Top jungle living
Ten103 Treehouse Bay is named after the latitude and longitude location of the camp, which you may need because with so much surrounding jungle it’s barely visible from offshore. Hidden among the barely-contained jungle, and overlooking its own corner of the beach, Ten 103’s treehouse bungalows offer a sense of seclusion while never being far from the beach, or the bar.
Looking a little like they were made from bits of flotsam off the beach, and sporting names like Crabshack and Flying Fox, each bungalow is different from the others. But they work exceedingly well in their makeshift simplicity, offering breezy views of the beach and surrounding jungle. Those with a balcony enjoy gorgeous evening sunsets, and one larger one even has its own, open-air ensuite toilet, looking right out to sea, giving one’s mornings a whole new perspective.
There’s also a dorm room that is open-fronted towards the sea, and all of the amazing views that entails. The shared bathrooms are clean but about as simple as possible, with scoop showers and squat toilets, and are a bit of a walk from the most distant accommodation.
There’s a definitely rustic vibe about the place and the bungalows are relatively expensive for what they are. However, it’s very friendly — the staff were fantastically helpful when we last visited — with a lounging area looking out to sea, a circular great for sunset cocktails and chats, and just one large table in the small restaurant.
Despite its seclusion, Ten103 is a culinary hotspot, run by an Italian and American chef. The pair turn out homemade breads, pastas and pastries using the wood-fired oven they’ve built. They’ve a regular menu and a handful of specials per day that are usually around $7-8 but large enough to sate even the healthiest of appetites.
Address: Long Beach, Koh Ta Kiev
T: (097) 943 7587;
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º35'16.75" E, 10º29'15.82" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm fan cooled|
$7 for a hammouck with a mosquito net and a thatch roof
|Bungalow fan share bathroom|
$25 for a bigger hut with balcony
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
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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