You’ll see more buffaloes than backpackers in sleepy Battambang. But travellers are starting to arrive – stopping over for a night or two between the Thai border to the west and Angkor to the east. They come for the tranquil rural vibe, for the clusters of crumbling French colonial buildings overlooking the languid Sangker River, the ruined Khmer temples scattered in the surrounding countryside and the thrilling Norry rides on the makeshift-trolley trains of the Khmer Rouge-era Bamboo railway. Here they are: the best places to stay in Battambang, Cambodia.
Keeping its reputation as one of Battambang’s top boutique hotels, this stylish offering is situated slightly out of town, making the province’s stunning countryside all the more accessible. It boasts 16 guest rooms, a restaurant and bar, outdoor pool, tropical gardens and free wifi.
With 12 guest rooms, this intimate hotel boasts a restaurant and bar area, outdoor pool, babysitting services, a spa and business centre and free continental breakfast. Nestled on the outskirts of town, a free shuttle bus is available for guests.
If it’s bang for your buck that you’re after, then Ramchang Guesthouse fits the bill. The clean and contemporary 20 rooms span double offerings through to spacious family rooms. There is also an outdoor pool, luggage storage and free wifi and parking. All rooms feature a private bathroom and cable TV.
This hotel is essentially a beautiful collection of 10 traditional wooden Khmer houses and traditionally decorated rooms dotted throughout lush, tropical gardens. A restaurant and bar is onsite, as well as an outdoor pool, business centre and terrace. Free tea and coffee is served in the common area, with in-room childcare available at an additional cost. Try the spa for a relaxing Khmer massage between sightseeing.
This is an updated version of an article originally written by Marissa Carruthers.