This is usually our dilemma. As much as possible we want to have a short reprieve from the dust and chaos here in Phnom Penh, but most weekends we don’t have much time to travel really far. So places just around Phnom Penh and adjacent provinces are really what we constantly look for.
One of our favorite weekend getaway place is Sour Soben in Tiger Road, Kandal Province. It’s about 30-40 minutes drive from Phnom Penh. Sour Soben has two huge ponds, landscaped and surrounded by floating huts and they serve delicious and affordable Khmer food. They also have lots of peacocks, swans and other birds plus for only $5 per hour (includes the fishing line, baits etc) you can also try your hand at fishing. They also have a free playground for kids.
I love the whole atmosphere of the place. You get to relax and feel the breeze.. No wonder this place is popular with Khmers so best head over there around 10-11 am to get your pick of a well-located cottage. Of course, in true Cambodian style, the huts just come with mats, as they prefer having picnics and sitting in lotus style. You can also bring a hammock, tie it in the huts and get some beauty sleep.
Khmer food served here is good and I particularly like their grilled fish, papaya salad, roast chicken and the shrimp served with coconut milk. Prices range from $3-$6 for the mains. Let’s say for 3 persons, $20 is more than enough..
Khmer Bok Lahong (Spicy Papaya Salad)
Stir Fried Shrimps
Khmer Beef Lok Lak
I can’t describe the place more in words so I’ll let this photos tell the story..