All over Asia, you tend to get what you pay for -- nowhere more so than in Cambodia. Accommodation in Cambodia tends to be a little more expensive than in neighbouring Laos and Thailand and the difference between paying $2 and $12 is huge. Many come here planning on staying at the $1 guesthouses they've all heard about -- after a night or two in one of these, however, most tend to upgrade towards the $5 range.
The following applies to Phnom Penh:
Under $2: Gets you a grotty little room, perhaps with a fan if you're lucky, in the lake area of town. The sheets, if there are any, will only be changed when you leave. Expect thin walls and dreary drapes and plan on spending as much time as possible elsewhere. Shared bathroom facilities.
$2-$5: Still in the lakeside area. The higher end of this range may include a pokey little bathroom -- more likely to have smelly piping than hot water. The room will be big enough for a clean bed with sheets and a couple of bags. It may have either a large ceiling fan or a small desktop one.
$5-$10: Gets you a reasonable fan or basic air-con room, either by the lake or at one of the cheaper places nearer the river. Your bed will have a clean mattress and sheets. Generally larger than the lower price range, these rooms often have a desk and chair. You might even get something tasteful. Your own bathroom may have hot water.
$10-$20: More comfortable with air-con, a comfortable bed and a clean, well-equipped bathroom. The room should be spacious and may have a few extras such as a bar fridge and cable TV. May be cleaned daily.
$20+: The beginning of mid-range small hotels and guesthouses. As the price rises from here, expect more extras, such as TV with full cable, DVD player, balcony, breakfast and so on.
Please find below some of the more frequently asked questions (FAQ) people have about travelling to Cambodia. We've tried to answer all the most frequently asked questions, but if you have another query about Cambodia, please try our Travelfish messageboard.
Is a fan room okay, or should I budget for air-con?
Is it possible to rent rooms or dormitories for longer periods of time while travelling in Cambodia?
Should I take my own padlock for the door of my room while travelling in Cambodia?
What should I do if a bag is stolen from my room or dormitory while travelling in Cambodia?
Why are there so few dormitories in Cambodia?
Why are there so few hostels in Cambodia?
Can I drink the tap water in Cambodia?
How can I avoid MSG in Cambodia?
How do I avoid peanuts in Cambodia?
I have a food allergy -- what should I do when travelling in Cambodia?
Is there good vegetarian food in Cambodia?
Is western food available in Cambodia?
Are the ferries in Cambodia safe?
Are the trains in Cambodia safe?
Do the trains run on time?
Is it easy to hitch-hike in Cambodia?
Is it easy to rent a car or motorcycle in Cambodia?
Should I get a tourist minibus in Cambodia?
What is the best way to get around Phnom Penh?
What's the best way to travel around Cambodia -- share-taxi, bus, train or boat?
Are credit cards accepted in Cambodia?
Are there ATMs in Cambodia?
How can I have money sent to me in Cambodia?
How can I send money out of Cambodia?
Should I bring travellers cheques, credit/debit cards or cash to Cambodia?
Should I tip in Cambodia?
Are leeches a problem in Cambodia?
Are legal drugs cheap in Cambodia?
Do I need a prescription in Cambodia?
Do I need malarial medication in Cambodia?
HIV/AIDS in Cambodia
Is heatstroke a problem?
Is medical care cheap in Cambodia?
Is medical care in Cambodia good?
Is rabies a problem in Thailand?
What about dengue haemorrhagic fever in Cambodia?
What about schistosomiasis in Cambodia?
What general food and water precautions should be followed in Cambodia?
What general health advice can you offer for Cambodia?
What should be in a traveller's medical kit for travel in Cambodia?
Will I get diarrhoea in Cambodia?