Attached to the slightly longer-running Bamboo Restaurant, Bamboo Backpacker offers rooms at the back that are small and windowless, but super-cheap with prices starting at $3.
The furniture is all rattan, and the walls are bamboo, which would be lovely in larger rooms, but can close the space a little bit around you. On the other hand, the owner, Leakhana, is lovely, very helpful and the property is very centrally located. It’s also attached to Banlung’s only specifically vegetarian restaurant, which offers up an extensive menu of Khmer and Western dishes. All can be cooked up with tofu, vegetarian meat, or just good old vegetables.
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm fan cooled||US$3||US$3|
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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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