Wednesday, June 27, 2018

SihanoukVille 2018. A new city emerges.

2018 continues 2017.

Almost 100 cranes (not counting mobile cranes) dot the city.

On the beaches, rivers, downtown, rice fields, and on dirt roads, there are cranes everywhere.

Over 40 casinos around town now, and we know of at least 10 more being build.
The electricity is getting a $700,000,000 upgrade, we are told.  And it's much needed.

Also a new sewer system, (much needed)

And new water sources. (ditto)

The roads are being widened and repaved, and potholes are being filled in almost as fast as they appear.

Many 30 and 40 story buildings going up around town, and the Marriott Hotel group is building a 50+ story building on Independence / Treasure Island Beach.

Hundreds of apartment buildings, condos and townhouse projects around town.
There's a new road into town and Otres Beach from Route 4 near the waterfall, and a new one from the airport is being built into town, to take advantage of Otres 3.

The SihanoukVille Airport has more than a dozen flights a day coming into town (and going out, we hope), mostly from China.  There's already 200+ Chinese restaurants in town, along with Chinese doctors, Chinese Car repair shops, clothing shops, mini-marts and full sized grocery stores, hairdressers and barbers, and Chinese real estate agents.

Most of the bigger hotels, and many smaller ones have been repurposed for casinos or staff accommodations.

The SihanoukVille Port just got an upgrade to take in more and larger ships.

Traffic jams every day.

Not so great now, but in a few years, we'll have a large city, with millions of Chinese tourists coming to town every year.

We're not sure if Wicky Wouse is coming to town, but we'll have a Billion dollar plus Wisney World somewhere in town (2020 expected completion date)

Prices have gone up from 200% to 1000+% for land and rental prices from the previous year or two.

Most of the Westerners have left town, some going to the Otres Beach and Otres Village area, many to Kampot, Cambodia, and the rest, onwards.

The days of backpacking in Sunny SihanoukVille are over.  The town for Westerners, except for the Otres area, is a stopover on the way to or from SihanoukVille's islands. (which is a whole 'nother story).

The End
(or just the beginning....)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

SihanoukVille Infrastructure 2014

SihanoukVille's manufacturing, housing and infrastructure is booming.
Not only that, SihanoukVille's Islands are booming as well.

Several new factories in the 2 SEZ's (Special Economic Zones), especially the Route 4 zone.
Thanks to the Angkor Beer several million expansion (several million cans and bottles a day), we now have box and can factories (need a bottle factory too, please).

Agriculture, seafood (seaweed), and even and Absynthe distillery.

Island constuction and deep sea (shallow sea) oil drilling, we don't know about.  It's too far out.  But it's happening now.

Electricity is here, thank to the 2 new generating plants at Steung Hauv.

Housing and apartment developments popping up all over.

Water is good for the moment.

Road construction and repair every day (until the rainy season)

The SihanoukVille Port upgrades are finished, and may need more due to increased shipping.

Tourism is also growing here, on both the mainland and the islands, and the population, due to immigration from in and out of the county is growing.

What else do you need?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

New construction and building in SihanoukVille, Cambodia. Summer 2011.

The building boom continues, here in SihanoukVille, Cambodia.

The bridge to Snake Island is finished, and the island construction has begun.

The Marina is virtually finished, and most of it is already sold out.

Construction of the power plant in Steung Hauv has begun.  Should be finished in 3 years.

The Special Economic Zone by the port is nearly complete, and is filling up fast.

The Special Economic Zone outside of town on Route 4 near Ream National Park may have to be expanded to accommodate the demand.

The old Holiday Palace Casino is undergoing a complete renovation (or complete teardown?) to make a new casino / hotel resort under a new company. (The old one moved to Independence Beach) SihanoukVille now boasts 5 casinos with the addition of Sokha Vegas, Golden Sea, and Diamond Sea Casinos.

Around downtown, several large residential / business parks have been completed or are near completion.

News of the SihanoukVille Airport re-opening the end of 2011 or 2012 with flights to and from Siem Reap (home of Angkor Wat) with 2 airlines serving the route.

Several new hotels and restaurants have opened up around town in the last year (even in the last month).

The islands around SihanoukVille now have many small bungalow/restaurant/dive shops, and it's not known about the progress of the major developments on the islands (except for Morakot Island and Mirax Island).  Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem promise to be the largest.

New roads are being built, new housing developments are starting all the time.  And old buildings are being torn down and replaced with new and bigger buildings.

Not much news on the offshore oil drilling, but they have rented or purchased a lot of property in town.

Even the Wats  (Buddhist Temples) are doing a lot of construction.

Most importantly, Cambrew, the home of Angkor Beer (and soon Carlsberg Beer) has expanded, because the 24/7 schedule can't meet demand.

Probably some more, but it's too much to think of at one time.