One of the many sewage and drainage pipes on what used to be one of Cambodia's nicest beaches. Photo: YouTube

Ochheuteal Beach, a once pristine stretch of sand in Sihanoukville near Cambodia’s only deep-sea port, is now polluted with waste from the massive influx of Chinese tourism. A video highlighting the problem has gone viral in Cambodia, but remains unreported in the local media.

Casinos, hotels and condos have sprung up along what was only recently an almost untouched coastline that was once voted one of the world’s most beautiful bays. But massive Chinese investment and development, with little if any infrastructure and lax enforcement of environmental laws, has left an indelible stain on one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful coastlines.

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