The first guesthouse in Sen Monorom, Pich Kiri is still going strong, offering a hefty 50 rooms set at various price points.
The front desk is more than able to arrange both travel outside the Mondulkiri area and experiences within town. Catering to big tours and the backpacker crowd alike, owner Madame Deu's English (and French) skills and good feel for what appeals to foreign tourists has paid off. A Khmer design aesthetic means big rooms filled with ostentatiously huge wooden furniture, enormous mirrors and rather baroque paintings, as well as massive and comfortable beds. Bathrooms are clean and well maintained, and hot water is available. Cheaper wooden rooms set around an attractive central courtyard are on offer for the backpacker set, though if you can afford the extra $2 for a proper room, we’d thoroughly recommend it. The wooden chalets were dingy and had signs of damp, even at the height of the dry season. TVs come in every room, and internet is available at the front desk if you are aching to keep up on your email. A small restaurant offers breakfast specialties, including Western food.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: US$8, high season US$8. Notes: Wooden chalet. $10 for a fan-cooled room.
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: US$20, high season US$20. Notes:
National Route 76 (on the junction in the middle of town), Sen Monorom
T: (012) 932 192
(012) 883 987
Room rates: US$10 to 35