Photo: Simple, rudimentary and special Mekong Bamboo Hut.

Mekong Bamboo Hut Guesthouse

Lovely, raw seclusion

Koh Pen Island, Kampong Cham T: (015) 905 620

Mekong Bamboo Hut Guesthouse

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Across the longest bamboo bridge in the world, on the prettiest of islands, you’ll find a quiet little hideaway that you may not want to leave. Mekong Bamboo Hut looks out over the Mekong from a series of roofed platforms on which are slung hammocks and a few mattresses for those who prefer them.

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The setting is simple, rudimentary, and somehow quite special. The owners, Helene and Max, bought the property a year ago, and have created a little home-like atmosphere, where meals, stories and experiences are shared. All the platforms are open-air, and the shared bathroom is clean and private.

An unexpected haven on an island on the Mekong -- your friends back home will hate you.

An unexpected haven on an island on the Mekong. Your friends back home will hate you.

They were in the midst of building a small, shaded pool to cool off in when we visited, right beside the recently-dug herb garden. Max and Helene work on the basis that they’re cooking for themselves, as they would at home, but everyone is welcome to join them and share in the meals.

Sharing stories, food, drink and friendships.

Sharing stories, food, drink and friendships.

The villages around the guesthouse are as pretty as any we’ve seen in Cambodia, and it’s well worth taking up the offer of bicycle hire for $1 a day to go and explore. They can also organise motorbike hire for $5. They can also help with arranging excursions in the city and around.

And the view.

And the view.

We loved the atmosphere here from the moment we set foot on the property. A small group of guests sitting at the communal table seemed more than thrilled with life, and were enjoying getting to know one another across the communal table. This is a place to connect, unwind, retreat a little. Highly recommended.

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Type of room, low and high season prices
Sgl fan share bathroom
No fan, mattress. Hammock only: $3.
Room: Sgl fan share bathroom, low season: US$6, high season US$6. Notes: No fan, mattress. Hammock only: $3.

Where is Mekong Bamboo Hut Guesthouse

Mekong Bamboo Hut Guesthouse
Koh Pen Island, Kampong Cham
T: (015) 905 620
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º27'18.15" E, 11º57'58.18" N
Room rates: Under US$10

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