Experiencing Cambodia

Where to stay, shop, sleep and more. Plus: Ways to give back

by Laurie Lico Albanese
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The unspoiled beaches of Koh Rong island
Photograph: Frédéric Lagrange

Don't miss Laurie Lico Albanese's amazing travel memoir about visiting Cambodia: 22 Days of Living Dangerously.

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 (mithsam​lanh.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).

Cambodian Center for the Protection of Children’s Rights (CCPCR) supports young victims of sexual exploitation and abuse (ccpcr.org.kh).

End Child Prostitution, Abuse and Trafficking in Cambodia (ECPAT) is a network organization for 29 grassroots groups, including CCPCR (ecpatcambodia.org).

Ponheary Ly Foundation provides uniforms, food, supplies and bicycles to enable hundreds of impoverished children to attend public schools (theplf.org).

Bright Children Organisation, a nonprofit education group supporting more than 160 poorvillage children at Mkak Primary School (brightchildren.org).

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First Published Wed, 2013-07-31 10:17

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