Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s bustling capital, is one of Asia’s most unusual and interesting cities. On the banks of the mighty Mekong River, at its confluence with the Tonle Sap, the city is the heart and soul of Cambodia and embodies the countries relationship with water, never more so than during the November Water Festival.
The wild west of Cambodia during the war years, the city maintains a unique vibrancy and provides a fascinating contrast between old and new. Abandoned during the Khmer Rouge period and with very little development during the civil war years that followed, Phnom Penh has (so far) avoided the mass modern high rise development of other SE Asian cities. However, the wide boulevards are awash with motos and 4x4’s. This contrast, along with the Palaces, markets, temples and eclectic mix of colonial and Cambodian architecture makes strolling around or taking a cyclo an interesting experience.
We recommend a guided day trip around the city which includes an afternoon at the Tuol Sleng Museum and the ‘Killing Fields’. Whilst chilling and very upsetting, this is an essential part of understanding what happened in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot years. If you would rather avoid that part of Cambodia then please let your travel consultant know and we will be happy to leave it out of the itinerary.
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Hotels in Phnom Penh and The South
The Columns, Kampot
Charming hotel in a beautifully restored colonial building in the heart of Kampot
Veranda Natural Resort, Kep
Bungalows on the forested hill above Kep, overlooking the town and coast
Champa Lodge, Kampot
Unique riverside property on the outskirts of Kampot with traditional stilted houses and a great range of activities
Plantation Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh
Contemporary boutique hotel in the heart of the capital near the Royal Palace.
Amanjaya, Phnom Penh
Quality boutique hotel offering comfort and value in the heart of Phnom Penh
White Mansion, Phnom Penh
Modern hotel in a beautiful building with excellent facilities in the heart of Phnom Penh.
1960s hotel restored to its former glory on the top of a forested headland
Knai Bang Chatt, Kep
Wonderfully restored 1960s villas, set in a beautiful garden looking out to sea
Song Saa Private Island, Sihanoukville
Super-luxurious resort spanning two private islands off the coast of Cambodia - the first of its kind in the country.
The 252, Phnom Penh
Great value, contemporary boutique hotel close to the main attractions of Phnom Penh.
Governors House, Phnom Penh
Colonial style Mansion, gloriously converted into a 12 room boutique hotel