31 Wednesday Jul 2013

Takeo Guesthouse and Accommodation

Takeo is the southern province of Cambodia, neighboring Kampot, Kandal and Kampong Speu.  There are two national roads passing through Takeo.  National Road 3 connects Phnom Penh to Kampot, and National Road 2 connects Phnom Penh to Vietnam.   Since Takeo is so close to Phnom Penh, many tourists rarely spend overnight in Takeo.

Finding accommodation in Takeo city is not too difficult, but finding the right ones can be challenging.  We have picked our top four places to stay in Takeo city.
1. Suon Soben Guesthouse
2. Daunkeo 2 Guesthouse
3. Daunkeo Guesthouse
4. Vathanak Pheap Guesthouse

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Suon Soben Guesthouse, by far, is our top choice for places to stay in Takeo.  This accommodation is located near the city center, tucked away in its own little hideaway.  To get there, you must travel to the Independence monument and the Lotus fountain, head east from the fountain will lead to a dead-end, where Suon Soben is located.   Along the path from the Independence monument to the dead-end, you will find many beer gardens and restaurants a long the way.  Remember you reach the end of the road to be able to see the entrance of Suon Sobin.  During the rainy season, this guesthouse has the perfect view of the open water, a must-see, while during the dry season, an endless green rice paddy field is in plain sight.  Although the guesthouse has only seven rooms, each room contains all your everyday necessary needs such as a bed, a toilet, a shower and air conditioner.  In the middle of the compound, there is a series of bungalows available for free, setup around the pond.  This perfect hideaway is so secluded from the city that would captivate you by surprise.  The name Suon Soben means “the dream garden” in English.  This name is a perfect fit for this place.

Daunkeo 2 Guesthouse ranked second on our list.  It is located right next to Suon Soben Guesthouse. The building is relatively new.  The interior is very clean and inviting.  The room service here is great, even at 10pm at night.  No complain during our stay.  The compound is very spacious, with plenty of car lots.  It is not quite a rural boutique hotel and not quite a guesthouse either.  It is a combination of both elements.  We recommend this place because it is clean and still new.

Daunkeo 1 Guesthouse has two buildings with the older one situated in the left wing.  The rooms are smaller than Daunkeo 2 and Suon Soben but the sizes are big enough for two to three persons.   If you have a large group, this place is one of biggest guesthouses in Takeo city that can accommodate a group of 40 plus.   If you stay for a long period, there’s a laundromat across from the guesthouse.

Vathanak Pheap Guesthouse is located along the bank of Boeung (Lake) Roka Khnong.  It’s a perfect place to stay because you can enjoy the evening walk along the bank.  The room is somewhat small but manageable.  Some rooms are equipped with fans while some with air conditioners.  The price ranges between $10 to $14.

Overall these four accommodations provide suitable sleeping spaces for various travelers.  Their prices are super reasonable, with the cheapest being $10 and the most expensive being $25.  Although the services are not yet as meticulous like you find in Siem Reap, we have to say that these housekeepers and receptionists are attentive and continuing to develop themselves.

We hope that our travelers will be able to find this article useful.  Please share with us your accommodation story in Takeo city.