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Destiny1990

Pattaya versus Sihanoukeville

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Honestly its been more then 10 years ago since i visited Sihanoukeville but already i liked the relaxed atmosphere back then.

Good beaches, night life, beach clubs, umbrellas, sun beds, foods.

people were able speak ok English but all together the place was really behind with Pattaya.

Now 10 years later lots has changed with Sihanoukeville plenty of foreign investments , improved infrastructure, many new condominiums coming up, shopping  malls, lots of casinos etc.

Visa procedures i assume less complicated as presented in Thailand.

Here some things i found on google about Sihanoukeville :

 

 

Can foreigners buy condos in Sihanoukville?
 
Foreigners can buy units from condominiums via strata titles. It’s a type of ownership designed for multi-level apartment blocks with shared areas. A foreigner can buy up to 70% of the units, provided that the units aren’t located on the ground floor. This provision on not owning property on the ground floor might change soon though as there have been talks of giving Sihanoukville a special status that would allow foreigners to buy land. Whether this only applies to land or includes grounded units or properties remains to be seen.
 

Have a look at this link its all about  new Condominiums coming up in Sihanoukeville.
 
Has anyone recently moved to Sihanoukeville? What is the experience?
How is that town nowadays?
I understand that it has a controversial image but so has Pattaya. All input welcome.
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36 minutes ago, Mahseer said:

You will not recognise Sihanoukville today. It's being torn apart by Chinese developers and replaced by anything that will make them money principally hotels and casinos.

 

Savour the memories.

Personally I don’t mind hotels, condos, shopping malls , and casinos.

If those nice beaches with its beach clubs joints are still there then i think for me Sihanoukeville been really improved.

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Ten years ago it was obvious the place was needing a face lift.

Yeah I planning to make a visit soon again to see it for myself.

 

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Destiny1990, your views are about 10 years out of date. S'ville, which I had pinpointed as a retirement destination,  has been destroyed. No exaggeration. Check a couple of expat forums, such as Cambodian Expats Online and read the long-running thread. It would make you cry. Expats have abandoned the place and moved to Phnom Penh and Kampot, and many have fled to Vietnam. 

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Friend of mine that owned a guesthouse there got two bullets in the back of the head. 

Suicide according to the police. 

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2 minutes ago, PoorSucker said:

Friend of mine that owned a guesthouse there got two bullets in the back of the head. 

Suicide according to the police. 

oh dear ....  that sounds nasty.  Was he in financial trouble ?

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3 minutes ago, steven100 said:

oh dear ....  that sounds nasty.  Was he in financial trouble ?

PM sent, it's still sensitive. 

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3 hours ago, Kaoboi Bebobp said:

Destiny1990, your views are about 10 years out of date. S'ville, which I had pinpointed as a retirement destination,  has been destroyed. No exaggeration. Check a couple of expat forums, such as Cambodian Expats Online and read the long-running thread. It would make you cry. Expats have abandoned the place and moved to Phnom Penh and Kampot, and many have fled to Vietnam. 

Yes Kampot does get mentioned a lot as a good place to  stay.

On my next trip i will visit both towns.

It is easy to talk negative about a place however if all these investments re made there has to be potential.

Ten years ago in Snouky i noticed friendly locals and stunning beaches full with hip young foreigners. 

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1 hour ago, PoorSucker said:

Friend of mine that owned a guesthouse there got two bullets in the back of the head. 

Suicide according to the police. 

Yeah in Pattaya foreigners regulary fall of balconies or get raped murdered does it stop people to go there?

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6 hours ago, bkk6060 said:

Destiny, I went there last year.  The place has totally changed for the worse.  It is a filthy hole with prices double or more of what they were even a few years ago.  New casino's going up everywhere and 90 percent of the visitors non caring Chinese.

 

I personally think Pattaya is much better.

Sihanv. Is sadly totally ruined now just a disgusting shame of a place.

I will never ever go again.

For folks with visa extension troubles who don't want living too far away from Thailand personally i don't think its a bad alternative.

I can easily talk trash about Pattaya too in 3 minutes and leave all the positive out ..

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