Kompong Chhnang has some surprisingly good, and also some surprisingly cheap, places to stay, mostly at the southern end of the central square, to the southeast along the road to Phnom Penh, and on a side street over to the southwest. There's one place north of the P'sar Leu and only one spot on the river itself.
This is the shining star of Kompong Chhnang Guesthouse scene -- actually, it would the shining star of any guest house scene anywhere in southeast Asia. It's in a quiet and attractive location, on well-tended grounds, with a staff that speaks English and French. There's a wide variety of rooms to choose from, with options available to make them friendly to everyone's budget, and the rooms -- this... Read our full review of Sohka's Guest House.
This is the first of the budget guesthouses along the road to Phnom Penh, on the left past the Sovannphum Hotel. There's a bougainvillea-filled courtyard out front of the scrappy little building, which does feature a kind of a second floor terrace. But the real reason to stay here the price -- the cheapest rooms in town. They're cramped and not particularly clean, but it gets high marks on one... Read our full review of Bopha Angkor Guesthouse.
This is the third of the budget places along the road to Phnom Penh, just past the Phkay Proeunk. It has a similar courtyard and terrace, and the rooms here are much the same -- basic, shabby, budget rooms -- but not quite as nice as their nearest neighbour, making it a fall-back option. They also offer internet service here at the very pricey price of 400 riel per minute -- head into town for... Read our full review of Holiday Guest House.
This place on the road to Phnom Penh, just past the super-low-budget Bopha, offers basic fan rooms that are much like the ones at the Rithisen Hotel on the river, but without the advantage of being close to the river. The only advantage here is the addition of teeny, tiny, TV sets. The friendly staff explained that Phkay Proeunk is Khmer for 'morning star,' which gives it a slight advantage over... Read our full review of Phkay Proeunk Guest House.
Located about 500 metres north of P'sar Leu along the road towards the river, this is the kind of place that can be politely described as 'ambitious.' It's new, and too big to really be supported by the trickle of tourists coming through here, and the location is a bit ill-conceived -- in a lonely courtyard, not very convenient to much of anything. But the rooms are quite nice -- tile floors,... Read our full review of Somrongsen Hotel.
Another 'new kid in town' is shooting for business travellers -- they offer a meeting room on the fourth floor (unfortunately, no lift). The rooms are really quite decent -- it helps that they are new, of course, so they look and feel fresh and clean. All of them have air-con, cable TV, and private hot-water baths and all the rooms are essentially the same. Check out the Sokha Guesthouse, though,... Read our full review of Sovannphum Hotel.
Shabby rooms with stained walls, a crummy courtyard full of mean barking dogs and piles of neglected construction debris. It's as if Sokha's Guest House next door sucked all the energy out of this place and left the laws of entropy to run rampant and unchecked. Could be some sort of rift in the time-space continuum, but, a more prosaic explanation is more plausible: Sokha's is just so good the... Read our full review of Nana Guesthouse.
It's a shame that the only place on the river is such a dump. All the rooms are fan doubles with windows of one description or another, but you'll find better basic accommodation closer to town, and for the same price or a few dollars more, really excellent value for your money. The only advantage here is that the riverside food stalls, along with the port for the local and tour boats, are within... Read our full review of Rithisen Hotel.