TRAVELOGUE

Phnom Penh: Queen Wood Hotel

I’m finally beginning to post the photos I took during my trip to Cambodia and Thailand in January! Ottie and I went budget this time round – we brought three laptop backpacks for an eight day trip (although the third laptop bag was really due to Ottie’s insistence on bringing his laptop that was never actually used).

Our itinerary was to fly from Singapore to the city of Phnom Penh where we’d stay for two days, then take a seven hour ferry from Sisowath Quay to Siem Reap where we’d meet up with his friends who had coinciding travel itineraries for the next four days, and finally to walk across the Cambodia/Thai border to spend the last two nights in Bangkok. It was the first time I had traveled in such a budget and impromptu fashion. In fact, we only booked our lodgings for Phnom Penh while waiting for the plane to take off. Viva mobile data!

On a plane, holding an arrival card to enter Cambodia.

Queen Wood Hotel is a budget place located near Sisowath Quay. We got a decent bed-sized room for about $40 a night. No, ‘bed-sized room’ was not an error. Apart from the built-in closet and dresser, there wasn’t much space for anything else in the living space, which was fine by us, since all we really needed was a comfortable bed and a place to shower. It does however, boast an excellent view of the area from the rooftop:

Queen bed at the Queen Wood Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.A queen bed at Queen Wood Hotel seems apt.

Elevator gap at the Queen Wood Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.The gaps in the elevator is a little scary.

View of pool deck of the Queen Wood Hotel, and the night skyline in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.Part of the pool on the rooftop, and the rest of Phnom Penh.

Fallen christmas tree on the rooftop of the Queen Wood Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.Fallen christmas tree on the second level rooftop.

Night skyline in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Night skyline in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Night skyline in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Stack of replicated US dollars for burning to ancestors.Here’s an unrelated picture I took of these stacks of incense paper in the form of American dollars, at the Russian Market. Ottie was adamant against my desire to purchase such a stack, citing possible detainment at the airport when we got back. Sigh.

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