Basic but relaxing
Sok San Village, Koh Rong, western side T: (092) 676 646
If it's all about location, then these 14 beach bungalows at the beginning of seven kilometres of white sand and turquoise sea have got it made being the only bungalows based on the beach.
The mattresses won't win any awards for size or bounciness, but the perfect view from your bedroom porthole more than makes up for that. Embracing the ethos of basic, with a concrete-floored ensuite bathroom per bungalow, there's not much to do other than read, eat, swim and walk to the end of the pier and back to see how far it is, then plonk yourself on your veranda. The bungalows came under new management in late 2014 and the owner happily provided us with a torch, mosquito coils, battery-powered fan at night (there's no power overnight elsewhere in the village) and free welcome drink. Design-wise the bungalows look worn and weathered, though the practical touches meant we ended up more comfortable here than at pricier places elsewhere. They'd also just bought a washing machine should you be in desperate need of laundry to be done. The attached restaurant is reasonable value with a standard selection of Khmer dishes, seafood and the obligatory pancakes. Though sunrise facing, the light did some pretty things come sunset. If Sok San is full, we'd look to Angkor Chom as the other alternative. Recommended.
By Caroline Major
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.