Lovely, raw seclusion
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Address: Koh Pen Island, Kampong Cham
T: (015) 905 620;
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º27'18.15" E, 11º57'58.18" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Sgl fan share bathroom|
No fan, mattress. Hammock only: $3.
Nicky Sullivan is an Irish freelance writer (and aspiring photographer). She has lived in England, Ireland, France, Spain and India, but decided that her tribe and heart are in Cambodia, where she has lived since 2007 despite repeated attempts to leave. She dreams of being as tough as Dervla Murphy, but fears there may be a long way to go. She can’t stand whisky for starters. She was a researcher, writer and coordinator for The Angkor Guidebook: Your Essential Companion to the Temples, now one of the best-selling guidebooks to the temples.
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