Headed to Phnom Penh tomorrow Sept 9/2011 and probably in and out of the city a few times.
I know al about the situation at Lake Side and I know it's changing rapidly.
I did a search here and I can't seem to find any recent info. Is it worth it to head to Lakeside or go straight to the river front?
We're looking for nice clean cheap accommodation, as I remember the riverfront was a bit more expensive. Is this the same scenario?
#1 AGRO has been a member since 27/7/2011. Posts: 31
I haven't been to the Lakeside recently but it seems there isn't much left of it. I'm sure there's still some cheap guesthouses in operation but it has lost its "center of the backpackers-world" appeal.
Add to that that it's rainy season (flooded areas due to Lakeworks) and I would opt for something else. At the moment a new backpackers area hasn't been established. Your options are therefor scattered all over the city and it depends on your requirements. If you want to meet a lot of other westerners or just looking for cheap decent place with access to cheap eateries.
Riverside is still (relatively) expensive and not great value for money. I remember your posts about budget and I don't think riverside is best for you. Also because most eateries on the riverside aim for (normal) tourists. A few streets back from the riverside things are a lot cheaper.
great thanks for the tips....we opted to take a tuk tuk's advice and he brought us to an area near the palace. It's not so bad here either.
#3 AGRO has been a member since 27/7/2011. Posts: 31
another area you might like to check out is the streets running south from phsar Orussey- 111-125, good neighbourhood with some nice guesthouses
#4 kiaraangus has been a member since 25/10/2010. Posts: 13
Found a place, and it gave me a whole new feeling for Phnom Penh .
Don't get me wrong, Lakeside was cool and the sunsets were beautiful, but it kept me confined in that area.
I remember I'd walk to the riverside from there past the wat on the hill. And Phnom Penh was just a get in and get out kind of city.
But now that I've been forced t move elsewhere which was near the Royal Temple I'm around lots of beautiful public spaces, parks, the riverside, etc. It's not such a confined tourist ghetto.
I think it's pretty horrible with the forced evictions and all that, but all that aside I'm actually quite happy to be forced into the rest of town for longer periods of time
#5 AGRO has been a member since 27/7/2011. Posts: 31
Completely agree with your views.
Lakeside never did anything for me. Even though I'm not strictly a backpacker I do go sometimes to the backpackers ghettos but never in PP. Always found it too isolated.
Other good areas:
- Near Russian market. A bit out of the way and also a bit isolated but great little eateries and good local vibe (mixed with a few foreigners) in that area.
- As kiaraanugs said, the street that ends/starts at Orussei market. Narim2, Spring and other cheap guesthouses. Orussei is the commercial heart of PP and great alleys with foodstalls in the streets around it. Not that the food is necessarily great but certainly cheap. Also has decent manageable access to riverfront and so on.
Hope you enjoy PP