Relax, Shop Like a Local and Give Back in Phnom Penh

Throne Hall, Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Photo via Wikimedia Commons.)

Lets face it. In today’s economy most of us are looking for the best bang for our buck. But how do you do that when you want to travel?


I cannot claim to be the most adventurous traveler that is out there.  I might give “glamping” a try but the last time i went (real) camping I was in the 4th grade and it ended in disaster (don’t ask
). The thought of staying in a room in a hostel with other travelers scares me (even though the price is very enticing) and I have worked in the hospitality industry far too long to give in to the

What can i say?  I’ve got champagne taste and a beer budget

lure of 
a low budget motel. What can i say?  I’ve got champagne taste and a beer budget.  But why should I settle for less when I know that I can have both?  If you are willing to do a little digging, then you too, can find the perfect luxury getaway at a GREAT rate!

Eastern Europe, Central America and certain spots in Asia generally come to mind when I think about areas of the world where you can get great deals on amazing hotels and resorts. This week, I’d like to take you to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The 252 is a contemporary luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of Phnom Penh.  With 19 hotel rooms, a bar and restaurant, gardens and infinity pool, this is the perfect place to kick back and relax a bit during your travels.  The hotel rooms are light and airy and are exclusively decorated with Tendance Khmere products. Social responsibility is important to The 252 and it shows in many ways. They encourage their guests to be socially responsible by donating toys, money or their time at one of the local orphanages. Hotel management has hired tutors for the employees to teach them to read and write as well as English classes and job training courses. This, in turn, helps the employees serve the guests better and also helps the local community. Soft furnishings in the hotel rooms by Tendance Khmere are made by local craftspeople right in Phnom Penh. 

The 19 hotel rooms include breakfast, wifi and taxes and range in price from $45-$65/night. 

While in Phnom Penh make sure to check out these great budget spots:

The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda: ($3 per person.) Step back in time as you stroll past the ornate building and through the beautiful royal gardens. The Silver Pagoda is aptly called that due to its silver floor. The Pagoda houses the “Emerald Buddha” as well as a collection of many other Buddha statues.

River Cruises: The cruises usually run about $10/hour and are a great way to cool off see Phnom Penh and surrounding areas by boat!

Russian Market: (FREE!) What Russian Market lacks in Architecture (like Central Market) it makes for in character. It is a great place to sample local crafts including silk, carvings and jewelry.
Colleen Ruska

About Colleen Ruska

Colleen Ruska an expert in Luxury Travel on a Budget, with 10+ years in the hospitality industry on her side, she has the inside scoop on how to get the best deal on hotel stays. She currently lives on the beautiful Georgia Coast and can usually be found at the beach soaking up the sun!