Near the water
Set right on the Preak Piphot River, Dun Bunleng has a couple of brick, ensuite rooms that are bright and cool.
As everywhere, they’re still pretty basic, but if being near the water turns you on, then this is a good option that is still very close to the centre of the village.
It’s down a small track behind the buildings and businesses that front the main street. This is where you start to see what Cambodian villages actually look like as the litter-free main drag gives way to a heavily-littered mess, which was disappointing, if unsurprising. There’s a bare-boarded day bed overlooking the water, which nonetheless looks like a nice spot for evening beers and a picnic — the sunsets along here are lovely. There are no restaurant and bar facilities, but you’re only a few minutes’ walk from the CBET centre and other shops and restaurants.
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||US$7||US$7|
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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