Golden Banana

Nope, that’s not my nickname it’s the name of the hotel I have fallen into like a lover into his lovers arms.

The first hotel ‘smilies guesthouse’ was rather incredible with rooms ranging from $4.00 to my luxury $12.00 room with a TV and aircon, but I felt a bit under the weather for a few days so decided to drag my caracasse to the Angkorland hotel where my wallet started to leak $50.00 a night. Now I know what you are thinking, you can’t get a place under aunt mildereds pettycoat in weymouth for that much money, but we are talking serious comfort per buck here.

So, Angkorland had a nice pool, a great breakfast with more fruit than you could shake a stick at but it did lack that little something, so I went surfing and came up with the little gem I am staying in right now.

The Golden banana has a little boutique hotel with rooms that are spread over two floors, so you get a bedroom with a delightfully tiled shower room and then on a second floor a study with TV and a minibar with Champagne and a note saying ‘we hope you drink loads’. They don’t know me.

The tour de force though has to be a little cacoon style bamboo chair that overlooks the greenery fringed pool. I feel like I have come home – I felt drained when I came to Siem Reap, now I am full of beans in a boutique hotel that is massaging my soul.

If I forgot the price they are charging me $49 for the room I am in but I will probably move to a $22 room tomorrow because too much luxury disturbs my socialist principles – or that I have to get disciplined and reduce the spend on rooms so that I can raise the spend on Cambodian food. Whatever, I’m enjoying it while I can.

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