The Villa Siem Reap :
One Of The Best Siem Reap Hotels
On our first time in Cambodia, we stayed at The Villa Siem Reap, and itwas Wonderful. Yes, wonderful with a capital W.
From the clean rooms, to the good food, to the unique tours, it waseverything we could ever think of for an introduction to Siem Reap andAngkor Wat. All for a very reasonable price.
That said, for casualtravelers who travel only during the holidays, The Villa Siem Reap wasa one stop shop for having a great time in Siem Reap.
Booking the rooms
We booked our room directly from with The Villa, and it was just amatter of filling out the information online, which was then confirmedvia email.
They asked for our credit card information to hold the room,but did not charge it at that time. We reconfirmed our reservation aday before our departure, and received an email back that everythingwas already set.
Arriving in Siem Reap, it was a relief to see our name amongst the seaof tuktuk drivers. For a casual traveler, it could be daunting to begreeted by so many offers. So we were happy to bypass any stressfulexperience when The Villa sent a driver to pick us up.
The air conditioned room was cheery, bright, and very clean. Theyreally meant it when they say that their rooms are immaculately clean.Italso had lots of natural light because of large windows.
The bed and pillows were comfy enough, with fresh linen sheet that mademe want to sleep in it.
There’s also a writing table, a matching chair, two nightstands, a penand notepad for scribbling, Siem Reap brochures, a TV, and amini-refrigerator.
The bathroom was also clean, and really large. It has a hot watershower, fresh towels, soap, and shampoo. Just outside thebathroom there’s a small luggage rack and a fewclothes hangers.
All in all, for $16 a night, I thought I was getting a bargain.
The Villa is only about a 10 minute walk to the Center Market, andanother 10 – 15 minutes walk to the Old Market. There’s also an Expressmini-market at the gas station nearby, where you can get somebatteries, water, and snacks.
Our first encounter with Cambodian food was at the restaurant in TheVillaSiem Reap. We ordered their beef loklak, and were instantly hooked.TheirAmok was okay, and their pineapple shake was excellent.
After a long day touring the temples and surroundings, we were actuallylooking forward to go back and have our combo dinner of beef loklak andpineapple shake. We had it at least 4 times during our 6 night staythere. We sure did miss out the experience of eating out, but ourstomachs didn’t complain.
The tours were the reason we chose to stay at The Villa Siem Reap. Wewere interested in so many of their tours, that we decided it’smore convenient to just stay there instead of somewhere else.
They have some amazing tours that allows for visitors to get anauthentic Cambodian experience. And all of them have very reasonableprices. For every single day we stayed at The Villa, we had a tourplanned, and we’re glad we did.
Some of the tours that we thought were exceptional were the trip to thejungle Beng Mealea temple, and to the Kampung Phluk rivervillage. Those were the great moments that I don’t think we wouldhave experienced ifnot for The Villa Siem Reap.
These are high praises, I know, but what can I say.
No One Is Perfect
Although our overall experience at The Villa was very satisfactory, noone’s perfect. At least not at $16 a night. During our stay, we had 2minor hiccups.
We found that during the night there’s some loud music going on at thenext door’s big Cambodian restaurant. It looks like they have a showevery night, and the music blared through our room window which wasright next to it. The show stopped at around 10 pm, after which it’squiet time. I know that this is out of the Villa’s control,and 10pm is after all a decent cut off time.
So if you think this will bother you a whole lot, request a room on theother side. The effect should be minimal there. For some people thismight not even be an issue, since 10 pm is probably too early to besleeping when the Pub Street is still alive. But for others who havehad a longday at the temple, 9 pm might be a perfect time to hit the bed. If youare that tired, though, chances are a little music wouldn’t bother you.
We also found some errors on our final bill. They were corrected assoon aswe pointed them out, but it would be better if it was correct the firsttime.
So in short..
Not everyone is a seasoned traveler, ready to tackle every uncertaintyof a locationor plan out a trip in great detail. And for those people, there’s TheVilla Siem Reap.
If you’re a traveler who likes to have things taken care of for you,who likes it simple and easy,try staying at The Villa Siem Reap. With a minimal amount of planning,you can have a great vacation, and all without having to pay a lot forit.
Siem Reap Hotels
View all Siem Reap hotels We had a great holiday in Angkor Watlargely because of their help,and we heartily recommend them to fellow travelers. Even when we havenot tried many hotels in Siem Reap, we’re sure that The Villa is one ofthe best out there.