When thinking of visiting Cambodia, what comes to mind first is Siem Reap with its ancients sites of Angkor Wat.
Phnom Penh is the proud and bustling capital of Cambodia, a country that borders on Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. In addition it got a 443 km / 275 miles coastline with the Gulf of Thailand.
Phnom Penh’s main attraction is the Mekong river. The Bale Phnom Penh, a just opened contemporary boutique luxury hotel, takes full advantage of this majestic river.
The Raffles has been Phnom Penh’s Grande Dame since 1929. Its Elephant Bar is one of the world’s most famous watering holes.
Shortly, the Rosewood Phnom Penh will make its debut. The contrast couldn’t be bigger: The new hotel will be towering above the city with trendy design and a 37-floor overhanging bar.
So, why not combine Siem Reap and Phnom Penh?
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I am on a 4-day visit to much underrated Jakarta and have inspected 16 luxury hotels.
The clear winners with wow factor are the Four Seasons and the Raffles which I guess is not totally surprising.
The title for coolest new room product goes to the Keraton at the Plaza.
In case you are more old school you might want to consider two beautiful colonial style mansion hotels, the Dharmawangsa and the Hermitage.
Afraid of heights? Then avoid the new Westin hotel with breathtaking views from levels 50-69.
Within the coming two years there will be new luxury openings including Alila, Langham, Waldorf Astoria, Park Hyatt, Regent and St. Regis. Uff. Hopefully by then the massive amount of construction will be over and the new metro operational.
Thank you Jakarta,
I will be back!