Reliable and oh so central
One of the longest-running of Kompong Thom’s hotels, the Arunras holds a soft spot in the minds of most people who pass through Kompong Thom on a regular basis because of its ability to deliver the basics in a consistent manner.
The hotel is huge (by local standards), with over 50 clean, spacious and well-maintained rooms done up in a pleasing, though somewhat dated style. Some of the rooms have baths for tired, templed-out bones, though we’re not sure how often those baths really get used. One side has balconies, which will lend more light, and look out to Sereipheap Street. This is likely to be noisier, especially on the lower floors. Facilities include free WiFi, clean, hot water bathrooms, TV and, at least in the rooms we were shown, art on the wall—though not 3D art, you’ll have to head to SCH for that.
The staff were helpful and spoke good English. They will be able to help you with any forward travel or sight-seeing arrangements that you need and they can put you in touch with a motorcycle rental guy ($8 a day). Fan-cooled rooms go for $6 to $8, air-con ones are $12 to $14. Overall this is an inoffensive and reliable spot with an uber-central location. As far as we could tell the hotel cannot be booked online, but the chances of it actually being full ... ever ... are quite low, so just show up.
The very popular restaurant downstairs serves up an vast menu of Khmer and some Western food. As the principal hub for traffic between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, we can’t imagine how many meals they turn out every single day, and while the food won’t earn them any Michelin stars, it is a reliable option for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Address: Corner National Route 6 and Sereipheap St, Kompong Thom
T: (012) 836 107; (092) 316 070;
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º53'18.7" E, 12º42'41.06" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan private bathroom|
Up to $8
|Dbl air-con private bathroom|
Up to $14
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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