Broadbeach Waters, Australia
October 27, 2005
This was a mid range hotel decorated in traditional Khmer style with terracotta tiled floors and beautifully carved timber doors and furniture with Cambodian silk touches in bright purples and gold thread.
It is located across the river in the quieter part of town but is close enough to walk into town for dinner or shopping.
It offered the luxuries that we needed such as hot water, refrigerator and air-conditioning and a fabulous cooked to order breakfast in their open air restaurant.
We did have a problem with the first day that we arrived with the fridge and air-conditioning not working properly so we were finally moved to a larger room overlooking the pool.
The pool area was a delight with it's surrounding being decorated with mini replicas of the Bayon faces and temple carvings. It was a godsend at the end of the day coming home hot and dusty it was just a relief to be able to cool off and relax.
This all came at a cost of about $40USD a night, including breakfast. The normal price was $46. >
Of course, any extras such as laundry, mini bar drinks, phone calls etc all came at a mid range to expensive cost as well.
Airport pickup was $5 each way. Because our airport pickup was made by our guide that we were using for the next few days to see the temples it was a great way to get to know one another and he could get a feel for what we wished to do during our stay. We decided on a pickup time of 4pm for that same afternoon to see the sunset and the best plan for the following days temple viewing. He also went to the ticket booth to arrange our passes. So it turned out really well.
The hotel's restaurant also has a good reputation for great Khmer cuisine. The night that we dined there the curries were delicious. It can get very busy as it does cater to large tour groups as well.
From journal Gateway to the Temples of Angkor