Rikitikitavi offers a small, stylish range of individually decorated rooms situated in a tastefully renovated wooden framed rice barn that’s steeped in history. Originally built during the 1920s at the height of colonial Indochina, the building served as a rice import and export depot when Kampot was still the country’s major port.
As Cambodia entered her years of turmoil, the building became a Khmer Rouge theatre, with paintings of happy Khmers toiling in the fields adorning the walls, and the stage in the modern day kitchen. As the Vietnamese swept through the country in 1979 the building was used by their forces stationed here as a barracks, their cookhouse is the modern day laundry. When building Rikitikitavi we came across many Vietnamese military artifacts, including several small buckets worth of bullets from excavating the new foundations for the restaurant.
With stability restored to the land, the building became a lumber storage yard, a gym, and then updated to become the governors private residence. We began work on renovating the place into Rikitikitavi in 2005, and opened a year later.
Each room comes with a beautiful bathroom with hot water shower, air conditioning, cable TV, DVD player with 100s of free DVDs to choose from, fan, minibar, safe, free WiFi and, most importantly, a fantastic bed and bedding. The rooms also have a small private patio.
All rooms and rates include a scrumptious breakfast, which you may enjoy on our gorgeous river facing restaurant or tucked up in bed, and daily housekeeping.
We are happy to help you organise tours, transport and offer you all the information required for getting the most out of Kampot.