Sleep and cheerful
No matter what your budget is, Siem Reap is full of places waiting to welcome you through their doors, from guesthouses and Khmer-style inns to luxury five-star hotels and resorts.
Wherever you travel, the place you choose to stay in can often be the difference in making your trip a beautiful memory or a time to forget.
Siem Reap has so many options that, whether you are taking a year off backpacking around the globe or visiting some of the world’s greatest sites with poolside champagne to end the day, you won’t have trouble finding somewhere suitable. For a fraction of the price of a hotel in your home country, you can wake up to proper Italian coffee, French bread and Khmer hospitality.
In the past few years there has been a boom in the building of guesthouses, five-star hotels and everything in between. Siem Reap has plenty of affordable and stylish options from which visitors can choose. Here’s a sample.
Sokhalay Angkor Hotel Resort & Spa offers the ultimate in relaxation and reinvigoration, with lavish amenities and spectacular views, all within easy reach of the temples. Nestled amongst five hectares of beautifully landscaped tropical garden, amid lily ponds with freshwater fish, you’ll find 40 traditional Khmer-style wooden villas and the largest pool in town.
Jasmine Lodge guesthouse on Highway 6 (airport road) offers everything from dorm rooms to air con, TV and hot water rooms at a bargain price. Alternatively, Wat Bo Road on the east side of the river has for many years been the main area for the budget-minded, with more than a dozen low-priced guesthouses from which to choose. As everyone vies for business, the amenities have become better and better. Be aware that this is the most popular time to visit Siem Reap, so book ahead to secure your first accommodation choice.
You can check out the latest rates on agoda.com, which now lists over 400 hotels and guesthouses in and around Siem Reap catering to all budgets.
The area half a kilometre west of Sivatha Street, one of the town’s main thoroughfares, is becoming another popular, low-price district with the bonus that the shops cater to locals, so it’s a nice place to go if you want to experience a slice of everyday Siem Reap life.
The segment that has seen the most growth in Temple Town is boutique hotels. In the range of $25 to $75, you will be able to find lovely rooms with sumptuous surroundings befitting a treasured holiday.
My Home Tropical Garden Villa is also within walking distance of the Old Market (Phsar Chas) area. It’s a charming villa in a lush garden with a swimming pool, and very reasonable rates. Wat Bo also boasts a number of Shangri-las with Two Dragons guesthouse and Soria Moria offering a new dynamic. Tropical gardens, first-class cooking and an eye for detail are what make these places special.
The Rose Apple is a quaint affair, owned by a husband-wife team. Boasting a saltwater swimming pool, the staff are friendly and the rooms are cosy and clean.
The chances are that if you’re reading this and deciding where to stay, you haven’t pre-booked yourself into one of the city’s five-star luxury hotels. One of the great joys in life is staying five-star, and being completed catered to is a nice touch when you’re on holiday. If it’s only for one night, it’s a real bargain to stay at one of Siem Reap’s best hotels and see how the other half – okay, how the top ten percent – live it up on the road.
There are several international standard luxury hotels where rooms can be had for less than $120 a night if you’re willing to bargain a little, for which you will get a swimming pool, a gourmet restaurant (or two) and a palatial room. Spas, golfing, the finest of dining – these have the makings of a quality vacation.
A few words of caution, though. If you’re cruising the web for a bargain, check carefully. That double aircon room at $10 is probably priced per person, not room, so be sure to double check before making a booking.