Charming quasi-camping in a serene location
What we say:
The Nature Lodge is Sen Monorom's most popular hotel, run by an Israeli-Khmer couple with a good grasp on what makes the backpacker set tick. Bungalows at a number of price points and sizes are set in a fenced-in field with horses, cattle, and dogs running free on the premises. It's all rather like going to Camp Cambodia. This is one of two or three places in Mondulkiri with something approximating a lively bar atmosphere, including a pool table and a rotating selection of generally convivial fellow-travelers. Social types and those traveling with children will appreciate the welcoming atmosphere. The attached restaurant has the most extensive Western menu in the province, with a good selection of sandwiches, Asian dishes, burgers, Israeli meals, and desserts, The owners can arrange treks, excursions to nearby waterfalls, and transport to and from Phnom Penh and elsewhere in the region. Rooms are simple cabin-style accommodations, and come in a range of sizes. Come here expecting a close to nature experience instead of all the mod-cons, and you'll have a good time-- and there are hot showers. All the rooms have electrical outlets, while WiFi is available in the main eating and reception area. Families and groups will be interested in the larger lodges and cabins. Note that if you're sharing accommodations, the attached bathrooms in the smaller bungalows have a wholly inadequate-for-privacy curtain in lieu of a door.
Contact details:Ways outside of town - taxi and moto drivers know where. T: (073) 690 0442, (012) 230 272
Email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
What we were quoted
|Type of room||Low season||High season||Notes|
|Standard - Double||10 USD||15 USD||Dbl fan private bathroom, upto $18|
|Superior - Double||15 USD||20 USD||Twin cabin|
|Deluxe- Double||30 USD||40 USD||Triple lodge|
|Family room||40 USD||50 USD||Wooden family house|
Added to Travelfish on: 8th May, 2009
Last visited or updated on: 12th May, 2012
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Rated 3 out of 5
Based on 1 ratings and 1 reviews
Really disappointing, though could be quite promising
We stayed here over fully-booked busy New Years which could explain the terrible service we got, but considering the number of messups, I still wouldn't recommend this place despite it's beauty and the importance of it's positive impact on eco-tourism in the area. We booked 2 days advance, and the manager called the night before asking us to delay our arrival because she accidentally gave our room away to somebody else. We had bus tickets, so went up anyway, and she did put us in a tent, free of charge. The next day we left on a $100 2-day overnight trek in the jungle with an ''experienced, English speaking guide.'' Our guide forgot matches and couldn't make fire, so after dinner on the first day we didnt have any food until 4pm the next day. He also set-up camp in the ''deep, remote jungle'' by a beautiful waterfall, and an hour later we were greeted by 20 local youth who came by their moto to swim with us. Apparently we were only a few kilometers from a village, certainly not in any remote area, which is annoying though certainly not as bad as hiking on a hungry tummy all day. On return we shared our experiences with the manager, who didn't offer any apology, nor any compensatory gesture for a $100 trek gone bad. She only said, ''Ah, yes, he is a young guide, and still learning.'' Worse: we were eager to check into our reserved en-suite bungalow, but, alas, she had given that away, too. We had hoped to stay a few more nights to enjoy the area, but returned to Phnom Penh the following morning, quite disappointed by their lack of service. So, overall, beautiful place, friendly travelers, but run by people with zero management skills.
Nature Lodge reviewed by naomio (Total reviews: 7) on
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