Best area of Phnom Penh to stay in?
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Sep 5, 2011 2:26 AM Last Post By: tomchopper
Jul 2, 2010 6:04 AM
Best area of Phnom Penh to stay in?Which part of Phnom Penh would be best to stay in if I want to be close to the main sights and good (cheap, local) places to eat? I'm looking for somewhere as cheap as possible - very basic is fine if it is clean and non-sleazy and relatively quiet (not looking for a party place). Would be willing to pay up to $10 for free wifi access but this doesn't seem possible so would prefer something closer to $5.
A lot of the cheapest places seem to be around the lake but I also read on Wikitravel that the lake is being filled in in 2010 and a lot of places will close (plus it sounds like the Khao San Rd of Cambodia which doesn't appeal at all).
Any specific GH recommendations would be most welcome!
Jul 2, 2010 6:13 PM
1We stay at Lucky Hotel just down the road from Capitol Tours and Guest House. Its a cheap place with clean rooms and share bathrooms. Its dirt cheap plus has the advantage of having a verandah overlooking a fairly busy crossroads. You wont see many tourists there, in fact very few guests at all but I suppose people do stay there.
Jul 2, 2010 9:34 PM
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Jul 4, 2010 4:55 PM
6You may find cheaper places off Sisowath near the river in the Wat Phnom/ Phsar Chas area by the post office. Some small streets may look a bit shady-ish near the girly bars but I actually stayed in this area long term and had no problems. Riverhouse a popular guesthous is right in this area, as well as Pontoon, a boat/club that is popular as well. In your budget you might to best just showing up and walking around to find one of the many. The only lowerbudgets I can think off the top of my head is King Guesthouse.
They accomondations will probably be more like $8 a night not $5. and wont' have wifi. However, you can get wifi for free at some of the nice cafes in the area
Its not necessarily the quietest area, as there are lots of restaurants, a big market on the riverside on Thursdays, and generally around the bustle of Phsar Chas (Old Market) but not as backpacker feel as the lakeside, but more local flavor. In the area there is a nice OTOP night market across from Phsar Chas that brings mostly cambodians out for a stroll. Phsar Chas is definately a local market as well.
Another area is close to FCC Foreign Correspondence Club that is cheap and often talked about is Last Home Guesthouse. Not sure what the rates are now, but they do have BIG rooms I thought when visiting a friend who stayed there.
Jul 6, 2010 5:51 AM
7We found Phnom Penh to be relatively expensive for lodging, but we weren't looking for hostels. The Kibiki was very nice with a pool and on a street closed to traffic. Actually, there was a guard at the end of the street preventing those without a real need to be there from entering.
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Jul 14, 2010 11:44 AM
11whats the best thing to do in phnom penh for a half day trip?
Jul 14, 2010 6:53 PM
12See the National Museum. Very essential if you've been or going to Angkor. The temples are empty and you'll see what they were filled with.
After that go on a river cruise.
The Palace is a mini- version of the palace in Bangkok.
Or just stroll through the markets or up and down riverside.
Sep 5, 2011 2:26 AM
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