Located right in the middle of town. It will be on your right side as you head towards the bull monument. T: (088) 721 9991, (097) 474 4528
Popular with backpackers young and old as well as NGO volunteers, Sovannkiri Guesthouse is conveniently located in the centre of downtown Sen Monorom. You might come for the low rates and great location, but you’ll stay for the great service, laidback atmosphere and lip-smackingly delicious food.
While a number of budget-priced Western-orientated guesthouses are found on the outskirts of town, Sovannkiri is one of the few located within walking distance of everything this quaint little town has to offer. As you come into town from Highway 7, it will be on your right next to the Khmer Kitchen Restaurant. (If you hit the crossroads with the bull monument, you’ve gone too far.) If you enjoy an evening stroll, you really can’t ask for a better location.
Rooms are basic, but clean and well maintained. The best choice for the budget conscience, single rooms start at just $5 ($7 if you opt for hot water, which we highly recommend as nights can get quite chilly). Double rooms are $7 ($9 with hot water). All rooms are fan-cooled and include WiFi and TVs with multiple English-language channels. Beds are comfy with heavy blankets to keep you warm on chilly nights. As with much of the accommodation in Sen Monorom, no air-con rooms are available, but it’s a rare night indeed when it’s needed.
In addition to the guesthouse, they have an inviting restaurant and bar area which is a great spot to watch life in the streets go by. Tuck into a solid breakfast here, starting from just $2.00; try the Sovannkiri Breakfast if you’re the type who likes to start off the day with a well stuffed belly. Dinners also start at $2.00 and they have $0.75 beers for happy hour from 16:00 to 18:00. In the evenings, as the sun starts to go down, the bar is thoughtfully illuminated with pleasant, colourful lights just bright enough to eat by, but dim enough to lend a cosy atmosphere.
Sovannkiri Guesthouse is owned by a friendly and helpful Australian guy named Calumn and his Khmer wife Sopheak. If you have any questions about the town, tours, or onward travel, don’t hesitate to ask. They are a wealth of information and happy to help you book any tickets or tours you might need.
If you are looking for a place with a true backpacker bungalow feel, you may be better off choosing Nature Lodge on the outskirts of the town. Overall though, Sovannkiri is great value for the money and recommended.
By Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on 23rd August, 2014.