of it is now occupied by gambling houses and tasteless commercial centers, future looks bright for this city. Once the rapid and mostly unwanted Chinese city development and constructions are over, it is sure to become an even larger center of attraction in Cambodia with developed infrastructure, plenty of space to live and work.
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