Our friend, who had visited Sihanoukville earlier this year, told us that she is not longing back. Also various travel guides, including Lonely Planet, stated that the city is “charmless” and the beaches are, at its best, “scruffy”. Well, we wanted to see the place with our own eyes before jumping into conclusions. At the end of the day we have to admit that it really is just as advertised. One has to travel to neighbouring Vietnam for a sun-bath and a nice swim. But if the lack of beach resorts is left aside, Cambodia has lot to offer: friendly people with a good sense of humour, easy living and reasonable prices.