Sixty metres down the dirt road by the new bridge, Natural Bungalows offers a flashier stay than the name suggests.
Quality guest rooms are spread throughout wooden houses arranged in a large tropical garden with butterflies and fruit trees, making this a great family or couples stay. A shady bar and restaurant faces onto the river with views to Bokor mountain, and the resort also has its own mini beach, complete with lounging areas and a basketball hoop. It's not quite the laidback away-from-it-all vibe that you'll find further up the river, but it's more convenient for shopping and evenings in town, and a free tuk tuk shuttle service is provided. The well-sized rooms are distinctively decorated in shades of green and pink, with kitsch Khmer touches such as apsara paintings and pebble-finished bathrooms, although the showers are disappointingly standard electric affairs. If you're a light sleeper, try for a room furthest away from the bridge. A basic breakfast and WiFi are included in the price, but the rooms lack fridges or kettles. Service ranges from well-intentioned to slow, and you'll need a little patience with staff who are still learning English.
By Abigail Gilbert
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.