It was my first solo trip to Phnom Penh. Since my family and boyfriend was worried about me going to Cambodia alone, I took the easy way out and requested for airport pickup. All of them were arranged by Europe Guesthouse.
It was a pretty easy trip, considering that I only stayed in Phnom Penh for 4 days.
The tuk-tuk driver was waiting for me when I came out of the airport, with my name written on a piece of paper/cardboard, which I was quite grateful for (and not to mention that it felt like I was in some drama ;P) The driver, unfortunately could not speak much English, but he did try his best to talk to me.
He fetched me to Europe Guesthouse for USD7, though I knew that one could have been gotten for USD5. BUT, the official rate for tuk-tuk from the airport is USD7. I don't mind paying this rate as he did wait for me and I do not have to look like some lost sheep trying to get a tuk-tuk outside the airport, which is around 500m away. The roads to the city were quite dusty but still bearable. Traffic conditions are not as bad as I thought it was, even though their driving leave much to be desired.
When I reached the guesthouse, the staff was very nice, and promptly checked me in. The room was spacious and no-frills, so much better than I expected. And there is also a bathroom attached. All for USD 15 for one person. It is only USD17 for 2! It is so much cheaper if there are 2 or more travelling so that the accommodation and transport fees could be shared.
When I slept enough, I asked him for recommendations and he explained to me about the different places of attractions, and also informed me that the palace was closed because the Cambodian King had passed away. He also advised me on the prices of the ride so that I would not get cheated by the tuk-tuk drivers.
The tuk-tuk driver was quite insistent though. He kept wanting to get my business and just hang around. The big Lin explained to me that the tuk-tuk drivers need to pay for quite a bit of stuff, which left them with little money, but I felt that I was like in a vulnerable position when they kept wanting to bring me to places that I don't really want to go. However, it is very convenient to have a tuk-tuk driver at your call and convenience especially if you are afraid of being mugged. But, please do not accept the first price that they offer you as it would have been a jack-up price.
That aside, the owner and the staff of the guesthouse is amazing. I am delighted to say that they made my days in Phnom Penh memorable, and their service was very good. They provided us with juices, fruits and desserts when I was there, and also the other guests too. The owner even invited me to have dinner with them! Would definitely recommend people to go there to stay.
The owner also has two girls, but I only saw one of them during my trip. It was fun playing with the little kid, and she was so awesomely cute!
Location wise, they are pretty good. It is near the riverside, and the places of attraction are walkable.
They also have different channels on tv so one can actually slack in the guestroom to watch the TV, especially in the afternoon when it's so hot.
Kudos to the owners and staff there who really made the trip memorable and fun!