I found the Champa Lodge a year ago and have stayed here on every visit to Kampot since - This is my 4th stay! The rooms are comfortable and affordable, the food is good (get the sautéed potatoes!) and there is an excellent selection of Belgian beers. Also, it has the best location on the river - convenient for kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding, and a beautiful view across the river.
Champa Lodge is situated on a bend on the Preaek Tuek Chhu River and has beautiful views on both directions. We stayed in the Boat House with a gorgeoud=s river aspect. The Lodge comprises of 4 or 5 large beautifully built cabins / houses on stilts that were actually built elsewhere, dismantled and then rebuilt in situ and totally fit the surroundings. There is a gorgeous garden with plenty of places to chill out, play games, sit and watch the river go by, or to just relax in the hammocks. You can rent out kayaks, or paddle boards to traverse the green cathedral, or hire a motobike to head to The Bokor national park. The food served is great, which is good as there isn't really anything else within walking distance. There was a really good selection of Kymer and Western (French/ Belgian) influenced dishes. The included breakfasts are delicious too! There is such a lovely chilled vibe here that made us wish we had sent more than 2 days here.…
I've stayed here before, which is why I chose Champa Lodge again when visiting Kampot. The setting is gorgeous, next to the river and the views are perfect. If you want an extremely relaxed atmosphere, river swims, a friendly and helpful staff plus a very good food menu then look no further. I felt very at home here - the place is a class act, definitely.
Honestly I was a bit unsure about staying here due to the reviews regarding poor service, bad attitudes etc. But I genuinely felt the manager, owner and their staff could not do enough to accommodate their guests needs. They were super friendly and welcoming and if they were unable to assist with something directly they would find the right man for the job. The manager and owner are both French and their wives and staff are all local Khmer people which helps the local economy of Kampot. We changed room after a few days stay due to personal reasons and although we insisted we would pay the price for the more expensive room the management insisted on changing the costing so we got charged less overall. The kayaks are a great opportunity to enjoy the local surroundings particularly the Green Cathedral which is an absolute must. The surroundings are amazingly peaceful and a joy to just bask in throughout the day. The food is absolutely incredible, particularly the lamb chops/lamb shank and any of the khmer foods on offer. Although be aware some may be a little spicy for some people. …
We didn’t stay here, but floated in from our long kayak ride in search of a cold drink. To our delight, this ramshackle place served a wide variety of cold Belgian beers, each variety served with its own specialized glass. They hit the spot! We enjoyed the low-key, riverside ambiance, drank to our hearts’ content, and paddled on our way. A nice stop!
We weren’t staying here but popped in as we had read you could hire kayaks. In the end we couldn’t resist the electric boat, which came with two sun loungers on a bamboo platform! It was so relaxing gliding along this very beautiful stretch of the river without any hard work! The only drawback was that the boat couldn’t access the Green Cathedral (network of narrow streams through the mangroves) but it was still a lovely way to see the river. Hire prices were very reasonable - electric boat $10/hour, kayaks $3. After our boat ride we stayed at the lodge for some drinks and relaxing in hammocks by the river.
A very nice homestay within a still wild .... but for a long. The place is very quite. The surrounding landscape is stunning. You can rent a stand up padlle or kayak to go on the river in the middle of the magrove and palm trees. You can also rent a motobike to discover the upcountry of Kampot. The food is good and the staff very helpful. French speaker do not hesitate to go ..... this homestay is managed by a French/Belgium team. BOOK absolutely the Boat lodge ....... the view and the interior is very nice.
We upgraded our room to the bungalow #1 and had a very spacious room with a lovely balcony overlooking the river. They also have a lounger on the terrace where one can hang out for hours. The french owner and his cambodian wife are very helpful and friendly and the food is also very good which makes it conveniient at evenings since Kampot town is about 6 km away on a bumpy road
We stayed in the family bungalow and enjoyed it very much. Two spacious rooms with mosquito nets and hangers for your clothes. Love the verandah to hang out on, with large table, a day bed and a hammock. No AC but fans in each bed room and also one we could move to the verandah if needed. Bathroom was clean and nice. They come in and tuck in the mosquito nets for you in the evening, which is a nice touch. Restaurant area is spacious and food was good. Wide selection of beers. Location is a bit far from town but a really nice place if you just want to hang out and relax.
Sat on a bend in the river and with views across to the tree-lined hills, the Champa Lodge is in a truly spectacular setting, with the view being the best part of the hotel. Our room was in a traditional Cambodian house, built on stilts with everything up the steps on the first floor. This meant it was very simple and basic but with very nice bed and a huge lounger on the balcony made for a very comfortable room. The restaurant/bar area is a nice open space on in a nice garden space, next to the river. The Champa Lodge is a bit out of Kampot but the hotel was always good at getting, booking tuk-tuks to get in and out, over some very bumpy roads (about 10 minutes' journey).