A good, family orientated hideaway
Les Manguiers is a hidden away riverside retreat a couple of kilometres north of the new bridge, and is, to our eyes, the best family resort in Kampot.
Arriving there is something of an experience, as the first things you are likely to spot are the sheep — a very rare sight in Cambodia — whose job appears to be to keep the extensive, shady lawns clipped. A range of separate buildings, each with unique decor and prices, dot the riverside landscape, all centred by a large open-air building that houses the restaurant and bar. While accommodation is available in the main two-storey house at the north end of the property, the best option here is the wooden houses spread throughout, you guessed it, a mango grove. The last time we visited, they were fully booked, so we couldn’t get in to see the rooms again. However, on first inspection we found these bungalows to be spacious, private and countryside cute — but some of the cold water bathrooms are disappointing. The larger two- and three-bedroom stilt houses are newer and more chic, with lounge areas great for families. A dining area and several wooden porches for lounging hang over the river, facing the sunset.
The more active will be keen to hire the kayaks, which are available to scoot around on the river, and if your timing’s right, the river is aglow with phosphorescence at night making for a special swimming experience. Les Manguiers is perhaps a little overpriced for the standard, particularly given its isolation, but if you’re after a few sleepy days by the river you could do far worse. Popular with Phnom Penh expat families, it can get busy on weekends -- especially holiday weekends -- when the kids compete with the geese in the noisy stakes.
Address: A couple of km north of Kampot
T: (092) 330 050; (012) 823 400;
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º10'9.08" E, 10º37'37.34" N
See position in Apple or Google Maps: Apple Maps | Google Maps
Room rates: US$10 to 35
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan share bathroom|
In main house
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||US$34||US$34|
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.
Browse hotels on Agoda
Provided by Travelfish partner Agoda.
Our top 10 places to stay in and around Kampot