After a long day of travelling, I arrived at the Angkor Secret Garden Hotel at about 8pm-9pm. The staff were lovely and even insisted on showing me up to my room and carrying my luggage. By the end of that first evening, I was pretty much on a first name basis with all the staff! The staff continued to be friendly throughout my stay without being intrusive. Mr Lucky recommended things to do and see, and organised and booked them for me. The hotel is about a 10-15 minute walk to the main street and the night markets, or a $2 tuk tuk drive. Often in the evenings, I would walk down to the main street and catch a tuk tuk back. In saying that, make sure you have the hotel business card on you as it is really well hidden and the tuk tuk drivers often need to see the map on the card to know where to go. Nevertheless, I found this to be one of the hotel's great advantages as it is very quiet and nice place to relax.
The room I stayed in was quite large with an ensuite bathroom which, had the best hot shower I have had in months! The bed was also quite comfortable especially by Asian standards. The included breakfast was great and I never left hungry! Also the wifi is really good.
My only word of warning is to watch out for the tuk tuk driver Panyan/Banyan (not quite sure how his name is spelt). He is not actually a hotel employee so this is not a reflection on my stay but more a word of advice. He was organised to take me around to the temples and various other places during my stay. The first day was fine as I had an English guide with me who also happened to be the hotel manager but on the second and third day I felt he was continually trying to scam me for money (not that he got much out of me). On the second day which, was my first day alone with him he wanted to stop for lunch. I said that was fine but I don't eat lunch so he could go off and I would just wait. He said he couldn't go without me yet was very insistent that he wanted to eat so I went with him to a restaurant/café near the temple we were visiting. The catch was he needed me to come because he expected me to pay for the food. He then tried asking me out for dinner but as I was now alerted to the game, I politely declined. He continued to push but thankfully, the place he wanted to take me I had already been to so I had an out. He wasn't particularly intimidating just whingey and as a young, solo, female traveller you don't really want to be put in a position where you are in a remote area and you've upset your tuk tuk driver making it tricky situation. On the final day, he started boasting about the tips he had received, I think he thought that this might encourage me to give him a really good tip. I did give him a tip as he had driven me around for three days but as I had bought him lunch and he made me a little uncomfortable at times I don't think it was as high as what he hoped! Once again, this is not a reflection on the hotel as I had a lovely stay but maybe watch out for this driver as I met some other guests a couple of days later who encountered similar problems with him.
Overall, the Angkor Secret Garden Hotel is a lovely place to stay, and I look forward to returning one day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Angkor Secret Hotel is all about the Asian hospitality. We are traditional and yet contemporary, humble and yet proud of our origin and what is more important is that we are here to serve you! Angkor Secret Hotel consists of experienced and friendly people from the service and hospitality industry. In total, we have over 35 years of experience so rest assured we know how to please our guests. We believe that comfort and cleanliness are the most important ingredients in making your trip to Siem Reap a memorable experience and we do all of these with a smile. Angkor Secret Hotel has 18 spacious air-conditioned rooms that are equipped with outdoor swimming, hot shower, mini-bar and free internet access. If you didn't bring your computer along with you no worries, we have a computer room specially for you and the best of it all, it is FREE! So keep in touch with your family and friends and update your Facebook as and when you please. ... more less
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