What’s it like to spend one night in a floating villa on the Mekong? It’s fairly wavy, especially if you have bad luck and it rains. It’s also an incredibly peaceful and unique place to stay!
The journey to the Mekong Getaways River Suite starts on board the Le Tonlé boat. We were welcomed onto the sunset river cruise with a complimentary drink and peanuts (the best peanuts I’ve ever tasted – I think it was the lemongrass, yum).After cruising along the Mekong river and taking in the views, we arrived at the Floating Suite.The River Suite is comprised of three floating wooden villas with views across to the Royal Palace and Phnom Penh’s skyline.The cruise guests were seated in the lounge and bar area to enjoy the sunset views and drinks, they looked envious on when we were shown to our room and private terrace.
The suite is incredibly spacious with the decor lending itself to the light and airy vibe. There is a king size four-poster bed, daybeds to lounge and an ensuite bathroom.Despite being in a floating villa, the room still has all the amenities of a hotel – air-conditioning, hot water, mini bar and drinks making facilities. Everything you could need for a relaxing stay.The highlight of the room is definitely the screen windows which open on to the private terrace. There are incredible views over the Mekong and all of the city skyline directly from the bed.
Relaxing on the River
Once the boat leaves the river suite, it feels like you are entirely alone on the Mekong!As I said earlier, there was a heavy downpour of rain just after sunset. So we ordered our food which would be served later and headed into the room. It did get quite wavy, but once the rain stopped it was back to gently floating the night away.Our food was served on the private terrace where we had an incredible view of the city lights across the river, including lightning in the distance!Waking up after a peaceful night to the breathtaking view through the screen windows, is a magical moment. The sunlight streaming down, the skyline in the background and fishermen on their small boats passing by as you enjoy breakfast on the terrace.At the end of the morning, we were picked up by Le Tonlé boat for a cruise back to the hectic city.
So, what’s it really like to spend a night in a floating suite? As I said, it got a little wavy for a while, but after that it was a peaceful and relaxing evening.
The staff at the suite were incredibly friendly and attentive, but they gave us enough space to feel like we were the only people on the river.The views from the suite are amazing! It’s a really special experience to wake up and take in the sunrise over the city, gently floating on the Mekong in the morning sun.
If you find yourself in Phnom Penh this is a unique experience, that you simply must add to your itinerary!
Would you stay in a floating villa? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Disclaimer: We stayed as a guest of Mekong Getaways. However, all photography and opinions are my own.