Insanely cheap and great vibe
We had to do a double-take when the owner told us the prices she’s charging for this place.
With dorms at $1.50, and rooms for $3 to $4 depending on size, we though we’d surely misheard, especially as we’d already had a look at the rooms. You’re not going to get palatial at these prices, but they were clean, with intact sheets, the dorms have mosquito nets, sockets and a light available to each bed (generally shared with the bed next door) and on top of that, literally, there’s a great rooftop bar, the site of many a happy session.
The restaurant serves a small selection of Khmer and Western food at prices that match, including burgers from $2, an omelette for $1, and stir-fried noodles with meat for $2. It’s hard to beat. The owner speaks good English and was very welcoming and friendly. Moreover, you’re in the middle of town, without being in the thick of the traffic. We’d stay there even if budget wasn’t compelling us to do so.
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm fan cooled||US$2||US$2|
|Dbl fan share bathroom|
Cold water. Slightly larger room $4.
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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