A treasure trove

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There are so many elements to this place that it’s impossible to keep track.

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In fact you could cheerfully spend an afternoon browsing through the extraordinary shop of gloriously tasteful odds, ends, bits, pieces, appurtenances and miscellanea, before repairing to the Libations Bar for a stem or two of Champagne, which goes remarkably well home-made rilettes, and then floating on upstairs to your room. They only have three, each one completely unique and decorated with furnishings, hangings and art that the Australian owners have collected through decades of happy ramblings through Asia. One features a carved Indonesian bed fit surely for a young princess - or at least that’s how we felt when we slept in it, and we haven’t felt like a young princess for about 30 years - while the others boast super-comfy king and queen size beds, and this is where you really start to notice and feel the differences. The sheets are super high quality cotton, the kind you usually luxuriate in at far higher prices. Breakfast was another revelation as we were hard-pressed to imagine where else in Cambodia we might be served caramelised fig jam. Bric-a-Brac is as unique as its owners, a textile artist and a cookbook author, whose joint creativity and inspirations have also led to an award for their lavish book, The Burma Cookbook, as the World’s Best Asian Cookbook from the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for 2015.

Contact details for Bric-a-Brac

Address: #112 Street 2, Battambang
T: (077) 531 562, (077) 531 549;  
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º11'53.88" E, 13º6'1.8" N
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Room rates: US$75 to 150

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Standard double room US$125 US$125

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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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Lux Guesthouse

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Star Hotel

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