Sour Soben, Kandal Province Cambodia

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.

Sour Soben Resort Kandal Cambodia

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..

Sour Soben Resort Kandal Cambodia

Khmer Bok Lahong (Spicy Papaya Salad)

Sour Soben Resort Kandal Cambodia

Stir Fried Shrimps

Sour Soben Resort Kandal Cambodia

Khmer Beef Lok Lak

I can’t describe the place more in words so I’ll let this photos tell the story..


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  3. Sreisaat

    November 3, 2009 at 4:56 am

    Ayayay, kasiram!  I’m already drooling over those pictures, Lui. Pictures pa lang yan ha. Is that papaya salad on the first pic and lok lak on the third? Oooh-la-la! I would love to go there, it’s been years since the last time I went to that side of Phnom Penh/Kandal. We usually go to L’Imprevu but after what happened there we sort of stopped going na.

  4. Lui

    November 4, 2009 at 1:40 am

    z, masiram talaga. you’re right that’s the papaya salad. fave ko sya and its a must have for me when we go there. The third is beef loc lac..Love the local feel to the place… and I ended up liking how they picnic..

    Its near lang and very easy to find. good road condition din. 😀

  5. virtual hogwarts

    November 13, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    wow !! very nice  picture, i love your work!thanks for sahring..

  6. Sunnguon

    January 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    good picture in cambodia and food.
    are you camboidan?

    1. Lui

      January 17, 2011 at 7:59 am

      @Sunnguon, Thank you. I’m from the Philippines and my husband is Khmer. =)

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