Where to eat and drink: Anlong Veng

Anlong Veng: Where to eat and drink

There’s not much going on here in the way of hang-outs, and good luck if you’re hit with an overwhelming urge for a latte.

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However, if good, solid local food is your thing, then Kim Hour’s place just north of the roundabout is a great stop. Kim herself will very likely be there, and the young owner speaks excellent English. Her welcome is as warm as you could hope for, and she’s also helpful if you have any questions. The sign is not in English, but as you’re going north of the roundabout, you’ll see two restaurants side by side, and Kim Hour is the first one. They serve traditional Cambodian food, with plenty of noodles, soups, stir-fries and omelettes to keep you going, all to be washed down with lashings of coffee with sweet milk. Prices range from $1.50 to $3.50 for most dishes, and the coffee is 75c. She opens from 06:00 until 17:00.

If you think you need more exotic fare, then you could head up to Choam and the Sangam Resort & Casino. This has numerous, pricey, restaurants offering food from China, Japan and Europe. The restaurants vary, from the insanely expensive Chinese restaurant, all decked out in heavy wooden furniture designed to bolster fragile egos, where you’ll find dishes selling for up to $65 all the way down to a sort of canteen that looks not unlike a bus station, where you can pick up pizzas and fast food at more reasonable prices. In between, there is a mid-priced Thai restaurant and a grill. Outside, there’s also a large beer garden, where they sometimes have concerts and it actually looks like it could be fun in the evenings.

Down the hill from the casino, there is another small, local restaurant that we weren’t able to try, but which we were told serves very good food and coffee. Hea Leng restaurant is small, and a little dark inside but it looked like a normal local hangout, with plenty of guys playing chess and a gentle family atmosphere. If you’re in Choam and looking for a bite, this may be your best bet, especially if you’re planning on staying at Dangrek Mountain Guesthouse. It is the last in a small row of shops and outlets that sits just below the casino.

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