Photo: Banlung's crater lake in the late afternoon.



Banlung boasts a comprehensive range of hotels and guesthouses, whether you're looking to spend $2 or $169, with urban and jungle styles available, and much in between.

Ratanak Resort
Midrange - US$35 to 75
Phnum Sil, National Route 78 (just under 3.5km from the junction of St 78 and St 78a)
T: (092) 244 114

Set on the hills to the east of the hustle of Banlung, Ratanak Resort has 16 romantic wooden bungalows set in lovely, mature gardens overlooking a pepper plantation and the surrounding countryside. In addition, the resort has a pool, full-service bar and restaurant, a small business centre, shop and library. This was one of our favourites among the places that we visited, and made all the... Read our full review of Ratanak Resort.

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Tree Top Ecolodge
Backpacker - Under US$10
Street 78A, Hillside district, Banlung
T: (075) 555 015

Tree Top is by far the nicest place to stay in Banlung and, oddly, one of the best value. It opened in early 2009 and you can get a beautiful wooden hut with a wraparound porch that hangs off the side of a lush hillside for a (relative) song. Inside, bungalows have electricity, vaulted ceilings, an immaculate bathroom and super-comfortable mattresses with soft linens. The cheaper rooms, while... Read our full review of Tree Top Ecolodge.

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Banlung Balcony Guesthouse & Restaurant
Backpacker - Under US$10
T: (097) 809 7036

Banlung Balcony Guesthouse & Restaurant is easily the best backpacker joint in Banlung. The rooms make the best of what appears to be a well-aged building, but they're clean, there are plenty of them, and they’re cheap. The staff were friendly, very helpful and spoke excellent English. You can choose between the dorm rooms, which are made of single beds, not bunks, though we didn’t see... Read our full review of Banlung Balcony Guesthouse & Restaurant.

Green Plateaus
Flashpacker - US$10 to 35
Off lakeside
T: (010) 771 948

Green Plateaus is a beautiful property set in maturing gardens, offering just eight rooms in two villas, one modern and one wooden, Khmer-style that are surprisingly good value. The hotel is by the same people behind Terres Rouges, and is targeted to appeal to those whose budgets might be slightly tighter than Terres Rouges’ clients, but whose aesthetic sense is none-the-lesser for that. The... Read our full review of Green Plateaus.

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Terres Rouges Lodge
Midrange - US$35 to 75
Boeung Kansaign, Banlung
T: (012) 770 650

Gorgeous gardens that always send our camera into overdrive, luxuriously romantic rooms decorated with antique furniture, a beautiful pool and one of the best restaurants in town — indeed the best — make this a long-running popular destination for those with a little extra cash. And while Terres Rouges may be pricey compared to its Banlung peers, it’s actually a great deal for what you get.... Read our full review of Terres Rouges Lodge.

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Thy Ath
Flashpacker - US$10 to 35
Lakeside (on the west side), Banlung
T: (017) 386 396

Beautifully laid-out, spotlessly clean rooms with a view across the lake — except from the ground floor — distinguish Thy Ath from its older, shabbier neighbours, some of which call themselves “lakeside” in a decided stretch of the term. The owner is a very friendly lady, who cheerfully showed us around with perfect English. The rooms are relatively spacious, with pretty decorative... Read our full review of Thy Ath.

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Bamboo Backpacker Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Street 62, Banlung
T: (015) 406 290

Attached to the slightly longer-running Bamboo Restaurant, Bamboo Backpacker offers rooms at the back that are small and windowless, but super-cheap with prices starting at $3. The furniture is all rattan, and the walls are bamboo, which would be lovely in larger rooms, but can close the space a little bit around you. On the other hand, the owner, Leakhana, is lovely, very helpful and the... Read our full review of Bamboo Backpacker Guesthouse.

Yaklom Resort
Flashpacker - US$10 to 35
National Route 78 (10 minute drive east of Banlung past the lake)
T: (015) 318 181

Yaklom Resort promises a jungle experience and, for better or worse, delivers it. If you're a nature lover looking to be well away from the crowds, this is a solid option, but bear in mind the facilities are basic and in wet season there is a bit of a perennial dampness to the place. Watch your footing too on the slippery paths. Unfortunately, when we visited in April 2016, we couldn’t find... Read our full review of Yaklom Resort.

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Yeakloam Hotel
Midrange - US$35 to 75
1-167 Street 29, Ou Kan
T: (011) 974 975

Banlung’s first “urban” style hotel, Yeakloam is a smart, sophisticated set-up and also the town’s first full-service hotel. Yeakloam offers a pool, restaurant, rooftop bar, spa and stylish rooms with all mod-cons, including safety box, baths, flat screen TVs etc. Geared towards Phnom Penh’s emerging middle-class, it’s also pretty good value. The nine-storey building holds 70... Read our full review of Yeakloam Hotel.

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