I was able to stay with a friend of mine from back home when I went to Phnom Penh, who has been living there for 3 years. It was a great glimpse into the expat life in the capital of Cambodia!
We went to some awesome bars along riverside, most of which have happy hour specials (gotta love that!).
We went for the most amazing dinner at the Chinese House and had a three-course meal and delicious martinis. If you're looking for a more up-scale place to splurge on a good meal, I definitely recommend it! The ambiance is great in the old colonial building :)
We also took a dip at one of the fancier hotels downtown, Plantataion. One word: gorgeous.
I also partook in the number one expat activity: ultimate frisbee.
Why have I not already played this?! Seriously, such a good workout - running after a flying disk in 40C weather - and such a fun group of people. I found it so cool that you don't even need any referees(!).
I felt very spoiled being able to sleep in an air conditioned room, with laundry facilities, and have some really good meals. It will definitely be a challenge to return to the backpacking circuit where you're lucky to have a functioning fan and a warm shower is simply a fantasy.
I spent a day wandering into a couple of the modern temples near riverside.
And popped in for a drink at the FCC - the Foreign Correspondents Club, which is now just a bar and restaurant but used to be the big expat hangout.
The tuktuks here are ridiculously luxurious, it's like riding around in a chariot!