I traveled to Cambodia for the first time and had the pleasure of booking my entire trip through Journeys Within (I discovered the company on Conde Nast's Gold List for sustainable travel companies).
I enjoyed every moment of planning my trip, exchanging emails with Andrea at Journeys Within to tailor my trip exactly as I wanted it. My research combined with Andrea's local insights and perspectives ensured that I enjoyed a fabulous eight-day trip that started in Bangkok then on to Siem Reap then to Koh Kong and concluding with a half-day in Phom Penh before my late night departure.
While I was in Bangkok, I had a lovely and knowledgeable private guide named Ron who introduced me to some of the many highlights of the city. I appreciated the fact that Journeys Within only hired guides who grew up in the location adding to the real local experience I had. (I stayed in the Sofitel in Bangkok; it was a nice hotel but it lacked the real personal touch that Journey Within B&B and Bungalows offers.)
I flew on to Siem Reap and spent four days in the town...not just exploring the temples with my lovely guide Santou but we also spent an afternoon at Tonle Sap Lake to see some of the floating Vietnamese villages. I also had the opportunity to explore a local village and meet many native villagers one afternoon. It was an eye-opening perspective of Siem Reap that I would have never had if I didn't seek it out.
While I was in Siem Reap, I stayed in the Buddha Bungalow, part of Journey Within B&B and Bungalows. The new space was bright, modern and large, and yet there was an understated feel about the accommodations. It wasn't pretentious - it was welcoming, warm and a 10-meter walk to the swimming pool where I swam laps every morning before breakfast and every evening before dinner. I never used the TV in the room but I did take advantage of the fully stocked refrigerator in the room for a chilled soda and water
(at no charge). And the (free) daily laundry service was magical. The bathroom was modern with a lovely walk-in shower and the guest room was spacious, fully air-conditioned, very clean and tastefully appointed.
The homemade breakfast was worth waking up for. The fresh fruit, the banana crepes, yogurt and granola and the fresh smoothie...it was all delicious. They also serve a yummy amok fish (a local dish) made fresh to order along with other local and more international dishes.
- 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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