Chilling in Chhlong’s colonial charm

French influence pervades Cambodian town

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Chilling in Chhlong’s colonial charm

Labelled as one of the most charming destinations for a mini-break, rural Chhlong in Eastern Cambodia provides a tranquil countryside experience for those seeking respite from the urban sprawl.

Situated a few hours from Phnom Penh and a short drive from Kratie, this sleepy riverside town ticks all the boxes for a convenient weekend getaway. It has attracted a steady stream of travellers interested in its early 20th century French architecture created during colonial rule.

Prominent among these is the Le Relais de Chhlong, a period mansion with sensational views over the Mekong. Formerly the French governor’s residence built in 1916, this 10-suite boutique property was fully renovated in 2017 with an eye on the past, featuring antiques, vintage photographs and chic colonial influences.

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