When living in Can Tho, Vietnam, the Sunday afternoon coffees at the Victoria Hotel were one of the few weekly highlights. Victoria Hotels are modern four star hotels that are build in colonial French style. He enjoyed sitting at the outside coffee in wooden furniture surrounded by plants, drinking café latte and watching the pool. Feeling a bit like in a time machine. Travelling back to 1930, when Asia was still quiet and mysterious, to the eyes of a foreigner.
After the bubbling hectic city of Bangkok they decided to give themselves a treat and to check into the Victoria in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Being picked up by the hotel car and a driver in a white colonial suit they arrived at the hotel. They were greeted by friendly smiling Cambodian staff in silk dresses.
As it was raining, they decided to start the next morning with the temple visit and to spend the rest of their arrival day at the pool and on the terrace relaxing, reading and drinking café latte.
The next days, they ventured out in the mornings to discover the temples and enjoyed the late afternoons at the hotel. The atmosphere of the hotel felt just right when discovering a historic place like Angkor.
For the airport transfer, one last nice treat: they decided to take the hotel’s Citroen from 1927, getting a bit of the French colonial feeling and a curious smile from the Cambodians on their motorbikes. He had been waiting to drive in this car for the whole time, like a small kid.
It was a nice treat. After all they decided to spend a nice sabbatical and not to write a new book about Asia on a shoe string ;).