So let's start with the pros: the beach and water is beautiful. We were there in April and it was scalding hot so if you have a hard time with that, forget it right away: there's no A/C, no fan, nothing.
The cons now: bugs! Tons of them. In the sea, on the beach and through the "mosquito net" if you can truly call it that... There were holes in ours everywhere.
Cleanliness: or lack thereof I should say. The place is a mess, the sheets are damp and sticky. They don't provide towels so get your own.
Electricity is on from 5PM to 10PM because they are too cheap to set up solar panels.
Rodents: we were visited by many a rat/mouse that came to investigate any goods we had hanging around (make sure to store your goods... wait! there's no where to store them!) forget that...
Stray dogs are everywhere - we awoked to one sleeping on our balcony. Fearful of rabies we lured it away with a little water and it eventually went away.
The "restaurant/reception/family hangout for the cambodian staff working there". Don't know who owns this place but the entire family of the extremely rude girl who was horrible to us on many an occasion just camp out on the beach and in the "restaurant" area. Clearly whoever is in charge has no idea what customer service means and even less just standard pleasant treatment of staff. Go somewhere to be told to piss off basically? No thanks! This place is rank and absolutely NOT worth your time.
Oh... I forgot! Did I mention we came back from the beach to find a dead dog on our Treehouse deck? Yes... a DEAD DOG! When I brought this to the attention to the horrid girl at the "reception", she barely blinked and whistled her 3 younger brothers(?) to go over and dispose of the body... they must have been 4, 5 and 8 respectfully... it was both shocking and absolutely sad.
SUCH a shame as this place could have been a gem.
Ps. after all that we went through, when asking if we could get a water taxi to the port for our 9h30AM speedboat to SHV, she said 7US$!!! Here's the thing, they are supposed to do it for free. Paradise Bungalows is a couple of meters closer to the port and frankly, they were our lifesaver - helping with the water taxi (1$pp) and great food, ambiance and AWESOME staff both foreign and Khmer.
That's where you should go instead of getting ripped off at 35$ a head for a nightmare experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Tree House Bungalows, opened in 2008, a resort located in a privileged setting at the front beach of Koh Rong. In the resort surroundings, we have our private beach, Four K Beach, White Beach, several shopping centers, restaurants, bars and pubs. The Tree House Bungalows Resort is located in a traditional Khmer building and we have our own private pier for your use. The resort has 37 bungalows, which offer you a renovated style of comfort on the island. The resort has a wide variety of services which, together with its privileged location, make it ideal to visit Koh Rong, either for leisure or business. In our resort we offer you the opportunity to celebrate corporate events and family celebrations. If you are looking for great Khmer & Western cuisine cooked with the finest ingredients in Koh Rong at an excellent price then the Tree House Bungalows offers you the beachfront restaurant. Tree House Bungalows is an ideal location in the heart of Koh Rong which can cater for all of your needs, whether you are travelling alone, with family or with friends. We have a great team of professionals that will be glad to help you. ... more less
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