Destination TBD


Dates of travel :
August 4 - September 1, 2005

Lessons learned:
The highways in Cambodia are not as bad as they say (well, not all of them at least), but roads are another story, especially when they're wet

Best food-related dicovery :
Kampot Pepper

Horror stories:
Driving in Phnom Penh; the boat to Battambang (although it was fun); wet, muddy roads on a motorbike

Blog Posts:
August 2005
September 2005

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Where we stayed | Rates are for a double room with private bath, fan, and cold water shower unless noted

Phnom Penh

TAT Guesthouse | House 52E1, St 125
A family-run guesthouse, TAT is a friendly place in a good location with cheap rooms, good food, and a nice, rooftop chill out area. Contact them in advance, and they'll pick you up from the bus station for free (a good way to avoid the hordes of touts and moto drivers that crowd around the bus on arrival). Stay long enough, and they'll give you a discount, making it a super affordable home away from home. Rooms are basic, but so is the price. Listed in Lonely Planet
Rate: $5.00 U.S.


Siem Reap

Two Dragons Guesthouse
Two Dragons is run by an ex-pat (Gordon) who has lived in Cambodia long enough to know the ins and outs of travel in the country. He's also a good source of information about travel in much of the rest of SE Asia as well. The guesthouse is good value, with nice rooms, friendly staff, several common areas to hang out, and awesome Thai and Khmer food.
Rate: $9.00 U.S.



Chhaya Hotel | Near the Central Market
Battambang lacks cozy guesthouses – the city is full of large hotels with maze-like hallways and a zillion rooms. This describes the Chhaya Hotel to a tee. While it's not the most atmospheric place (rooms have tiled walls), the Chhaya is a decent option for a night or two in Battambang. Make sure to get a room with an outside facing window. If you hire a guide/motorbike for the day, look for Seth (pronounced Set) in the lobby. Listed in Lonely Planet
Rate: $11.00 U.S. including A/C & hot water



Mealy Chenda Guesthouse | Next to the Town Park

This hotel is enormous, an old corner building that looks as if it was some place grand, some place luxurious in the past. Nowadays, though, like all of Kampot, it is timeworn and tattered. Unlike Kampot, where that is its charm, the Mealy Chenda was not the cleanest place and some of the rooms look like prison cells. Still, it's cheap. Listed in Lonely Planet
Rate: $4.00 U.S.



Cloud 9 | Serendipity Beach
Wooden beach bungalows with great views of the sea and a relaxed atmosphere... Cloud 9 was a good find! Run by an Irish couple, this little collection of bunglows built on a hill is a great place to chill out on your own private balcony or in the bar/lounge area with the company of fellow travelers and Patrick or Julia, the owners.
Rate: $9.00 U.S.

© 2005, Cheryn Flanagan