An urban retreat
Banlung’s first “urban” style hotel, Yeakloam is a smart, sophisticated set-up and also the town’s first full-service hotel. Yeakloam offers a pool, restaurant, rooftop bar, spa and stylish rooms with all mod-cons, including safety box, baths, flat screen TVs etc.
Geared towards Phnom Penh’s emerging middle-class, it’s also pretty good value. The nine-storey building holds 70 rooms, all done in a formal, almost masculine, style with clean, strong lines and a refreshingly understated appeal. The bathrooms are beautiful, with slate back walls, showers and baths.
Downstairs, a huge pool, with attached kids’ pool, is partially shaded and therefore will offer a cooling relief from the sun, while all the way at the top, the Sky Bar has stunning views across the whole town and beyond. The spa wasn’t open yet when we visited in May 2016, but should be online soon. Those desperate for a massage in the meantime would do well to drop in to Mean Mean Guesthouse next door, where a powerful pummelling awaits. Even if you’re not planning on staying, it’s worth a drop-in, either to use the pool ($5 for non-guests), or take in a sundowner on the roof. We have a feeling the prices below may be negotiable at quieter times of year.
Address: 1-167 Street 29, Ou Kan
T: (011) 974 975; (016) 974 975;
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º59'23" E, 13º44'27" N
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Room rates: US$35 to 75
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room|
Add $10 for twin, $20 for triple.
|Deluxe double room|
Add $10 for twin.
Add $50 for twin.
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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