On the banks of the mighty Mekong river in northeast Cambodia you will find the delightfully restored period mansion, Le Relais de Chhlong. Built in 1916 and home to a family of timber merchants, the impressive mansion boasts large balconies and high ceilings, enhancing the natural airflow and ensuring moderate temperatures during the scorching hot season. Local sources confirm that the grand family home was abandoned in 1968, and sat empty for more than 30 years, during which time the political situation in Cambodia was devastating the country. Initially re discovered in 2001 by a medical volunteer in the region, the mansion commenced on a journey that culminated in the building as we find it today. Finally restored to it’s former glory in 2017, it is now a boutique hotel which offers guests the perfect weekend escape from Phnom Penh or Siem Reap.