Phnom Penh

Cambodia’s capital, which sits astride the banks of the mighty Mekong, is a captivating city – and it just so happens that we have hunted down the best boutique hotels in Phnom Penh. Relatively small and admittedly scarred by poverty, there is a hidden beauty beneath that is easy to explore by foot or tuk-tuk.

Following four traumatic years of being ruled by the Khmer Rouge from 1975, Phnom Penh is thriving today and has some wonderful restaurants and hotels on offer. Some of the must-see attractions include the Royal Palace, the harrowing Tuol Sleng Museum (a former school turned prison under the Khmer Rouge) and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, just outside the city. Despite their disturbing nature, they provide an essential insight in understanding just how far Cambodia has come in recent years.

The city has some great accommodation options; from a converted old Governor’s house to the established and sophisticated Raffles hotel, you will not be disappointed. The town itself is not necessarily an obvious tourist destination but it offers some very worthwhile insights into Cambodian life today as well as its recent tragic history.