Sunday Snapshot | Cambodian Calamari Lady | Sihanoukville

Calamari Lady


The beaches of Sihanoukville in Cambodia are known for two things: Captivating beauty and hawkers. It is easy to forget that you are situated in paradise when hundreds of Khmer people, both young and old, approach you begging and pleading you to purchase whatever item they are selling. Harassment on the main beach of Serendipity has gotten so bad that people are beginning to avoid it all together, forgetting that these individuals are just trying to make a living.


Just 20 minutes away on the lesser developed beach of Otres the vibe is completely different. The hawkers smile and joke with you, rarely pursuing a sale any further if you give a courteous ‘no thank you”. It is easy to spend the entire day laying on the sand, and conveniently there is no need to move away from the water’s edge – not even to eat.


This lady walks up and down the beach with a welcoming grin permanently etched on her face. She sells fresh calamari. For $3 she will barbecue 10 delectable pieces right there on the sand and season them with lime, salt and pepper. Ignoring any hygiene concerns, we could not help but become her number one customers during our two weeks there. South East Asia is famous for its street food, but here on Otres Beach, we fell more in love with the beach food.



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1 Comment

  1. Hi Dan,

    Lovely shot, and it reminds me so much of our days in Sihanoukville. A bit dodgy at times, from what I saw, but only if you stayed out too late or ventured into no man’s land in this spot. Almost all of the people there were super kind, and so friendly…..and as for the hawkers, hey, it’s like visiting Bali. Culturally, these people are programmed to persist.

    Some don’t go for the hard sell but others are masters of psychology.

    They will beg you until you give in.

    Turns many folks off, but it also creates a bunch of sales too. Hey I can’t blame them. I know myself that I either buy stuff I’m interested in or say “No thank you” with a bright, wide smile, and then I stop talking…..they leave me alone in seconds, wanting me to open my mouth again :)

    Thanks so much.

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