August 13, 2016

Hotel Review: Khemara Guesthouse Phnom Penh Cambodia

Khemara Guesthouse
While on the way to visit the famous Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, I stayed a couple nights in Phnom Penh at Khemara Guesthouse. This guesthouse is an excellent choice for budget and has a great location. If you want to get away from all the hustles and bustles of the tourist area such as the riverside, then Khemara Guesthouse is the place to be as it puts you right in the central location to entertainment places, yet far away from all the touristic areas. Staying at this guesthouse will make you experience how Cambodian people and cultures are like over there. In this review, I'll be focusing on the Price & Room, Location, Transportation, People and Culture.

Price & Room

You can't really beat the price with this Khemara Guesthouse. Nightly rate is only USD$10 per night if you book directly with them for their Apartment Room which is newly renovated with tiles throughout and modern shower room. It's very spacious. It has living and kitchen areas, private bedroom, private bathroom, and a balcony. Wifi is also free both in the room and in the public area for certain rooms. The only downside about the room is that it does not have air conditioning but it has fan. This is the only reason why I decided to go with the Superior Double Room instead. The Superior Room is also spacious, it has two beds that can accommodate up to 4 people. The nightly rate is USD$20 per night. It comes with both fan and air conditioning. It is a private bedroom and has a private bathroom that has a hot water system. In reality though, given how hot and humid Cambodia is, hot water wouldn't be necessary and the Apartment Room with fan could have been enough for me as the nightly rate is cheaper than the Superior Room. It is worth mentioning too that if you want to stay longer at the Khemara Guesthouse, they have weekly rate and monthly rate also that are cheaper than the nightly rate.

New Modern Shower Room In Apartment Room
Modern Sink In Apartment Room
Private Bedroom In Apartment Room
Both Fan and Air Conditioning In Superior Double Beds Room
Lovely Balcony infront of the Apartment Room

Location

The location of the Khemara Guesthouse is fantastic. It's very central and all within walking distance to entertainment district such as shopping, restaurants and bars. Central Market is just a short walk away from the guesthouse for cheap souvenirs. A short "Touk Touk" ride will get you to the Royal Palace, National Museum, Independence Monument and other major attractions. Khemara Guesthouse is also situated in the business district in Phnom Penh where you get to experience how Cambodian people live and do business on a daily basis. It's a great way to learn about their people and cultures. I really love the fact that the location of this guesthouse is far away from the touristy places that can get really noisy and bothersome due to people party all night long and loud music. Another thing that I love about the location of this guesthouse is the fact that I can just walk to just about anywhere, even the bus station to get me to the coastline Sihanoukville, Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat, Thailand, Vietnam to name a few.

Central Market for Cheap Souvenirs is Within Walking Distance
You Can Visit the Royal Palace While Staying At Khemara Guesthouse
The National Museum Is Just A Short "Touk Touk" Ride Away

Transportation

As I mentioned earlier, I can just walk to just about anywhere for shopping, restaurants and bars during my stay at Khemara Guesthouse. If you want to go somewhere else, the "Touk Touk" is a great cheap taxi service that gets you there. Phnom Penh International Airport is also just a short drive from there. You can contact the guesthouse to arrange the service if you'd like them to pick you up and drop you right at the guesthouse. To me, bargaining for the transportation price right after my long flight isn't something that I am looking forward to doing.

People and Culture

I feel like this deserves its own section because a visit to Cambodia isn't complete without getting to know the authenticity of Cambodian people's life on a daily basis. Khemara Guesthouse provides this type of opportunity. First of all, this guesthouse is family owned. They are friendly and nice people with smiley faces. I felt like I was up close to the people and culture there. People there are very hard working from sunrise to sundown. From the guesthouse, I was able to see how busy the street can be over there, thanks to the hotel's balcony. Personally, I feel that when I travel away from home, I want to see something that's different than my own country. That is why I decided to stay away from the touristy areas that are mostly tailored to American/European lifestyle. I wanted to be as close as possible to Cambodian people and culture so that I have good story to tell at home, and memory to cherish.

Conclusion

In summary, I had pleasant stays at Khemara Guesthouse. This is a very budget hotel, but has several perks such as very affordable price with spacious rooms, private bedroom, private bathroom, balcony, and great location. If you are expecting a fancy hotel at this guesthouse, then this is not for you. This is an economical hotel that is centrally located in the heart of Phnom Penh city, yet far away from all the hustles and bustles touristy areas and put you in the heart of Cambodian people and cultural experiences. Do keep in mind though Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia, and therefore with city life, noise is inevitable and it's very common in Cambodia no matter where you go. I highly recommend this guesthouse to travelers that are looking for a few night stays in Phnom Penh. You can book directly with them at www.khemaraguesthouse.com - there are photos of the rooms for you to look at as well.


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