What kind of coffee do they serve in Cambodia?

Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
Trip End Sep 12, 2010

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Friday, September 3, 2010

I was sort of timid to get up and actually go outside now that I'm finally in Cambodia. It's as if I used all courage just to get here, and once here I found it difficult to motivate myself to leave my comfortable hotel room, where after one night I was already settled with all my stuff neatly put away, but alas I knew I didn't come all this way to see a hotel room, no matter how nice it is.

When I arrived last night it was nearly 11 pm and dark, and I could see very little, so I was pleasantly surprised to walk out of my hotel room and take in the lush greenery and civilized landscape of my temporary home. My hotel is housed in what was once the former residence of the French Govenor of Indochina. It is a cream colored, linear, one story, modern architecture spot centered around a lovely modern saltwater pool.

I mosey over to the two storied colonial building that sits on a courtyard where I know my free breakfast will be served. I walk up the steps and practically have the place to myself, as most people head to Angkor Wat at the crack of dawn. I pick a spot on the large veranda overlooking both the courtyard and street, and my waiter let's me order one item from the cold menu and one item from the hot menu, and it's hard for me to choose because the menu sounds fantastic with both Asian and Western options.

As I sit there waiting for my granola and eggs Benedict to be served, I have a good chuckle to myself when the coffee I ordered shows up on my table as a lungo espresso of Illy coffee, work would be so pleased. I sit there, sipping my Illy, watching the scooters roll by at a breakneck pace across the courtyard, my freshly washed hair curling up around my neck in the humidity, aviators perched on the bridge of my nose, with Red Hot Chili Peppers playing on the restaurant's sound system, and I can't help but think to myself "Damn, I'm cool.". :P
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dot on

damn, i can't get the video to load. I'll wait for Chris. Pics are great. That's a pretty fancy hotel you have there, especially the bathroom

Chris on

We got the video to load. Love the traffic. Your hotel looks awesome. Have fun and explore. now that you have had your coffee you can do anything.

will mccoy on

Sippin' Illy in Cambodia...yes you are tres cool!

aureliadifani on

Yeah, I am totally loving the hotel, but it makes it hard to leave.

Jeff on

Come on Bourdain!!!
Try the stinky fish and rent a scooter!
It can't be that much riskier than the way you drive back home.

aureliadifani on

Lol, good one boss!

Aunt JoAnn on

How classy!! Talk about the opposite of primitive! Enjoy!

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