in the middle
Cambodia is a hot and tropical jungle-drenched Southeast Asian country, bordered by Vietnam, Thailand and Laos. In the southwest, the rich, mountainous jungle gives way to a sun-kissed coastline of sandy beaches and small palm-covered islands speckle the shimmering Gulf of Thailand waters.
Cambodia's urban hubs, like the capital city of Phnom Penh and the buzzing town of Battambang, overflow with old world temples, buzzing bars and labyrinth-like markets. Away from the city energy, Cambodia's vast national parks boast cascading waterfalls, turquoise swimming lagoons and an array of rare tropical wildlife.
Search on dealchecker to find cheap hotels in Cambodia's south coast – a sun-kissed, beach rich region dotted with all-inclusive resorts and secluded getaways. The Kep region, also the name of the province's top town, offers sweeping beachfront, a lush national park and old world remains of French-Colonial architecture – not to mention crab markets and fresh seafood restaurants. The Sihanoukville province, in southwest Cambodia, is another hot beach spot. Here, you'll find white palm-fringed sands, green mangrove jungles, buzzing bars and plenty of cheap hotels.
The small but buzzing town of Siem Reap is a very popular hotel location, in part thanks to its proximity to Angkor Wat Archaeological Park which is home to hundreds of temple ruins that attract travellers from all over the world.
The cheap hotels dotted around Cambodia’s main Phnom Penh International Airport, based on the city's outskirts, are ideal for those taking late night or early morning flights.
Angkor Wat is an enormous, sprawling temple complex based just north of Siem Reap. The complex, surrounded by dense rainforest, gathers together well-preserved ruins of former stone temples, dating back hundreds of years. The largest, the Angkor Wat monument, was built in the 12th century and is an immense structure of pyramid-shaped towers, vine-clad courtyards and mythical figure motifs. In Siem Reap's Angkor National Museum, you can view old world statues, relics and jewellery salvaged from the temple complex.
In the capital city of Phnom Penh, architecture enthusiasts will love the gold-washed Royal Palace, a 19th-century riverfront complex of throne halls, perfectly manicured botanic gardens and peaceful pavilions.
The city's National Museum, meanwhile, offers a captivating look at the country's heritage through informative history exhibitions. For some much-needed retail therapy, explore the multitude of craft, textile and food stalls strung throughout the immense blue-yellow Art Deco Central Market.