Most international tourism into Cambodia centers around the stunning Angkor Wat temple complex just outside of Siem Reap in the north of the country, but increasing numbers are also heading to Cambodia's beaches and jungle areas as well. There are now two very unusual resorts with overwater villas in Cambodia, although at opposite ends of the price spectrum.

The vast majority of the overwater bungalows in Asia are located in the Maldives, just southwest of India. However, the Maldives' isolated location makes it difficult to combine a resort stay with anything else, so these new options are welcome. It's relatively easy to reach Angkor Wat from both of them, or Bangkok or Phnom Penh, and one of them is located just off the touristy beach area of Sihanoukville.

You can stay in an overwater tented villa in a gorgeous river setting for only a bit over US$100 per night, or in a huge water villa with a pool out over a lagoon for well over US$1,000 per night.

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Overwater villa resorts in Cambodia

4 Rivers Floating Lodge – Cambodia

  • Water villas: 12
  • Total rooms/suites: 12


Surprisingly economical, the 4 Rivers Floating Lodge in Cambodia offers 12 of what it calls Overwater Tented Villas, stretched off a dock along a bend in a river. The villas are quite large and rather luxurious so the tent is simply a construction technique to let river breezes come through this tropical location, and fit into the scenery better.


The location is somewhat remote, but that allows visitors to get jungle tours and have boat trips to nearby fishing villages that few outsiders will ever see. The restaurant here has an acclaimed chef and a highly regarded menu, so honeymoon and/or adventure couples are in for a posh stay even at this low price.


  • Low season online specials from US$145 per night
  • High season online specials from US$283 per night
>More information about the 4 Rivers Floating Lodge – Cambodia >Check rates

Song Saa Private Island – Cambodia

  • Water villas: 9
  • Total rooms/suites: 27


This resort opened in early 2012, stretched out over and off two tiny islands not far from Sihanoukville in southern Cambodia. It operates on an all-inclusive basis with meals and drinks, but it’s Michelin-star dining rather than a big buffet, so it’s actually quite good value.


Each of the 9 overwater villas here is huge and comes with its own private pool, plus there are 18 garden and beach villas as well. Early reviews are fantastic, which is quite a feat for an independent resort, so this could be a great choice for those with the tastes and budget of the 5-star crowd in Asia.


  • Low season online specials from US$2,278 per night
  • High season online specials from US$3,011 per night
>More information about the Song Saa Private Island – Cambodia >Check rates
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  1. Hi,
    Looking for New Years deals after December 25th for 5-10days. Any suggestions on last min deals??

    Please let me know. Looking to book asap


    1. Yanna,

      We are simply an online guide to overwater resorts and we don’t do bookings. We do have booking links for every resort on the site, so booking online is usually your best bet. Best of luck with this. In normal years it would be impossible to get a last-minute deal over Christmas, but this year might be different. I’d check as they almost always have the best rates in the Maldives. -Roger

  2. Any suggestions as to a nice place for an extended stay? Preferably on a beach, over water and food inclusive. I have heard a rumour about $30 k per couple for a one year stay…any substance to that? We don’t need a year,, but would certainly consider three to five months. We are retired, used to travel a lot, and have homes in Canada and Mexico. We are now a bit bored in Canada and Mexico is a bit dicey.
    Any deals?

    1. David,

      I’m not aware of any good deals on overwater bungalows in countries where you can stay for extended periods. The Maldives now has a deal for US$30,000 to stay in a water villa for a whole year, but I believe you can only stay 30 days at a time. It’s a really tough time for anything like this, and hopefully next year it will get better. -Roger