Tag Archive | Sihanoukville

Businesses along Otres Beach have to move

Sihanoukville. All business attached to the sea along the Otres Beach in Sihanoukville and within 80 meters from the coastline, must evacuate in the coming weeks, according to an order by the National Committee of Management and Development that will be followed by the Sihanoukville local government. The order will affect more than 60 business owners, including the Royal Group of Cambodian tycoon Kith Menh, who intended to built facilities to connect with Koh Rong. The beach, that was a traditional natural reserve until the last decade, with white sand, trees along the coastline and naked rocks, was conquered by a rapid proliferation of restaurants, bars and guesthouses, many of them owned by expatriates. Read More…


Don´t take night buses in Cambodia

       Taking night buses in Cambodia is dangerous for any person, local or foreigner. The most used route is Sihanoukville-Siem Reap, two tourist destination of the country. Before it seems a good idea to travel between both cities in the night and in the past it was well recommended. But the golden time is over: Complains of bad service are everywhere and it includes even an attempt of sexual rape of a British lady on the Virak Buntham bus company, thefts where bus staff is involved and a crush accident due to high speed by Olympic Express bus company.   Read More…

First Large Grid Connected Solar Energy in Cambodia

  • 386 solar panels on 2 roofs of Don Bosco Technical School in Sihanoukville, the first large grid connected solar energy in Cambodia.
  • It costs 130,000 Euros mainly financed by Finland. 
  • Electricity of Cambodia accepted that surplus should enter the national grid, becoming the first experience of that kind in the country.

Solar energy is becoming a good alternative for a country like Cambodia and its growing development. Cambodia has to important most of his power from neighbouring countries like Thailand and Vietnam. Producing its own energy would be a key for its own development. Solar energy is not only a good solution but it goes along with the growing needs for a friendly environment system.


Aspect of the Solar Plant over the Social Communication Section Building of the Don Bosco Technical School in Sihanoukville Province. The first grid connected solar plant of Cambodia.

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The Cambodian cities

  • In 2013 the Cambodian population reached 15,135,169 persons, 270,523 persons more than 2012.
  • 51.20 % of Cambodians are girls and women (7,749,493) and the male population is 48.79 % (7,385,676 boys and men.)
  • The Cambodian population density is moderate: 84 persons per square kilometer.
  • The real Cambodian city by number of population (more than 750,000 persons) is Phnom Penh. 
  • The other main cities out of Phnom Penh in order of population are Battambang, Siem Reap, Ta Kmau and Kampong Cham.

Phnom Penh still being the only real urban conglomerate of Cambodia with a population of 2,2 million persons. In 2008 it was 1.9 million, meaning an increase of 30,000 persons in the space of 7 years – the entire population of Kep Province – with an annual growth of 4%. If Cambodia has a moderate density of 84 persons per square kilometer, it is not the same in Phnom Penh with 5,358 persons per sq km. The boundaries of the city has been also modified in four stages by adding territory of Kandal, the province that surrounds the capital entirely: Dangkor District, creation of Khan Russey Keo, integration of 4 villages from Kanthork Commune and 20 communes from 5 districts of Kandal (Phnom Penh Municipality, 2014)


A view of modern Phnom Penh. Its annual growth is 4%. Between 2008 and 2013 it has added 30,000 persons, the entire population of Kep Province. Photo Commons Wikimedia.

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