Gay Tourism: Cambodia?

Gay Friendly Cambodia? Yes! I found Cambodia a very tolerant country towards gay tourism!

Cambodia still lacks of an openly GLBT legislation, but I have to admit I easily found gay and gay friendly structures very happy to welcome gay tourism! You have already read about my stay at Arthur and Paul in Phnom Penh.

It was a surprise to find another amazing gay friendly resort around Sihanoukville: The Secret Garden in Otres Beach.

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden is a beautiful small resort located in a quiet tropical garden overlooking Otres Beach, just in front of the marina.

Otres Beach is a very long sandy strip: you can enjoy a walk of around 4 kilometres along its golden sand! Otres is divided in 2 long parts: Otres 1 is slightly more crowded with guesthouses, beach huts, and beach bars (of course); soon after,  another long strip of public beach culminates in the beautiful tropical Otres 2, where The Secret Garden is situated. From Otres Beach you can enjoy amazing views of the sunset going down into the ocean… very romantic!!!

I had a very warm welcome at the Secret Garden: I was really surprised by the warmth and friendliness of all the staff! I felt really like at home during the whole duration of my stay!

I was lodged in the master bungalow, in the middle of the tropical garden, featuring a patio with orchids and other beautiful flowers! As soon as you enter the bungalow you are immersed in the tropical atmosphere: the scented oil aromatherapy you smell as soon as you enter your room is a nice delicate touch!

The bungalow was very quiet, clean, comfortable and overall very well equipped: excellent Wi-fi, beautiful en-suite, clean beach towels… even a beach bag to carry over my stuff to the beach! What could I ask more?

Of course, my favorite feature of the resort was the amazing swimming pool! Refreshing during the day, heated up during the night, for a cheeky overnight swim.

The resort is just in front of the most secluded part of Otres beach: it has a private area on the beach with cushioned beach chairs from where to enjoy gorgeous views, especially around sunset! If you want to get away from people, there’s a park just a short walk up the beach with beautiful white sand and mostly deserted.


Well… I fell in love with The Secret Garden and its way to deal with gay tourism! If you want more information, just email me, and I will be more than happy to help you out! I hope you will love with the place, just as I did!

Date of last visit: November 2015

One thought on “Gay Tourism: Cambodia – The Secret Garden”

  1. Hey beautiful honcho, grrat article. My question is the almost deserted beach from The Secret Garden (Otres Beach). You said it’s up the beach, ok but which direction from the Secret Garden? If you facimg the sea, right or left? Thanks amigo. Cheers

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