Budget backpacker option
Something of a hippy hangout, Paddy’s Bamboo Guesthouse is a popular choice with backpackers looking for a good place to meet other travellers or catch up on a game of pool.
Rooms are clean but not particularly nice -- they seem to have some water damage and the bathrooms are a bit grotty. The wooden upstairs rooms look like they might be the better option, despite the fact that you have to share the bathroom. The sheets are clean and it’s inexpensive, though, and the friendly staff go a long way in making up for any deficiencies in the rooms. They also offer bicycle rentals for $1 per day and have an affordable laundry service. The restaurant serves a range of Khmer and Western food, and there is a small souvenir and book shop for any last minute acquisitions you might need to make. They offer a wide range of tours, though we weren’t able to assess their quality. Their island tour, at $13, seems to be the cheapest available in town — though we’re not so sure cheap should be your primary criterion when heading out to sea.
Address: Chicken Farm Road, Koh Kong
T: (015) 533 223;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º59'7.69" E, 11º36'25.38" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan share bathroom||US$6||US$6|
|Sgl fan private bathroom||US$6||US$6|
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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