One of the biggest considerations in planning a holiday is choosing a place to stay. There is a great range of choice nowadays and people usually tend to go for the easier way. While advertising of hotels popups everywhere on your screen as soon as you type for instance “where to stay in Gran Canaria”, finding a good apartment requires a bit more of research. There are tons of great hotels offering excellent services and amenities, but it’s way better than a hotel room to go back to after a day of sightseeing. So, don’t be lazy, you waited so long to finally go on holiday, let it be the best experience possible by choosing an apartment.
Once reserved for the country’s rich and famous,traveling to the small seaside town of Kep – once known as Kep-sur-Mer – is making a comeback and it’s easy to see why. Boasting lashings of charm, the country’s best seafood, a nice stretch of sand and pristine countryside, a visit to Kep is a must. Here’s 10 reasons
The short stretch of imported white sand that makes up Kep beach is a popular spot during public holidays and weekends, filling up with Cambodians wading in the shallow waters or picnicking on crab and other snacks in the dappled shade. The beach is well maintained and is the ideal spot to hire a deck chair or an inflatable ring from one of the many women who line the shore.
You visit Phsar Thmei as much as to see the iconic exterior as for the goods on offer and if you want tourist tat you head out of the centre to the Russian Market. If you want to stock up on fruit or veg, invest in a few gold bangles or do an incense stick stock fill for your house shrine then head down to Phsar Chas. It is, needless to say, a fascinating spot for a stroll as well.
The Cambodian Post office was built in 1890, then eventually restored and fully reopened in 2004. It fronts a small square on Street 13 — really Cambodian Post office is just a widening of the road — and is surrounded by other examples of colonial architecture in various states of upkeep. The post office is open 07:30 to 17:00, with a healthy two-hour lunch break from noon. Stamp collectors can make impulse purchases at the philatelic counter.
Along with freshly opened Aeon Mall, another new shopping destination that may either fill you with delight or horror is TK Avenue… Yes, really, this is still Cambodia.
Phnom Penh’s only formal night market, Psar Reatrey overlooks the riverside from the central reservation that separates downtown and northern Phnom Penh — it’s easiest to enter by the gate at the north end of riverside to avoid scrambling between lines of parked scooters. As with Orussey, the Night Market is chiefly oriented towards the local market, but is definitely worth a dip to pick up some very reasonably priced clothes — there’s not a huge lot else really aside from some tacky and generic souvenirs.
A magnificent construction that lives with a constant threat of destruction, the Olympic Stadium is a metaphor for the short-sighted mindlessness, grubbiness and political manoeuvring that attend a great deal of Phnom Penh urban “planning”.
Better get there while you can before the lumpen barbarians win. Murmurings of demolition and redevelopment persist, despite carefully-worded reassurances from the Overseas Cambodian Investment Corporation, which has been developing land close to the National Sports Complex (the stadium’s official name). What will happen here once a new national stadium, sponsored by China, is completed, is anyone’s guess.
Rates expected to increase further after mall opening
The presence of Aeon Mall 2, Phnom Penh’s largest and newest shopping complex which opened its doors to customers today, has increased the value of property in the northwestern part of Phnom Penh, particularly Sen Sok District, one of the up-and-coming areas in the suburbs of Cambodia’s capital city. Aeon Mall 2 is located in Pong Peay, Sen Sok.
With a population of more than 160,000, Sen Sok is one of the most populated areas of Phnom Penh. In the last few years, Sen Sok has developed tremendously with many businesses and major infrastructure and residential development projects flooding the area.
Sovanna Restaurant has something to offer just about everyone. They have a newer, more upscale restaurant a few doors down, and have recently renovated the original. Even though Sovanna has lost the dirty-beer-garden feel it once had, the food is still excellent. The grilled beef and pork, tender, smoky and slightly sweet, are the standouts, but the sngor chrouk trey, fish soup with a lemongrass broth, lime juice, and fresh herbs, is not to be missed. Their menu has photographs and English translations, making this a good first Khmer BBQ experience for out-of-town visitors.