Archive | November, 2011

Good Hostels in Phnom Penh

30 Nov

Phnom Penh has plenty of excellent lodging, unbiased of your budget. If your budget allowed is a couple of thousand bucks for a single night or only a pitiful seven there are still lots of possibilities available to you that will allow you to sleep soundly and get a good nights sleep, many of these option pretty surprisingly when it comes to this South East Asian country of acceptable good-quality.

The hot spot for Bed and Breakfasts in the past used to be the Boeng Kak Lake or alternatively the Riverside location near Sisowath quay, nonetheless thanks to the purchase of the lake in addition to the subsequent closing down of the business spot around it in early 2011‚ you will now not find the same quality of vibe – in fact its desolate so forget it – dont take advice from someone that went over a year ago and keep reading.

The top guesthouses and vacation accommodation has shifted to completely new sections of the city. You have a couple of choices – Now if  you’re out to have experiance of Phnom Penhs notorious hotspots – you know what I mean by this I hope, you may want a nice bed and breakfast nearer to the activities, in the event that this is in fact the case we advise you stay around the Riverside area. Riverside area has lots of bars but it may not be the ideal place for a couple as it can be a bit seedy.  Now if you are wanting to go out boozing I would really suggest taking a look at The Phnom Penh bar guide first.

If you want to soak up Phnom Penh’s awesome trekker and backpacker scene then you will come across most of the dynamic lodging in and about Funky Town ‚ this is the spot close to street 278 in the BKK1 district near WAT LANKA and close to the independence monument.
Generally there are now hostels and dormitory beds offered in Phnom Penh, the finest of which are found in the busy BKK1 district. The preferred dormitory beds by far are available in The Mad Monkey Lodge set on Street 302 in the vicinity of the busy Street 278 area. Dorms in this full of activity hostel are offered for around seven dollars in high season period, you can share a dorm with either six to eight people that will also be traveling around Cambodia.

This can be a really good vibe and The Mad Monkey has become a well known hostel because at any one moment in time generally there are fifty to seventy vacation goers residing / trekking around South East Asia ‚this key fact makes the Mad Monkey a superb choice for those looking for coziness as well as a great dynamic social scene close to this cool area.

The Top Banana bed and breakfast doesnt have dorms yet but it does offer low-priced rooms coupled with an lively tavern scene. This guesthouse has been busy since 2001 since started in business and is now a stalwartof the Phnom Penh Backpacking scene that regularly means they are full to the brim most nights as with the Mad Monkey. Much more of a tavern in comparison with a guesthouse these days it tends to be a preferance for those bedding down over at the Mad Monkey or alternative hostels in the vicinity when it comes to late night-time drinks together with the backpacker party scene.

The Blue Dog and Red Dog bed and breakfast located on street 51, and street 310 do provide lower rate budget room accommodation in Phnom Penh, whilst not really as swish as their neighbours a few blocks out everybody can purchase a sleep for the night-time for just about five to ten bucks and always walk around the corner to The Mad Monkey or to Top Banana for drinks and beers.

The Cheeky Monkey guesthouse Phnom Penh is the absolute best in flash-packing this is managed by the same group associated with The Mad Monkey and also offers you quarters from $18 to $26 a night which often include flat display televisions together with morning breakfast included in your room rate.

If all of these are packed full you may wish to go find out out the Mini Banana ‚its the smaller cousin guesthouse to Top Banana this offers standard dormitory spots (these are located on the floor) or else in order for a more stylish experience you could try The Cheeky Monkey .

Generally there are often alternative possibilities in and around Phnom Penh however if you are a backpacker that strives to hook up with similar minded travellers then the BKK1 district ought to become your first and foremost port of call if you want the backpacker scene.  If you need more info on Phnom Penh read some of the ideas on here or you can try my Phnom Penh Travel blogger site.

Interesting Blog About Getting Around Cambodia

28 Nov

I must get asked this stuff 100 times a day – now I just point people at this website.

Amplify’d from cheapflightscambodia.com
Phnom Penh To Siem Reap

Travelling between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap is pretty easy; firstly you have three options available to you allowing you to move between the two.  Click on Read More for detailed information.

Phnom Penh Siam Reap

Phnom Penh To Siem Reap

Travelling between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap is pretty easy; firstly you have three options available to you allowing you to move between the two.  Click on Read More for detailed information.

Bus between Phnom Penh and Siem ReapPhnom Penh Siam Reap

Tickets can be purchased for around $10.00 USD and the bus takes around 5-6 hours as log as you don’t hit a moto, have your bus tire fall off or get stuck in the busy Phnom Penh Traffic.  If you are currently in Phnom Penh, I suggest you buy your tickets from The Mad Monkey, which is located on Street 302.  The Mad Monkey is where I buy my bus tickets simply because they offer all of the main bus operators tickets to all of the main destinations.  Depending on the bus routes. 




Phnom Penh To Siem Reap


Travelling between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap is pretty easy; firstly you have three options available to you allowing you to move between the two.  Click on Read More for detailed information.




Bus between Phnom Penh and Siem ReapPhnom Penh Siam Reap


Tickets can be purchased for around $10.00 USD and the bus takes around 5-6 hours as log as you don’t hit a moto, have your bus tire fall off or get stuck in the busy Phnom Penh Traffic.  If you are currently in Phnom Penh, I suggest you buy your tickets from The Mad Monkey, which is located on Street 302.  The Mad Monkey is where I buy my bus tickets simply because they offer all of the main bus operators tickets to all of the main destinations.  Depending on the bus routes. 

Visit the Mad Monkey Website

Flights between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap

Cambodian Angkor Air offers a number of flights each day between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap – You can book your flights online at this URL, however yo may also want to pop your head into a travel agency as they can often provide tickets cheaper than you would be able to buy them for online.   Flight costs are between $50 and $150.00 USD a ticket one way depending on availability, but if you book in advance you may be able to get this for significantly less. 

Read more at cheapflightscambodia.com

 

Article About Monkey Hospitality Group

26 Nov

Decent little snippet article about the Cambodian Tourism Sector and the Backpacking and Hostel Sectors.

Free TEFL Course

25 Nov

I thought I would share this link from www.dubailime.com a classified site in Dubai.  It offers its members special offers each month – This month one of its offers is a free TEFL course.

http://www.dubailime.com/novembers-limer-offers.html

I have actually completed my TEFL and it cost me an arm and a leg so even one course for free offers pretty significant value.  When I was teaching in Vietnam I would get $800 USD a month for teaching English which i can do by just having a basic arts degree.  When I got a TEFL behind me I started working at specialist English schools and adult education centers in Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand and during that time I dont think I earn less than $2,000 bucks a month working a straight 40 hour week so its worth a go if you are traveling around and want to teach English on your gap year.  You dont have to be a member of the site to click the link so I think they have made a mistake – If you follow the link on the page it takes you to the TEFL site – at the bottom at the left hand side carefully hidden under all the bumf i the link to the free course.

Hope this helps!

Democracy in Egypt

24 Nov

This is a post from Social Media Me this week – please be aware the video in the post has some pretty graphic content of people getting beaten to hell.

Amplify’d from www.socialmediame.com
This is what democracy looks like – In Egypt

Egypt’s ruling military council has accepted the
resignation of the Cabinet and agreed to form the national salvation
government. It also pledged to stage presidential elections and transfer power
to a civilian government by July 1, 2012.

 

Meanwhile thousands of Egyptians remain in Cairo’s
Tahrir Square demanding an immediate end to military rule in the country,
despite the pledge.  The result –
some pretty heavy crackdown by the army making Tahir Square look like a war
zone.

Read more at www.socialmediame.com

 

Will Israel Attack Iran

23 Nov

Lets all look at a balanced sorecard before we jump to opinions – and then jump to opinions – Good post with some pretty decent background about if Iran is about to get its arse kicked.

Amplify’d from www.socialmediame.com
iran_attack.jpg

It is a significant question and one that probably
needs some in-depth research. 
Currently most of the western news media are reporting that this is
imminent, obviously the Israelis are more than concerned about Iran’s growing
nuclear capability and feel as though a pre-emptive strike may be the best way
to settle the issue.

One report this week, I think it was from RT stated
“what Isreal does not  understand
is that this
militarist rhetoric in the Middle East, and an attack on Iran could
lead to a catastrophic war in the region”.

Read more at www.socialmediame.com

 

Occupy Wall Street Last Couple of Days

21 Nov

Just in case I ever forget that cops in the USA wont hesitate to pepper spray me in the face for sitting down demonstrating peacefully !

20 Nov

Looks like china is winning the innobation war http://h2onewmedia.newsvine.com/_news/2011/11/19/8892102-venture-capital-companies-in-china http://amplify.com/u/a1ilto

China Venture Capital Companies

19 Nov

China has about 300 venture capital companies active these days!  Take a look at the list on this free Venture Capital Database!

Currently CVCA has more than 150 member firms, which collectively manage over US$500 billion in venture capital and private equity funds.CVCA’s member firms have long and rich experience in PE and VC investing worldwide and have made many successful investments in a variety of industries in China, including information technology,telecommunications, business services,media and entertainment, biotechnology,consumer products, general manufacturing and more.

Staying at The Cheeky Monkey

19 Nov

Just to let everyone know I will be staying at the Cheeky Monkey Guesthouse located on Street 830 for the next three months. It is one of the best guesthouses in Phnom Penh and I have the most amazing view of the city plus the temples from my bedroom window. I will be here for a couple of months prior to getting back to the United Kingdom – Prices are between $18 and $26 a night!

If you need to get hold of me whilst I am gone please check on the Cheeky Monkey Website!