Thursday, May 28, 2009

Palace views

They are not joking when they claim to have a great view of the Royal Palace
I popped out of the office to have a quick look at the FCC's latest addition to their accommodation stable, namely the one-roomed Palace View they have just opened, which fronts onto the popular Royal Garden spread out at the foot of the Chan Chhaya Pavilion and the Royal Palace behind that. Great views from the room and the private terrace up above though its a popular area at all times of the day and the room is more what I would call intimate than spacious. The FCC already has nine rooms at their original location and another 16 rooms at The Quay, with plans to turn the run-down colonial building known as The Mansion into another hotel outlet. I also stopped off at Sorya Market for a whizz up to the top of the building and a look at the views from the balcony over the under-renovation Central Market and across the rooftops of the city. It's now just started raining cats and dogs and fingers crossed it'll clear up before tonight's double-bill screening at Meta House of the documentaries, The Tenth Dancer and Samsara. They are certainly two films that deserve a big audience but you can never really judge how many people will turn up until it starts. Get along if you can, it begins at 7pm.
The one-room Palace View, part of the FCC stable
The frontage of Palace View, on the 1st floor. A coffee shop is opening on the ground floor, next to Pacharan
A look over the Central Market, taken from the top of the Sorya Market building

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing picture in phnom penh. I am homesick because your picture. I stay away from cambodia about 3 years.


May 28, 2009 at 4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andy, I can't wait to see the Central Market completed. It looks like they're going to renovate and repaint the entire structure which is no doubt one of the famous and recognizable landmarks of Phnom Penh. I think this structure is one of the most beautiful architecture in Phnom Penh. Glad to see they preserve it forever. Thanks for sharing and posting the photos.

May 29, 2009 at 7:06 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Oh, I'm just pining to go! I'm not a big blog reader but I found this one searching for something Cambodian related (I forget what specifically, but since you seem to cover all things Khmer it really isn't important!) and now visit everyday! Thanks so much! These photos and almost daily updates are the best

May 29, 2009 at 7:32 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Thanks for the comments. The Central Market (Psar Thmei) is looking a mess right now as its in the midst of renovation but when its finished I will be sure to return to take a few photos from above the market at Sorya and inside the market itself.
Kathleen, if there's anything you want me to cover just for you, ask and I'll see what I can do :-)

May 29, 2009 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Thanks! I'm still going through the archives so we'll see if I can think of something you haven't explored!

May 29, 2009 at 10:07 PM  

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