Stylish and rather ingenious
We certainly did not expect to find this near the top of Kirirom Mountain. vKirirom Pine Resort is at the end of long, winding, pine-scented roads that give way to a huge property where you can choose to stay at a smart, poolside bungalow, camp out in a tent, spend the night in a converted concrete pipe, check out one of their luxury safari tents, or try out one of their wooden Khmer cottages.
Everything has been very carefully planned out, and we were flabbergasted to discover that even the outdoor showers, for the camping, concrete pipes and Khmer cottages, were plumbed in so that you can enjoy hot or cold showers.
Even the tents all come with a mattress, pillows and blankets, so you really don’t need to bring anything with you, except perhaps a torch.
The safari tents are all set up on platforms, and come with double beds and ensuite bathrooms. They are so stylishly furnished, you can hardly believe you’re in a tent. The Khmer cottages face each other along a small alley in the pines, and offer a compact space with twin beds. They don’t have doors as such, though there are safes, so if you have large valuables you may want to consider something else.
The concrete pipes have been very cleverly adapted to fit one bed, which you crawl onto once you open the PVC door.
A large restaurant sits at the centre of it all, serving a selection of mainly Khmer dishes, though we were told that some Western dishes are available. Prices ranged from $6 upwards for mains. They grow a lot of their own food — including strawberries! — in a large garden and glasshouse within the main grounds.
They specialise in corporate team-building exercises, but you can also hire mountain bikes, hit the trails, or set up your own game of volleyball if the mood takes you.
Address: Phnom Srouch district
T: (078) 777 343; (078) 777 346;
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º3'54" E, 11º19'0.1" N
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Room rates: US$10 to 35
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
Tent with shared bathroom. With private bathroom: $72.
|Bungalow fan share bathroom|
|Standard double room|
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
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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