Cambodia seems to be more focused on tourism as a business and consequently has more options for accommodation than we found in Laos, though our route took in mainly the more touristy areas. We were a bit (a lot) spoiled for accommodation in Cambodia as Nancy’s sister came to explore Phnom Penh and Siem Reap with us and treated us to some very nice places to stay.
Stung Treng (77k from Khone Phapheng Laos)
Riverside Guesthouse -in the central part of town, take the first right after you come across the bridge, then next right to the road that Ts to the road along the river. Go left and take that road all the way into the town centre. The Riverside Guesthouse is on the main road facing the river. We paid $13 for a room with ensuite and A/C. Basic but relatively clean. Free wi-fi in the restaurant downstairs and we could access from our room as well. Bikes were kept locked in the lobby area.
The guesthouse has a restaurant that served okay food and there are several other guesthouses nearby that have restaurants as well. There seemed to be quite a few accommodation options in town. Our guesthouse owner helped us with getting a Cambodian sim for our phone that allowed us data access as well.
Kratie (139k from Stung Treng)
Balcony Guesthouse, on riverfront (corner of Rue Preah Somnarit and St 5). We paid $12 for a room with ensuite and airconditioning. Wi-fi was available in the restaurant upstairs. Bikes were parked in the room with us (we had a downstairs room). The room was okay though there was a slight flaw in the design of the room as the curtains were just bamboo blinds so you could easily see through then when we had the lights on at night. We used our own tarps to cover up the windows.
The restaurant upstairs served decent food and had good prices. There are lots of restaurants around the area as well as guesthouses so there is a lot of choice. Some reviews of the Balcony Guesthouse have noted that the owner is not always friendly – he was not there when we stayed so we can’t comment.
Kampong Cham (130k from Kratie)
Mekong Hotel, 56 Samdach Pann Rd., Kampong Cham (on road running along the riverfront). We paid $15 for a room with ensuite, air-conditioning, TV (a couple of English channels), refrigerator and balcony looking out on to the Mekong river. Wi-fi was available for free but did not seem to work great in the room. Our bikes were kept in a separate room downstairs. The room was decent – we stayed there three nights.
There are lots of decent restaurants around Kampong Cham – in particular the Mekong Cafe just down the street from the Mekong Hotel, and the Smile Cafe down the street in the other direction.
Phnom Penh (125k from Kampong Cham)
Kabiki Hotel, near the Royal Palace/Silver Pagoda. Our stay at this hotel was a treat from my sister so I don’t know how much it cost. Given how nice it was I am sure it was far in excess of our budget. Lovely room with wi-fi, A/C, ensuite, refrigerator – very plush.
There are hundreds of hotels and guesthouses in Phnom Penh and hundreds of restaurants. Try the Friends Cafe near the Russian market – it is a training facility for kids and serves very good food.
Siem Reap (by bus)
Karavansara Retreat & Residences, #25 Street, Archa Sva Road, Wat Bo Village. Our stay at this hotel was another treat from my sister. We had a great two bedroom apartment with kitchen and washing machine. The location was great – within walking distance of the pub area but far enough away to avoid the noise.
There are lots of accommodation options and eating options in Siem Reap – I suspect even more than you might find in Phnom Penh.
Si Sophon (105k from Siem Reap)
Pyramid Hotel – we paid $15 for a room with ensuite, A/C, refrigerator, TV (with English channels) and wi-fi. Bikes were kept outside in parking area with 24hour security. The hotel was relatively new so everything was still pretty clean. The hotel is down a side street to the right off the main road that you come into town on – watch for the sign. If you get to the roundabout with a statue you have gone too far.