Photo: Dirt road travelling near Sen Monorom.

Eat and meet

Sen Monorom

Sen Monorom is not famed across Cambodia for its vibrant nightlife. There are a few restaurants scattered across town, but generally Sen Monorom goes to bed very early.


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Sen Monorom
T: (097) 939 8266

In 2014, Phat Gecko combined with Happy Elephant Bungalows and moved to a new location a bit further from the main drag. Coming from downtown, make a left at the roundabout with the bull monument and head straight past the major crossroad. Once you pass the local pagoda, you’ll find it on the right hand side. Genial owner Mr Mot has set up a legitimate Southeast Asian hippie shack in the wilds... Read our full review of Phat Gecko and Happy Elephant Bungalows.

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Main street in Sen Monorom
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The Green House is one of Sen Monorom's few backpacker hang-out spots, perhaps explained by the tourist offices that operate off the premises. There's a very simple food menu -- the Khmer-style green curry was perfectly fine, as were the fried noodles -- and a slightly more complicated drink menu, featuring a range of surprisingly complex cocktails. Mood-lit and constructed largely out of bamboo,... Read our full review of Green House.

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Main street in Sen Monorom
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Khmer Kitchen is probably the most foreigner-friendly Khmer joint on Sen Monorom's main drag, with a large English-language menu and a reassuringly clean interior. The menu has been lifted wholesale from possible Phnom Penh restaurant Frizz -- I remain unsure if this was approved by the Frizz people -- but Frizz has good food and Khmer Village, thankfully, has followed suit. The beef loc-lac is... Read our full review of Khmer Kitchen.

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Main street, in Sen Monorom, they are on the left as you head toward the bull monument.

Serving up coffee, tea, and a variety of cakes, the Hefalump cafe is a great place to stop by and get some information about the town. A collaboration of four local NGOs including the Elephant Valley Project, Srae Y Nature Tourism Adventure, Dei Ey, and the Sam Veasna Center for bird watching; they are focused on giving back to the local community while practicing responsible tourism. A... Read our full review of Hefalump Cafe.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Sen Monorom? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Cambodia.


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