Journeys-Within is a hidden gem. We heard of it from a friend whose family had stayed there at least once. The B&B is a couple of blocks off a main street so is quiet, except for the sounds of nature - birds, frogs, crickets, etc. Each of the cottages is one or two units which are spacious and extremely comfortable. Guests are greeted with fresh flowers in the rooms along with a cloth shopping bag to reduce the number of plastic bags used and traditional Cambodian scarves for each guest.
Breakfast is included and offers a wide selection of wonderful, fresh options. The fresh fruit and yogurt can't be beat but everything else we ate was excellent and served with really good Cambodian coffee and fruit juices/shakes.
The TV gets channels from all over the world so there is little trouble, as near as I could tell to get television from your region of the world. The mini-bar is stocked with unlimited free bottled water and the snacks were very reasonably priced.
The spa-like bathroom has a open shower that seems to float above a bed of river rock and has the best water pressure we experienced in the region. Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash come in pottery bottles so there is no waste of little plastic containers.
The truly special part of Journeys-Within is their contributions to the local Siem Reap community. The owners have built and fund a private school for approximately 100 children, I believe. I will update this review if that number is incorrect. While the rooms were more expensive than any room we had in Vietnam, a percentage of the fee goes for the ongoing operations and scholarships for the school. Additionally, when a recent fire burned down a number of houses in a nearby village, the owners gave homeowners zero interest loans to rebuild.
Since our trip to Vietnam was to perform some humanitarian projects, it was nice to stay in a B&B with humanitarian goals and projects f their own.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Community Residence Siem Reap run by local Cambodian and this is the social business. At Community Residence Siem Reap, we want you to feel like you are staying with friends, that means never nickel and diming our guests for small necessities. Every room rate includes all the amenities you would expect to have at your home...and then some: ... more less
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