I met the owner of Moon River Lodge Norm by chance whilst having an evening cocktail in one of the many little shop house cafes along the riverfront.He had plenty of local knowledge and advice to share as he has live in kampot for Ten years and use to own the Little garden bar.The next day I checked the place out and decided that a ten dollar a night room on the first floor balcony with fantastic views overlooking the river was a much better option and value for money than where I was staying in backpacker street.I had my own bathroom with hot water shower,TV dvd and fast WIFI.The place has a laid back feel very tranquil and only a short walk or bicycle ride along the riverfront to where all the action is at night.Norm also operates Tic Tuk Tours a great new mode of transport for visiting the local temples, caves, Bokor mountain, Kep etc traveling around the countryside in this mode of transport was a lot more comfortable than a tik tuk.
Well worth a visit.
Accommodation cosy and comfortable big rooms high ceilings very retro with lots of private balcony space to take in the magnificent view across the river and 360 degree views of Kampot.Very good breakfast, great location.Lots of good info and all tours and onward travel arrangements can be made through Norm.
new in town run by the ex owner of the little garden bar,that's good for kampot.A bit quirky ie Khmer design (mind your head when ascending the stairs) otherwise clean comfortable and cosy, fan room with attached bathroom hot water,balcony with nice view of the mountains and river power line included I did say quirky.Wifi connection.Norm will serve breakfast to your room or on the balcony.This place is more home stay then guest house,Norm cooks up a storm in the kitchen and the aromas permeate the air adding flavours to a very nice atmosphere.His staff also cook up fine khmer fair and all at a very reasonable price. I paid $8 per night for my room.
Norm coordinates home stays for those interested and can help with information on volunteering.
Buntha can arrange all your tours Bokor etc and travel requirements.
Two thumbs up
More reasons to stay here.
Great value,atmosphere and all around friendlyness.Quality food,nice location.
Norm has been involved with some grass roots organisations.His cafe and some private funding help support the TIN CAN KIDS Project. .
A real suite on top of a well-known restaurant in Kampot: Jasmine. One big living-room (with a huge collection of DVDs, and not the usual chuck norris/bruce lee combo but the likes of jim jarmush, chen kaige and the Coen brothers), one big room overlooking the river
the landlady is absolutely lovely, the landlord is a photographer (and a wargame amateur on the look-out for fellow gamers...)
all this for 36$/night
you're not in a hotel though... if the evening has been busy at the restaurant, don't expect your breakfast before 8.30. a great excuse to stay in bed...
The Little Garden Bar Guesthouse is no longer and is now called Riverside ?????? I was touted at the bus station with signs saying "Little Garden Bar Guesthouse" and gladly went with this as I had read good reviews about the place. Upon arrival, I wasn't even greeted with a smile or an hello, so my first impressions were a little jaded. But things got steadily worse. My room was okay at 18$ but you would expect that having been completed only last month. What I found most distrubing was the heavy touting every time I walked in or out of the guesthouse. They also were recommending me to other restaurants until I found out that Norm and Barbara, the original owners of the guesthouse, still run the adjoing Little Garden Restaurant where their friendly staff can organise all your tours and travel needs.
So beware, fellow travellers, of anyone touting Little Garden Bar Guesthouse.
Great view, unfriendly staff.
Well, me may have been just unlucky, but they did not make our room and our breakfast order took them 45 minutes to make. The other day we ordered a simple pineapple shake, just to learn after 45 minutes that they don't have pineapples anymore....
Anyway let's stick to the facts... rooms come with (USD 10 - 15) or without Aircon (USD 3 - 7) and with TV, but without Fridge.
Well located in walking distance from the bus stop. Nice patio with Hammocks.
We moved here from the terrible Kampot Guesthouse and it was like moving into a 5 star hotel!
Large clean room, Sat Tv, Fan, hot water and friendly staff all for $6.00 a night!
By the best place to stay in Kampot/Kep
On arrival in Kampot we got charged $1.00 for a 2 min tuk-tuk ride to this place highly recommended in the Lonely Planet guide book.
The walls were painted in a sickly yellow (thats the parts that were plastered) there was pink curtains that wouldnt close and tacky 'i love you' on the bed sheets
Even the 1000's of ants sharing the room with us were embrassed to be there.
All for $15.00 a night! They even had the cheek to use a picture of the place next door in the broucher!
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