Phnom Penh Journals

A detour for the water festival - well almost....

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A travel journal to Phnom Penh by MichaelJM

Setsara Bar and Restaurant Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia More Photos
Quote: We had re-arranged our itinerary to take in the water festival at Phnom Penh. But sometimes things don't go to plan....

Anise Hotel and Restaurant

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Restaurant | "A great place to eat"

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The Anise Restaurant was a short walk away from our hotel and we’d spotted it when we had a little wander around the backstreets. I thought our guide had mentioned it as a decent place to eat, but no-one else recalled that. Anyway we decided to give it a go.I was quite a grand looking place surrounded by bushes and it seemed a little up market when compared with the other restaurants close by. In the outer court of the restaurant (there was a small inner court with a few tables close to the bar) a young women played a traditional Cambodian stringed instrument for most of the evening. It was unobtrusive and very pleasant dining music allowing people to chat whilst offering gentle listening ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 12, 2011

Anise Hotel and Restaurant
Nº 2C, St 278 off 57, Beoung Keng Kang I
Chamkamorn, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

our first night in Phnom Phen

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We’d arranged our itinerary around the water festival so imagine our disappointment when we arrived in Phnom Penh to find that the event had been cancelled. Apparently the prime minister had decided that the money used for the event would be best used for helping the flooded areas of Cambodia. It’s a fair point but several people that we spoke with felt it was a bad break with tradition. They felt that the scale of things should have been reduced, but the symbolic boat race should have happened. But it was cancelled so we would find other things to do in this beautiful city.The night of our arrival there was a firework display down at the water front and as the townsfolk celebrated their n...Read More

Setsara Bar and Restaurant

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Restaurant | "A little bit of Thai"

Setsara Bar and Restaurant Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Tonight, our second night in Cambodia we decided to eat close to the hotel. We’d had an exciting day (see journal – a "city tour of Phnom Penh" and the temperatures had reached 30 Centigrade) so we were pretty exhausted. So after a little bit of relaxing we headed off down the road to find a restaurant. We stopped off for a glass of ale at a nearby cafe (it was happy hour and a glass of local Angkor Beer was only 75 cents). We looked at the menu and decided it was a little too simple and headed off down the road to investigate further.Soon we spotted the Setsara Thai Restaurant and as they too were operating a happy hour (their’s extended until 8.00 pm) with a jug of ale for $3 we thought ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 11, 2011

Setsara Bar and Restaurant
#3D, Street 278 corner 51
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Bopha Phnom Penh Titanic Restaurant

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Restaurant | "The Titanic is alive and well"

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Our guide had strongly recommended that we try the Bopha Phnom Penh Titanic restaurant on the riverside for our evening meal. He suggested that it was far enough away from the crowds and that it would give us a good view of the evenings firework display that was scheduled to start at 6.30 pm. He estimated that it was a 20 minute walk away from our hotel, but strongly advised that we take a Tuk-Tuk to avoid the difficult road conditions. Well we were feeling brave and energetic and I always feel it’s best to orientate yourself with a walk rather than local transport. We set off on foot (see separate journal entry) and finally got to our destination about ninety minutes later. So much for his estimate ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 11, 2011

Bopha Phnom Penh Titanic Restaurant
Sisowath Quay
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
(0)23 42 72 09

Villa Langka

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Hotel | "Our hotel for three nights "

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After our 45 minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City and a short transfer to Phnom Penh we arrived a little bit weary at our hotel, the Villa Lanka. This 48 bed-roomed boutique style hotel is well placed just out of the centre of town and after a welcome drink we were escorted to our bedroom. We walked past the small swimming pool with about a dozen sun loungers and took the lift to the second floor.There are only six rooms on the short internal corridor and our room was at the end. The bed room was plain but very spacious. A large king-sized bed took up less than 50% of the room and with the bed head wall painted in a grass effect it looked pretty modern. Steel cuboid bedside tables with clea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2011

Villa Langka
No 14, Street 282
Phnom Penh, Cambodia