|An awesome guesthouse in Phnom Penh we found through Roomorama! Photo by Ryan Dayrit|
Red-eye flights, night buses, city runs and hardcore haggling...
The dramas of shoestring travel can take a toll on your sanity, so savoring an occasional travel indulgence can be such an amazing relief. After zipping to Phnom Penh from Saigon on a six-hour night bus, we crashed into the creature comforts of a sophisticated hole-in-the-wall guesthouse we found through Roomorama, a website where independent travelers can discover quality apartments, inns and other short-term rentals in cities across the world. The website is streamlined, secure and easy to use. While the place we booked in Phnom Penh was $55 a night, accommodations for all budgets may be found.
|Perfect breakfast to jumpstart our day!|
Conveniently, the guesthouse had a complimentary tuk-tuk pick us up at the bus stop. The place had a small swimming pool, a most inviting amenity after a long bus ride that took us through the border crossing and across the Mekong river on a barge. The staff were accommodating enough to allow us to swim, past the regular pool hours. The following morning, a yummy buffet breakfast of sausages, omelet, French toast and fruit was the perfect way to jump-start our race around Phnom Penh before catching yet another night bus to our next destination.
Hands down, this the nicest place I've stayed in on a backpacking trip. The interior design was thoroughly clean, fresh and minimalist from the common areas to the rooms. The owners, an Australian expat couple, were nice to chat with and were happy to have us. Located near a nice public park by the Independence Monument, the place is privately tucked away within an expat neighborhood in the booming capital, yet still conveniently situated as a jump-off point to the city's popular landmarks. The Independence Monument and Royal Palace were leisurely walks away from the guesthouse. Moreover, the Khmer staff were friendly and helpful, pointing out to us how to get to our destinations for the day, and took care of our luggage when we checked out. The next time I'm looking for a drama-free stay, I'd look no further than Roomorama.
|Ah, our cozy triple room! Photo by Ryan Dayrit|
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