Sneak Peek into our Oudong Mountain Adventure in Cambodia

Here’s a sneak peek of our little adventure to Oudong Mountain yesterday. It was my 3rd time to visit the place but yesterday’s visit was also significant as we were showing the place to our son.

Oudong Mountain

Oudong Mountain

Oudong Mountain

Phnom Oudong is an ancient capital (from 1618 to 1866) of Cambodia. It is located in Kampong Speu Province, about 40 km northwest of Phnom Penh. It is a popular weekend picnic getaway for locals, especially at weekends. It is also a place visited by tourist who wish to safely witness a part of Cambodia that is a bit off the usual tourist trail.

Oudong Mountain

Oudong Mountain

Oudong Mountain

Oudong Mountain

Oudong Mountain

On the way in, we climbed about 509 steep stairs.

Oudong Mountain

Oudong Mountain

Oudong Mountain

At its peak there are magnificent temples and stupas and shrines dedicated to the by-gone kings such as PreahSanchakMonyChedai stupa (the newest stupa built there), Arthaross Temple, etc.

One of the beautiful golden doors in the newest stupa.

Oudong Mountain

Oudong Mountain

Oudong Mountain

The views from the top of the mountain are truly spectacular and breathtaking – the clear blue sky, the vast stretches of rice fields, the beautifully scattered coconut trees and palm trees, and the silvery fresh air.

Oudong Mountain

Oudong Mountain

Oudong Mountain

Oudong Mountain

From the newest stupa, PreahSanchakMonyChedai, we walked to the south to see more old stupas and shrines and temples. We saw a huge Buddha statue in the last temple we visited.

Oudong Mountain

Oudong Mountain

Oudong Mountain

On the way back, we just kept walking down and followed the path from where the old temples and stupas were until we reached the base.

Oudong Mountain

Oudong Mountain

Oudong Mountain

Oudong Mountain

Oudong Mountain

Overall, it was a great family day out. If you are visiting Phnom Penh, a half-day trip to Oudong Mountain is worth it.

Oudong Mountain

Oudong Mountain

Little Lilly travel tip:

  • You can get there by motorbike, tuktuk, local bus, or a taxi. It takes about 1.5 hour by tuktuk and it cost $30 for a roundtrip plus waiting time.
  • Don’t forget to bring your camera – Oudong is very picturesque.
  • Go there early. The midday sun made walking up the hills a little tough.
  • If you are sensitive to humidity, you take the other way, south of the new stupa, PreahSanchakMonyChedai stupa. This way, you do not need to climb steep stairs. Once you get at the base, take the unpaved road, just keep going until you see a building and some stairs.at the very end (about 100 meters from where the souvenir shops are). Then you start there and begin your journey.
  • There are local restaurants and souvenir shops at the base of the hill, although please keep in mind that the food there is traditionally local and there are no foreign dishes available.

Sun, Splash and Relax at Aquarius Urban Hotel in Phnom Penh

It was a quiet weekend for us, but what is better than a beautiful Sunday relaxing around the amazing rooftop infinity pool, swimming, enjoying a drink or two, an aperitif in the hand while watching a gorgeous sunset? With my two lucky charms, we headed to Aquarius Urban Hotel to splurge into an authentic afternoon escape.

Aquarius Urban Hotel

Aquarius Urban Hotel

Aquarius Urban Hotel

Aquarius Urban Hotel is a haven oasis that nestles in the heart of the city surrounded by the consequential landmarks. It has an open sky bar and restaurant overlooking the charming city of Penh. The city view is unmatched – even at night as you can use the pool until 11pm. It’s shabby chic, tidy and calm. The food was good and the staff was friendly too.

Aquarius Urban Hotel

Aquarius Urban Hotel

Aquarius Urban Hotel

We lounge by the poolside while enjoying our food and drinks. Even though we certainly enjoyed swimming in their infinity glass walled salt water swimming pool, our best moment there was when we watched and experienced the tranquility of a stunning sunset arm-in-arm with my boys, that was truly a marvel. To be honest, its rooftop infinity pool is really amazing and I think it is the highlight of the hotel.

Aquarius Urban Hotel

Aquarius Urban Hotel

Aquarius Urban Hotel

Aquarius Urban Hotel

All in all, it’s a great place to gather with family or friends and then stay for dinner if you are so inclined. If you are in the Penh and if you wish to spend some calm afternoon or nights in the hustling city center, Aquarius Urban Hotel is for you.

Aquarius Urban Hotel

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?