Photo: Hazy weather for a day over the water.

Kien Svay

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With a beautiful river-side setting, dozens of floating bamboo salas to choose from, and plenty of cheap beer and food, Kien Svay makes for a terrific lazy lunch and afternoon away from the big smoke of Phnom Penh.

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Kien Svay, also known as Koki Beach, is just 15 kilometres out of Phnom Penh down National Route 1, just over the border into Kandal Province. When we visited there was no beach to speak of, but rather a brackish body of water, covered in a mix of floating raft houses and water hyacinth with no shortage of large jumping fish.

This is how you do it. Photo taken in or around Kien Svay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Stuart McDonald.

This is how you do it. Photo: Stuart McDonald

We visited one early afternoon midweek and largely had the place to ourselves, the weekend scene can be considerably different though as the raft houses are packed with young Khmer students and families relaxing by the water over icy cold drinks and grilled chicken. If you do visit on the weekend, expect to be repeatedly approached for photos and conversation—if this kind of thing bothers you, aim for midweek. Regardless, expect to be the only foreigner in ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 800 words.)

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