Angkor Chom offers simple but clean bungalows with local, rustic charm.
Although it doesn’t have many amenities, Angkor Chom Bungalows is a great place to spend a few days relaxing. Angkor Chom is part of the small Sok San Village, and there’s not much else around. It’s run by the village chief, Mr. Chrouk (chrouk means “pig” in Khmer, we assume it’s a nickname), and his family. The offerings are undeniably rustic, but the family takes pride in their business and offers a friendly place to stay.
The bungalows are simple wooden structures that contain two beds, two chairs, and a table. Each has its own private bathroom; like 95 percent of the bathrooms on Koh Rong, these contain simple scoop showers and toilets. Each bungalow also has its own private balcony overlooking the water. That’s an understatement — at high tide the sea laps at the bungalow support beams, making the balcony an ideal spot to enjoy Koh Rong’s gorgeous sunsets that can be seen on this side of the island.
We discovered Angkor Chom when we traveled to Koh Rong five years ago to write reviews for a travel guide. We visited the neighboring bungalows further down the beach and when we wandered toward the village, we discovered that the village chief had set up his own bungalows overlooking the waters next to Sok San Village — the beginnings of Angkor Chom.
These days, Angkor Chom’s bungalows are little more than beach shacks, but they offer an authentic village experience. The restaurant, located on the pier overlooking the water, serves up typical Khmer dishes, many of which are made with freshly caught seafood brought in each day by the village’s fishermen.
Angkor Chom is not the place to go to if you’re looking for luxury or to party. (That’s on the other side of Koh Rong, in the Koh Toch area). But if what you seek is a quiet, no-frills place to relax, it can’t be beat. Angkor Chom Bungalows can be reached by taking one of the ferries to Koh Toch, and then a private longtail to Sok San for about $25. However, the owner also has a boat so if you’re staying for more than a day or two, it’s worth asking if he might be able to give you a lift.
We were quoted the following prices at Angkor Chom Bungalows:
- Seaview bungalow with two semi-double beds: Up to $35 in high season, $20 in low season
- Twin room with private bathroom: $20 in high season, $15 in low season
- Double room with shared bathroom: $20 high season, $10 in low season
Angkor Chom bungalows
Long Beach, Koh Rong
T: 078 559 959
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