Sofitel luxury in a pair of shorts

Making it up as I go – it’s the best way to travel.

That’s why I’m in a dusty, old, beaten up tuk tuk, as the unkempt driver negotiates the spotless driveway lined with manicured lawns and neatly parked BMW SUVs with attendant chauffeurs. Wearing a crumpled T-shirt, “camou” shorts, thongs, and a natty straw hat that’s seen more of the world than has President George W. Bush, I arrive at the prestigious, 5-star Hotel Sofitel Phokeethra.

A two-night stay in the Sofitel was a snap decision; a nice way to finish a month in Cambodia. I have a simple theory about travel luggage: “pack the minimum, and enjoy to the maximum”. So, my sparse collection is suited to exploring the alleyways of Phnom Penh, and lounging on the beaches of Sihanoukville. Not really for mingling with some of Asia’s most influential business leaders and development managers.

Hey, I’m happy with wearing comfy clothes, if others don’t like it, that’s their problem. But no hassles… the disarmingly charming check-in staff dismiss my haute couture concerns with a wave of the hand and a big smile. “You are here on holiday, so just enjoy yourself. We welcome holidaymakers as well as business travellers. So relax and enjoy!” Marketing Manager Alexia Brun tells me.

I’m not one to knock back good advice, so enjoy myself I do. Just look at that Sofitel swimming pool – it’s a good thing I packed my bathers…

The guests' swimming pool at the Hotel Sofitel Phokeethra, Phnom Penh

The guests’ swimming pool at the Hotel Sofitel Phokeethra, Phnom Penh

The guests' swimming pool at the Hotel Sofitel Phokeethra, Phnom Penh

Reckon they’ll let me do a dive bomb? The guests’ swimming pool at the Hotel Sofitel Phokeethra, Phnom Penh

The guests' swimming pool at the Hotel Sofitel Phokeethra, Phnom Penh

The guests’ swimming pool at the Hotel Sofitel Phokeethra, Phnom Penh

The guests' swimming pool at the Hotel Sofitel Phokeethra, Phnom Penh

A water feature at the Hotel Sofitel Phokeethra, Phnom Penh

The Hotel Sofitel Phokeethra, Phnom Penh

The Hotel Sofitel Phokeethra, Phnom Penh

Entrance to the Hotel Sofitel Phokeethra, Phnom Penh

Entrance to the Hotel Sofitel Phokeethra, Phnom Penh

Reception at the Hotel Sofitel Phokeethra, Phnom Penh

Reception at the Hotel Sofitel Phokeethra, Phnom Penh

King suite in the Hotel Sofitel Phokeethra, Phnom Penh

A mini suitcase of tropical fruits greets the guest in a King suite in the Hotel Sofitel Phokeethra, Phnom Penh

King suite in the Hotel Sofitel Phokeethra, Phnom Penh

Yep, it’s larger than my flat in St Kilda: King suite in the Hotel Sofitel Phokeethra, Phnom Penh

My travelling companion: a straw hat that folds and fits into any travel bag

My trusty travelling companion: a straw hat that folds and fits into any travel bag

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