Enjoy a lush setting with a refreshing pool
Tropical gardens bursting with flowers, pretty chalets with romantically decorated rooms, a moderately-sized shady pool and a modern restaurant in a traditional Khmer villa: this is Kompong Thom’s Sambor Village.
When someone first mentioned that Kompong Thom now has a boutique hotel, many eyebrows had to be retrieved from the ceilings of Siem Reap; but it’s not just there, it’s booming. With limited rooms, the resort is popular with tour groups and we would strongly recommend booking well in advance in the high season—even if it is not a terrific value proposition.
Rooms are in duplex concrete chalets scattered through the above-mentioned lovely gardens. Rooms are of a good size, with a decent four poster bed with a draped mosquito net, bedside lamps, a desk, minibar, air-con and a standing fan. Other facilities include tea and coffee making equipment and free WiFi (which works). Each room also has a small deck also furnished with a table and chair setting, where, depending on your room, you can enjoy a view of the garden. The bathroom is modern and clean, though ours came with no complimentary amenities (nor bum gun!).
The restaurant is set in a Khmer style wooden house overlooking the pool, with an open-air lounge setting downstairs and upstairs given over to a spacious terrace restaurant. This upper floor is also where a quite decent breakfast buffet is served. Both western and Khmer dishes are on offer and our dinner here was good—try the roast eggplant with pork. Drinks, including a selection of cocktails are also reasonably priced.
Owned by the same team behind Villa Langka in Phnom Penh, Sambor Village is popular with tour groups and we got the feeling that the staff, while not unfriendly, certainly preferred dealing with tour groups rather than individual travellers. Service and information given was given short and shrift, but not quite to the point of rudeness. The resort can arrange sunset boat trips, but only when there is enough water in the river—in February we were told not possible.
Coming straight off the back of inspecting a bunch of hotels in Phnom Penh around the $50 bracket, Sambor Village did not strike us as a great value proposition (shop around online and you may find a slightly lower rate, rates vary a bit day to day it seems, with some discounts for booking well in advance)—but if you would really prefer a pool and like an environment where near all the guests may be in tour groups, then, if it fits with your budget, go for it.
Address: Democrat St, Kompong Thom
T: (062) 961 391; (017) 924 612 ;
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º53'43.04" E, 12º42'39.2" N
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Room rates: US$35 to 75
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||US$48||US$51|
|Deluxe double room||US$72||US$76|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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