Planning a visit to Angkor and wondering where to stay in Siem Reap? This round-up of hostels, luxury resorts and boutique hotels has something for every traveller.
One of Southeast Asia’s most popular destinations, Siem Reap welcomes millions of tourists each year. There are literally hundreds of Siem Reap hotels to choose from, ranging from low-cost hostels and family-run boutique guesthouses through to some of the best luxury resorts in all of Asia.
To help you narrow down your Siem Reap hotel list, I asked a group of seasoned travellers where they prefer to stay. Here are 21 of the best accommodations in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
In This Post
- Cambodia essentials
- Where to stay in Siem Reap: Choosing the best location
- Where to stay in Siem Reap: Best Siem Reap hotels, hostels & resorts
- Siem Reap accommodation map
- 5 things to pack for Siem Reap
- More Cambodia travel resources
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– Find affordable flights to Cambodia on Kiwi.com, a booking site that mixes and matches airlines to find the best route (there’s a money back guarantee if you miss a connection).
– Use iVisa to check if you need a tourist visa for Cambodia and apply for an expedited visa online.
– Pre-book your hotel transfer from Phnom Penh Airport or Siem Reap Airport.
– Find the best hotel deals in Cambodia on Agoda, book a Cambodia hostel, or find a unique Airbnb (sign up here and get $55 AUD off your first Airbnb booking).
– Buy your Cambodia bus tickets online in advance through 12GoAsia or organise a private car and driver through BookMeBus.
– Download Pass App to book tuk-tuks and taxis on the go.
– Find the best cooking classes and foodie experiences in Cambodia.
– Find the best city tours and day excursions in Cambodia.
– Try an alternative tour or DIY experience with social enterprise Backstreet Academy.
– Pick up a copy of the latest Lonely Planet guidebook for Cambodia.
Where to stay in Siem Reap: Choosing the best location
One of the most important considerations when deciding where to stay in Siem Reap is of course location. Siem Reap is relatively spread out, with several accommodation ‘hubs’ that cater to different budgets and interests.
- Pub Street: This is by far the busiest and most touristed part of Siem Reap. Staying on or near Pub Street means you’ll be a stone’s throw from all the best restaurants and bars in town. On the flipside, it does get rowdy at night, so noise pollution can be an issue.
- Kandal Village: One of my favourite parts of Siem Reap, this area has a great community feel and is home to the best independent boutiques and cafes. It’s only a few blocks from Pub Street but noticeably quieter and more peaceful.
- Wat Damanak Village: Named for its Buddhist Temple, Wat Damanak Village is located just over the river from Pub Street and feels even more sequestered. You can find some beautiful riverfront hotels in this area, as well as nice restuarants and local markets.
- North of National Road 6: The last time we visited Siem Reap we chose a hotel behind the Angkor National Museum, roughly 2 km north of Pub Street. I like this part of town for several reasons: It’s walking distance from the Giant Ibis Bus Terminal, it has more of a local feel, and it’s a bit closer to the Angkor complex entrance.
- Charles de Gaulle: The road that connects Siem Reap centre with the Angkor Complex is dotted with hotels and resorts. This is a less built-up area – what it lacks in food options it more than makes up for with room to breathe. The nearest hotels to Angkor are on Charles de Gaulle, as close as 3 km from the entrance gate.
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Where to stay in Siem Reap: Best Siem Reap hotels, hostels & resorts
Rokkhak River Resort
Doubles from $35 | Check prices & availability
Locally owned and with an admirable environmental and social responsibility program, Rokkhak River Resort (formerly known as Natura Resort) is the perfect green retreat in Siem Reap. Read more about the property in my accommodation review.
Doubles from $132 | Check prices & availability
With all the facilities and style of a luxury hotel and a serious commitment to sustainability, Templation Hotel is a great option if you have a bit more money to spend on your Siem Reap hotel.
The hotel is low-set and enveloped by lush tropical gardens and frangipani trees, giving guests the feeling of being ‘hidden away’. Architecturally designed rooms and common spaces feature textured stone, cutaway nooks, cantilevred spaces and cascading fountain walls. Walking through Templation’s grounds truly does awaken the senses.
The hotel’s deep-water pool is one of the biggest in Siem Reap, and many of the suites also come with access to a private saltwater pool.
Rooms are sparsely decorated with ceiling-to-floor windows for plenty of natural light and finished with outdoor bathrooms. The resort relies on solar panels for power and has a number of other eco-friendly initiatives in place.
If it’s your first time in Cambodia, the hotel restaurant provides a fantastic introduction to traditional Khmer cuisine.
Babel Siem Reap
Recommended by Emma, Small footprints, big adventures
Doubles from $18 | Check prices & availability
We absolutely loved our stay at Babel, an eco-friendly, socially conscious hotel with a wonderful vibe. The rooms are funky and the garden cafe is a lovely space to eat or hang out.
All staff are friendly and helpful, and the owners Simen and Katrine have many initiatives in place to ensure accommodation is very low-impact. Babel is home to the first public refill station in Siem Reap, with bulk supplies like bathroom products and mosquito repellent available for anyone to purchase. The Eco Shop also sells locally made bamboo straws, beeswax wraps, coffee cups, and other reusable gear.
For their staff, who are all locals, Babel provides onsite language lessons and annual trips together, as well as excellent working conditions and sponsorship for further education.
The whole site is conscious of its environmental footprint, with recycling services for guests, vegan food options, plastic-free food deliveries, use of bio-oil in their generator, and education about responsible tourism in Siem Reap.
My family spent three weeks at Babel and really relaxed there. We got to know some of the staff and enjoyed tours to Angkor Wat with our tuk tuk driver, Mr Va.
I believe that a big part of the place’s friendly and happy vibe is due to their commitment to something more than making money. They are doing great things for their community and for travellers.
Siem Reap luxury hotels & resorts
The Privilege Floor by Borei Angkor
Recommended by Natasha, And Then I Met Yoko
Doubles from $70 | Check prices & availability
I chose to stay at The Privilege Floor because it was a luxury hotel with affordable prices. But I ended up loving it for many other reasons. Firstly, the location. It’s only a 15-minute drive to Angkor Wat and the airport. It’s also only a 15-minute walk to the city centre.
I ordered a driver to pick us up at the airport and instead of getting someone who we’d never see again, our host, Rayou, met us. He was our point-of-contact through our entire stay. It felt comforting to have someone from check-in to check-out and all those moments in between. He even gifted us with beautiful Cambodian scarves. And it wasn’t just him, the entire staff were beyond friendly.
In terms of the style, I love the decoration inside the hotel, which is colourful and features many intricate Cambodian designs. I still remember the fresh flowers floating in the fountains at the entrance.
Inside our room, towel animals and rose petals were waiting for us on the bed. Perhaps a special touch because it was our honeymoon, but I loved these little details.
I also tried the spa services. We had a couples massage which was very relaxing, and the 4-hands massage (yup that’s two people working out the kinks in your back at the same time) is amazing.
Speaking of de-stressing, The Privilege Floor has a beautiful pool which is a welcome relief from the Cambodian heat. Trust me, if you are out touring temples and the backcountry like I did on my Siem Reap tour, then you’ll crave that refreshing water.
Park Hyatt Siem Reap
Recommended by Allison, Flights to Fancy
Doubles from $136 | Check prices & availability
The Park Hyatt Siem Reap is a luxury hotel in the heart of Siem Reap, just minutes from the world-famous Pub Street. While it’s close to all the action, you enter an oasis of tranquillity the minute you step through the doors.
The Park Hyatt is a rare combination of old-world charm and modern convenience. It boasts 104 rooms and 13 fabulous suites, some of which contain private plunge pools.
The on-site restaurant serves a mix of cuisines to suit most tastes, with a focus on local produce. Savvy travellers will enjoy dining on the select nights the cultural show is on and head to the bar for a pre-dinner half-price drink at happy hour.
The onsite concierge can organise all your tickets and tours, including to Angkor Wat and Phare. If a little pampering is in order, the spa has you covered, with a range of treatments, facials and massages.
The Park Hyatt is the perfect base in Siem Reap. Once you check in, you may never want to leave!
Le Méridien Angkor
Recommended by Leigh, Campfires & Concierges
Doubles from $118 | Check prices & availability
I knew I was going to love Le Méridien Angkor the minute I arrived – they had cold washcloths and fresh juice waiting for me.
I stay with Starwood hotels often, and the points value for Southeast Asia was incredible, so I was able to splurge on this hotel near Angkor Wat. This is one of the closest hotels to the temples, so when I signed up for a 5am bicycle tour of the Angkor Wat temples, I got to sleep late as I was the last one to be picked up!
The service at Le Méridien Angkor is top notch. Each day I returned to my room to find new treats waiting for me, such as bananas or macarons.
The rooms are designed to feel luxurious, yet blend with the local style. The gorgeous pool is quite possibly my favorite hotel pool in the world.
After a day of cycling in the Cambodian heat and humidity, I certainly appreciated the option of room service for dinner. If I ever return to Siem Reap, I can’t imagine staying anywhere else!
Mid-range & boutique hotels in Siem Reap
Recommended by Soumya, Stories by Soumya
Doubles from $49 | Check prices & availability
I have been to Siem Reap twice in the last few years, and I have always stayed at Pavillon d’Orient, a boutique hotel located on Road #60, only 15 minutes away from Angkor Wat.
Nestled in a lush garden filled with tropical greens, Pavillon d’Orient is the perfect place to relax after a long day exploring the temples of Angkor.
The hotel has four separate mansions, each with a limited number of rooms with private balconies. Wide staircases and creamy balustrades give each of these mansions a colonial touch.
Pavillon d’Orient features a spa that specialises in traditional Khmer massage and two open swimming pools. Their open-air restaurant is an amazing place to eat at. Even though I have a lot of favorites here, I would highly recommend trying their chicken amok. Service is very friendly though not a key differentiator.
The hotel is making an earnest effort to become ecologically responsible by sourcing from the local community and recycling water bottles.
Luxurious rooms, an idyllic ambiance, delicious food, and a sustainable philosophy make Pavillon d’Orient the perfect place to stay in Siem Reap.
The Amazing Residence
Recommended by Oli, Not Brits Abroad
Doubles from $44 | Check prices & availability
The Amazing Residence can be found just 5 minutes’ walk south of Pub Street, close to the Siem Reap River and Major Cineplex Cinema. Although it’s not far from one of the busiest parts of town, the hotel itself is quiet and peaceful.
The Amazing Residence is a 4-star boutique hotel complete with its own restaurant, swimming pool and spa. Most bookings include a breakfast buffet as part of the room cost or for a small additional fee. The swimming pool is free to use but the spa facilities and massages cost extra.
The highlight of the hotel is the rooms. They’re all a lot bigger than most standard hotel rooms, giving you lots of space to spread out. Each is equipped with a TV, air-conditioning, personal safe, minibar and WIFI.
As well as all the basics, every stay includes round-trip airport transfers, a welcome drink, a discount on the restaurant menu, and a free cocktail! Additionally, if you stay for more than 4 nights, you get a complimentary set lunch or dinner.
Tresor d’Angkor Suite
Recommended by Mervin, Pinoy Adventurista
Doubles from $43 | Check prices & availability
With the influx of tourists, Siem Reap can be really crowded and somewhat chaotic, especially during peak season. If you want some privacy and a quiet environment away from the hustle, I suggest staying at Tresor D’ Angkor Suite.
Tucked away from the city centre, Tresor D’ Angkor Suite is only 8 km from the Angkor Wat Complex and Siem Reap International Airport, and about 3 km from Pub Street.
This hotel and resort offers elegant accommodation in the traditional Khmer style that blends seamlessly with contemporary and modern interiors. They have several spacious whitewashed villas surrounding a large fresh water pool, well-manicured gardens, and an amazing swimming pool with day beds where guests can lounge and enjoy the resort.
Staff are kind and accommodating. Whenever we needed help, they were always ready to assist us, helping us book some wonderful tours and tuk tuk rides. The guides and drivers the hotel arranged for us were all excellent and trustworthy.
Not to be missed is the resort’s restaurant that serves both local and international cuisines. As an introduction to Khmer food, it exceeded our expectations!
Tresor D’ Angkor Suite is a safe haven in Siem Reap. It is certainly an ideal hotel-resort to have a peaceful, relaxing and hassle-free vacation.
Tara Angkor Hotel
Recommended by Rai, A Rai of Light
Doubles from $31 | Check prices & availability
Located in the heart of Siem Reap, within walking distance of the city centre and a mere 7-minute walk from the Angkor National Museum, Tara Angkor Hotel is perfectly situated to visit the Angkor Wat temple complex and Angkor Night Market. Yet it’s still far enough to retain a serene feel. Also worth exploring within reach of the hotel is the Royal Palace Garden.
The hotel, with its friendly staff, is affordable luxury. Rooms are clean, spacious and well-equipped. I would suggest requesting a room that overlooks the inner courtyard.
Other facilities include a pool area, although it is fairly small and shaded for most of the afternoon, a spa, and a large restaurant that offers a very good selection of meals at breakfast.
If you’re still hungry, I highly recommend trying the cooking class that’s on offer to learn what goes into the making of a good Khmer dish.
Angkor Century Resort & Spa
Recommended by Amelia, A Winter Escape
Doubles from $52 | Check prices & availability
If you’re looking for a nice 4-star resort that’s super budget friendly, The Angkor Century Resort & Spa is for you. All the resort boxes are ticked: Big pool, day spa, delicious breakfast buffet, lovely rooms, and fantastic service.
What’s a typical day at the Angkor Century? Wake up, head down to the delicious buffet breakfast (omelette station included, of course), then it’s off to explore the temples of Angkor. When you get back, cool yourself off with a dip in the pool, or lie back on a lounge chair, cocktail in hand, and enjoy a $5 club sandwich. Head out for dinner on Pub Street then come home to sleep it off in your huge, marshmallowy bed.
There’s a well-equipped gym in case you haven’t had enough exercise climbing temples, or for something more relaxing, the traditional massages at the spa are divine.
The Angkor Century combines the best of budget-friendly travel and a relaxing resort holiday.
Royal Crown Hotel & Spa
Recommended by Tasha Amy, Backpackers Wanderlust
Doubles from $30 | Check prices & availability
One of my favorite places to stay in Siem Reap is the Royal Crown Hotel & Spa. If you’re looking for 5-star, comfortable accommodation in the city, I cannot recommend this place highly enough.
The location on the popular Makara Street, just a couple of minutes from the Hard Rock Café, is ideal for travellers. If you want to be in the centre of Siem Reap, this is a great option for you. It’s just a 5-minute walk to Pub Street, the Old Market and the Night Market, and 15 minutes from the Angkor Wat complex.
The Royal Crown Hotel & Spa has excellent facilities including a spa, two swimming pools, a tour desk and onsite restaurant. A delicious buffet breakfast is also included in the price.
A major bonus is that there’s a power generator on-site. Siem Reap often has power cuts and during our last visit, the power was off out 20 hours. Thanks to the generator, we were still comfortable enjoying the air conditioning and connected to WIFI.
This will always be my go-to accommodation choice in Siem Reap. I know it will be a comfortable and relaxing stay, with great staff ready to assist me.
Les Bambous Luxury Hotel
Recommended by Eva, Electric Blue Food
Doubles from $46 | Check prices & availability
Les Bambous Luxury Hotel in Siem Reap is a family-run boutique hotel conveniently located halfway between the airport and the city centre. It’s a small hotel with a limited number of rooms; this, combined with its location outside of the city, makes for a perfectly intimate stay.
All rooms are suites with an extra-large bed and a living area, as well as a bathroom with both shower and bathtub.
The hotel has a pool, restaurant, and offers spa treatments. Other services include complimentary pick-up and drop-off to and from the airport, as well as a free tuk tuk service to town at selected times of day (outside of these times, it’s possible to get a tuk tuk for an extra charge).
I visited Siem Reap during my honeymoon and Les Bambous proved a great place to retreat to after spending the day at Angkor or visiting busy Pub Street.
Sabara Angkor Resort & Spa
Recommended by Alina, The Happy Kid
Doubles from $35 | Check prices & availability
Sabara Angkor Resort & Spa was our favourite hotel in our 10-day holiday in Cambodia. Quite new (it opened in 2017), the hotel is located in a quiet area, but it just takes a 10-minute tuk tuk ride to get to Siem Reap’s bustling downtown.
The hotel is a U-shaped building with the swimming pool in the centre, which gives guests great privacy. Rooms are spacious and comfortable, with all the required amenities. Most rooms are designated for double occupancy, but they also offer larger spaces for families.
Each room has windows facing the pool-garden and a small terrace or balcony. The salt water pool is perfect if you travel with kids, as I am always concerned about the chemicals used to clean fresh-water pools. A jacuzzi is also available, perfect to ease the muscles after a day spent visiting temples.
The pool area is surrounded by lush greenery, making you forget you are actually very close to a crowded city. Not to mention the pool-bar, with amazing cocktails and ice-cold drinks that you can order directly from the water.
Budget hotels in Siem Reap
River Bay Villa
Recommended by Samantha, Intentional Detours
Doubles from $18 | Check prices & availability
River Bay Villa is not just what I think to be THE best accommodation in Siem Reap – it’s easily the best place I stayed on my entire 2-month trip through Asia.
Tucked away on a lush, quiet street adjacent to the river, this boutique-style hotel has all the luxuries of a 5-star-resort for an insanely low price.
Each room has a beautiful, large shower with a big shower head, a king-sized bed, a TV, and room service! Despite having a hidden feel to it, River Bay was mere minutes away from Pub Street and a 15-minute tuk tuk ride from Angkor Wat.
The positives don’t stop there. The villa has its own incredible restaurant too, which serves up everything from Western-style steaks to Asian fusion delights. And although the sleek, modern pool is another major plus, the most memorable part of my stay here was by far the hospitality.
I cannot recall having such friendly, helpful and genuinely nice employees literally anywhere. The manager, Kim, was unbelievably polite every time we spoke with her. She set us up with an awesome tuk tuk driver for our day at the temples, had our laundry done perfectly just in time for check-out, and made sure our last-minute food order came to our room just before our bus arrived on the morning of our departure.
This is truly a 6+ star hotel that can even fit even an average backpacker’s budget!
Shadow Angkor Villa
Recommended by Gina, One Day in a City
Doubles from $17 | Check prices & availability
If you’re on a budget but still like some luxury in your accommodations, consider a stay at Shadow Angkor Villas. It is located on a quiet street within walking distance of the city centre of Siem Reap but away from the bars and noise.
The ambiance outside is peaceful, and the atmosphere inside continues the tranquility. You’ll find a welcoming lobby with helpful staff who are ready to provide advice on what to do in town or arrange a guide and tuk tuk for your day visiting Angkor Wat.
After a day exploring, rest your head in your comfortable room. The rooms are bright and decorated in the traditional Khmer style, with well-appointed bathrooms and air-conditioning.
When you’re not relaxing in your room you can hang out at Shadow Angkor Villas’ outdoor pool, which has a tropical vibe and lounge seating. Food can be ordered from the adjacent restaurant.
I stayed at Shadow Angkor Villas with my husband – for the price we paid, it felt like an upscale escape from what we’re used to paying for nicer hostels in Europe!
Ladear Angkor Boutique Hotel
Recommended by Ania, The Travelling Twins
Doubles from $22 | Check prices & availability
The excitement of Siem Reap can be very tiring, so staying in a good hotel – especially if you are exploring Siem Reap with kids – is essential. We spent 3 weeks in Siem Reap moving from one hotel to another until we found Ladear Angkor Boutique Hotel. We found it online and liked it so much that we negotiated a rate for a longer stay.
We took a room on the ground floor with direct access to one of the swimming pools. There are only five rooms like this, so most of the time we had the pool to ourselves.
Another advantage of the hotel is the European breakfast – it’s not that I have anything against eating rice for breakfast, but after a few months in the region, I was longing to eat something else. Whatever they served in the Ladear, it was always delicious.
Ladear Angkor Boutique Hotel is located on a quiet street. From Pub Street, it’s a 20 minute walk or 5 minutes by tuk tuk (roughly a $1.50 fare).
Visoth Boutique Hotel
Recommended by Erika, Erika’s Travels
Doubles from $15 | Check prices & availability
The Visoth Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap is a luxury accommodation option with a budget price tag. Located on Sok San Road, just 700 meters from the centre of Siem Reap, the hotel is comfortable, clean and conveniently located. A double room at the boutique hotel is very affordable and the rate includes airport pickup.
This is a family-run business with exceptional hospitality and attention to detail. The friendly reception staff at the front desk can organise trips to the area’s famed temples and beyond.
Elegant rooms boast flatscreen TVs, air conditioning, toilletries, bottled water and crisp white sheets.
In addition to offering plentiful in-room amenities and favourably-priced tuk tuk tours, the Visoth Boutique Hotel features a small leafy garden. After a full day exploring the nearby temples of Angkor Wat, the hotel’s refreshing saltwater pool is a fantastic way to cool down and relax.
Siem Reap hostels
Recommended by Neha, Two Flashpackers
Dorm beds from $5 | Check prices & availability
For a good budget accommodation in Siem Reap, consider Onederz Hostel. Centrally located right next to Angkor Night Market and just a couple of minutes’ walking distance from Pub Street, it is close to all the action.
Despite that, it is very quiet and perfect for getting a good night’s rest following a day of hectic sightseeing. Rooms include mixed dorms and female dorms with shared bathrooms, as well as private rooms with en suite bathrooms.
All the rooms (including the dorms) are air conditioned. We chose a very reasonably priced private room, which was basic but clean, with all facilities including AC, electric kettle, TV etc.
The hostel has two swimming pools including a rooftop pool along with a restaurant and a bar/cafe that serves tasty food. Computers, luggage storage facilities and a movie viewing space are available in the ground floor lounge, which is huge and perfect for hanging out and meeting fellow travellers.
They also have a travel desk with various group tour sightseeing options and bus tickets for other cities in Cambodia. Independent travelers can arrange a tuk tuk driver for private tours through the reception like we did.
The hostel also offers free airport pickup by tuk tuk untill 9pm. We enjoyed our stay at Onederz hostel and would definitely recommend this place.
White Rabbit Hostel
Recommended by Becky, Becksplore
Dorm beds from $5 | Check prices & availability
White Rabbit Hostel is really affordable, and the Alice in Wonderland theme throughout the hostel makes it a pretty unique place to stay. There is a huge pool, probably the biggest I have seen in a hostel thus far.
Located roughly 10 minutes’ walking distance from Pub Street and close to the Hard Rock Café, White Rabbit Hostel is close enough to the main part of the city yet still in a quiet area so you can get a good night’s sleep.
There was not as much of a party vibe when I was there; but rather travellers working on their laptops during the day. It’s a good place for digital nomads. However, they do run their own pub crawl a few times a week which looks like a lot of fun.
The restaurant/cafe next to the pool serves great food during the day. And with a travel desk on site, you can also easily arrange your tour to Angkor Wat.
Oasis Siem Reap
Recommended by Rachita, Nomllers
Dorm beds from $6 | Check prices & availability
Oasis Seam Reap is located in Wat Damanak Village on the east side of the Siem Reap river, about 15 minutes’ walk from Pub Street, and 5 km from the Angkor Wat ticket counters.
Oasis offers both private and dorm rooms. You could easily accommodate a family here or enjoy a stay as a solo traveler. They also provide bicycle hire for $2 a day, which makes it easy to plan your time in Siem Reap.
The washrooms are clean and they also have a pool and an outdoor bar/restaurant where you can enjoy a meal while playing pool or reading a book.
HI Siem Reap Delux
Recommended by Darja, DeeGees Travel
Dorm beds from $4 | Check prices & availability
Hostelling International (HI) Siem Reap is a great accommodation option not only if you’re looking for an affordable hostel bed, but also if you want a little more comfort. In this case, you can opt for a private double room.
The spacious yet cozy rooms have comfortable beds, en suite bathrooms and a fridge. The latter is a life saver if you want to buy fruit from the market and keep it fresh.
One of the hostel’s highlights is the cute and very relaxing rooftop terrace, which has a pool table, a swimming pool, and a small bar run by a very charming and humorous bartender.
This common area is perfect for relaxing between temple visits, for catching up on work, or simply chatting with fellow travellers while watching the sunset and sipping a refreshing drink from the bar. With only a couple of rooms and dormitories, HI Siem Reap Delux maintains the typical easy going hostel atmosphere without turning into a loud backpackers’ party central every night.
Although the recently renovated hostel is only a couple of minutes’ walk from the Night Market and Pub Street, the riverside area remains quiet at night.
Siem Reap accommodation map
5 things to pack for Siem Reap
- A reusable water bottle. Absolutely essential in Cambodia for minimising plastic waste and staying hydrated. I love my S’Well water bottle – it’s vacuum insulated to keep water icy cold for the whole day, and it doesn’t sweat. If you like your mango smoothies, pack a reusable smoothie cup as well.
- Rehydration tablets or sachets. At the end of a long day bike riding or exploring temples, your body will be crying out for electrolytes (believe me!). I prefer Hydralyte tablets because they come in a handy tube. If you forget to bring some from home, the Double D brand is sold at most pharmacies and grocery stores in Cambodia.
- Rain jacket and travel umbrella for the wet season. Wet season is my favourite time to travel in Cambodia because the countryside is so verdant. Downpours come out of nowhere, so it’s essential to have a rain jacket with you at all times (I love the packable rain jackets by Lomon for women and EZRUN for men). I also carry a travel umbrella in case it’s too hot and steamy to wear a jacket. This one is UPF 50+, making it great for sun cover as well.
- A sturdy day pack. An anti-theft backpack is particularly good for the cities, especially Phnom Penh. Opt for a minimalist backpack that doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb.
- Cambodia guide book. I prefer Lonely Planet’s dedicated Cambodia guidebook or regional guidebook that also covers Laos, Vietnam and Northern Thailand.
More Cambodia travel resources
- Best Siem Reap tours for every budget and interest
- Where to stay in Phnom Penh
- Where to eat breakfast in Phnom Penh and where to find the best coffee in Phnom Penh
- 51 free things to do in Phnom Penh – the ultimate list
- Resort style swimming pools in Phnom Penh
- How to use PassApp to book a tuk tuk in Cambodia
- 41 things to do in Kampot
- Where to stay in Kampot
- My guide to Battambang, Cambodia’s cultural capital
- My guide to Kampong Cham, northern Cambodia’s most charming town
- My guide to Kratie, home of Cambodia’s best sunset!
Have you been to Angkor? Where is your favourite place to stay in Siem Reap?