It didn't take us long to realise that a flat on the second or third floor was most likely unsuitable as a home. And that unsuitability is for no other reason than the stair climb required to get to the upper levels of a Phnom Penh apartment or house.
Does that sound wimpy?
Not when temperatures reach 40 degrees and then some and the stairs are either the steep cliff-face straight up concrete type or the swirly iron tower take-you life-in-your-hands dangerous kind.
Neither option is much fun, and we never did figure how we would get our furniture in!