The religious temples, especially Angkor Wat, are what typically draw tourists to Cambodia, but there are lots of other great reasons to plan a trip to this Asian country too. This is also a great place to explore remote islands, see native wildlife, take a tour of the jungle, browse lively markets, and find very comfortable places to lay your head at night. As far as hotel accommodations go, these are our top picks for places to stay while you get to know the cities and towns of Cambodia.
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This Phenom Penh hotel is a lush oasis that provides an urban retreat and spa services in the heart of the city’s historic district. The hotel is in walking distance of the National Museum, Wat Botum (Royal Pagoda), and the riverside. Here you’ll find tropical gardens and pools that were inspired by the original French 1930s villa here. Art lovers enjoy staying at Plantation because there are often exhibitions and fashion shows that take place here. The rooms are stylish and minimalist with Cambodian influences, free Wi-Fi, gym access, and a breakfast buffet. For some extra space or to celebrate something special, consider staying in the rooftop penthouse suite, which has a Jacuzzi, private bar, and three terraces. Guests can also dine at Oliver Guillon’s La Pergola Restaurant, which combines French traditional cuisine with local herbs and spices. Meanwhile, the onsite spa specializes in relaxing oil massages and energizing Khmer massages.
This is a five-star luxury resort on eight acres of gardens, rice paddies, and lemongrass meadows. It’s easy to visit Angkor Wat and other cultural wonders when you stay here and indulge in its intimate setting. Onsite you’ll find 45 private villas on stilts, 25 of which have private terraces and 20 of which have private plunge pools. The design is inspired by the traditional wooden houses of Cambodia, but with a luxurious twist and high-end services. For example, you can take an onsite cooking class to learn how to make Cambodian cuisine, and there’s a kids’ club to entertain little ones on a family vacation. The restaurant, Bay Phsar serves Cambodian cuisine, while Hang Bay specializes in fresh seafood and fine steaks. There’s also a nice pool bar and cigar and cocktail lounge for relaxing with a drink and soaking up the views. Finally, the Spa Temple has seven treatment rooms, a yoga pavilion, and 50-meter infinity pool.
Raffles is another great five-star luxury hotel, but this one has been a destination since 1929. It’s located in the heart of Phnom Penh and has architecture that blends Art Deco, French colonial, and Khmer. There are 175 guestrooms, suites, and apartments here, a spa, pool, and fitness center. Le Royal Restaurant is onsite and serves modern French dishes and Royal Khmer cuisine. The Elephant Bar is a favorite local gathering spot for whiskey and wine lovers. Many people stay here before or after taking a cruise because the hotel is about five minutes from the Mekong River Cruise Terminal. You can also easily walk to the Wat Phnom temple and Central Market from here.
GreenHouse is located along the Kampot River and is a great place to enjoy a laid-back vacation in the countryside of Cambodia. The bungalows here are simple, comfortable, and offer lovely views of nature. They each contain a double bed, mosquito net, and private bathroom. Guests also enjoy tasting traditional Kampot Pepper specialties while taking in the views from the river deck. Some of the chef’s suggestions are the barracuda fish wrapped in a cabbage leaf and the marinated bell peppers wrapped in chicken breast. Popular activities to do nearby include kayaking, paddleboarding, private boat trips, and biking.
To get in touch with nature on your trip to Cambodia, consider booking a room at the Rainbow Lodge between the hills and Tatai River in Koh Kong. This is an eco-friendly hotel that is committed to sustainable tourism, education, and the local community. The rooms and simple and comfortable, and you can enjoy an infusion of Asian and Western cuisine here in the middle of the jungle. There’s also a riverside spa that offers a variety of massage and other treatments. This is a great place to get active too with guided hikes, river cruises, cycling, and day tours. The lodge provides all of the equipment you’ll need for outdoor adventures, including backpacks, dry bags, and towels. You can reach the lodge via 10-minute boat trip from Tatai village and enter this remote and protected reserve area.
Another remote and beautiful location worth staying in is Kirirom National Park and its mountain lodge. The lodge here is a remote chalet that’s about a two-hour drive away from Phnom Penh. Up in the pine forests here, the air is fresh and the nights are chilly, so make sure to bring a jacket. In this intimate setting, there are two newly restored villas that have six guest rooms and a dining area to enjoy local and Mediterranean cuisine. You can also book the entire lodge for your own group. It’s fun to get away from it all here and enjoy hikes, picnics, and bike rides with the lodge’s $10 USD/day bike rentals.
If you’re looking to be in the middle of Siem Reap, then Viroth’s Hotel is a great place to stay. There are 35 rooms and suites here that blend Cambodian culture and modern amenities. You’ll be close to all the downtown restaurants and shopping, enjoy a large swimming pool and poolside restaurant/bar, and have access to a great spa and fitness center at Viroth’s.
Phnom Penh’s White Mansion is a lovely place to stay if you’re taking a trip to Cambodia with someone special. This romantic, boutique hotel is in the heart of the city and has a 25-meter lap pool and a range of massage services offered at the spa. Foodies will also enjoy dining at the Eric Kayser restaurant daily from 6am to 11pm.