May 27 2013
Conveniently located close to Sihanoukville’s Ochheuteal and Serendipity beaches, Chansovannkiry Guest House is a budget base for a few days at the seaside. The Khmer-owned accommodation has a motel feel due to the large courtyard, which provides a safe place to park if you’ve arrived with a motorbike or car. You won’t get WiFi, a mini-bar or much in the way of sea views, but you will get a decent place to lay your head after a hard day at the beach.
While you shouldn’t expect fancy, Chansovannkiry does provide everything you’ll need for a pleasant enough stay in Sihanoukville — fan, wardrobe, cold water shower in a private bathroom, towels, Western-style flush toilet, TV and a blanket. Well, maybe you won’t need the blanket. The 18 tiled rooms are arranged over two floors, accessed from walkways and a central staircase. The rooms are a reasonable size, large enough to walk around without bumping your elbows on the wall or tripping over your companion, so you don’t feel like a crammed-in sardine. Upstairs rooms have a shared balcony with an oblique sea view. We paid just $8 for our double room.
There’s little in the way of services: the al fresco reception can book you a bus ticket, but you’ll need to step outside if you’re after WiFi, breakfast or tours. Happily, you won’t need to go far — there’s an exit to Beach Road through a small alley which brings you out by Ocean Walk Inn, just two minutes walk from the beach, while the gates lead out to Serendipity Road opposite the Coolabah Hotel. You’ll find restaurants, grocery stores and coffee shops in either direction, plus the beach.
Chansovannkiry’s clientele is a mix of Khmer families, cheapy expats and canny travellers, happy to make their own arrangements for food and travel in exchange for economical digs. If all the rooms are full here, or you want a choice of room style, try the Ocean Walk Inn next door.
Chansovannkiry Guest House
Serendipity Beach Road, Sangkat 4, Sihanoukville
T: (016) 646 555/ (097) 654 3335
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