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There’s no shortage of accommodation in Phnom Penh, with an increasing number of guesthouses and hotels across the city catering for all pockets and tastes, from basic rooms to opulent colonial-era suites. No matter when you arrive, you should have no difficulty finding a room, although the very cheapest rooms fill up quickly. If you intend to stay for more than a couple of nights, it’s worth asking for a discount at guesthouses and mid-range places. With deluxe accommodation you’ll often get a better deal by booking through a travel agent or taking a two to three-night package.

The former backpacker area around Boeng Kak lake has now all but disappeared along with the water. The lake has been gradually filled by private developers and at the time of writing a small sliver to the east remained, along which a few guesthouses and homes still cling. But filling the lake with sand has led to flooding along the bank, leaving the area forlorn and increasingly abandoned. Most of the budget accommodation is now in little clusters to the south of Psar Orussey, and on Street 258 in the centre of town. There are also several cheap places with coveted locations close to the riverside. Recent years have seen increased competition in the mid-range bracket, with plenty of centrally located hotels along Monivong Boulevard and in Boeng Keng Kang, broadly around Street 278, near the NGO residential area. This is now the hottest location in town, with cosmopolitan restaurants, cafés, spas and boutique shops springing up all around it. Deluxe hotels in Phnom Penh rival those of any country, with the pride of place going to Raffles Hotel Le Royal; even if you’re not staying there, it’s worth a visit to admire the stunning colonial building or to enjoy a cocktail in its famous Elephant Bar.

If you are staying for a month or more, you could consider one of the serviced apartments offered by several hotels around town. Comprising bedroom, sitting room, bathroom and kitchenette, these go for around $700–1000 per month.

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