An afternoon at the Science Gallery and Science Discovery in Kids City.

Since our son is a little Science geek, we took him to the Science Gallery and Science Discovery at Kids City. The exhibits and activities there aim to explain how the world works.

@ the Science Gallery

Mirror

On the 8th floor is the Science Discovery. It has interactive science lab with more than 60 Science activities and experiments for children aged 12 years old and below.

George Peter assembled the different components of the parallel circuit.

Bravo, George Peter! You did it!

The Science Gallery is on the 9th floor. It contains experiments, displays, and activities that are really well thought out of fun such as human gyro, magnet display, hot air balloon experiment, high-wire bicycle, and electricity table.

Gravity Well – one of the activities he really enjoyed.

Learning about sounds.

Personally, I like it there because most of the exhibits are interactive. Not only the children will learn different things like gravity, sounds, the solar system, etc, but they’ll also be learning in the funniest way possible.

Learning about the solar system.

Conquered his fear of heights through the high-wire bicycle.

Alan tried the Human Gyro

A picture taken through color Kaleidoscope.

It is also safe to do the activities – they have trained staff and the equipment is new and mostly imported from Europe.

Colors

Colors

We spent about 2 hours in the Science Gallery and another 1.5 hours in the Science Discovery, and our son loved his time there. He was fascinated with all the displays and enjoyed all the activities. Certainly, it was a good place for him to relax and enjoy one of his afternoons in Phnom Penh.

Learned how wire buzzer works.

Having fun with the Bernoulli Blower.

Learning about the iris part of the eye.

Indeed, the Science Gallery and the Science Discovery in Kids City are enthralling learning facilities.

Learn more about sounds.

Learn more about sounds.

Little Lilly travel tip:

  • It is conveniently located in Sihanouk Boulevard, just beside Lucky Supermarket.
  • You have to pay for every activity.
  • Most of the activities are designed for children 12 years old and below.
  • It is open from 10AM to 8PM (Monday to Fridays) and from 9Am to 8PM for weekends and holidays.

Have you taken your child to the Science Gallery and Science Discovery in Kids City? What activity did your child enjoy the most?

Slide into Fun at Fantastic Water World

It’s a holiday and the heat is scorching! Luckily, we found a gem, so myself and my family decided to check out the Fantastic Water World in Phnom Penh.

Fantastic Water World

Fantastic Water World

Fantastic Water World looks like a miniature castle. It features a bumpy giant slide, spiral inner-tube rides, two giant-mechanical water buckets, slow-moving moat, climbing forts, slides for little ones and many more. There is also a café, children’s playroom, gym, change rooms, shops and seating areas inside the main building.

Fantastic Water World

Fantastic Water World

Fantastic Water World

It is located inside Grand Phnom Penh International City, northern end of Hanoi Street. We went there by a tuktuk, and it took us about 40 minutes (from BKK 3, Phnom Penh ) to get there. We paid $20 for the round trip plus the waiting time.

Fantastic Water World

Fantastic Water World

Fantastic Water World

Fantastic Water World

The place is very nice. It was not crowded even though it was holiday. Everybody – children and adult alike were just having fun like small little kids. My boys splashed their hearts out as they took the slide of their life on the winding inner tubes rides. Plus, we’ve got some tan lines and we were able to watch the beautiful sun going down the horizon while we were having fun in the water. Overall, we all had a good, fun time and it was a great family day!

Fantastic Water World

Fantastic Water World

Fantastic Water World

Fantastic Water World

Certainly, Fantastic Water World is a good place for families with children and makes a great day out when you are looking to cool down! Grab your families and friends now and be ready to slide, splash and smile at Fantastic Water World!

Fantastic Water World

Fantastic Water World

Fantastic Water World

Little Lilly travel tip:

  • It is open from 9AM to 6PM.
  • The entrance fee is reasonable, $4 per person.
  • The locker costs 1 coin (1,000 Riel or $0.25).
  • No food and drinks allowed inside.

Relax by the rooftop Jacuzzi at Skyard in Balconitel Hotel

Sunday was finally there, and I was ready to enjoy time off with my loves – sipping cocktail while watching the stunning sunset in the breathtaking skyline view from the rooftop Jacuzzi in Skyard.

stunning sunset

Skyard Lounge

Skyard Lounge

Balconitel Hotel

Skyard is a hidden paradise and a little oasis in the chaotic city of Phnom Penh. As we entered the lobby of the hotel we were greeted by a beautiful tropical garden and a very welcoming atmosphere.

Skyard Lounge

at the lobby

Balconitel Hotel

We went there at around 5.30pm, just in time to watch the amazing sunset. When we arrived there were 2 couples, but after fifteen minutes we got the roof terrace all to ourselves, which was very lucky and nice.

Skyard Lounge

Skyard Lounge

We ordered our cocktails and got another glass for free. It was indeed a happy hour.

Skyard Lounge

Skyard Lounge

We had a very relaxing afternoon there. It was not crowded. Great service and good food. The staff was friendly and helpful. They welcomed us warmly and they were always smiling. Absolutely beautiful!

Skyard Lounge

Skyard Lounge

To me, the Skyard Lounge was a great place where to escape the city heat. If you are in Phnom Penh and if you love relaxing on a rooftop lounge, then Skyard is for you.

Skyard Lounge

Have you been to the Skyard? What did you like best there? What do you like about relaxing on the rooftop terrace?

Little Lilly travel tip:

  • It is located on Street 278, BKK1, behind Lucky Supermarket.
  • For a non-guest in the hotel, you’ll pay a very reasonable price for the use of the rooftop Jacuzzi if you do not want to order something. If you order food and drinks for $10 or more the use of rooftop Jacuzzi is free. If you are a guest in their hotel, the use of swimming pool and Jacuzzi is free.
  • The Skyard Lounge serves meals and cocktails until 11pm.

 

Cambodia: Caving in Phnom Chhngok Cave

One of the activities we enjoyed while we were in Kampot was the visit of Phnom Chhngok Cave.

Phnom Chhngok Cave

Phnom Chhngok Cave is a massive limestone karst, which contains many hidden chambers and stalactites, formed by calcium carbonate deposits in water. It is a little bit off the beaten track, about 8 kms from Kampot, at the end of an unpaved road. We hired a tuktuk to go there from Kampot. We went through miles of rice paddies and small villages until we arrived at the cliff.

Phnom Chhngok Cave

From the bottom, we climbed about 300 steps up the hillside. We were greeted by stunning views when we reached the top before we descended into the cave.

Taken from the top of the hill.

Phnom Chhngok Cave

The cave is beautiful. Inside the cave, there is a 7th century red brick Hindu Temple dedicated to Shiva. Apparently, it was built before Angkor Wat. We also saw many amazing natural rock formations resembling an eagle, an elephant, a headless crocodile, a turtle, etc. Unfortunately, we didn’t have flashlights, so we didn’t do the submerged cave crawl out.

Phnom Chhngok Cave

Phnom Chhngok Cave

Certainly, it was such a bewitching experience – the view from the top, the walk to and from the temple and those gorgeous rock formations. Plus, it was a great way to see the countryside. If you are in the area, a visit to Phnom Chhngok Cave is a must.

Phnom Chhngok Cave

Have you been to Phnom Chhngok Cave? What did you like best there?

Little Lilly travel tip:

  • Bring a head torch if you wish to cave-crawl.
  • Wear good shoes.
  • Bring some mosquito repellent.
  • The entrance fee is $1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review: Luna D’Autunno Restaurant in Phnom Penh

For the finest of Italy in Phnom Penh, we always go to Luna D’Autunno Restaurant. It is one of our favorite restaurants in the city as it is a very soothing place and to us it is a little oasis from the bustle and hustle of the city.

We’ve been there several times (since 2011) and we’ve never been disappointed; hence, I decided to write a review.

Luna D’Autunno

Luna D’Autunno

We love its great romantic ambience – gorgeous fairy light lit spacious courtyard under large trees coupled with good music; friendly staff; and the polite and timely service.

@Luna D’Autunno

@Luna D’Autunno

It serves a really luscious food, all made with fresh ingredients and lots of cheese. We’ve always loved their good selection of wine, homemade pasta, and wood fired pizza.

Lasagna

yummy pizza!

Calzone

Tuna Salad

wood fired oven

Furthermore, the desserts especially the Trio of Creme Brulee, made our evening more special. It’s of outstanding quality and just so delicious.

Trio of Créme Brûlée

We also enjoy their complimentary eggplant antipasto and bread.

eggplant antipasto

fresh bread

sauce

Certainly, we will happily be returning there again since we are happy about the place and we always had relaxed and romantic evenings every time we went there.

Have you been to Luna D’Autunno? What did you like best there?

 

 

Amazing Sunsets on Occheuteal Beach

I enjoy each moment at the sea, but the ones I enjoy the most are the ones I spend at the end of the day. I love watching the sunset’s palette of colours and the majestic silhouettes to all those who wished to see the sunset while the sense of tranquility fills me. So, each time we have a trip to Sihanoukville, Cambodia we always go to Occheuteal Beach to watch its amazing sunsets.

Amazing sunset on Occheuteal Beach

Amazing sunset on Occheuteal Beach

Amazing sunset on Occheuteal Beach

Even though we did not spend time in the water on Occheuteal Beach, but the outstanding brilliance of the orange sun was just so perfect to enjoy the moment. Plus, the serenity of the moment was a balm to my soul.

Amazing sunset on Occheuteal Beach

Furthermore, I love the chilling factor on Occheuteal Beach especially when the dusk starts to fall – many people are coming to the beach, restaurants and bars are opening, drinking beer on the beach while watching the people enjoying the salty water, and enjoying watching people passing by while listening to the sound of waves. It is really very lively and fun there at night.

Occheuteal Beach

Occheuteal Beach

Occheuteal Beach

While we were in Sihanoukville, my family and I viewed a number of beach sunsets on Occheuteal Beach. The first sunset was we laid back on the chair and relaxed as we enjoyed Mother Nature’s beauty.

Amazing sunset on Occheuteal Beach

On another day, we watched the sun set on Occheuteal Beach after a day of beach time at Palm Beach Resort. Even though the sun was going down, people continued to enjoy the water.

Amazing sunset on Occheuteal Beach

Amazing sunset on Occheuteal Beach

On another evening, we watched the sun set while we played on the beach sand and swing. What a joy it was to see our son enjoying himself.

Amazing sunset on Occheuteal Beach

Amazing sunset on Occheuteal Beach

Amazing sunset on Occheuteal Beach

On a beach trip, watching the sunset is certainly one of the best moments for me, no matter from what beach I view the ocean.

Amazing sunset on Occheuteal Beach

Little Lilly travel tip:

  1. Be mindful of your stuff because there are many people.
  2. There are many hawkers selling all kind of stuff.
  3. It is very busy during the weekends and during the holidays.

Cambodia: Queenco Palm Beach Resort

We love the beach – sun, sea, sand, and its calming effect on us! Just simply walk on the sand and watch the waves is already breathtaking and enjoyable. Plus, the amazing sunsets at the beach is just so perfect to savor the moment.

Queenco Palm Beach Resort

Queenco Palm Beach Resort

Last Christmas break, we took our son to the beaches in Cambodia. One of the beaches we had been to was the Queenco Palm Beach Resort located in Otres 1 in Sihanoukville.

Queenco Palm Beach Resort

Queenco Palm Beach Resort

Queenco Palm Beach Resort

The beach was nice, tidy, quiet, and lovely! The water was warm, the staff was friendly, the service was good, the view was great and the whole place was just so soothing. There were also lots of comfortable sun loungers and sunbeds. The food was delicious and there was lots of food on offer.

Queenco Palm Beach Resort

Queenco Palm Beach Resort

Queenco Palm Beach Resort

Queenco Palm Beach Resort

As soon as we entered the music of the waves welcomed us and, when we stepped on the beach, the slumbering sea in its blue robe greeted us with its buzzing dormant strength. As we lied-down on the sun loungers, we could hear the waves crawling gently to the shore. Later on that day, we took an amble on the beach, the sand that was floury underfoot and the feathery, sugar-white hue was just simply mesmerizing. When we looked around the secluded beach, we saw some tourists with Day-Glo tans and we didn’t see any chattering hawkers. It was just like we were being wrapped in a comforting plastic wrap of warm sounds and soft light.

Queenco Palm Beach Resort

Saw this beautiful sunset on the way back to our hotel from the beach.:-)

Queenco Palm Beach Resort

Certainly, it was just another marvelous and relaxing day at the beach with my loves.

Little Lilly travel tip:

  • It takes about 15 minutes from the city centre (Golden Lion).
  • It’s 3 USD one-way by tuktuk.

Are you a beach bum like me? Have you been to Queenco Palm Beach Resort? What is your best experience at the beach?