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Deciding Where to Stay in Siem Reap, Cambodia

by on October 24, 2008

I’m kicking myself for not booking accommodations earlier. Apparently October to March is peak season and a lot of places we inquired with were already fully booked. Here’s the shortlist of hotels and B&Bs we considered:

The Villa Siem Reap

  • Ranked 2 out of 48 B&Bs on TripAdvisor.com
  • Nice, very informative website, which makes me tend to trust a place more
  • Pretty (purple walls and all)
  • Good value for money with rooms starting at 18 USD a night
  • Great responsible tourism policy
  • Interesting tour packages that offer more than just temples
  • Glowing reviews
  • Our first choice
  • Status: Fully booked
  • On the bright side, you don’t have to stay with them to avail of their tours. We may just do that.

Queen Villa Angkor

  • Ranked 2 out of 48 B&Bs on TripAdvisor.com
  • Decent website, though I wish it contained more pictures and information
  • Nice-looking
  • Rooms at 35 USD a night
  • Tours available, but no details on the website
  • Generally good reviews, though one person complained that their tuk tuk drivers were expensive and the information was not very good.
  • Status: Fully booked

Angkor Discovery Inn

  • Ranked 9 out of 48 B&Bs on TripAdvisor.com
  • Website is sparse but it’s enough to give you an idea of what the place is like
  • Nice-looking
  • Rooms at 35 USD a night
  • No mention of tours
  • “Open showers” (meaning the shower area is not separated from the toilet area by a shower curtain or shower enclosure, which really bothers us)
  • Staff seems very nice and accommodating, at least based on Ry’s e-mail exchanges with them
  • Glowing reviews
  • Status: Rooms available

Palm Village

Lotus Lodge

It came down to a toss up between Lotus Lodge and Angkor Discovery Inn. Neither had a significant edge over the other and it was hard to choose. I was leaning towards Lotus Lodge because it seemed more spacious, and Ry was leaning towards Angkor Discovery because he’d been e-mailing with them and they were just so darn nice. In the end Lotus Lodge won, mostly on the basis of showers.

Ry sadly informed Angkor Discovery that we would not be staying with them after all, while I confirmed with Lotus Lodge. Lotus Lodge doesn’t require you to pay a deposit for as long as you send a copy of your passport and payment can be done at the lodge with cash or credit card (Visa/Mastercard).

Can I just say that I can’t imagine how people made these kinds of decisions and arrangements before the Internet was invented?

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2 Comments
  1. Hi Ryan & Aissa, Me and my friend will also go to Cambodia (Siem Reap & Phnom Penh) in April. We are just happy that there is another sale from Malaysia Airlines.

    I will look forward for your trip tales in the future regarding Cambodia! Happy travels!

  2. Very cool. Too bad we never get to go at the same time!

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