Accommodation standards in Cambodia have greatly improved in recent years. Phnom Penh now has a good network of genuine boutique hotels - arguably they are overpriced and sometimes management can be a bit Fawlty Towers but the bar has certainly been raised. Siem Reap, without doubt, has now become a destination for the upmarket international traveller. The range, depth and quality of accommodation here is of an excellent standard and is on a par with anywhere else in Asia. Even if you travel to some of the less visited towns, family-run Chinese style hotels should now provide hot water, air conditioning and cable TV even if they can't provide first-class service. They are often the best bargains in the country as many of the backpacker places, while very cheap, are hovels.

More expensive hotels have safety deposit boxes in the rooms. In cheaper hotels it is not uncommon for things to be stolen from bedrooms. In Phnom Penh this poses a real dilemma for it is more dangerous to take valuables onto the night-time streets. Most hotels and guesthouses will accept valuables for safekeeping but do keep a close eye on your cash.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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