Ganesha, run by chatty German Dirk, is a wonderful small scale resort slightly out of town (Kampot). Comprising a mixture of Yurts (around $15/night) right on the river, a Khmer house and "The Tower", this place is sheer heaven for a week (or more) relaxing, walking, canoeing etc. Set in the forest and surrounded by farms and a small village, it offers the independent traveller a great opportunity to sample local Cambodian life and a chance to meet other like-minded individuals.
A good menu although the Western food options (cardboard chips and plastic bun) are nothing like as good as the local options (serves me right for even trying Western!)
Lovely, well-cared for gardens, excellent staff overseen by the extremely helpful and knowledgeable Ms Piri, make it a brilliant retreat.
This place wouldn't suit everyone, however. Cold showers and sometimes no water (but able to substitute with a water tank and hand-bucket, and sometimes noisy neighbours who love to play their local Cambodian pop songs late into the night with serious sound speaker systems.
We stayed in "The Tower" ($35/night) - an unusual stone and wood building on three floors, we were delighted to find we could get wifi on the top floor which overlooks the gardens and fields around and offers a spectacular view of the countryside.
The owner offers his wooden canoe for paddling on a small tributory to the main river and on the main river itself - a magical experience! Bicycles also available for free. But not easy to nip into town (3 km away) unless you've hired a motorbike or bicycle.
All-in-all, a brilliant place to stay if you're into nature and the environment, good food and company and very comfortable surroundings.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ganesha Kampot has been designed with your spatial experience in mind.. We are an unusually low density guesthouse, of just 9 private units and 4 rooms, spread across 4 hectare, amid rich mangrove and tropical gardens. We welcome you to create unique memories in our hidden paradise, away from the high density and hustle of Asian cities.. Off of the beaten track, your experience starts upon an adventurous transit to Ganesha Kampot, taking a ride through breathtaking scenery, rice paddies and the beautiful surrounding mountains. We are located in Kampot Province, we are on the outskirts of Kampot city center, close enough to cycle, grab a tuk tuk or take the 10 minute drive. We welcome people who seek to immerse themselves in the culture and feel of an authentic Cambodia. Ganesha Kampot offers the perfect serene location for yoga, meditation, photography, reading or the simple luxury of granting yourself time and space, for you! Gaze at the crystal clear Milky Way on the balcony of your very own Tribal Hut in the garden, or enjoy the stunning 360 panoramic views from the top of The Tower. Wander in the incredible tropical garden, take a lazy boat ride down the river drift along in our traditional Khmer canoe or explore the beautiful Kampot countryside on one of our mountain bikes. During your stay here we are happy to introduce you to the extensive choice of outdoor activities, as well as directing you to our favourite local businesses in Kampot. Our restaurant offers both local Khmer cuisine, and Western dishes, all lovingly and expertly prepared by our amazing kitchen staff. We have a large menu for vegans and vegetarians and our staff would be happy to cater for your dietary requirements. Our bar also offers a wide selection of natural fruit drinks as well as cocktails, wines and spirits. Your inimitable stay in the heart of the Kingdom of Cambodia awaits at Ganesha Kampot... See you soon! The Ganesha Family ... more less
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