We’re Talking Cambodia Resorts, Luxury Hotels and More!
The Kingdom of Cambodia’s rich culture is influenced by religion, cuisine, art and heritage. Whether it’s your first time or a return trip, Cambodia always has something to offer.
Indeed, we love a good adventure around the nation. Be it exploring the world-famous Angkor Wat, trekking up the wild northeast or partying the night away at the beach bars, gear yourself up for a great time! To enumerate, we’ve compiled 15 amazing locations for you to stay in Cambodia, based on the three most popular areas to visit.
So, make yourself a cup of warm tea and still your wanderlust thirst as you dive into these luxurious options.
Where to Stay in Cambodia – Siem Reap
Firstly, we’re kicking things off with options in Northwestern Cambodia, Siem Reap! If you’re wondering why the city’s name sounds familiar, it’s known to be the travelling location for most tourists. For instance, it is where you may find the Angkor Wat. Moreover, not only is it one of the largest religious monuments in the world, but it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Above all, the area also has many notable temples (Bayon Temple & Ta Promh), lakes, markets and parks for you to explore!
Pro Tip: Also, don’t forget to pack and dress appropriately before visiting the temples (no shorts, miniskirts and tank tops!). Similarly, check out this International Travel Packing List to help you prepare for your vacation.
After visits to the temples, treat your eyes to the view with traditional markets, cultural performances, colonial buildings and more along the Siem Reap River. So, bring along your camera and fill your album with a colour fiesta of Cambodian memories.
Your Cambodia Beach Holiday at Sihanoukville
If you have already seen the Angkor Wat and seek a change of scenery, you should definitely stay at Sihanoukville. With fewer buildings and more beaches, this peaceful getaway makes for an attractive place to spend your holiday.
However, if you’re seeking a little spark in your late hours, you won’t be disappointed. As Cambodia’s beach resort destination, Sihanoukville’s nightlife includes beach bars, casinos, bakeries, cafés and, restaurants.
Being on the coast of the Gulf of Thailand, Sihanoukville also became a seafood haven. For instance, you’ll be able to satisfy your lobster cravings with sand between your toes. Likewise, treat yourself to a shellfish platter in a fancy dining establishment. Growling tummies and fresh cuisine await!
8. Song Saa Private Island Resort
- Review rating on site: 9.0/10
- Notable facilities provided
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Restaurants and bar
- Boating, snorkelling, canoeing, diving, hiking, fishing and water sports
- Private Beach (Song Saa Island)
- Estimated time to Sihanoukville International Airport (KOS): 45 mins
But Of Course, Phnom Penh!
Last but not least, Phnom Penh! When you’re in the nation’s capital and largest city, you can expect to find an extensive variety of dining facilities and cultural attractions. Nearby, you can find iconic attractions like The Royal Palace, Independence Monument and Wat Ounalom (the country’s oldest pagoda).
The nightlife is not one to be missed either. Phnom Penh plays host to many streets lined with bars, nightclubs and restaurants. At the same time, be sure to check out the 2014’s People Choice Awards Sky Bar Winner, Eclipse Sky Bar which sits on the Phnom Penh Tower’s 23rd floor. Even if it’s not your scene, there is an extensive variety of excellent international cuisine available with the hospitality of matched quality.
Pro Tip: In Khmer culture, it’s believed that a person’s head contains their soul. For this purpose, we suggest avoiding offending locals by not touching or pointing one’s feet at another’s head. As the feet are the lowest part of the body, it is considered by locals as impure. Remember to note and respect the local culture to have the best experience possible!
Simply thinking about a beach holiday in Cambodia sends us packing for a trip. We love everything the country has to offer. However, as with every foreign destination, we offer the same advice: exercise safety precautions. Again, be sure to respect the local culture and avoid falling for scams.
Pro Tip: ‘Snatch and grab’ thieves on motorcyclists are aplenty in Cambodia. In addition, they will especially target foreigners and these often lead to injuries. Granted that, some areas are safer than others, take caution and always be on your guard. Consider learning some self-defence skills with friends before your next trip!
There are many other areas to live in and explore around Cambodia apart from the ones we’ve listed, so watch this space for more updates and the best tips!
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