The SpaceThis luxury penthouse is located on the 4th floor. All windows can slide open and create a spacious and fresh atmosphere. With everything closed you don't hear you are in a capital city anymore and you can retreat yourself in air conditioned awesomeness with great views. The three bedrooms all have king size beds and en suite bathrooms with a amazing hot water shower. Guest AccessGuests have access to the entire penthouse apartment on the 4th floor (no elevator). Interaction with GuestsThe owner of the apartment can easily be reached by phone or social media messaging and will stay at another location nearby. The NeighborhoodThe Russian Market area in the south-west of Phnom Penh is an upcoming neighbourhood and currently sees a rise in new restaurants, air conditioned coffee shops, mini markets and fresh bakeries.
The market itself is unmissable for daily fresh fruit and vegetables and anything you might need when in town.
Nearby is the Phnom Penh Sports Club, which features various outdoor swimming pools, saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools and a full-on gym. Access for $5 per day, including towel. Getting AroundBeing such a small city, Phnom Penh is quite easy to get around, although traffic is getting worse by the year and traffic jams are common around the morning and evening rush hour, particularly around Monivong and Norodom Boulevards.
Phnom Penh doesn't have any public transport so you get around using a tuktuk (max $3 per ride) or on the back of a moto (motodop, from $0.50 per ride). As drivers don't really know the city that much and can't read maps, prepare ahead so you are able to give them directions.
I advice visitors not to negotiate a price, as that makes you a tourist and the driver will always raise the price in his favor. If you just mention a destination and help the driver with directions, you decide the pay at the end - which again, is never more than $3. If you let the driver decide, you end up spending more than $10 and that's way too much :-)
If you arrive at the airport in Phnom Penh, catch a transport vouchers if you head towards the exit of the arrivals hall. You can get a fixed price voucher for either an airport taxi ($9) or tuktuk ($7) and once outside you'll be helped with one. It's about a 40 mins to 1 hour drive from the airport.
There are numerous motorbike hire places around town. Bear in mind that motorbike theft is a problem in Phnom Penh, and if the bike gets stolen you will be liable. Ask for a lock and use it, plus only leave the bike in guarded parking areas where available, such as outside popular markets (300r). The best places for motorbike hire is "Angkor Motor Cycles" (#9, Street 51, cornering Golden Sorya Market). A 100cc Honda costs US$4 per day or US$30 per week and 250cc dirt bikes start at US$15 per day or US$100 a week. Other Things to NoteThere is a handy mini-market store just one block down the street on Street 155, named Angkor Market. It's two floors and pretty much has everything, even daily fresh bread from local bakeries. Across the street is Joma's Bakery, which offers great air conditioned wifi too.
Phnom Penh's Best around the corner:
- Alma, Mexican breakfast and lunch place, open from 8am to 2pm only (!), except on Mondays. Just down the road on Street 454.
- Japanese bar named Sesame Noodle Bar offers the best (cold) noodles in town. You won't be disappointed. Down the road on Street 460.
- Divine Pizza & Ribs, up the road on Street 454, offers PP's best pizza and their ribs are amazing. They also deliver.