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Sleeping and Swimming
Circa 51, Phnom Penh. Urban oasis, courtyard pool ($65 to $115 a night; circa51.com).
The Villa Paradiso, Phnom Penh. On a quiet residential street; palatial rooms, deluxe pool, spa and restaurant ($70 to $140 a night; thevillaparadiso.com).
Best Western Suites and Sweet resort Angkor, Siem Reap. Roomy suites, each with private pool, tranquil setting ($135 to $155 a night; suitesandsweet.com).
Seven Candles Guesthouse, Siem Reap. Affordable guest rooms, friendly setting, rooftop restaurant and lounge ($20 to $38 a night; sevencandlesguesthouse.com).
Paradise Bungalows, Koh Rong island. Rustic beachfront bungalows, spectacular outdoor pavilion ($35 to $100 a night; paradise-bungalows.com).
Eating and Drinking
Friends, the Restaurant, Phnom Penh and Romdeng. A pair of training restaurants where former street youths learn practical job skills; the food is so tasty, you’ll forget it’s for a good cause (mithsamlanh.org/).
FCC Phnom Penh Restaurant & Bar, the historic Foreign Correspondents Club’s breezy balcony bar overlooking the Mekong river, is a happy hour must (fcccambodia.com).
Khmer Kitchen Restaurant, Siem Reap. Traditional Cambodian food on the market square (khmerkitchens.com).
Shopping, Pampering and Exploring
Ta Prohm Silk & Souvenir Shop, Phnom Penh. Gorgeous silk goods at great prices, made by women with disabilities (two locations: #49Beo, Street 178, and #168A, Street 155).
A.N.D., Phnom Penh. Handmade clothing and accessories, tailor on premises; fair trade and fine quality (#52C, Street 240).
AthinkKoh Dach, Koh Dach island, near Phnom Penh. Stunning handwoven scarves, fabrics and tablecloths made on heirloom handlooms (090-510-544).
The Villa Paradiso Spa, Phnom Penh. Private cottages, massages and beauty treatments (thevillaparadiso.com).
Cambodia Bike Tours, Venture into the countryside and rural villages in small group-guided rides (grasshopperadventures.com).
Cambodia Cooking Class, Phnom Penh. Shop in a traditional market, prepare and enjoy authentic Khmer fish amok and more (cambodia-cooking-class.com).