CAMBODIA

 

CAMBODIA

Torn apart by the monstrous Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge followers in the late 20th Century, Cambodia’s scars still run deep. It remains one of Asia’s poorest countries, although tourism is its lifeblood, contributing 20% of GDP. And with Angkor Archaeological Park, the country’s star attraction, the numbers of visitors are steadily increasing. But there’s plenty more to see elsewhere.
Our 21-day Cambodia itinerary includes the best of what this amazing country has to offer.

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WHERE WE’VE STAYED

 

SIEM REAP

Malika Resort
Malika Resort, Siem Reap

Malika Resort

Nights
6

Cost
US$30 per night

What that included
Bed & breakfast, air-con, wifi

Rating ****
Friendliness 3 Cleanliness 4 Location 4 Comfort 4 Facilities 5 Food 3 Value for money 4

What we thought
Very clean and comfortable, with a lovely swimming pool – perfect after a day tramping around temples. It’s also in a quiet area, away from the centre of town, which costs $1 in a tuk-tuk (although weirdly it was another $2 to come back).

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BATTAMBANG

 

Ramchang Guest House
Ramchang Guest House, Battambang

Ramchang Guest House

Nights
3

Cost
US$12 per night

What that included
Room only

Rating ***
Friendliness 2 Cleanliness 3 Location 3 Comfort 4 Facilities 4 Food 3 Value for money 4

What we thought
A huge room (surface area and height of the ceiling), with aircon and wifi – this really was incredible value. They even had a swimming pool, although it was surrounded by construction work while we were there. If we had any gripes it was that service was painfully slow, particularly at breakfast.

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PHNOM PENH

Vacation Boutique Hotel
Vacation Boutique Hotel, Phnom Penh

Vacation Boutique Hotel

Nights
3

Cost
US$35 per night

What that included
Bed & breakfast, air-con, wifi

Rating ****
Friendliness 4 Cleanliness 5 Location 4 Comfort 5 Facilities 4 Food 3 Value for money 4

What we thought
Lovely boutique hotel, with a great room and location, close to the river. We’d return here without question if we came back to Phnom Penh (although it was fully booked when we tried to re-book for a week or so later). Recommended.

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SEN MONOROM

Nature Lodge
Nature Lodge, Sen Monorom

Nature Lodge

Nights
4

Cost
US$20 per night

What that included
Room only

Rating ***
Friendliness 2 Cleanliness 3 Location 4 Comfort 3 Facilities 3 Food 2 Value for money 3

What we thought
Very much a back-to-nature set up, with very open bungalows in a rural setting, with lovely views across farmland. However with our mozzie net fully tucked into our bed, we slept soundly enough. The lodge is advertised as a training school for young, local Cambodians who are starting out in the hospitality industry, but we found the atmosphere strangely unwelcoming. The food was just about OK, although we resorted to eating their pizza by the end just to have some strong flavours (and to be fair they were pretty good).

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KRATIE

Le Tonle Tourism Training Centre
Le Tonle Tourism Training Centre, Kratie

Le Tonle Tourism Training Centre

Nights
3

Cost
US$10 per night

What that included
Room only, fan, wifi

Rating ****1/2
Friendliness 5 Cleanliness 4 Location 4 Comfort 3 Facilities 3 Food 5 Value for money 5

What we thought
Incredibly good value for money, great food and helpful, friendly staff. As the name suggests it’s a training centre for disadvantaged young locals – and the training certainly shows (particularly when compared to the service we got at the Nature Lodge in Sen Monorom). Highly recommended.

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PHNOM PENH

Monsoon Boutique Hotel
Monsoon Boutique Hotel & Spa, Phnom Penh

Monsoon Boutique Hotel & Spa

Nights
1

Cost
US$38 per night

What that included
Bed & breakfast, air-con, wifi

Rating ***1/2
Friendliness 3 Cleanliness 4 Location 4 Comfort 4 Facilities 4 Food n/a Value for money 3

What we thought
Nice room with balcony overlooking 130th Street (which is actually in the middle of the red-light district!). We just used it as an overnight stop en route to Koh Rong, for which we left early the following morning, so we didn’t get the chance to try the breakfast. Overall the Vacation Boutique Hotel offered better value for money, though.

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KOH RONG

Lonely Beach
Lonely Beach, Koh Rong

Lonely Beach

Nights
5

Cost
US$30 per night

What that included
Room only

Rating ***1/2
Friendliness 4 Cleanliness 2 Location 5 Comfort 3 Facilities 2 Food 4 Value for money 3

What we thought
Large bungalow set amidst jungle just off the gorgeous beach. Very back-to-nature feel so mozzie net tucked into the mattress was a must for us! The restaurant-cum-communal area was lovely – and so was the food, particularly the home made pita sandwiches. Highly recommended.

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KEP

Khmer Hands
Khmer Hands, Kep

Khmer Hands

Nights
2

Cost
US$22 per night

What that included
Room only, fan, wifi

Rating ****
Friendliness 5 Cleanliness 4 Location 4 Comfort 3 Facilities 3 Food 5 Value for money 4

What we thought
It was an absolute pleasure to stay at this place, owned by American, Chris and his Cambodian wife, Naomi. As a host, Chris has a knack of making you feel like special guests. Meanwhile, the food was just gorgeous – a mixture of local Khmer and American-influenced dishes. Our bungalow was large and clean – although there was plenty of flying bug activity during the night as the front is fairly open to the elements. Chris also trains young locals in hospitality and handicraft skills, too. High recommended.

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KAMPOT

GreenHouse
GreenHouse, Kampot

GreenHouse

Nights
2

Cost
US$25 per night

What that included
Room only, fan, wifi

Rating ***1/2
Friendliness  3 Cleanliness 3 Location 4 Comfort 3 Facilities 4 Food 4 Value for money 3

What we thought
Lovely, quiet location beside the river, with access to scooters and kayaks for exploring further afield. It should have been great, yet we found it a little soulless compared to the fantastic Khmer Hands down the road in Kep. Still worth staying overall – and the Chef’s Gallette for breakfast was just awesome!

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MORE ON CAMBODIA

The official site for tourism in Cambodia

Background reading on the Killing Fields of Cambodia

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