Taking it easy is easy at The Drift, a relaxed, backpacker friendly little spot just along from the pier on M’Pai Bei.
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Run by a Dane, Kristian, this little guesthouse, restaurant and bar has a small dorm overlooking the bay, as well as private rooms, all prettily decorated.
The rooms are simple and unassuming, but so are the prices. The bathrooms are cold water showers, with the one downstairs offering far better water pressure, so if you don't mind wandering through the bar in your towel, we’d recommend that.
The bar/restaurant downstairs are where this place really shines. It’s just the right size for guests to either be quiet over a drink and a book, or for groups to drift together for long, easy sessions of sharing and fun. The food is excellent, including build your own burgers, which we duly did and adored. Kristian has spent his year on KRS exploring all the routes through the forests behind the village and offers guided tours along the trails, which we can highly recommend not just because of Kristian’s skills, but also because the forests here are alive with birds. They’re some of the loveliest we’ve seen in Cambodia.
They also hold movie nights, have a small collection of books for exchange, and regular events. The Drift is a solid recommendation for anyone visiting M’Pai Bei and looking for budget accommodation with less of the hard-core party vibe you might find at larger establishments.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Dorm fan cooled, low season: US$7, high season US$7. Notes:
Room: Dbl fan share bathroom, low season: US$15, high season US$15. Notes:
M’Pai Bei, Koh Rong Samloem
T: (096) 589 7493
Room rates: Under US$10