The Koh Sdach Meanchey Guest House (the signs mostly just read Mean Chey Guesthouse) is one of two Cambodian-run guesthouses on the island.
It has two sets of bungalows -- small, windowless wooden affairs by the karaoke bar and water, and baby blue concrete cinderblocks up on the hill, almost out of earshot of the karaoke. We strongly recommend the blue houses on the hill over the wooden beachfront affairs -- unless you have industrial strength earplugs. The concrete rooms are very clean with mosquito nets, private bathrooms with squat toilets and cold water showers. There’s a Cambodian restaurant at the foot of the property and next door the restaurant Yvonne -- still mainly Cambodian, with a foreigner working there and a Cambodian staff member who knows a handful of words in English. Duong Chai Guesthouse trumps Meanchey for its accommodation, though if being somewhere where there’s at least a chance you can communicate in a European language with someone nearby is important and you want a restaurant on site, then pick Meanchey.
Address: Ko Sdach
T: (011) 788 852; (011) 979 797 ;
Room rates: US$10 to 35
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan private bathroom||US$15||US$15|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||US$20||US$20|
Caroline swapped the drizzle of Old Blighty for the dazzling sunshine of Siem Reap and she spends most weekends cycling the temple-studded terrain that she can call her backyard.
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