Snazzier than the average bear
A brand new operation as of 2016, and set up by the same team that created Coral Beach (which we are told will re-open in 2017), Kactus was the smartest set-up we found on Koh Ta Kiev, though still firmly within the same price range as its peers.
Sitting at the end of a white, sandy beach, which will pick up fabulous sunsets between October and March, Kactus has a series of two-tier wooden bungalows that are open-fronted for sea views (at the cost of privacy). The bungalows are solidly built, and simply decorated with grass walls, wood-frame beds, mosquito nets, and a “balcony” with papasans for comfortable evening sundowners before joining everyone in the bar. The dorms are clean and open-fronted, with wide comfortable beds.
With a big sunning and chill-out platform looking out to sea, perfect also for live music, the circular bar has social written all over it. The restaurant serves up meals they take enormous pride in, including French and Italian dishes. You need to get your orders in early for dinner.
Boats for Kactus leave at 11:00 from in front of Wish You Were Here on Otres 1 every day.
Address: The Other Side Beach, Koh Ta Kiev
T: (071) 507 1071;
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º35'47" E, 10º28'44.04" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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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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