Photo: Streetside drying chillies near Kompong Cham.


Kompong Cham

If there was ever a town in Cambodia where it's worth spending a couple of extra dollars, Kompong Cham is it. While there are loads of Khmer-orientated guesthouses scattered through town, most Westerners go for the riverfront where there are several guesthouses and three hotels, with one offering excellent value.

Mekong Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 35
Sihanouk Rd (Riverside)
T: (042) 941 536

The three-storey Mekong Hotel appropriately sits by the Mekong River and is the best value hotel in Kompong Cham thanks to its general cleanliness, spaciousness and location. Popular with tour groups and charity teams, a steady flow of Westerners keeps the door swinging and the stiff lobby couches occupied with WiFi seekers. Rooms are a good size, with cable TV, blackout curtains and air-con or... Read our full review of Mekong Hotel.

Bophear Guest House
Backpacker - Under US$10
Street Pasteur, Kompong Cham
T: (012) 857919

For the thrifty, Bophear Guest House is a decent alternative to riverside accomodation while staying centrally located. A block from Mekong Crossing restaurant, the open-air lobby brims with potted and hanging plants. There's a feeling of unrealised potential here – the wood panelling and retro framed pictures could be quaint but the overall effect is dingy, and a lick of paint wouldn't go... Read our full review of Bophear Guest House.

Mekong Sunrise
Backpacker - Under US$10
Sihanouk Road (Riverside)
T: (011) 56 1824

It may be directly riverside, but you'll never get a Mekong view from the rooms here, as they're all located at the back. Shared bathroom and en suite rooms are basic, large and rather empty – expect not much more than a trestle bed and a fan. Hammocks are strung on the veranda, though, and French owner Cedric is working to make the riverfront bar/restuarant a choice place to hang out, with... Read our full review of Mekong Sunrise.

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Kompong Cham? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Cambodia.

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