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For those looking for a different way to see Asia, DestinAsian magazine has a round-up of five luxury boat trips, four of which are in Southeast Asia. Aside from the Jayavarman pictured above, they’ve listed the Road to Mandalay cruise in Burma, as well as a couple of ocean trips. As the introduction to the article points out, cruising is a great way to slow down and enjoy the more relaxed pace of life in Southeast Asia.
It’s just been announced that the Hotel De La Paix, one of the stars of the Siem Reap hotel scene, will be rebranded as a Park Hyatt. The hotel will close it’s doors in June of this year for extensive refurbishment before re-opening as a Park Hyatt in early 2013.
For details, see the full article at Examiner.com.
La Villa is very likely the best hotel available in Battambang at the moment, although with so little to choose from, that might not be saying much. Housed in a converted 1930s villa, it’s certainly the most charming. The hotel faces the river opposite to the main part of the city, so that in the mornings you have a great view of the old buildings lining the river, if you have one of the four rooms that face the river.
The hotel has seven rooms (note, however, that they were closing for remodeling in June 2011, so things might have changed). Four of the rooms are in the main building, while the remaining three are in a secondary structure. There is a pool, which is unusual for such a small hotel, as well as a large bar and restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating. There were also a couple of computers in the lobby to use the Internet, and there is free wi-fi available throughout the hotel.
Breakfast is served in the ground floor restaurant. There is no buffet, but a selection of about half a dozen options.
Rooms at the La Villa Hotel may be booked through their web site only.
The Quay is a small boutique hotel run by the same group as the FCC Hotel. The little hotel is right on the riverfront in Phnom Penh, which is one of the best areas to stay in if you want to be close to restaurants and the sights.
I had a standard room for my one night stay. These are the smaller of the two room types available. They’re also at the back of the building, so the only windows they have are small translucent panels that let in some light but no view. Despite this, the room didn’t feel at all claustrophobic, which was probably due to the open plan and light color scheme. The bathroom was large, although it was a rather odd plan. There was a good sized walk in shower and the bathroom was separated from the sleeping area mainly by a large translucent panel. The room has both wired and wireless Internet access for free.
The small hotel has a ground floor restaurant and a roof top lounge. There were several options for breakfast, including many unusual selections. I went for something different, a large slab of toasted banana bread with some cream cheese and butter on the side.
For a longer stay, you would probably want the larger rooms in the front. You can find more details and links to booking sites on The Quay Hotel details page.