I stayed at the happy guesthouse for 4 nights while travelling with two friends. We booked in advance after a friend of mine recommended it as a good place to stay, and were given a free transfer from the bus station to the guesthouse.
Our tuk tuk driver (Mr keon... Though that may be spelt wrong!) was brilliant, and was there whenever we needed a ride for the whole time we stayed, and then always waiting somewhere we could find him when we finished what we were doing. It was lovely to know we weren't being ripped off... the one time we did get a tuk tuk in town the man told us it was $3 initially, until we told him we knew the same journey was only supposed to be $1. He also turned the tuk tuk into 'party tuk tuk' one night with LED lights and music which was the most surreal experience of my entire month in asia and was absolutely fantastic!
The rooms were great value. Ours was huge and yet so cheap, and it was clean with comfy beds and lots of storage. If you are expecting an upmarket hotel you may be disappointed but it was perfect for a comfortable place to stay for the evening, and the guesthouse is in quite a quiet area which was nice for the evenings when we didn't go out (and it was no problem at all getting to pub street on the nights we did!).
The best thing by far about the happy guesthouse has to be the owner, Chhorpoan. As soon as we arrived she welcomed us with a smile and we got some food from the restaurant (very good value). We had no idea what we wanted to do the next day, and she spent ages that evening and over the next few days helping us work out how to fit everything we wanted to do in, and suggesting things we might enjoy. We were very difficult at times due to our own uselessness (we kept changing our minds) and she always helped us with a smile, and ensured we had a great time. She also really engages with guests, often bringing back Cambodian foods (eg. embryo eggs) and letting guests try them, and always happy to chat with you. I cannot believe that such a young lady studies at university and works so hard making the happy guesthouse a brilliant place to stay - she really is such an inspiration!
I would definitely recommend the happy guesthouse, and would love to return in the future!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a Khmer family-run business that aims to provide our guests with a home away from home. The stuffs are friendly and my family members can speak English, French and Vietnamese. Pay less but get more services like you stay in a more expensive guesthouse because the rooms are clean with private bathroom, shoes, soap, toilet paper and provide a water on arrival day, room cleaning service. My family will give you the best and the most honest advices about your stay in Cambodia. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Happy Guest House Hotel Siem Reap