The Bale is an all-encompassing retreat and haven from the bustle of Phnom Penh. The hotel occupies a prime position overlooking the Mekong River and one of its major attractions is the long and wide pool with unrivalled and unmarred views over the river. Sitting by the pool and sipping on a cocktail can, in fact, be one of the highlights of your day and a respite to the loud and overwhelming city center.

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The rooms are ultra large studios featuring a plush bed with an abundance of super soft pillows. The large stone bathrooms feature a sink-in tub and rain shower, along with toiletries provided by the hotel.

We loved the white and grey minimalist theme of the rooms which is spiced up with a unique wall fresco, courtesy of K-Bach gallery in residency.

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The highlight of the Bale, in our opinion, and one that separates it from all of the other hotels in Phnom Penh, is the quality of the food.

Breakfast consisted of myriad fresh fruit juices (green health juices and indulgent smoothies), as well as an a la carte Khmer breakfast featuring Khmer-style full english and local dishes such as Kuy Teav (noodles in a pork broth) and Lort Char (stir-fried noodles with wagyu beef).

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A word on the location:

If you are in Phnom Penh to visit the Kun Khmer (Cambodian kickboxing), then the Bale should be your number 1 choice of hotel, as it is a mere 15 minutes away from the venue. However, if you are looking to explore the city as we were, the hotel is quite far from the center (about 40 minutes). The Bale, however, are seeking to remedy this with the ultimate in transportation: a super sleek boat to transport you down the Mekong in 15 minutes to the centre.

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The Bale was, hands down, one of the best hotels we stayed in on our trip and we look forward to visiting again, especially when their 007 style speedboat arrives.

Address: Bridge No. 8, NR6, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phone: +855 23 900 425

https://www.thebalephnompenh.com/

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