Adding to the realistic provincial lifestyle comes Samon’s Village, a small homestay cum guesthouse in the form of Cambodian-styled bungalows for a price no more than a meal for two in a restaurant. Samon’s Village adds to the scenic views and peaceful feel of Kampot, ideal for backpackers, couples and those that want a taste of the authentic Cambodian experience. It consists of bungalows constructed from wood shrouded with a roof of palm tree leaves, a cool Cambodian breeze and a view into the jungle or towards Bokor Mountain. With idyllic scenery and not a car or truck horn to hear for miles, Kampot in the southwest of Cambodia makes a great destination for those wanting to escape the traffic-induced capital or the party scenes of the Cambodian coast. Kampot is a 2-hour bus drive from Phnom Penh easily organised with a tour company.
Tucked away from the hustle & bustle
With Samon’s Village being 20-25 minutes from the town of Kampot, accessibility can be somewhat challenging, but at Samon’s Village you are able to hire a bicycle for 1 USD. Once you’ve reached Samon’s Village, you’ll be guided to your bungalow, provided with a mosquito net and adequate fans (that you may or may not use due to the coolness of Kampot) and electricity with either a shared or private bathroom. Each feature in your bungalow is made eco-friendly. Designed traditionally with stilts and made of wood and bamboo, your bungalow resembles many houses within the provinces of Cambodia. As well as this, you’ll be able to brush shoulders with a lot of the friendly and welcoming Khmer residents that live around the area who will take the time to help or strike up a conversation with you.
Get the Khmer experience from the comfort of your bungalow
Samon’s Village Bungalows overlook the Mekong with hammocks dotted around the shore. From here, you can take a canoe out onto the river or even swim in the Mekong, though going underwater is at your own risk! Samon’s Village also serves authentic Khmer cuisine from its restaurant with music and special nights every weekend, assumed to keep guests entertained instead of the inconvenience of heading into the town. These special events vary each weekend, from traditional Khmer music to Khmer dancing and accompanying buffet food, as the sun goes down and the waters calm.
Head to the various attractions of Kampot
Many excursions can be organised through Samon’s Village with Khmer staff on hand to organise everything for you. One of the staff can take you on their motorbike or you can hire a bicycle and head into the town to explore the day market, night market and Durian Roundabout! There is also a range of Western-style restaurants and bars at super cheap prices (a smoothie for 0.50 USD you say?). Excursions you can take in and around Kampot are a day trip to Kep, a day trip to Bokor Mountain, boat cruises and Phnom Chnork temple, all of which can be arranged for one day or over the course of a few days and all of the trips costing less than 40,000 KHR (10 USD).
Get a slice of Khmer tradition at Samon's Village
Samon’s Village is a great place for relaxation, tradition, low-cost comfort with wonderful views and friendly staff to help with your every endeavour. Although it’s a fair distance from the town, Samon’s Village caters to that slight disadvantage with plenty of entertainment, beautiful Khmer cuisine and bicycle hire should you need it. You can take a dip in the Mekong if you dare, or hop on to a canoe to see the Bokor Mountain reflection in the water as the sun sets over Kampot, as well as venture to many places in and around Kampot to top off your journey to a fantastic part of Cambodia.