Cambodia has earned its place on the Southeast Asian tourist trail thanks to its stunning temples, white-sand beaches, forest-laden hills, lush jungles, laid-back offshore islands, and lively capital. The intoxicating present is wrapped up in a vibrant culture and incredible landscape waiting to be discovered by adventurous travellers.
Today's Cambodia was born of the mighty Khmer empire that once ruled over what are modern Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. Remnants of the fabled empire can still be seen at the temples of Angkor. The most iconic temple in the country, Angkor Wat, astounds with its fusion of spiritual devotion and creative innovation, and its symmetry, size, and scale are awe-inspiring. Many Cambodia hotels are located close to this slice of heaven on earth; the heart and soul of the country.
Many visitors come to Cambodia for the temples, but fall in love with the cities and villages. The capital of Phnom Penh is a feast for the senses. From the banks of the Mekong River, the city is an undiscovered gem where crowded markets sell fresh fruits and religious icons, museums highlight the country's fascinating history, and the air of the many monasteries is thick with the aroma of incense.
Some of the best cheap hotel deals in Cambodia can be found in Phnom Penh. Book rooms in the Boeng Kak neighbourhood to mingle with backpackers and expats, find Cambodia hotel deals near Samdech Sothearos Boulevard to be close to major sights like the Royal Palace, National Assembly and Silver Pagoda, or look for Cambodia hotel packages near the riverfront to experience the chicest part of the city.
To experience the timeless landscapes of rice paddies and enjoy the rhythm of rural life, look for a cheap Cambodia hotel deal on the tropical south coast or near the Cardamom Mountains where exotic wildlife thrives and eco-tourism reigns. The astonishingly beautiful mountain range is home to Asian elephants, tigers, pangolins, Siamese crocodiles, and other threatened species. Trekking through the thick jungle is one of the most special experiences in Cambodia.
When to Go
It is always warm in Cambodia, but the temperatures become stifling in April and May, and June and July are often marked by heavy rains. One of the best times to book hotels in Cambodia is during the cool season in September and October when both the heat and rain dissipate. Make reservations early at the top hotels to get the lowest rates during this season, or visit during the wet season to get special discount prices on rooms. Even during the rainiest parts of the year, it usually only rains for a few hours in the afternoon or evenings, leaving you plenty of time to explore the country.
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