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  • seaeagle

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    Hey there,

    As a lone male traveller in Laos and Cambodia (travelling North from Lao to Phnom Penh) i was wondering which would be the best place in Phnom Penh to get a real taste of the city yet also meet people?

    I was thinking either staying on the corner of street 178 (Bright Lotus Guesthouse) or on Street 51 (Walkabout) or wherever really. Im only 20 so luxury isn't really a requirement

    Thanks

    #1 Posted: 2/10/2008 - 02:38

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  • seaeagle

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    Sorry i meant south from Lao (im sure you know what i mean)

    #2 Posted: 2/10/2008 - 02:38

  • mrparanoid

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    Walkabout in street 51 is basically a.. eh.. "house of ill repute". Where mainly prostitutes and people looking for prostitutes hang out. I also believe rooms in the walkabout are used for "short time" encounters between these two forementioned groups of people. I would not recommend staying there if that is not what you are looking for.
    'Velkommen inn' on street 104 is a great place. Even if it is in a bar street, it is not a very noisy area. It is a family friendly place with a very helpful owner and great staff. (If you are there on a sunday you should join the owner for a Hash House Harriers run.. Loads of expats and some locals get together for a run in the outskirts of Phnom Penh(Countryside).. Very social.. You will most likely meet loads of people.)Recently opened. Has in room safe. Rooms from $15-35 I think.. I just stayed there 2 weeks ago. Had the biggest room with balcony.
    Just across the street is Pickled Parrot which is open 24 hours and has wireless internet, and a pc you can use.

    #3 Posted: 21/10/2008 - 15:48

  • mrparanoid

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    I actually double-checked with a friend just to be certain that I did not post false information, and I need to correct something.. To be fair.. Walkabout in itself is actually a 24-hour bar with pool, some tv's with sports and also they serve food as well.. They also have rooms for rent.. and is not actually per definiton a "house of ill repute". But it is mainly frequented by local women seeking short-term company and tourists that are looking for the same thing.

    #4 Posted: 21/10/2008 - 22:28

  • seaeagle

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    Righteo

    thanks a lot for the reply!! Yeah a couple of my mates went to the walkabout and they said pretty much what you did, will continue the research

    #5 Posted: 22/10/2008 - 00:24

  • neogary

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    23rd September, 2005
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    I think No.9 Guesthouse by the lakeside or the guesthouses around the lovely area is nice. didnt stay here though, just chanced upon the place and had a couple of beers, sunset from the porch was great,i'd drink more if not for the fact that i goto walk a long way back to where i stay ( near independence monument )

    #6 Posted: 22/10/2008 - 01:02

  • mrparanoid

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    I was there drinking one night, playing some pool.. and I agree that it is especially nice at sunset on the porch with a cold beer.
    I didn't see the rooms but by the people living there it couldn't have been too bad. Nice staff. Ok food. But it isn't a very Cambodian experience I think. Nothing but westerners and a couple of africans sitting around reading lonely planet openly smoking ganja.. sharing 1 beer. If you want a taste of Phnom Penh you would be better off living in a different area I think.

    #7 Posted: 22/10/2008 - 18:12

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