Where to go in Cambodia?
Get bored with Thailand? A trip to Cambodia will give you equally stunning beaches, spectacular ancient temples as well as plenty of cheap beer! To enjoy the best of Cambodia, check out these recommendations on where to go in Cambodia.
Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia teems with street food vendors and tuk-tuk drivers. Weave through the busy city, spot roadside pagodas and temples nestled amongst grand and wonderful French colonial houses. Why not try deep fried tarantula, a local delicacy? There are plenty of other mouthwatering Khmer dishes to try, including fragrant curry amok if that does not tempt your tastebuds, at Titanic restaurant down by the river, you can even eat it out of a coconut shell! When cocktail hour calls, let’s head along the banks of the Mekong and observe an amazing sundowner at the grand Foreign Correspondence Club, a lovely spot with a significant colonial history and still a magnet for travelers all over the world. Indochina tours Cambodia
Where to stay in Phnom Penh
Since luxury is tantalisingly affordable, you can get your money’s worth even at the Phnom Penh’s grandest hotels. Near to the party strip, Street 51, the leafy neighbourhood around Street 63 with cheap hostels like the Mad Monkey guaranteeing a lively atmosphere, is a pleasant place to base yourself. Tuck yourself away somewhere more tranquil at Blue Lime Hotel, right next door to the Royal Palace, where, you can drift away in the pool and enjoy rooms with a mini-bar and much-needed air-con from a mere £31 a night.
Siem Reap, the drop-off point for the world heritage of Angkor Wat, which makes a good base for holidays in Cambodia, has developed into a tourist attraction in recent years. Head to Pub Street for…well the name says it all really after getting a fish pedicure for pennies or grabbing a few bargains and catching some Khmer-style entertainment at the huge night market. Embark on a floating village tour to nearby Tonle Sap Lake or head to Wat Bo Village and relax in the gardens of the oldest Buddhist temple if you are a little ‘templed out’.
Where to stay
Look for accommodation south of the river, if you like to party hard and still get a good night’s sleep although you can find a decent crop of budget dorms at Pub Street and its surrounds. If you are travelling with a group of friends, Babel Guesthouse which offers private doubles and triples that work out very affordably, together with a charming patio area with bed-sized garden chairs, is perfect for a lounge after exploring temples during a hard day.
Sihanoukville, which is fondly referred to as ‘Snooky’, attracts travelers mostly for the beautifully sandy beaches, which are not as crowded as Thailand’s. All you need is a bar with a happy hour and a suitable douse of sun cream to chill out in six sandy spots. Otres Beach, which is less popular than Serendipity or Victory Beach, is usually more peaceful and a stunning place to try your hand at kayaking or windsurfing. When the sun goes down, head to Otres Night Market for high-quality crafts and live music, amongst pop-up bars and BBQ food stalls. cruises from saigon to phnom penh
Where to stay
Beach huts dotted along the coast and costing as little as $10 a night are perfect choices if you are travelling Cambodia on a shoestring rather than an end of year bonus. If you are looking for a touch more comfort, the Tamarind, which is family-oriented with a nice little outdoor pool and friendly service, is an ideal option.
Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem
Koh Rong is a new desert island paradise besides Koh Samui. Only accessible by a small local ferry, this picturesque spot is not so attractive that travelers make the short ride out from Sihanoukville (around 45 minutes) to. Travelers can be tempted to laze the days away in the sunshine at 23 pristine beaches. There are plenty of opportunities for snorkeling, diving and hiking for the adventurous. At Monkey Island, travelers can enjoy the best sunset sea view, tasty Khmer food and cheap cocktails. And if its remoteness is not enough for you, a few miles further, the tiny and largely undeveloped Koh Rong Samloem could pleasantly satisfy all the Robinson Crusoes out there.
Where to stay
On the south coast of Koh Rong, Pura Vita Resort own quality, fan-cooled bungalows from £15 or trying bedding down in the sweet fishing village to the north, M’Pai Bei, for a friendly authentic feel if you have made it as far as Samloem.