Photo: Streetside drying chillies near Kompong Cham.


Kompong Cham

The range of sleeping options here is pretty uniform and pretty basic but at least the prices are reasonably cheap. Most Westerners head to the riverfront, which has a string of guesthouses and hotels. A river view will add a few dollars, but you might be better off springing for the air-con.

Mekong Bamboo Hut Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Koh Pen Island, Kampong Cham
T: (015) 905 620

Across the longest bamboo bridge in the world, on the prettiest of islands, you’ll find a quiet little hideaway that you may not want to leave. Mekong Bamboo Hut looks out over the Mekong from a series of roofed platforms on which are slung hammocks and a few mattresses for those who prefer them. The setting is simple, rudimentary, and somehow quite special. The owners, Helene and Max,... Read our full review of Mekong Bamboo Hut Guesthouse.

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Mekong Crossing
Backpacker - Under US$10
#2 Pasteur St (corner of Sihanouk Rd/River Rd), Kompong Cham
T: (017) 801 788

Mekong Crossing restaurant has been a popular stop-off for years, but the guesthouse only started up in 2015. The rooms are much like everywhere else: simple, clean and unadorned, with hot water showers. Some have a view on the river, some have windows, some don’t. There is a nice balcony running around the corner building, which gives a nice view on to the Mekong, and a respite from the... Read our full review of Mekong Crossing.

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Moon River
Backpacker - Under US$10
Sihanouk Rd (river road), Kompong Cham
T: (016) 788 973

It’s easy to stand out in Kompong Cham's sea of dull conformity and Moon River did so by being slightly better than the other places we checked out. This was mainly because the food on offer here was so good, but the rooms are also clean, well-presented, with fan or air-con, flat-screen TVs, and have hot water showers -- handy for washing off a day of grime after exploring the surrounds. The... Read our full review of Moon River.

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Mekong Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 35
Sihanouk Rd (river road), Kompong Cham
T: (042) 941 536

Popular with the NGO crowd and large tour companies, the Mekong Hotel has three floors of decent, mid-sized rooms with front views over the river, and rear views across downtown Kompong Cham. All the rooms have small balconies, and the river views all have air-con. The fan rooms at the back are a good deal, but check the fan before you take the room. The rooms face the sunset and have plenty... Read our full review of Mekong Hotel.

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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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