Relaxed, with a decent rooftop bar
A strong backpacker option with an airy rooftop bar looking right on to the river and across to Koh Trong, Silver Dolphin offers rooms, a dorm, tours and tickets in English and French.
We were a little nonplussed, though, to have to wait to see the rooms because the owner was playing cards with his buddies, and so he hollered for his heavily pregnant wife to come out of wherever she was escaping from the heat, who, once mobilised and present, in turn hollered for the 10-year-old to take us around for a tour of the rooms. This would appear to be something of an habitual approach. Our last review very kindly described it as “friendly, but very laidback”. Perhaps we were hotter and grumpier on our most recent visit and failed to see the funny side. Nonetheless, it’s a 10-minute walk south of where the Phnom Penh bus drops you off, away from most of the other guesthouses in town. The rooms are basic and decent, with hot water showers. The dorm is on the rooftop, accessed through the bar, has big bunks and tiny lockers.
Address: Soramarith Quay (just below Street 12), Kratie
T: (092) 138 872; (012) 724 884;
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º1'5.16" E, 12º28'53.4" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm fan cooled||US$2||US$2|
|Dbl fan share bathroom||US$5||US$5|
|Dbl fan private bathroom||US$7||US$7|
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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