Jan 30 2011
Just when you thought it was gone, new accommodation has begun to rise from the ashes of Otres beach in Sihanoukville. Done Right opened in December and is a beautiful example of sustainable building and responsible business in Cambodia.
Done Right existed in a previous incarnation on Otres Beach, but was bulldozed last year as part of the Otres Beach “development” project. They returned in November to build an even better guesthouse that is both socially responsible and aesthetically impressive.
They’re currently in the midst of building geo dome bungalows using local materials and builders who are paid a fair wage. They’re also helping people in the community learn to build the structures themselves. Because the geo domes are sturdier and less expensive than typical housing, they would be particularly useful to the many evicted villagers around Otres who are still living in temporary structures.
Another feature is the use of cans and bottles–which they pay locals 100 riel to bring over–as building materials. They’ve made their bar out of empty beer cans, their kitchen out of empty beer bottles, and the bathrooms from blue Bombay Sapphire bottles to stunning effect.
The guesthouse, jointly run by a Swede and an American-Canadian couple, is part of a larger project focused on sustainable living and production. The masterminds behind Done Right work with local villages to produce products created in an ethical way and with a focus on contributing to the community.
After all of the reports of Otres’ demise, Done Right’s return is breathing new and interesting life into the area that is benefiting both stylish backpackers and the local community.
Done Right, directly behind Otres Beach, Sihanoukville. T: 097 936 1441 doneright.se
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