After spending about 3 nights at the Nagara Angkor Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, I took a domestic flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by Bassaka Air. This is not the first time I travelled to Phnom Penh and I simply can’t wait to get to Phnom Penh to meet my friends. When I was at the airport, I have decided to take a tuk tuk knowing that it would only cost me USD$9, I was reluctant to pay anything more than USD$9.
After some negotiating with the tuk tuk driver, I got the tuk tuk at the actual price of USD$9. I have also read many reports, regarding travellers being the target for snatch theft. I was carrying a backpack and my camera bag, the camera bag was sling onto my body and I secure the shoulder strap hooked around my legs to prevent anyone from trying to snatch theft. 30 mins under the hot blazing sun, I reached the Cardamom Hotel. Cardamom Hotel is a 3 star hotel located less than 10 mins walk away from the Central Market.
I checked into the hotel early and was given room 602 on level 6. The hotel was equipped with a lift, so you won’t need to worry about staying at high levels. As I had to check in early, the housekeeper was still cleaning the room, I waited about 5 mins outside the sitting area near my room.
Whenever I stepped into a hotel, the first thing I would look is the bed. Cardamom Hotel has comfy beds with tender loving pillows. I quickly unpacked my stuff and head for a quick shower before meeting my friends for lunch. The hotel has all the necessary amenities.
The toilet has been divided between the dry and wet area.
After a quick shower, I head over to meet my friends for lunch at a nearby restaurant. On the first night, I had tried to walk from the riverside to my hotel which I would not recommend you to do it! The distance was not very far about 15 mins but the walk had to pass by some dark alley, and I was using my mobile phone to navigate through the streets, I was worried that someone might rob or snatch my phone away. It was a terrifying experience, but in the end, I reached my hotel safe and sound.
The next morning, I just wouldn’t want to wake up, the bed was just too comfortable and I force myself out of the bed for breakfast at the restaurant.
Cardamom Hotel provides a wide spread for breakfast, and they have a chef to cook omelette and noodles for you on the spot. Whenever I pass by the hotel’s reception, the hotel receptionist would stand up to acknowledge me, which makes me feel genuinely welcomed and honoured.
Cardamom Hotel and Apartment is a 3-star hotel suitable for business and leisure travellers, it is located in the heart of Phnom Penh about 10 mins away from Central Market, Heart of Darkness (the area is similar to pub street in Siem Reap) and Dine in the Dark, Phnom Penh. You may want to take an early morning walk to the Royal Palace which is located about 20 mins. I was honoured to speak to their Resident Manager, Mr Seth, he shared with me the plans of the hotel, as they are currently building a 5-star hotel next to Cardamom Hotel which is expected to be ready in 2018.
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